Lebanon | SAT-7


Lebanon is a country of great cultural, religious and ethnic diversity. Ruled by the Ottoman Empire for almost 400 years, Lebanon was placed under the French Mandate following World War I, and later granted independence in 1946.1  Lebanon was devastated by a civil war lasting from 1975 until 1990.


Lebanon has always embraced its many religious communities.  In the National Pact of 1943, it was agreed that any President of Lebanon must be Maronite Christian, the Speaker of the Parliament a Shiite Muslim, with a Sunni Muslim Prime Minister and a Greek Orthodox Deputy Prime Minister. 2  A tribunal in 2011 to investigate Hezbollah members implicated in the assassination of former Prime Minister Hariri, resulted in the resignation of ten cabinet ministers and a presidential appointee, forcing rushed elections and a suspension of the tribunal.  A new government was formed in July 2011.

Social Issues

Since the end of the civil war, it is estimated that approximately 350,000 Lebanese remain internally displaced. There also remain almost 400,000 Palestinian refugees in southern Lebanon,3 who have not been allowed to return to Palestine following the 1948 Arab-Israeli War.

SAT-7 Viewership

According to surveys carried out in 2008, 6.6% of the population has watched SAT-7 or continue to watch it.4


Lebanon is 59% Muslim and 39% Christian, with 2% accounting for other religious minorities.  Many Christians claim they are only protected because they are represented in government – a unique trait in a Middle Eastern country.

Prayer Points

  • Pray that the Muslim and Christian communities will be able to co-exist and work together to rebuild Lebanon.
  • Pray that Lebanon can set a positive example of religious diversity and tolerance for other countries in the region.


“SAT-7 touched and changed my spiritual life and drew me to Christ. I believe in it as an important ministry to all viewers in the Arab world. The message you convey is like rain on dry land and cold water to a thirsty soul.”  A man from Lebanon

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


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