A SAT-7 children’s show visiting Syria found churches full of displaced people learning about Jesus for the first time. Almost a thousand children – including hundreds from non-Christian backgrounds – gathered in the Syrian cities of Tartus, Bloudan, and As-Suwayda to meet presenter Mina Awny and the SAT-7 production team of Family of Jesus. The popular children’s show mixes music, […]
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.
Amid a rise in religious intolerance “sensitivity” is key, Alistair Burt told delegates at a Conservative Party fringe event on Wednesday 3 October. “Incidents of religious intolerance and religious discrimination are on the rise across the globe,” Rt Hon Alistair Burt, Minister of State for the Middle East, said on Wednesday. He was speaking at a prayer breakfast on religious […]
Producers Samia and Salah Kessai are no strangers to adversity – the church they attend recently reopened after months of enforced closure. But the couple, who make impactful SAT-7 programmes on the ground in Algeria, refuse to lose heart. Their work is a vital support for those choosing to follow Christ. Like many Christian leaders in Algeria, Samia and Salah […]
Soap operas are hugely popular in Turkey. But former soap actor Şemsa Deniz Tolunay reckons she has landed an even better role as host of the first live Christian women’s show available on Turkey’s national TV satellite platform. Homemade is a daily weekday show on SAT-7 TÜRK, the Turkish language channel of SAT-7. Since January 2015, the 50 million subscribers […]
A recent survey about SAT-7 PARS shows that large numbers of viewers are growing in their personal relationship with God by watching the channel. Almost one in four viewers said they had committed to following Jesus, and over 60 per cent said that SAT-7 PARS helped them grow in their faith.* “We bypass censorship and borders to present God’s life-changing message,” shares SAT-7 PARS […]
Poverty after his father’s murder drove Rustam to robbery before a Damascus-style conversion brought him to Christ. Now a pastor who has served in both Tajikistan and Afghanistan, he recently recorded SAT-7’s first discipleship series for Tajik viewers. Growing up with 10 siblings in one of the poorest countries of the former Soviet Union meant that life for Rustam Begaliev […]
SAT-7 is entering a new season in the coming months, with a transition in leadership and two key departures from its international office. The first of these changes is that Rita Elmounayer, SAT-7 Deputy CEO and Chief Channels Officer, has been appointed as CEO Designate by the SAT-7 International Council, replacing Dr Terence Ascott as CEO. The transition of responsibility is likely […]
“I have no doubt in my mind that in the Arabian peninsula there’s easily ten million Christians,” says Venerable Bill Schwartz, OBE, Anglican Archdeacon in the Gulf and Chaplain of Qatar. Speaking at SAT-7’s NETWORK conference in April 2018, Schwartz spelt out some of the astonishing results of the region’s meteoric economic development, driven by oil wealth. Most notable is how […]
10 July 2018 A recent viewer survey by Christian satellite and digital TV channel SAT-7 produced hundreds of viewer testimonies, demonstrating how SAT-7 is changing perceptions towards Christianity and providing valuable support for believers across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Over 5,000 people responded to an online viewer survey, which was promoted on social media and on three […]