An independent survey has shown that SAT-7’s life-changing impact on families in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) is now greater than ever.
The research, carried out by IPSOS in 2018, revealed that at least 8.6 million viewers watched SAT-7’s ACADEMY-branded education programmes, and showed a growth of 21 per cent in the number of Arab children watching the SAT-7 KIDS channel. The remarkable increase means that SAT-7 KIDS now has 5.6 million viewers, of whom 82 per cent watch regularly.
As well as a growing audience size, more SAT-7 KIDS viewers are getting in touch – the number increased by 32 per cent last year. In their many thousands of comments, children and parents reveal how SAT-7 KIDS has helped them grow and flourish. The enthusiastic response from parents is especially encouraging for a Christian channel broadcasting to a predominantly non-Christian audience.
From answered prayers, encounters with Jesus, or simply feeling less alone, each story is an encouraging glimpse into God’s transforming work throughout the region.
“Because of you, our daughter loves Jesus so much,” says Naglaa, a Christian mother in Egypt. “Through your channel, she learned that God made her special. She trusts Him so much… You are truly a big blessing in every Christian family. You are the voice of God in our homes.”
SHARING GOD’S LOVE
In a turbulent region, children dearly need to hear God’s voice of love – many for the first time. Through its dramas, game shows, cartoons, and worship programmes, SAT-7 KIDS teaches children about Jesus and instills values of love, peace and forgiveness at an early age.
Faten, from Egypt, got in touch to say:
You are like a sower, planting the Bible’s concepts in children, bringing up a new generation that will love and obey God, feel unique and accepted, be full of God’s love, and strive to make God’s love visible to the world. May God use you to expand His kingdom.”
PLANTING BIBLE TRUTHS
Encouragingly, many viewers praised new live shows.
“Family of Jesus is an amazing programme. You helped me come back to Jesus and spend quality time with Him,” says Amal, a teenager in Egypt.
Parents approve, too. “Family of Jesus is beautiful,” Amira writes. “It helps kids to know that we are all one family in Jesus Christ.”
And Shereen from Sudan shares that amazingly, her non-Christian friends follow Family of Jesus – so closely that they have memorised the theme tune.
GROWTH FOR ALL
Many viewers, such as new believer Haleem, turn to SAT-7 KIDS for spiritual support after watching.
“I believe in Jesus Christ,” he writes. “I’m writing to you to help me learn more as I don’t know what I should do. Could you help me, please?”
For many, the channel’s support makes all the difference. Mother-of-two Iman says, “Four years ago, you suggested I write out prayers and memorise Bible verses. Guess what… I discovered a real experience and a good relationship with God. Thank you for your precious advice.”
A FRIEND IN NEED
Some children, like Celine, get in touch to ask for their very own Bible.
“I’d like to thank Rita very much for this precious gift. I really appreciate it… I’m going to read the Bible every day,” the Syrian girl writes.
For others, SAT-7 KIDS is the difference between isolation and fellowship. “I love you, and I love Christ,” says Abanob. “Can I be friends with you? I am alone in Yemen. All my friends left me because I love Christ.”
And Lina from Egypt says:
From the first time I watched SAT-7 KIDS, I loved you… I am now 18 years old, and I still don’t get bored. I feel you are my second family. When my family were too busy to teach me about Jesus, you did. No words can express my love for you.”
- Praise God for the exciting increase in SAT-7 KIDS viewership, and thank Him for the children (and parents!) who come to faith through watching the channel.
- Pray for SAT-7’s educational programming, branded under SAT-7 ACADEMY, which is shown on SAT-7’s Arabic channels. Pray the programmes will have even greater impact on adults and children alike.
- Viewers have got in touch with SAT-7 KIDS from across the entire Arabic-speaking world – from Morocco to Yemen, and even Ethiopia! Pray that all those involved in the channel will make the most of this unique opportunity to broadcast God’s voice of love across the whole region.