Afghanistan | SAT-7

History

Modern day Afghanistan came into being in 1747, when local Pashtun tribes united to fight for independence from the Persian Empire.  The 19th and 20th centuries saw Afghanistan under British rule. Afghanistan fought numerous wars against the British during this time, resulting in the signing of the Rawalpindi Agreement in 1919, which recognised the independence of Afghanistan as a nation.

Afghanistan is an ethnically diverse country of many tribes and ethnic groups, the largest of which are the Pashtuns and the Tajiks.  The capital city is Kabul, and the two official languages are Pashto and Dari Persian.

Government

Since the late 1970s, Afghanistan has experienced a continuous state of war, including major occupations in the forms of the 1979 Soviet invasion, a Pakistani military intervention in support of the Taliban in the late 1990s and the October 2001 US-led invasion that overthrew the Taliban government.  The rule of interim governments and elections continue to be disrupted by the violence, but the country is led by President Karzai, who was elected democratically in 2001.

Social Issues

Afghanistan’s population is an estimated 29 million.  The country has one of the world’s lowest average life expectancies of 45 years.1  According to the Human Development Index, Afghanistan is the second least developed nation in the world.  UNICEF estimates that 80% of females and 50% of males lack access to education centres. The national literacy rate is 34%, although just 10% for females.

SAT-7 Viewership

Data is not available, although in 2011 SAT-7 received over 600 responses from viewers in Afghanistan to its Dari and Farsi language programmes.

Religion

Islam is the state religion and conversion from Islam is illegal.  Specific figures for the Christian population in Afghanistan do not exist, as most Christians practise in private to avoid persecution and social pressure.  The estimated Christian population ranges from 500-8000, according to various International Church-affiliated humanitarian groups in the area.2

Prayer Points

  1. Pray for a unified Afghan effort towards rebuilding their country.
  • Pray for increased tolerance towards Christianity within Afghanistan, so that believers may worship openly and freely.

“Dear SAT-7.  I accepted Christianity and now I am a disciple of this religion but I have a big problem with my family.  They don't agree with my faith and they’ve said that they will never accept me as a member of the family.  I am in a really difficult situation and I need your help.”  Raziq from Afghanistan

1 CIA World Factbook | 2. MECO

CHANNELS IN AFGHANISTAN

viewer quotes

"Through Christ, you can get well and see light instead of darkness...Thank you for these programmes. They are teaching us to be better people."

Afghan father who watches SAT-7 PARS

"You speak about God so openly and lovingly, not like they did at home. Pray that I will find a Bible and know God."

"I am a regular viewer of the programme 'From Me to You'. I am so blessed and my spirit gets lifted up by your prayers, songs and sharing. Thank you for today's topic. We really need to change. And may the Lord work in us more and more for His glory. "

SAT-7 ARABIC viewer in the Holy Land

"May God bless you all. We ask Jesus to extend His hand, as nothing is too difficult for Him. We pray that He would give comfort to victims’ families in Aleppo and all of Syria. And we pray that He would stop this storm."

A Syrian viewer of 'Just for You'

"SAT-7 reaches our family in this desert to give us hope where there is none. Our kids know Jesus through you and the miracles he is doing... Through this small TV screen, you reach our heart, we hear the news of Heaven and you give us relief, we feel home where we don't feel it and know we have a Big family in Christ, caring and praying and working."

A family in Saudi Arabia

"Your programmes provide such a wonderful opportunity for me to explain to my children what we believe as Christians in ways they understand. It really is a precious thing to have this channel."

A MOTHER IN TURKEY

"I am touched by the sermons that I’m watching every Friday. I’m not able to go to church but God has opened a door for me to attend a church service in my house every week! I never thought that one day I would see bold Algerians worshipping the Lord and not afraid to be shown on TV."

An Algerian viewer

"My family and I came to Christ and we are big fans and regular viewers of SAT-7. God bless you."

Man from Morocco

"I was watching the programme 'School of Christ' and Pastor Sameh Maurice was saying, 'I came for you.' I felt that these words were addressed to me personally from God. I am so touched and moved. I also want to thank you for all the programs you are airing on your channel."

A doctor in Egypt

"“A friend gave me a Bible, and I bought a satellite dish to watch your programmes. I gave my heart to Jesus. Pray for me to learn more about Christianity.”"

An Iranian viewer

"Thank you for your wonderful programme "Daughter of the King". I learnt a lot about how I should treat my future wife as I am now in the search for someone to marry. God bless you."

An Egyptian man

"Finally, a Syrian programme has come to us! May God bless you and use you to the glory of His name."

A viewer of 'Just for You'

"I am a big fan a regular viewer of your wonderful channel, SAT-7 programmes."

Male viewer, Morocco

"I would like to thank you for your marvellous efforts in serving our children. Enough to say that we leave them in front of SAT-7 KIDS with full trust of your commitment to supplement our parenting."

Parent in Egypt

"Although I am not a Christian, because of you I am becoming closer to God."

Viewer in Kuwait

"Five years ago I started seeking for the truth in different religions. I was lost, confused and wanted to reach out to God. I really needed comfort and peace. Thank God I found peace and the truth through the programmes and the songs on my favourite channel SAT-7."

A woman from Saudi Arabia

"I'm Maya, 3 and a half years old from Amman, watching your bedtime story every night and can't go to bed before listening to your stories. Mama also watching with me."

From a young child in Jordan