“Called a Nazarene”: Please support Christians targeted for their faith in the Middle East
“Our faith in Jesus Christ is strong. Whatever they want to do to us, let it be. And if they put a knife to my neck, I will say, ‘kill me’. My faith will ever be in Jesus Christ until death.”
This was the incredible response of “Samy” (name changed), an Iraqi Christian who fled from the so-called ‘Islamic State’ in Mosul earlier this year. He was interviewed by SAT-7 for a special episode of our current affairs programme Bridges filmed in Erbil, Kurdistan, where thousands of Christians have taken refuge.
Like Jesus who, as a baby, under the threat of death at the hands of King Herod had to escape to Egypt, Christians have been fleeing for their lives. And like Jesus, who in fulfilment of prophesy was later “called a Nazarene” (Matt. 2:23), the property of Christians in Iraq has been daubed with the Arabic letter “N” (ن) for “Nazarene” and seized.
“State of emergency”
In addition to a number of humanitarian and practical measures, the church leaders called for a strategy “to support Christian presence in the East”.
SAT-7 supporting Christians
SAT-7 is uniquely placed to reach desolate people in the Middle East with the message of Gospel hope. Broadcasting 24 hours a day in four languages via satellite TV and the internet into millions of homes – and even refugee camps – SAT-7 is encouraging beleaguered Christians in their faith and enabling others to hear the “good news of great joy that will be for all the people” (Luke 2:10).
With a known audience of 15 million viewers, SAT-7 is making a huge impact in the region. Our largest single viewing audience is in Iraq where one in three Iraqi children watches SAT-7 KIDS!*
A SAT-7 viewer who fled from Syria wrote: “It’s always great to watch SAT-7’s excellent programmes. It’s a pure source of good Christian teaching, encouragement, and comfort especially for us who live far from our home countries.”
As well as consoling viewers in the midst of tremendous turmoil, SAT-7’s programmes are giving the region’s Christians a public platform to respond to what is happening to them. Their witness for Christ in the face of such extreme persecution is truly inspiring.
On the visit to Kurdistan, the SAT-7 crew from Bridges filmed Christians singing a powerful song about their property being labelled with the Arabic letter ن for “Nazarene”:
The same Christ-like attitude was echoed by a church leader from Mosul,
who told SAT-7: “So they marked us with the letter ن. I’m proud of this;
it carries the meaning of serving, sacrificing for others – all the
We need your support
Your gift of £25 would enable SAT-7 to encourage a large extended family with uplifting Christian programmes for an entire year! A donation of £50 would cover the transmission costs for a children’s programme on SAT-7 KIDS, allowing us to reach the next generation of Arabs with the Good News!
*Independent research conducted in 2011 by Intermedia in the Middle East into people’s television viewing habits
Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to share the Gospel of peace right across the troubled Middle East!GIVE TO THE