Kuwait | SAT-7

History

Situated on one of the ancient trading routes between India and Mesopotamia, Kuwait has been under the rule of the Arab and Ottoman Turk Empires.  In the 19th century, it became an independent sheikhdom under the British, before finally gaining independence as a nation in 1961.  The population currently stands at 2.59 million,1 of which over a quarter are foreigners.

Government

Kuwait is ruled by an Emir, as well as a Prime Minister who is elected by popular vote, a national assembly and a municipal council.  Shari’a law is the main source of legislation, to which all residents must adhere.

Social Issues

Kuwait has a reasonably good human rights record.  Women were given full political rights in 2005, but the country remains relatively conservative; approximately 70% of women wear veils in the form of hijabs or niqabs.2 Unemployment currently stands at 2.2%.3

SAT-7 Viewership

According to survey data it is estimated that 3.6% of Kuwait’s population watches SAT-7.4

Religion

Sunni Muslims account for 85% of the population, and Hindus, Christians, Sikhs and other sects of Islam for the remaining 15%.  There are an estimated 400,000 foreign Christians living in Kuwait, and around 500 Christians of Iraqi and Palestinian origin.  Kuwait has ten official church buildings registered with the state.

Prayer Points

  • Pray for Christians in Kuwait to persevere in their faith and continue to worship the Lord, despite their minority position in the country.
  • Pray for an increase in numbers of the Christian community in Kuwait.

 

From a mother in Kuwait: “I have two children: Makarios who is 7 and George who is 5.  We are Egyptians living in Kuwait.  We have long searched for Bible stories like those in the "Bedtime Story" programme but we couldn't them in any church.  I thank God from the bottom of my heart for SAT-7 KIDS.  It is so different to the other satellite channels and children’s programmes which are harmful to our children.”

1. CIA World Factbook | 2. Middle East Concern | 3.CIA World Factbook | 4. Intermedia survey 2008

CHANNELS IN KUWAIT

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

"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

""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

"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

"I send my deepest thanks and appreciation to every person who works in this channel that has changed my life from zero to 360 degrees towards God. "

SAT-7 ARABIC viewer in Egypt

"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 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

"“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

"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