Kuwait | SAT-7
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.
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.
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
According to survey data it is estimated that 3.6% of Kuwait’s population watches SAT-7.4
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.
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
"I would like to congratulate you for your excellence in drawing children's attention to your channel day after day. It is an honour for SAT-7 KIDS team to bring joy to my son's heart each year."Father of a SAT-7 KIDS viewer in Egypt
"To the most beautiful channel in the world. I am from Egypt living in Saudi Arabia. I would like to thank you so much for your great ministry which has dramatically changed my life here in this country."Viewer in Saudi Arabia
"My family and I came to Christ and we are big fans and regular viewers of SAT-7. God bless you."Man from Morocco
"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
"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 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
"I came to know Christ through your programmes. I tried to talk about Jesus to my family but they didn’t want to listen to me. So I turn the TV on during your programmes and, without saying a word, allow your programmes to talk to my family about Jesus Christ. And now they sit and watch the programmes!"An Iranian woman from Tabriz
"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
"Although I am not a Christian, because of you I am becoming closer to God."Viewer in Kuwait
"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