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SAT-7 founder: Why I am not Charlie

As debate continues over the extents and limits of freedom of expression following January's terrorist attacks in Paris, Terence Ascott, International Chief Executive of SAT-7, gives his views on how to use our freedom w..


Show helps Iranian viewers get fit for a new year

SAT-7 PARS will help viewers to make 2015 a more active and healthy year via the channel's first sports magazine, Today in Sports (in Farsi, "Emrooz ba Varzesh"). Presenter Nader Tagizadeh calls viewers to get phy..


Christmas schedule offers Middle East a sackful of peace and goodwill

SAT-7’s Middle East TV channels have prepared a packed schedule of programmes designed to deliver a message of peace and good will to viewers in some of the world’s most troubled countries this Christmas. ..


Church and state celebrate opening of new SAT-7 studios in Lebanon

Senior Middle East church leaders, Lebanese parliament members, military and media figures joined Christian broadcaster SAT-7 and international partners on 15 November to celebrate the opening of a new purpose-built TV s..


SAT-7 short films win awards

SAT-7 short films win Best Film and Best Actress awards Two short films produced by SAT-7, A Dress and Braids, have won awards at film festivals in Egypt and Mauritania. Both films promote women's rights and raise aw..


A bigger Smile for children in Iran

SAT-7's live Farsi-language show Smile has received so many calls from devoted viewers that producers have decided to offer a second episode on Tuesdays! This added time allows the audience (mostly parents and childr..


Lebanese TV musicians on showing love in a danger zone

Lebanese TV presenters and musicians have shared how Christians in the Middle East are seeking to share the love of Christ to people fleeing conflict and atrocities in Syria and Iraq. Joyce Saddi and Rawad Daou..


Lebanese TV musicians look to "close the gap" between UK and Arab Christians

Two leading Christian musicians and TV presenters from Lebanon will perform and give insights into the lives of Middle East viewers facing perilous situations when they visit the UK from 27 Sept to 4 October. Joyc..


SAT-7's grave concern for Iraq's Christians and other minorities

SAT-7 CEO, Dr Terence Ascott, today voiced the broadcaster's grave concern for religious and ethnic minorities in Iraq following the latest surge by Islamic State (formerly ISIS) fighters in the country's north. ..


SAT-7 supports viewers in Iraq and Gaza crises

Millions of viewers of Christian TV broadcaster SAT-7 live in the eye of the storms that are currently engulfing the Middle East. Among them are large numbers watching from Iraq and an enthusiastic audience in the small ..


Pray for Gaza-Israel

A message from SAT-7 International CEO Photo: young Palestinian boys It may come as a surprise to most Westerners to know that there are as many as several thousand Christian Palestinians living in G..


Lebanese presidential candidates discuss “Wars and Faith” on SAT-7

Series Airs as 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 feature..


Alarm as militants overrun northern Iraq

SAT-7 viewers in Iraq are among those at risk as a result of the advance of militant groups in the north of the country. SAT-7 ARABIC is calling on viewers to pray for them (see pic: "We pray for the people of Iraq. Pray..


Iranian Christian leader appointed new head of TV channel for Iranians

The Board of SAT-7 PARS (a Christian satellite television ministry broadcasting in the Persian language) has appointed Revd Mansour Khajehpour as the channel's next Executive Director, effective 7 July 2014. Mansour ..


Middle East Christian Broadcaster comes of age!

29 May 2014 On Saturday, 31 May, SAT-7 celebrates a phenomenal 18 years of Christian broadcasting in the Middle East and North Africa. In 1996, SAT-7 began broadcasting just two hours a week from ..


A million Syrian children could be radicalised, SAT-7 CEO warns

“A million refugee children living outside Syria with no real hope are very vulnerable to being radicalised,” the Chief Executive of Christian Middle East broadcaster, SAT-7 has warned. Speaking in Ealin..


Canterbury Reconciliation Director highlights the gift of the Middle East Church and its challenges

Canon David Porter, the Archbishop of Canterbury's Director of Reconciliation was the keynote speaker at "The Untold Story: the Middle East behind the Headlines", a SAT-7-sponsored event in Belfast last Saturday. ..


From Syria to Egypt - a feast of Easter worship for Middle East viewers

In a year when the Easter festival falls at the same time in the Eastern and Western church calendars, Christian satellite TV broadcaster SAT-7 will transmit worship services from all the main denominations and from ..


Record numbers hear how TV brings hope to Middle East

There was a record attendance at last week's annual conference of SAT-7, the Middle East Christian satellite TV broadcaster. Held for the first time in Turkey, from 26-28 March, SAT-7's annual 'Network' conferenc..


26 nations represented at first SAT-7 Network conference in Turkey

SAT-7, the Christian satellite television broadcaster watched by over 15 million Arabic-, Farsi- and Turkish-speaking viewers in the Middle East and North Africa, will hold its annual “Network” conference in ..


SAT-7 sponsors first Dialogue Without Walls film awards

Independent judges award prizes to SAT-7 film-makers A new short film competition designed to promote dialogue across communities in post-Arab Spring countries has been co-sponsored by Christian broadcaster SAT-7. ..


NI peacemaker to highlight importance of Middle East Christians at Belfast event

Canon David Porter, the Archbishop of Canterbury's Director for Reconciliation, will highlight the strategic ministry of Christians in peace-building in the Middle East at an evening event organised by SAT-7 at Belfast B..


New SAT-7 iPhone and Android apps allow Middle Eastern viewers to watch on the move

More Middle Eastern viewers than ever before can now watch SAT-7’s Christian television channels on the go thanks to new iOS apps released in January for Apple iPhones. The new apps come fast on the heels of simila..


Praying for a new satellite channel in 2014

The SAT-7 TÜRK team is praying that 2014 will be the year they launch a 24/7 channel on the TURKSAT satellite. With this goal in mind, SAT-7 is praying that the necessary permissions will be forthcoming soon and fun..


SAT-7 to broadcast united service from Damascus on Christmas Day

Last updated 23 December 2013 A united Christian service of prayer in Damascus will be broadcast on satellite television across the Middle East on Christmas Day, 25th December. Christian broadcaster SAT..


Egyptians unite for third national day of prayer

On November 29th, over 6,000 Egyptian Christians gathered for a third annual, National Day of Prayer. Hundreds of thousands more participated through a live television broadcast by the SAT-7 ARABIC channel. Entit..


SAT-7 shares the Father's love with orphans in Lebanon

Let’s Sing Together, a live sing-a-long programme on SAT-7 KIDS hosted by Marianne, recently left the studio to film on location at Kids Alive, a home for at-risk children in Beirut, Lebanon. Photo: Tug o..


Egyptian Christians seek God in third national Day of Prayer

Thousands of Egyptian Christians are expected to gather for a third national day of prayer for their country this Friday, 29 November – and hundreds of thousands more will participate through a live television bro..


SAT-7 CEO to tell broadcasters how media is strengthening Christians in a region of violent change

SAT-7 CEO and founder Dr Terence Ascott will be a key speaker at the 2013 conference of the Fellowship of European Broadcasters (FEB) this week as delegates from across the continent consider the challenge “Cha..


New faces add diversity to 'From Me to You'

This season, the cast is growing on the set of the live SAT-7 ARABIC’s flagship programme for young adults, From Me to You (in Arabic, Minne Elak). Syrians Nour Botros and Tamar Salim Daoud will join Lebanese co-ho..


Lebanon broadcaster: Middle East needs God's supernatural love

15 October 2013 An "out-of-this-world love and an out-of-this-world faith" are what the Middle East needs at this time, SAT-7 Lebanon Executive Director Naji Daoud told UK audiences as part of SAT-7's "Hope in the Fa..


Despite obstacles SAT-7 airs mega youth conference from heart of Egypt

10 October 2013 Despite obstacles, SAT-7 airs mega youth conference from the heart of Egypt A remarkable gathering of over 10,000 young Christians in Egypt went ahead from 26 to 28 September despite Egypt's..


Christian TV Channel Celebrates Eleven Years of Broadcasting to Iran and Afghanistan

On Thursday 12 September Christian satellite TV channel SAT-7 PARS celebrates 11 years of broadcasting biblical truth in the Farsi language to Iran. Since it first aired in 2002 SAT-7 PARS has broadcast a v..


Worship Continues from Burned-Out Egyptian Church

On Sunday 8th September, Middle East Christian broadcaster SAT-7 aired footage of Egyptians worshipping in the remains of the Evangelical Church of Beni Mazar. Located in the town of Minia, Upper Egypt, it was one of ove..


Prayer for Syria 7 September 2013

Syrian church leaders have welcomed and endorsed the call of Pope Francis for a day of prayer and fasting for Syria on Saturday, 7th September. The Pope condemned the use of chemical weapons, along with all other fo..


Syrians watch SAT-7 in most embattled cities

SAT-7 broadcaster Nour Botros did not expect that Syrians living in his home country’s most embattled cities would be able to watch Just for You – Syria on SAT-7 ARABIC. He was shocked to receive feedback..


Understanding the present situation in Egypt

SAT-7 CEO explains why Egyptians see events differently Recent political events in Egypt, especially security force conflicts with the Muslim Brotherhood, have highlighted both deep divisions within Egypt and b..


SAT-7 Egypt director on crackdown aftermath

The six-week standoff between an Egyptian government installed by the army and supporters of ousted President Morsi came to a violent end yesterday (15 August) with at least 525 deaths and 3,572 injured (BBC report 15/8/..


Human Rights Journalism Award for SAT-7

The Lebanese Center for Human Rights recently granted Juliana Sfeir, on behalf of SAT-7, the Human Rights Journalism Award. Sfeir is a special projects manager at SAT-7 Lebanon and an executive producer of social impact ..


Egyptian children pray to become change-makers

Thousands of Christian children pray to become change-makers in Egypt In a country rocked by change and division, some 1,400 eight to fourteen-year-old Egyptian children last week gathered to worship and ask God to ..


SAT-7 urges prayer as mass protests and violence expected in Egypt

Egyptians expect mass anti-government demonstrations at the presidential palace and across much of the country on the weekend of 28-30 June, the 30th being the anniversary of President Morsi’s assumption of power. ..


Unite and resist fear, Canterbury tells Egypt's Christians

The Archbishop of Canterbury, The Most Revd & Rt Hon Justin Welby, told Christians in Egypt not to fear but to unite ahead of this Sunday's national day of protest against President Mohammed Morsi and the Muslim Brot..


Premier Radio interview with SAT-7 founder

On Thursday 6 June SAT-7 founder and Chief Executive Officer Dr Terry Ascott was the guest on Premier Christian Radio's Inspirational Breakfast programme. Presenters John Pantry and Nage talked to Terry wi..


SAT-7 ARABIC now live on YouTube!

SAT-7 ARABIC has been one of the first channels to take advantage of a new live broadcasting service from YouTube. On 18th May the station aired its first programme live on the YouTube Live channel, three days after ..


Syrian Church calls Day of Prayer 11 May

Syrian church leaders have called for a day of prayer for their country and its people on Saturday, 11th May. Primarily, they are calling for prayer for peace to be restored to their country, enabling all Syrians to ..


Relaunched TV studio is good news for Iran

A UK studio which produces and broadcasts programmes for Christians across the Persian-speaking world has gone live after an eight month period of rebuilding and refitting. The SAT-7 PARS studio in London is one of t..


Addressing the issues of a region in turmoil

At a time of unprecedented upheaval in the Middle East and North Africa, delegates at SAT-7's Network 2013 conference last week heard how satellite TV is helping sustain Christians in their faith and take a stronger ..


SAT-7 launches first series for Christians in Sudan

SAT-7 ARABIC begins broadcasting its first series aimed specifically at Christians in Sudan on Tuesday 5 March 2013. Critical Issues, the channel’s first series in Sudanese dialect, is a new talk show confronting f..


SAT-7 draws a crowd at Cairo Book Fair

SAT-7 became a magnet for visitors at the Cairo International Book Fair earlier this month (23 Jan-18 Feb). Although attendance was affected by the current political uncertainties, over the three weeks of this..


SAT-7 gives city-wide Iraqi forgiveness campaign international airing

SAT-7 will broadcast meetings live from a milestone city-wide campaign in Northern Iraq that has already captured the attention of secular TV stations and over 20,000 Iraqis. "Power to forgive” is a media ..


After the flood: Lebanon studio gives thanks

SAT-7's Lebanon staff are giving thanks for a swift response from supporters that helped them return quickly to normal operations after flooding caused significant damage to our Beirut studios. After torrentia..


SAT-7 on show as Egypt marks revolution anniversary

After having a successful presence at last year’s Cairo International Bookfair, SAT-7 will be attending the 44th exhibition this year from tomorrow (25 January – 5 February). The fair is the Arab wor..


Flash floods deluge SAT-7 Lebanon studio

On Monday 7 January, torrential downpours flooded the SAT-7 Lebanon offices and studios, after local flood-water defences failed. The incident occurred as strong winds and flooding caused havoc and at least one fatal..


Crawley quiz night is Good News for the Middle East

Church gets quizzical for SAT-7 A quiz night which tested the brain power of 80 churchgoers and friends in Crawley, West Sussex, recently raised hundreds of pounds for SAT-7 broadcasts to the Middle East. S..


Egypt's Christians unite to pray for the nation

(Updated 19/12/2012) SAT-7 broadcasts united night of prayer for Egypt, Thursday 13 December, on eve of referendum on constitution Less than two years after its democratic revolution, Egypt is in crisis &nd..


SAT-7 KIDS celebrates 5 years on air

SAT-7 KIDS was five years old on 10th December! It's the only Arabic-language TV channel dedicated entirely to children and has enthusiastic fans - children and Mums and Dads across the whole of the Middle East and ..


Egypt: No comfort zones but God is working

SAT-7 Egypt studio head shares news with UK churches Over a weekend when Egypt was in tumult over new powers assumed by its president , the Executive Director of SAT-7’s Egypt studio was giving UK Christians ..


Thank you for your support and prayers!

In the last couple of weeks I've been overwhelmed by the way in which SAT-7's supporters have responded to our financial needs and I wanted to send this special message of thanks to you for your gifts and prayers. ..

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Dancing with refugees

What is it like for families to live as refugees without schools or work to go to and only canvas between you and the elements? SAT-7 Lebanon producer Johnny Jalek set out to answer these questions for his viewers when h..


Celebrating Christmas with Iraqi refugees

”They are so full of hope.” Essam Nagy, SAT-7 KIDS presenter Christmas has not been cancelled in Kurdistan, where tens of thousands of Iraqi Christians are living as refugees — and SAT-7 is sharing in t..


TV station channels hope in Egypt

“Cairo is a city that never sleeps. Even at midnight, children are playing on the streets, roadside sheep-traders are open for business and drivers constantly blast their horns as they weave their way precariously ..


Closing the gap between Arab and UK Christians

At the end of the month Joyce and Rawad, presenters and musicians on SAT-7’s popular From Me to You young adults show, are coming to the UK to participate in our Encounter the Middle East evenings on 27 September a..


Celebrating women

The SAT-7 ARABIC channel’s women’s programme Needle and Thread tackles difficult issues from a hope-filled Christian perspective. Lindsay Shaw reports Photo: Sandra Wadie, one of the show's regular ..


Uniting viewers in prayer for people in conflict

Watch video Remember Those Who Suffer Through many of its broadcasts, SAT-7 links Middle East Christians - young and old - in intercession for others who suffer across the Middle East. Live maga..


True grit: Stories in the Sand

An innovative programme on SAT-7 KIDS tells Bible stories using the creative talents of Egypt’s first sand artist. In Stories in the Sand (in Arabic, "Ramleya fi Hekaya"), artist Michael Romany brings parables t..


Syrian refugee children talk miracles

"The soldiers stopped our school bus and ordered us all to get off," said Babel, a girl from the dangerous region of northern Syria, as she shared her story on SAT-7 KIDS on 20 April. "We were all terrified, but I sta..


Theological education in a game show - is that possible?

Studying Scripture is not just for pastors and teachers. Truth X-Press, a game show on SAT-7 ARABIC, is motivating young adults in their twenties to get into God’s Word. As the title suggests, Truth X-Press (..


New beginnings for Iran, Afghanistan and Tajikistan

SAT-7 PARS shares a message of new life and brings people together during the Persian New Year celebrations Last week marked the end of 13 days of Norouz—the Persian New Year celebrated in Iran, Afghanistan, an..


Seeking wise counsel in Lebanon

Asking for help can be difficult—especially with personal problems. But Scripture encourages believers to seek wise counsel (Proverbs 11:14). From the producers of an award-winning human rights campaign comes D..


Miracles and faith on the bombed streets of Baghdad

A SAT-7 crew filming on the streets of Baghdad heard startling testimonies from people living with the constant threat of terror attacks – and discovered that SAT-7 has a major presence in many people’s lives..


Volunteer shows others open door to closed lands

The possibility of using satellite television to share the Gospel in Iran seemed an incredible breakthrough when SAT-7 church ambassador Mariam* first heard of it. Alone Having grown up in Iran (her father is Irania..


Parents and children find their place 'with Jesus'

With Jesus is the latest live programme to debut on SAT-7 KIDS, which celebrated its 6th anniversary as a channel on 10 December, 2013. A colourful set, musical cast and unique segments bring the show to life. ..


Iran's satellite pastor

Rev Edward Hovsepian-Mehr pastored churches in Iran for 35 years. Since 2003 he has led the Iranian Church in London and is superintendent of a network of Iranian churches in the UK and Europe. He is one of the most infl..


Set free in Algeria

The Church in several North African countries has grown significantly in recent decades. Still, many North Africans worship in secret or follow as individual believers unable to attend a Christian church. SAT-7 ARABIC is..


Forbidden exposes honour crimes

Challenging attitudes that diminish the status of women in the Arab world is one of the social priorities of SAT-7 programmes. A number of talk shows and other programmes for women aim to build their confidence and ..


Inside a growing ministry

SAT-7 recently said goodbye to Ruth Lancaster, who was responsible for a wide portfolio of SAT-7’s UK communications – including News and Prayer, Uplink, conferences, marketing and press relations. Before she..

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""I would like to thank each one who works on my favourite channel, SAT-7. You are the source of blessing to my life. I pray that the Lord bless you and use you more for His glory.""

A Syrian woman

"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

"I am a regular viewer of the programme 'From Me to You'. I am so blessed and my spirit gets lifted up by your prayers, songs and sharing. Thank you for today's topic. We really need to change. And may the Lord work in us more and more for His glory. "

SAT-7 ARABIC viewer in the Holy Land

"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

"You speak about God so openly and lovingly, not like they did at home. Pray that I will find a Bible and know God."

"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

"My family and I came to Christ and we are big fans and regular viewers of SAT-7. God bless you."

Man from Morocco

"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

"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."


"Through Christ, you can get well and see light instead of darkness...Thank you for these programmes. They are teaching us to be better people."

Afghan father who watches SAT-7 PARS

"“A friend gave me a Bible, and I bought a satellite dish to watch your programmes. I gave my heart to Jesus. Pray for me to learn more about Christianity.”"

An Iranian viewer

"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

"I would like to thank you for your marvellous efforts in serving our children. Enough to say that we leave them in front of SAT-7 KIDS with full trust of your commitment to supplement our parenting."

Parent in Egypt

"Although I am not a Christian, because of you I am becoming closer to God."

Viewer in Kuwait

"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'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