By Archbishop Angaelos Archbishop Angaelos is the first Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church in London, and a Patron of SAT-7 UK. He has been awarded an OBE for his services to religious freedom. As we journey through Lent this year in preparation for the glorious Feast of the Resurrection, we do so at a time when many are in […]
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.
Religious faith has a bad image among Iran’s young adults and it’s easy to see why. Tight restrictions and harsh penalties imposed by its clerical leaders and enforced by religious police give many a very negative impression of belief – and not just their own. According to Moe Pooladfar – producer of a new SAT-7 youth show for the Persian […]
I first met Abou Younes* when he came along to the Life Center Beirut looking for help with food. His journey to Beirut had begun with a harrowing escape from Daesh/Islamic State and involved selling the last of his possessions to pay a smuggler to take his large family across the Syrian border into Lebanon. They just had the […]
Egyptian mother, Nahla Faheem, is inspiring Christian parents today as she looks back on her daughters’ short lives and the suicide bombing that stole them from her. One year after the bombing of St Peter and Paul’s Coptic Church in Cairo that left 25 people dead, she spoke to presenter Magda Gad on SAT-7’s Speak Up programme. A pendant containing […]
A Christian choir asked to perform at an inter-governmental meeting in Sudan in order to promote peace and goodwill have appeared on SAT-7 ARABIC for the second time. Viewers of the first appearance by Sudan’s Candlelight choir deluged the channel with enthusiastic comments, delighted by the multiracial choir’s lilting praises. Keep on Singing producer Andrew Gamal therefore had no hesitation […]
Egyptian Christians welcomed a very special guest at a recent celebration for the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in Cairo. Bishop Heinrich Bedford-Strohn from Germany spoke at the event, which was held on 18 November and also featured a powerful performance of worship songs through the ages. The Bishop, who is chairman of the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD) council […]
While the younger generation in much of the Persian world is disillusioned by its hard line religious leaders, their thirst for spiritual reality remains strong. Every week Iranians contact our Audience Response Teams for spiritual advice and prayer and many speak of how their lives have been transformed when they have turned to Christ. More occasionally such encouraging stories also […]
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 […]