Shortly after partygoers at a nightclub in Istanbul, Turkey, welcomed in 2017, a terrorist opened fire on them, killing over three dozen people.
Although most of those killed and injured were Muslims, a news agency linked to so-called Islamic State (IS) claimed the atrocity was carried out on a nightclub where Christians “were celebrating their pagan feast” (their term for Christmas).
The IS-affiliated news agency also described Turkey as “the servant of the cross” and said the terrorist attack was in retaliation for Turkey’s military strikes against IS.
While terrorist attacks have made Turkey the subject of many news reports, SAT-7 TÜRK continues its television broadcasts across Turkey and beyond. Read how a live prayer programme on SAT-7 TÜRK is shining the light of God’s love across Turkey amid dark and difficult days.
The channel has recently increased security at its studio and plans to implement further measures.
Speaking about the mood of staff in the SAT-7 TÜRK office, one team member said, “I can see from their faces that people are more scared and concerned about threats and terror.”
In the opening days of 2017, terrorism also struck Iraq. Please continue to pray for peace in the Middle East and North Africa, and for SAT-7 teams throughout the region as they seek to make God’s love visible to the network’s millions of viewers.