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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
People are coming to faith in Iran in larger numbers than ever before. But sadly, a lack of Christian teaching, combined with the isolation that many new Iranian believers face, causes many to fall away. SAT-7 PARS show Question Mark seeks to support new believers in these critical early stages of their journey. The 90-minute live show is entirely dedicated […]
The Association of Protestant Churches in Turkey (TEK) has chosen a new president and board of directors, reports SAT-7’s Turkish channel, SAT-7 TÜRK. Following voting by other pastors, Mr Ali Kalkandelen, the pastor of Life Family Church, Istanbul, was elected as the new president of TEK. The association, which began informally in the 1980s and was formally established in 2009, […]
PRAYERS ANSWERED! After seven months of closure, in June 2018, the authorities finally opened the church in Aïn Turk! Praise the Lord! SAT-7 friends and producers in Algeria had asked for prayer after their church was closed by the local authorities. The church in Aïn Turk, near the north-western town of Oran, was sealed off in late 2017 by police, […]
Pastor Ramazan Arkan leads two congregations in Antalya, southern Turkey, just 12 miles from where Paul and Barnabas planted a church in New Testament times. He shares his own journey to Christ and how a growing church is reaching out to many young seekers in this city of two million people. Like most people, Ramazan Arkan is often faced with […]