Twenty-four hours after the deadly blast that devastated Beirut, SAT-7 ARABIC broadcast a live program to stand with their city in its pain, questioning, and search for hope. From the SAT-7 Lebanon studio, three church leaders offer spiritual support to help people battered by multiple waves of adversity to take heart and carry on.
With Lebanon’s economy and currency in freefall, families who have lost everything are bartering all they own to try to feed their children. On the SAT-7 ARABIC program You Are Not Alone, images of empty fridges and the story of a desperate, yet dignified father build to one cry: please unite in prayer for Lebanon.
SAT-7 ACADEMY’s educational resources are being packaged and presented on YouTube for children currently out of school, primary care givers and education focused NGOs working on the ground that have had to suspend education activities due to the coronavirus lockdown.
As fears spread in the wake of new coronavirus cases, Family of Jesus comforts children in the Middle East with the peace of Christ. In the first episode of its new season, the SAT-7 KIDS worship program also highlights the sacrificial service of Chinese Christians, combats misinformation, and leads viewers in prayer for China.
A new program, Who Am I?, reaches out to Algerian women, helping them to draw encouragement, and enrich their relationship with Christ, through stories of women in the Bible. The latest episode featured a story of a woman who sinned and felt condemned, until she experienced God’s mercy and forgiveness.
As we celebrate World Education Day (24 Jan), SAT-7 ARABIC launches a new season of Follow Up, a first-of-its-kind program with education’s role in peace-building at its heart. "Education is the arms that will build a better world, and by supporting education programming, you are working for peace,” says Dr Nada Mouawad, Presenter of Follow Up.
Current tensions between the United States and Iran could further threaten the rights of religious minorities in the Middle East. New short videos on SAT-7 PARS’ Insiders program will support the Persian speaking Channel in its advocacy to inform viewers in Iran, Afghanistan, and Tajikistan of their rights to freedom of religion and belief.
This Christmas, SAT-7 KIDS brings light and hope to displaced Syrian children at a centre in Damascus, where staff use its programs both during advent and year-round. “We really see how God is working in the children,” says Sarah*, who works at the facility for displaced, orphaned, and vulnerable children in Damascus.
As today (20 November) is Universal Children’s Day and the 30th anniversary of the Convention of the Rights of the Child, Christian broadcaster SAT-7 KIDS is championing for children. In a region where childhoods are often cut short, year-round the channel raises awareness of children’s rights among its young viewers, their parents, and wider society in the MENA
When the church began helping Syrian refugees, its members found they needed healing themselves – and the Holy Spirit worked powerfully, turning their anger and pain to forgiveness.
Many children in the Middle East and North Africa are growing up without learning to show tolerance to those different from them. This gives them little chance to challenge extremism, or to become peacemakers in their divided, unequal region. But we can change this ...
SAT-7 TÜRK recently celebrated its fourth anniversary of broadcasting Turkish-speaking Christian programs. As the only Christian television channel on the Turkish government’s Türksat, it is a unique and valuable source of information about Christianity for millions.
In an effort to engage Persian-speaking children with stories about Jesus, the creative team at SAT-7 PARS are producing a new animated Bible series.
SAT-7 TÜRK HABER is highly regarded among the Christian community in Turkey, becoming a first point of contact relating to news about Christians.
“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.
The first modern commentary on the Bible by scholars from across the Arab churches is launched in Cairo. In a region where only a few contemporary Christian books are in Arabic and written by people living in an Arab context, it is also the fulfilment of a dream.
21 March 2019 - Today is Nowruz, Persian New Year, and SAT-7 CEO Designate, Rita Elmounayner, reflects on how this celebration can remind us all of the hope and new life we have in Christ.
When worship programme Keep on Singing broadcast a special episode from Jordan, God used it in a very powerful way. “You have made history for Jordan,” one musician said – and SAT-7 ARABIC viewers agreed.
Many young children in Syria have known nothing but war. Their entire lives have been marked by violence and loss. But the children SAT-7 KIDS met on a recent visit were anything but broken.
A recent SAT-7 viewer survey produced hundreds of encouraging viewer testimonies, demonstrating how SAT-7 is providing valuable support for isolated believers across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).
At SAT-7 we are passionate about making God’s love visible across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), constantly striving to improve the quality of our programming and grow our audience. In this article we outline some of the strategic goals we are focusing on over the next five years in order to have an even greater impact in the region.
As divorce rates skyrocket in the Middle East, the new program From Heart to Heart is encouraging couples to open up about their struggles. To help viewers build strong relationships, the live show’s married Presenters bravely share their own issues and bring a biblical perspective.
Children affected by conflict in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) can feel miserably lonely and vulnerable. With Family of Jesus, a new live prayer and worship show, SAT-7 KIDS shows these and other isolated young people that with Christ, they never have to be alone.
Getting onto the Türksat satellite was a dream for many years before it became reality in 2014. Now Melih Ekener, the channel’s Executive Director, says “we see miracles every day.”
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.
The conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) are seldom out of the headlines. But the social issues that can contribute to violence – such as deep-seated division and lack of tolerance – often simmer below the surface.
In the region where Jesus was born, Christian history is often overlooked. With engaging history programs, SAT-7 gives Middle Eastern believers the keys to their own heritage. Knowing the facts helps believers stand firm in their faith, and respectfully countering misconceptions.
Of the 25 MENA countries where SAT-7 is watched, 22 are among the worst places in the world for Christians. As believers in the region face persecution and struggle without rights and resources, SAT-7 supports them to follow Jesus.
Exactly three years after the beheading of 21 Christians on a Libyan beach horrified the world, a new church in the Egyptian village of Al-Aour has been dedicated in their memory. SAT-7 filmed the packed inauguration service (15 February, 2018) at the new Church of the Martyrs of Faith and Homeland.
SAT-7 and associate ministry Light for All Nations (LFAN) Ministries teamed up recently to record the first on-the-ground footage in Raqqa, Syria after ISIS militants left. The two networks co-produced the documentary, Al Raqqa: between Yesterday and Today, presenting a message of peace and solidarity with Syrians.
This year’s days of carolling and feasting has now past for most of the West, but for many in the Middle East and North Africa, Christmas is just about to begin.
From the depths of unimaginable pain and loss, the people of Syria are crying out for healing. They have witnessed the worst of humanity and are afraid of what the future holds. As any of us would, they are desperately asking, “Why?”
"I see anxiety affecting people from different countries, in the region – anyone who feels unsettled and unsure about their future.” - Psychologist Smyrna Khalaf
Featuring a variety of successful guests inspires our young audience to dream big, and to stand firm in their faith while pursuing their careers.
“What makes this program special is that youth are talking to youth,” explains Makeen. “The episodes are quick and short, they work well on TV as well as on social media.”
SAT-7 ACADEMY comes as an answered prayer and an answered call. We find that the timing of SAT-7 ACADEMY is perfect for the region.”
“We invite isolated Christians in North Africa to join us and, at the same time, we give an example of how to organise a simple worship occasion in people’s homes.”
Little Painter, a Farsi language children’s program, offers small children the chance to enjoy childhood and learn the love of Jesus in a wonderland of creativity and self-expression.
"SAT-7 is providing a platform for meaningful Christian messages of reconciliation and forgiveness in the midst of violence and people’s pain.” - Dr Ascott
SAT-7 ARABIC’s counselling program for women, Speak Up, reaches out to mothers of traumatised children, offering support and advice.
The 26 May attack on Christians in Minya, Egypt, left many young believers questioning if God has abandoned them. SAT-7 KIDS’ program Why Is That? addresses their concerns.
As Egypt’s Coptic community was left reeling from yet another deadly attack, SAT-7 ARABIC’s current affairs program Bridges presented a vital Christian viewpoint on the threat believers face from extremists.
Displaced from their homes and often unable to access health care, refugees are particularly vulnerable to an array of physical and mental health problems. SAT-7 is helping them to help themselves find healing through a series of short medical information segments.
“For Christians, the Roman Catholic Pope’s visit to Egypt shows solidarity and support in such difficult times,” says SAT-7 Arabic Channels Programme Director, George Makeen.
Aoun addressed this message to Middle Easterners, spurring them on to remain steadfast in hope through the many current challenges and difficulties in life.
Thousands of Christians gathered in Wadi Natroun, Egypt, for the International Prayer Conference, singing Hosanna to the King of kings.
We aren’t just singing songs of praise to the Lord but we are also a heavenly church awaiting heaven.
Despite being located in a conflict zone, the Resurrection Church has managed to establish a culture of spiritual belonging.
Many families are in a state of fear and shock. Several have lost their loved ones, relatives and friends as a result of these attacks.
“I can see from their faces that people are more scared and concerned about threats and attacks.”
Iranian viewers are expressing how their lives are transformed through the messages of our programs.
Christians are paying the price for the conflict between the government and the extremists.