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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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Freedom from captivity

"The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the broken hearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners…"   Isaiah 61:1

SAT-7 is a ministry by and for the Church in the Middle East and North Africa. As such it is uniquely placed to address the cultural and spiritual issues that hold so many captive across the region in a way that no foreign Christian broadcaster can.

I’m inspired that programmes like Forbidden are not afraid to tackle taboo subjects like sexual abuse, from a Christian perspective; explaining God’s view on these issues.

Wars and Faith is another break-through programme being aired currently in the midst of political uncertainty and tension in Lebanon. Each episode interviews a political leader from Lebanon’s violent past about their lives, their faith and how God has revealed himself to them.

Please join with us in praying that these cutting-edge programmes will cause viewers to examine key issues affecting their lives in the light of scripture.

Thank you for your wonderful support.

Addressing Forbidden issues on SAT-7

Forbidden is a bold SAT-7 programme that tackles sensitive social issues like human trafficking, sexual violence and adoption from a spiritual perspective. Despite controversial topics and a Christian viewpoint, Forbidden is widely watched all across the Middle East and North Africa. At least 80% of the audience do not affirm a   Christian faith.

One episode featured the story of Heba,* a survivor of an attempted “honour killing.” Tunisian host Dr. Imed Dabbour explained that, “Honour crimes are seen by their perpetrators as a normal reaction to rid them of some scandal or to cleanse them of shame. An honour crime is a crime typically committed against a woman who has had a sexual relationship outside the conservative culture.” Many people throughout the region quietly accept honour crimes, but Imed challenged them to listen and decide for themselves.

Heba then appeared on screen, her face hidden in shadows and her voice altered to conceal her identity. Heba spoke about her childhood, about a father who abused her and a family that would not hear her cries for help. When Heba came of age she moved to the city and pursued a law degree. She sought the love of an older, married man, and eventually got pregnant.

When Heba’s family found out about this relationship they sent a gunman to kill her but his gun jammed and Heba was able to escape.

Heba found refuge in another country where she met a Christian woman who opened Heba's heart to God. This woman met Heba without judgment. As Jesus said in the book of John, “Let any one of you who is without sin throw the first stone.”

After the episode, Imed rejoiced that God was using Heba’s trials and testimony to speak to an entire culture. Heba is still hiding from her family but is no longer on the run. SAT-7 is using programmes like Forbidden to help men and women there is hope and forgiveness in Jesus Christ.  *Name changed to protect identity

Series airs as Lebanese elections hang in the balance

Marking the occasion of Lebanon’s presidential elections, SAT-7 produced and is airing Wars and Faith (in Arabic, Haroob wa Iman). The powerful 10-episode series features interviews with presidential candidates and former players in Lebanon’s prolonged civil war (1975-1990). Presenter Hiam Abou Chedid, a renowned actress and TV presenter, asks the politicians about their experiences living and leading in the war-torn country.

Wars and Faith takes viewers beyond politics, to the personal aspects of candidates’ lives. They discuss everything from childhood memories to marriage, and how they see their relationship with God in the future. Each episode includes a confession segment, allowing guests to admit mistakes they have made.

Production Manager Maroun Bou Rached says “The series will promote peace and show that there is a second chance with God. It lets Christians see that leaders also need Jesus – He’s not just a Saviour for ordinary people. Everybody needs Jesus.”

Lebanon’s National Assembly will elect the next president for a 6-year term. Elections began on April 23, 2014 but thus far, no candidate has secured the 86 votes required for victory. Another vote is expected to take place on 23 July.

Comments from SAT-7 Viewers

  • From a viewer in Iraq said, ”I was prepared to end my life when your programme gave me hope. Thank the Lord Jesus that He rescued me, and ask Him to use me.”
  • A viewer in Algeria wrote, "Please pray for us. My son and I have been going through persecution in my country and I need to move to another place.”
  • A Tunisian family emailed saying, "We came to Christ through SAT-7, four years ago. We have been serving the Lord since then. Please pray for us as we have financial needs and we believe in the power of prayer."

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August 2014

Sunday: Pray for Christian believers across the Middle East and North Africa who daily face hardship and even persecution for their faith. Thank God that so many find strength, comfort and peace through watching SAT-7.

Monday: Give thanks that so many viewers contact SAT-7 saying how much they have been blessed by our programmes. Pray for wisdom for our audience relations staff who handle requests for literature, prayer and other forms of help.

Pray for Wars and Faith series

Tuesday: Thank God for the unique series Wars and Faith. As Lebanese political leaders of the past speak honestly about their lives, their beliefs and their experiences, pray that viewers will realise that Jesus is not just a Saviour for ordinary people.

Wednesday: Pray for the Lebanese people as the vote for a new President continues this month. Pray for political, economic and religious stability in Lebanon, a country greatly affected by war and unrest in neighbouring countries including Syria and Palestine.

Pray for the Forbidden programme 

Thursday: Praise God that Forbidden is addressing many of the taboo subjects in Arab culture, like honour killings and sexual abuse, from a Christian viewpoint. Pray that these programmes will encourage change at all levels of society.

Friday: Pray for spiritual insight for the presenter of Forbidden, Dr. Imed Dabbour, and his team as they address issues that can be inflammatory within Middle Eastern culture. Pray that they will speak the truth in love.

Saturday: Give thanks for the brave people who are willing to appear on Forbidden to tell their stories of how their lives were affected by the taboo subjects raised in the programme, and how they overcame their problems. Pray that viewers will open their minds and hearts to receive the truth of scripture and be willing to challenge the cultural norms that keep so many people in spiritual and physical bondage in the MENA region.