Algeria | SAT-7

History

Algeria forms part of what is known as the Maghreb – the western region of North Africa. Over the centuries it has been ruled by the Roman Empire, the Byzantine Empire, the Spanish, the Ottoman Empire and latterly the French. After more than a century of rule by France, Algeria gained independence in 1962.1  Today it is a country with approximately 35 million citizens.2

Government

Algeria is a republic, with the incumbent president, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, having been in office since 1999. In 2008 the President amended the constitution to remove the two-term limit on the presidency, effectively allowing him to remain head of state for life.3

Social Issues

In addition to poverty and unemployment, endemic government corruption and poor standards in public services are also chronic sources of popular dissatisfaction.  According to UNESCO’s 2006 report on Literacy for Life, an average of 30.1% of Algeria’s population is illiterate.  This percentage rises to almost 40% when looking at the figures for the female population only.

SAT-7 Viewership

Surveys undertaken for SAT-7 in 2007 indicate that 1.8 million people had watched the channel in the previous 12 months.

Religion

99% of the population is Sunni Muslim, 1% is Christian or Jewish.4 Islam is the state religion, although the constitution provides for freedom of belief and practising one’s religion. Since 2006 citizens have been permitted to change their religion on their ID card. Conversion is not illegal under civil law, and apostasy is not a criminal offence. However, converts to Christianity from a Muslim background face harassment and discrimination.

On a positive note, amongst the Kabylie and other Berber people, many are coming to Christ. Some churches have seen incredible growth over the last 20 years. In fact, so many are coming to Christ in remote areas that the Church is challenged with how to disciple these new believers. A significant breakthrough came in July 2011 when the Protestant Church of Algeria (EPA), with over 60 congregations nationally, was finally granted government recognition. Since this time, SAT-7 has been thrilled to work with national Christians in producing several series including 'My Church' - live recorded worship and Christian teaching from an Algerian church - and a testimony series 'Free Souls'.

Prayer Points

  • Praise God for the many new believers. Pray they will be able to receive the discipleship they need.
  • Pray for those who have been arrested or are being harassed for their faith. Ask God to give them the words to say and to be His witnesses in difficult circumstances.
  • Ask God to protect Christians who meet in secret in their homes or in isolated locations.

     

    1. CIA World Factbook | 2. Operation World | 3.BBC | 4. CIA World Factbook

  • CHANNELS IN ALGERIA

    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

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    An Egyptian man

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    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