Amir struggled to get his autistic son the help he needed. Schools were rejecting him and getting him to learn was painstaking. Yet Amir knew that “God never makes anything bad”. On a recent episode of the SAT-7 show Speak Up, Amir shared how faith and perseverance changed his son’s future. School is a challenge for many parents. The constant […]
Being a voice
When SAT-7 first launched in 1996, a Christian viewer in Egypt was so startled to see an Arab presenter wearing a cross on TV, he called the channel straight away. “Mish Ma’oul! This is unbelievable!” he said. For more than 21 years, SAT-7 has been committed to being a voice for Christians and for many others who often go unheard in the Middle East and North Africa.
Since those first days, SAT-7 has given the region’s Christians the ability to go out from behind church walls (the only place where many MENA states legally permit them to teach and preach) to share God’s love wherever people live and are watching.
It also enables them to speak up for the equal value of women and children in patriarchal societies, to give support to people with disabilities in countries where disability is often associated with shame, and to promote dialogue and reconciliation across divided communities.
Smyrna Khalef - presenter and psychologist
Parents sometimes don’t give children a voice to explain that ‘I need to be respected; I need to be cared for; I need to be talked to in a positive manner and I will listen.’
Shoaib, presenter of 'Secrets of Life'
“For 800 years Christianity was destroyed in Afghanistan. Now the church is growing rapidly. From a handful of Christians 20 years ago, today we have thousands. Afghanistan doesn’t permit official churches. They meet in pockets of small groups and most are under 25 years old. They are the hope of the country that they will build the church.”
Challenging stigmas and discrimination
An array of programmes for women seeks to show them their God-given value. Semsa Deniz, presenter of Homemade, says, “the correct image of a normal Christian woman does not exist in Turkey. This programme wants to show a modern but ethically strong Turkish Christian woman.” Programmes like Insiders for viewers in Iran, Needle and Thread and Start from Here for Arabic speakers do a similar job of inspiring women and grappling with the challenges they face – from pressure to marry to domestic abuse.
SAT-7 has tackled the burden of stigma attached to disability in various ways, from a game show where able and disabled children competed together through to Obstacle Overcomers, a series that counters negative stereotypes by telling the stories and achievements of individuals with a range of impairments.
Programmes like Arabic current affairs show Bridges frequently spotlight cases of discrimination and persecution of Christian believers. But the show also invites representatives of different churches and faiths and various political and civil society leaders to offer a range of perspectives so that viewers can be better informed. The SAT-7 TÜRK Haber news programme is a unique TV news service for Turkish viewers, sharing worldwide news from the Body of Christ.
Middle East Christian broadcaster SAT-7 has launched a special Arabic language DVD resource to support the growing numbers of UK Christian churches and individuals who are becoming involved in resettling Syrian refugee families in the UK. The Bedtime Stories DVD resource includes six 18-minute bedtime story videos and two 50-minute episodes of SAT-7’s ground-breaking My School Arabic language education programmes. […]
A season of Christian festivals in Egypt, culminating in an event uniting an estimated 14,000 worshippers has brought hope to millions in a year that has seen ruthless attacks on the nation’s church. Christian broadcaster SAT-7 streamed The Count it Right festival (26-28 October) live to viewers across the Arab world as thousands attended for worship, teaching and encouragement. After […]
A dangerous prayer When Amira asked God for a marriage that was “out of the ordinary”, her prayer was answered – but not in the way she had expected. She and her fiancé, Farid, had a full and happy life serving alongside each other in their church until Farid’s sudden and severe kidney failure changed everything. Seven long years of […]
Spiritually fed “It’s been a year since I came to faith and everything has changed. Don’t stop with your channel: keep broadcasting programmes. God has used you to save us. We are spiritually fed by your teachings. Wherever I go, I tell people about all that I’ve learned from your programmes. People warn me not to but how can I keep […]
Grow strong despite suffering Learning to trust in God’s provision helps children in war-ravaged Syria to grow strong in their faith despite the suffering around them. A special SAT-7 ARABIC report showed how one Syrian Sunday School is helping children to depend on God – even when it comes to the toys they dearly cherish – and to give thanks for answered […]
SAT-7’s Arabic broadcasts have paid tribute to an Egyptian priest, stabbed to death on a Cairo street, and addressed the anger and anxiety of viewers with pastoral concern and biblical challenge. The channel’s live worship programme Keep on Singing last week paid tribute to Fr Samaan Shahata Rizkallah, the Coptic Orthodox priest who was killed by an assailant after he […]
Hundreds of Egyptian Christians recently gathered for a two-day worship festival in Egypt within 15 miles of a terrorist attack that claimed the lives of 28 believers in May. The Days of Harvest event at Maghagha in Minya governorate (5-6 October) was one of at least six large-scale conferences that have drawn Christians for worship and teaching and that have […]
Anger at his family’s financial struggles led Shawky to drink and becoming a violent bully. Until one night, in a drunken haze, he drove the family truck over a cliff edge. Home for Shawky* is in northern Algeria in the mountainous coastal region known as the Kabyle. It’s a rugged area where the Berber minority he belongs to have staunchly […]