When 13 Iranian Christians were recently arrested in three different cities in Iran, at least four women were among them. As Iranian women play a vital ministry role even under threat of arrest, Mojdeh*, who spent 40 days in prison in Iran, encourages SAT-7 PARS viewers with how God’s “utterly tangible presence” sustained her there.
On a special edition of Keep on Singing, featuring churches from the Gulf, Syrian couple Rev. Wael Haddad and his wife, share their testimony of how God intervened at the eleventh hour so they could relocate their ministry to Dubai, right before witnessing their home in Syria destroyed by the war. Read more on how the program plans to connect with churches across the region.
He was born in Iran. His parents were not Christians. He grew up in a time when persecution was hitting the Iranian Church hard. So how did Reza Jafari become the presenter of new SAT-7 PARS show Signal, which inspires and encourages so many Christians? In one word: Immanuel.
Since the Arab Spring of 2011, Syria continues to be torn by war until today. Debilitated infrastructure, lack of security, inflation, armed conflicts and continuous displacement of people, mark daily life in Syria. Mina Awny, Presenter of Family of Jesus on SAT-7 KIDS, traveled to Syria to give hope to children still living there. He shares a personal account of his visit.
Last year Iran was severely affected by widespread flooding, causing significant loss of life. Amidst the chaos and fear, several viewers of SAT-7’s Persian channel got in touch to ask for prayer – including one mother, Nadee*, and her son, Kamran*, who prayed for a miracle.
“I remember when I was around 14 years old, I said to Jesus, ‘I want to go deeper with you. I want to learn the meaning of love from you, not from the world.’ So that was when I started my journey with Him.””
“There was no one to ask after me and many nights I went to bed and told myself that I have no God. I would gaze at the sky and wonder why I had to endure such hardship.”
Alborz’s* life was devastated when his 25-year-old brother was killed by the Taliban in Afghanistan. Consumed with hate, Alborz spent years seeking revenge, but it was only through forgiving his brothers killers that he found true healing.
“It all started when I was a child, playing with my friends at the beach,” he writes. “I saw a man dressed in white and riding a white horse, only a few metres away. I pointed him out to my friends, but they didn’t see him.”
“Nothing in the world could bring me any joy,” says Ladan*, a SAT-7 PARS viewer from Iran, as she shares her radical testimony. “I chased everything you can imagine, but instead of finding peace I found myself drowning in darkness.”
Pentecost has special significance for Somayeh*, because it was the day that she became a Christian. It was also the day, several years later, when she was arrested for worshipping Jesus.
Iraqi schoolgirl Myriam, whose message of forgiveness for ISIS ‘captured millions of hearts’ when it went viral, urges Christians to pray and bring hope to refugee children. SAT-7 documentary Sequel of Hope broadcasted her family’s message of hope after returning to their hometown of Qaraqosh.
When Gülsüm started working with a small TV channel in Turkey, she dreamed of moving on to bigger and better things. She had no idea that God would use the experience to completely transform her life.
A young man in his mid-twenties from Afghanistan, and a former member of the Taliban, Jamal is already a veteran of major life events. “I was young and loved rifles,” Jamal recalls.
“As soon as I stepped inside the church, I felt like I had entered a different world, and I was filled with peace. When I look back on it, I realise that it was the Holy Spirit.”
“I have worked since I was eight years old and I have never experienced happiness in my life. I have researched religion thoroughly and enjoy reading books. For some time, I was with an extremist group and then separated myself from them.”
After fleeing conflict in Syria, Maha and Samira now live with their husbands and children as refugees in Lebanon. Here they share some of their struggles as they bring their children up in uncertain times, and the hope they have finally found by experiencing God’s love.
In a part of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) where most Christians have immigrated or fled for safety, a little voice of faith is growing. Ten-year-old Rita, the youngest choir member of Mar Boulos Church in Baghdad, Iraq, stands out with her exceptional vocal skills.
A woman struggling with her husband’s addiction is a common story in today’s Iran. The solution is hard to find, but all it took for Sahar and Peyman was a shared taxi ride and a faithful Christian sharing the Good News with those around her.
Fady and his wife Marian are so enthusiastic about the SAT-7 KIDS channel, they drove into Cairo from their home in Tanta, 100 km away, to tell us about it.
At a time of great hardship, they turned to Jesus – and since then, He has done miracles in their lives. Here Sedat and Gülay Torun share their remarkable story and their love for SAT-7 TÜRK.
An Egyptian mother was plunged into despair by her son’s sudden death. But in her darkest moments, Jesus comforted her in the most powerful way. Sharing her story with SAT-7 ARABIC viewers, the woman revealed how God turned her sorrow and struggle to joy and fulfilment.
After his father died, teenager Kivanҫ tried to bury his pain and questions in drinking, smoking and partying. In a video interview they tell their story for SAT-7 TÜRK series 180 Degrees with Christ.
“I’m writing you this letter to tell you the true story of how I met you for the first time. Eighteen years ago, when I was alone in that room, I was looking for God’s love and a better life.”
Miltan Danil was a drug addict and gang member in Iran for ten years before a miraculous encounter with God radically changed his life. Now, his story is bringing hope to thousands in Iran and beyond.
“I no longer feel the need to lie, gossip or use deception to further my ways. Something inside me keeps me from returning to my old way of doing things.”
“I thank the Lord for all the wonderful things He did in my life. In the beginning, I blamed Him for my situation and compared myself to other people. But with time and the practice that God put me through, I understood His will in my life.”
“The Lord protected us. I was afraid but I prayed all the time in the bus against these evil wars against us.”
My journey to faith in Jesus Christ and service in Morocco has involved many twists and turns, but my life began like that of any other Moroccan.
“We were stampeding like pigs not knowing where to go. We had no peace in the house.” This was family life for Amrouche after he first married and started a young family.
“I realised that we are all bearing the Cross in different ways, just like Jesus did.
It’s a humble reminder of the sacrifice He made for our salvation.”
“What do I have to fear?” she asks, “They are the ones that will be fearing after death if I don’t tell them about Jesus.”
As Aziz stood in a destroyed church, he was overcome by a vision of what the church must have looked like in happier times.
Then he started to reassess everything he had believed in and Jesus broke through.
"It was not easy to live all your life as one thing and then decide to become a Christian.”
I thought God would never hear my voice because I am nothing."
“I did not know what it was about, but through my steady follow-up of Assanabel, I began to understand little things of what she said.”
"We were all terrified, but I started praying and in a strange way felt totally at peace."
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