Over the last year, SAT-7’s Persian channel has seen a significant surge in responses from viewers in Afghanistan wanting to know more about the Christian faith. The huge increase in viewer responses came after the channel launched on a second satellite platform, Yahsat, a year ago. Compared to Hotbird, the satellite platform SAT-7 PARS has been broadcasting on since 2006, […]
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.
Syria again took centre-stage in the Middle East after a suspected chemical attack threatened to spark a wider international confrontation. On 7 April, a suspected chemical attack on Douma, the last rebel-held area in Eastern Ghouta, triggered the latest crisis in the conflict in Syria. After an intensified bombing campaign by Syrian and Russian forces, rebel groups had already […]
A new SAT-7 ARABIC discussion show is revealing the important role Christians have played in building Arab societies and culture. With the input of guests from across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), House of Wisdom raises awareness of the region’s Christian past and key historical figures, including poets, physicians, and scientists. The programme’s title comes from the name of a landmark academic […]
New SAT-7 KIDS show Chat-o seeks to answer the everyday questions of Middle Eastern children by turning to the guidance of the Bible and its heroes. Growing up in the Middle East can be tough for children, particularly when they have no one to turn to for advice. “Children ask why they lost their loved ones, others ask why they […]
Lindsay Shaw reflects on a visit to Egypt over Eastern Palm Sunday Last Saturday I stood on the spot where 18 people lost their lives to a suicide bomb just one year ago. I was in the gateway of St Mark’s Coptic Cathedral in Alexandria, with local SAT-7 colleagues and three UK journalists. We had come to see SAT-7’s work […]
As part of our Lent ‘Hear My Voice’ series, SAT-7 Founder and International CEO Dr Terence Ascott reflects on Jesus’ words on the cross – “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?” – and asks, what is God’s reply for the Middle East today? Like believers around the world, the Christians of the Middle East and North Africa often […]
Iran is one of the most dangerous countries in the world to be a Christian, and there are thousands of underground Iranian believers practising their faith in secret. For those with no one to talk to about Jesus, SAT-7 has become not just a television channel, but also a virtual pastor, church, community and friend. But beyond the channel, our […]
Turkey has a rich Christian heritage stretching back to the Early Church. But today, because of centuries of discrimination, attacks and social pressure, there are fewer than 200,000 believers left – less than 0.2 per cent of Turkey’s population. These believers are often isolated and lack resources in their own language, so SAT-7’s Turkish channel may be the only support […]
The Middle East is home to a wealth of diverse Christian traditions. Nowhere is this more true than in Lebanon, where Christians represent 40% of the population and include Maronite, Orthodox, Melkite, Protestant and Armenian Apostolic believers. SAT-7 celebrates this rich diversity of Christian heritage and worship, and recently filmed a series of music videos in Lebanon which aim to […]