Every academic year at Bethlehem Bible College, we look forward to welcoming new hard-working students who carry big dreams in their hearts! Bethlehem is a small town, true, but it has big dreams: dreams that awaken dormant souls and fly higher than any walls. Once I had a big dream to serve God with all I had. In His faithfulness […]
Although Christians are a numerical minority in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), many people are unaware that the Church has maintained a witness here since the first centuries of Christianity. Over a long history, it has obeyed Jesus’ command to “Go and make disciples”, but this has not always been easy. In the last century, wars, persecution, economic and other woes have taken their toll and the number of believers remaining in the region has declined sharply.
This makes SAT-7’s ministry to those who remain – and to new believers coming to Christ from other backgrounds – even more significant. Since 1996, when satellite television was in its infancy in the MENA, SAT-7 has given gifted Christian teachers and communicators in the region a unique tool to engage and disciple the people of the region.
An Iranian viewer
"I must thank you for your great support and for the practical and useful programmes that you make. Your programs have helped me to create an atmosphere of faith and belief in my home based on the teachings of Christ. Thank you."
Viewer from Egypt
"I owe you a thank you for the episode about the couple who shared their testimony on the program Speak Freely. I have been praying for a couple and I was about to lose hope but after I watched the episode I am continuing to pray for them regardless the long years and the wounds. God is able to renew, transform the worst marriage to the most beautiful marriage. Thank you and please pray with me for them."
Growing the Church
Through Bible teaching programmes, live and recorded worship services, life-related discussions, documentaries and even quiz programmes, SAT-7’s Arabic, Farsi and Turkish language discipleship programmes teach and equip new and more established believers. Programmes for children – like Why is That? in Arabic, Sunlight Moonlight in Farsi and Kids Clubin Turkish – ground them in the Christian faith when many will only learn about the majority faith in their school and surrounding culture.
Discipleship programmes for people coming to Christ from a background of no faith or another religion enable them to establish a vibrant relationship with God that they have never previously known. Isolated believers who cannot attend any church are linked to the wider Christian community and receive encouragement and inspiration. And theological training, for example, our TEACH (Theological Education for Arab Christians at Home) and SOTA broadcasts (Seminary of the Air for Farsi speakers), give vital understanding and skills to equip those God is calling to minister effectively in the local church and community.
Sing despite difficult circumstances “We have the right to sing despite all the difficult circumstances around us. James 1:2 says “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.” We thank the Lord because He is with us just as He was with […]
Rescued from a bitter life “We were stampeding like pigs not knowing where to go. We had no peace in the house.” This was family life for Amrouche after he first married and started a young family. Talking to SAT-7’s Algeria-produced testimony programme Free Souls, he looked back on his younger self and said, “I never knew honesty or integrity, […]
There are only a few people that have the “it” factor. “It” being a characteristic that destines one for great things; sometimes as big as changing the world! To me, 12-year old Mahala* is one of those people. I first saw Mahala confidently marching to the podium of my church in Beirut. With perfect poise, she gave a 10-minute sermon […]
Youthful energy, enquiry and potential. These aren’t characteristics that immediately spring to mind when we think of the Arab world. But in a region where one third of the population is aged 15-29 and another is under 15, they reflect the dynamic potential of these countries, if only obstacles like conflict, weak political participation, scant job opportunities, and discrimination didn’t […]
We See Wonders The end of June saw 3,000 Christians gathered together in Lebanon to praise and worship God. Organised by Resurrection Church Beirut, in collaboration with Kasr El Dobara Church in Egypt, the ‘We See Wonders’ event aimed to encourage Christians across Lebanon through the power of unity in prayer and praise. Pastor Hikmat Kashouh from the Resurrection Church […]
Back to school? As every school child knows, September is the month when the sun finally sets on the summer holidays and a new school year gusts in! But over 13.4 million children in the Middle East and North Africa will have no school place to go to this autumn. That’s due to conflict, poverty or discrimination. And many refugee […]
Founder and CEO of Christian satellite TV broadcaster SAT-7, Dr Terence Ascott, painted a gloomy picture of the Middle East in its 2016 Annual Report. Warning that the entire region was “going backwards in development terms”, he pointed to a series of grim statistics that underline the crisis across the Middle East right now. The Arab World comprises just 5% […]