Morocco | SAT-7
Morocco was the first Islamic state in Africa independent of the Arab Empire, or the Caliphate. It received large numbers of Jewish and Muslim migrants during the Reconquista of the 1400s, when Christian kingdoms in Europe reclaimed large areas of the Iberian Peninsula from occupying Muslim empires. In 1912, Morocco was split into two protectorates, one Spanish and the other French, and remained a French colony until 1956, when it gained independence as the Kingdom of Morocco.
Morocco is a parliamentary constitutional monarchy, where the King is granted executive powers and is both the political leader, as well as ‘Defender of the Faith’. The monarch is responsible for appointing a Prime Minister following elections, who, in turn, counsels him on appointing members of the cabinet.
Of a population of roughly 31 million, it is estimated that approximately 15% of the population continue to live in poverty. Unemployment and illiteracy remain long-term challenges, with literacy at only 54% on average.
Surveys conducted in 2008 show that approximately 7.6% of Morocco’s population have watched or watch SAT-7.1
The constitution allows for the freedom to practise one’s religion, and encourages religious tolerance. The distribution of non-Islamic texts and proselytising, however, is prohibited. 99% of the population is Sunni Muslim, with the remainder consisting of a significant Jewish minority, as well as Christians, although the latter are, for the most part, expatriates, and make up an estimated 25,000 altogether.
“I thank God for SAT-7’s ministry. When I was 15 I started watching SAT-7’s programmes and they lead me to Christ. I am now a Christian and have accepted Jesus as my personal saviour.” Letter from a young Moroccan man
1. Intermedia survey 2008
CHANNELS IN MOROCCO
"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