Egypt | SAT-7



Famed for its rich history of developed early civilizations, Egypt is a country known for the only remaining monument of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World: the pyramids of Giza. Egypt was ruled by numerous empires, including the Ancient Egyptians, the Romans and the Ottoman Turks, gaining independence from England in 1922 under King Farouk. A military coup in 1953 removed the monarchy from power, making Egypt a Republic.


Egypt was autocratically ruled by President Hosni Mubarak for 30 years from 1981. In the wake of the Arab Spring the Egyptian Revolution began in late January 2011, when mass demonstrations erupted in Cairo, protesting the continued presence of President Mubarak in government. He resigned as president in February 2011. Multi-party elections in October that year saw the Muslim Brotherhood win, and Presidential elections are due to be held mid-2012.

Social Issues

Unemployment currently stands at 9.7% and an estimated 20% live below the poverty line.1  Egypt faces problems with illicit drug trafficking, being the region’s largest supplier of cannabis, heroine and opium to Europe. The United Nations Literacy for Life report of 2006 records the literacy rate among Egyptian adults as being 56% of the population.

SAT-7 Viewership

According to surveys carried out in 2008, 1.4% of Egypt’s population of 80 million people regularly watches SAT-7.2


Sunni Muslims account for 90% of Egypt’s total population, with Christians making up 9% and the remainder consisting of religious minorities such as Baha’is, Shiite and Sufi Muslims.3  Islam was declared the state religion in 1980. Despite the significant number of Coptic Christians in Egypt, there have been numerous reports of persecution against them in recent years.

Prayer Points

  • Pray for safety for Christians in Egypt and especially that they will feel able to remain in the country, rather than emigrate. 
  • Pray that the new President and government will protect the rights of Christians in the future.

“SAT-7 is like a church in every Christian home. It became like a church to my family and to my children. It satisfies me not only with the spiritual food, but with my social and cultural needs as well. It is very beneficial to all the members of the family.”   From an Egyptian man

1. CIA World Factbook | 2. Intermedia survey 2008 | 3.Middle East Concern


viewer quotes

"I have Christian roots and it makes me really happy that I’m able to watch a Christian channel without any problem. So I’m tuning in and watching from early each morning in order to understand Christianity. What better way to spend your retirement could there be? Thank you so much. "

Retired teacher in Turkey

"Thank you SAT-7 for your concerns and taking the time to talk about our issues and to all who stand for our cause."

Viewer of 'Needle and Thread' episode which highlighted discrimination against Sudanese refugees in Egypt

""Dear brothers and sisters, I live in Azerbaijan and I am the only Christian where I live. I really like this channel and it encourages me so much. May God keep blessing you." "

SAT-7 TÜRK viewer

"I feel that the success of SAT‑7’s channels is the fruit of the prayers of the people who work for them, and that is how viewers are blessed. It is God’s plan to have this channel on air."

Mariam, a viewer in Egypt

"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

"Thank you for today's sermon by Dr Maher Samuel. We really need to hear these words; to change the reality with Jesus living in us and to live the life of victory over sins, the life of sanctification and to return to the Word of God.""

Viewer of live service from KDEC church, Cairo

"I started to read the Bible and to watch SAT-7 PARS. Gradually I felt some difference in my heart and realised that I love God. This even changed my mind on emigrating. Therefore I stayed in Iran and now I am one of your viewers. Your programmes are the only source I have to build my faith."

A viewer in Tehran

"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 would like to thank each one who works on my favourite channel, SAT-7. You are the source of blessing to my life. I pray that the Lord bless you and use you more for His glory."

A Syrian woman

"Yesterday evening I came across you while channel surfing. I watched a couple of very nice programmes. I especially liked the movie explaining the Prophet Abraham's life. I had previously read the Bible, but I do not really understand, are you able to help me?"

Student 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

"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 came across Levent Kinran’s programme on your channel. For years, there have been some issues that really bothered me, and he gave great answers to them. Is there a book that I can read? I love the Christian faith very much, but there is a lot of pressure from my family. My Dad especially doesn’t like having the Bible in the house."

A viewer in Turkey

"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

"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