Turkey | SAT-7
Occupied by the Byzantines and the Mongols, the modern history of Turkey begins with the formation of the Ottoman Empire in the 13th century, which conquered large areas of the Middle East and Eastern Europe prior to its defeat by the Allied forces in World War I. A small group of military cadres, led by future President, Ataturk, resisted the authority of the Allies and successfully formed the Republic of Turkey in 1923.
Turkey is a secular republic, with a popularly elected parliament and President. The President is largely a ceremonial figure, as the prime ministers, elected by parliament, carry much of the executive power.
Turkey is a multicultural and multi-ethnic country, currently facing much civil and political unrest amongst its ethnic minorities, such as the Kurds of south-eastern Turkey, who have been campaigning for several years for greater autonomy and political representation.
In February 2015, SAT-7 TURK began 24-a-day programming of Turkish language programmes on the national satellite network, Türksat. Precise viewing figures are not known, but a presence on the network gives
Turkey currently has an estimated population of 77 million, of which 99.5% are Muslim, and 0.5% Christian; the Christian population is an approximate 110,000.1 Christianity was recognised as an institution in the Lausanne Treaty of 1923, and the country has some 200 registered churches today.2 The Armenian and Syrian churches make up the majority of congregations. Proselytizing is legal in Turkey, but is viewed as socially unacceptable and dangerous, and there have been reports of vandalism of churches and attacks on new believers.
“Last night I watched the ‘Words of Hope’ programme. What the host read from the Bible really affected me. My system of belief—the way I’ve been burdened all my life with living under punishment because of how religion was explained to me—has been turned upside down. I would be very happy if you could help me in this matter, the matter of finding God.” From a Turkish viewer
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"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
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"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
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"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
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"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
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