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SAT-7 provides the Church of the Middle East and North Africa with an opportunity to witness for Jesus Christ through inspirational, informative and educational television and online broadcasts 24/7.  Prayer is at the centre of our work.

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Teaching Truth: a privilege and responsibility

Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:31-324 

In this issue of News and Prayer we ask you to pray for SAT-7’s TEACH and SOTA Bible teaching series as they aim to give a firm Biblical foundation for living to viewers across the Middle East and North Africa.

Many viewers in countries like Iran, Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia tell us that SAT-7 is their only source of Bible teaching and Christian fellowship. Isolated believers who find it difficult or even impossible to meet with other Christians look to SAT-7 for their spiritual food.

This is both a great privilege and a huge responsibility. Nurturing disciples can be difficult in all circumstances but is particularly challenging when a disciple may live in a culture where following Christ could put their lives in danger. We continue to be very grateful for your prayers for SAT-7 and for our viewers.

Spiritual food for isolated believers

Imagine you are a new believer in the Middle East. You’ve found a church; a community of believers, but one morning the church doors are barred shut. You learn your pastor is missing and the group can’t meet again.

Confused and afraid, you find that you have more questions than when you first sought the church. Why did this happen? Is there another safe place  to go?

Am I alone now?

This is an all too common occurrence for Christians in parts of the Middle East and North Africa. With few church buildings it is unlikely people will find another if theirs is closed or destroyed.

But SAT-7’s programmes can’t be barred or locked or burned down. For many isolated believers SAT-7 is their church.

SAT-7 ARABIC is directly addressing the needs of isolated Christians through broadcasting sound Biblical teaching through an Arabic series called TEACH, which stands for Theological Education for Arab Christians at Home. SAT-7 brings theological education into the privacy of millions of homes.

For Farsi speakers, SOTA, or Seminary of the Air, brings sound biblical teaching to viewers in Iran and Afghanistan on SAT-7 PARS. Creative producers work with talented hosts to engage viewers with live discussions.

"SAT-7 is like a church in every Christian home. It became like a church to my family and children. It satisfies me not only with spiritual food but with my social and cultural needs as well. It is very beneficial to all members of the family." A viewer of SAT-7 ARABIC
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"A million children vulnerable to being radicalised"

“A million refugee children living outside Syria with no real hope are very vulnerable to being radicalised,” warns Dr Terry Ascott, SAT-7’s International CEO.

The threat of violent and extreme groups exploiting disaffected young people comes in a wider context in which 10 million Arab children are without proper education. Their radicalisation in some religious schools and clips from TV channels which “encourage them to be martyrs” and videos of “children reciting words of hatred” are deeply worrying, he said.

Against this background, SAT-7 KIDS 24-hours-a-day channel, presents the God-given value of each child, encourages respect for all, and aims to provide fun, hope and healing for its more than 9 million young viewers. Syrian refugee families and their children in Lebanon have become some of SAT-7 KIDS’ most ardent viewers.

Dr Ascott’s comments were made at SAT-7’s first UK national supporters’ conference in Ealing on 17 May. While SAT-7’s ministry has had an “amazing” impact in the Middle East in the 18 years since it was founded, he said, “Less than 0.1 per cent of the Church’s global spending is given to ministry in the Middle East and North Africa. All of us should be getting behind the work of the Gospel there.”

Comments from SAT-7 Viewers

“A month ago, full heartedly, I accepted Christ into my life. I am worried if I tell people about my new faith how they would react. Please pray for me”.  A 24-year-old man from Iran

From a viewer in Afghanistan - “Give thanks that SAT-7 shows us through Christ, you can see light instead of darkness and love instead of anger.”

“I am spiritually blind and need someone to guide my heart. Pray for a faithful person to guide me. I hope love will conquer the whole world.”  A viewer from Egypt.

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July 2014

Sunday: Christians in Iraq are one of SAT-7’s most responsive audiences. Please pray for them as sectarian conflict increases as ISIS attempts to overrun the country. Pray that our programmes will give them encouragement and strength in Christ and his Word. Pray for church leaders in Iraq as they minister to their congregations at this very difficult time.

Monday: Pray that SAT-7’s programmes, especially those for children, will help stop the increased radicalisation of children in the Middle East and North Africa. Pray that discontented young people will find contentment and purpose in Christ through watching SAT-7.

Tuesday: Pray for Christians whose churches have been closed, barred or destroyed. Give thanks that SAT-7’s broadcasts can’t easily be blocked and that through satellite TV the Word of God can reach isolated believers who cannot have fellowship with other Christians.

Pray for TEACH and SOTA series

Wednesday: Praise God that even when authorities ban Christian gatherings and even the Bible itself, through SAT-7’s TEACH and SOTA Bible teaching series, Arabic and Farsi speaking believers have access to excellent quality theological discussion and training in their own homes.

Thursday: Pray that God will give spiritual wisdom to all involved in producing and presenting TEACH and SOTA. Many who watch these series are new in their faith and may not have any other Christian input into their lives. They may not even own their own Bible.

Pray for SAT-7 events in the UK

Friday: Please pray for the UK team as we prepare to exhibit at New Wine at Shepton Mallet at the end of July. Do come and visit us in the Market Place if you are planning to be there.

Saturday: We’re delighted that two presenters of our programme From Me to You, are joining us for our ‘Encounter the Middle East’ events. Joyce and Rawad will sing and share about their work in Bristol and Bromley in September and October. Please pray for them and that these events will be a blessing and encouragement to many people.
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