SAT-7's highlights of 2018
This year marked our twenty-second year of broadcasting God's love to the Middle East and North Africa through satellite television. We have seen amazing responses to our ministry in 2018, with viewers engaging with us in increasing numbers. Over 900 people now contact our viewer support teams every day!
Click below to read our full Annual Report, or keep scrolling to see some of our highlights from the past year.
2018 in numbers
*According to a 2017 SAT-7 PARS viewer survey, 66 out of 288 viewers said they had committed to following Jesus as a result of watching the channel.
Social media project for parents
SAT-7's Arabic-language channel launched a new social media project, Tawla, which aims to impact a new generation of parents. Mamaland, a programme series offered on Tawla's Facebook page and website, caters particularly to mothers in the Arab world. Its content has already reached a staggering 19 million people, with over 560,000 people commenting or sharing posts.
Reaching more Afghans than ever
Following the launch of the channel on the Yahsat satellite in 2017, hundreds more viewers from Afghanistan started contacting SAT-7's Persian-language channel. To better serve these viewers, the channel's Audience Relations team recruited a Dari-speaking volunteer to engage with Afghans in their own dialect.
New technology in the studios
With only a small production team working at the Istanbul studios for SAT-7's Turkish channel, the current level of live programming and scheduled recordings can be overwhelming. In 2018, four robotic cameras were installed to alleviate all cameramen from having to attend every production. This is a real answer to prayer.
Family of Jesus visits Syria
Team members from SAT-7 children's programme Family of Jesus travelled to Syria in August 2018, visiting three churches in the cities of Tartus, Bloudan and As-Suwayda. The crew spent time with over 200 Syrian children from each church, who had experienced trauma from war and terrorism. The team sang and prayed with the children, and reminded them that they are always part of God's family.
Thank you [SAT-7] so much for this day, I enjoyed it so much. We had so much fun. We learned about Jesus. He is with us wherever we go. He can silence all the storms, even the war. I’m not afraid of anything now with Jesus.” SAMI, SYRIA