This year’s milestone International Women’s Day (8 March) highlights the world’s painfully slow progress toward gender equality and the new generation’s power to drive change. At this watershed moment, women across the Middle East – where progress has by some measures been slowest – are speaking out on SAT-7, drawing power from their Christian faith to call for the equal value that is inherently theirs.
Questions about faith, requests for Bibles, and messages of thanks and encouragement make up most of the messages SAT-7 TÜRK receives from its viewers. The surprising thing, however, is that many of these messages come from non-Christians.
SAT-7’s Katerina Parpa spoke with the aptly-named Joy Basta, a 21-year-old presenter on SAT-7 KIDS, about his first-hand experience of the upheaval and the faith that carries him through. “I want people to know that the Church here in Lebanon is full of joy because we know that we are not alone. God is with us, and He is our joy!”
Relationships between Iranians have been damaged by decades of betrayals, perceived or real, small or great. The legacy of mistrust will take a long time to undo, yet there is already evidence of that healing process in the lives of Persian-speaking believers.
The world watched in horror in 2014 as ISIS rampaged through Iraq, driving hundreds of thousands of Christians from their historic homelands. Five years on, in a town where Christian families were murdered and buried in mass graves – a town reduced to an insurgent holdout – they dance joyfully through the streets.
I have always been a firm believer that the Lord reveals Himself to those who are desperate for Him, not those who simply seek an experience of Him. Pentecost came to those who hungered after the Kingdom, His glory and His will – nothing more and nothing less.
A visit to the refugee camps in the Beqaa Valley in Lebanon is always a sobering encounter. Firstly, you encounter yourself. You find yourself staring in a mirror and there – at the end of the void – a person stands, staring at you in dreadful silence ...
Every Easter, Christians celebrate the resurrection, a yearly affirmation of this good news: It’s not over when you think it is! Desperation, stagnation, and death don’t have the final word. There is resurrection. Life always wins.
SAT-7 CEO Designate Rita Elmounayer celebrates the courageous women of the MENA region on International Women’s Day.
Open worship, free of fear, is something that Christians can often take for granted, but it is a freedom many Persian-speaking Christians in countries such as Iran, Afghanistan and Tajikistan, cannot currently enjoy.
Omeed Jouyandé explains why Herod and “all Jerusalem” had good reason to be alarmed by the arrival of a group of Magi from Parthia. But their mission was not as Herod feared – and their faith and identity remains an inspiration for Iranian Christians today.
Stretching from the Atlas Mountains down into the arid Sahara plains, North Africa – also known as the Maghreb – has a rich history. Christianity spread across the top of the region during the faith’s very earliest centuries. But few traces of this ancient presence now remain – and today, believers face pressure, rejection, and even the threat of violence.
Producers Samia and Salah Kessai are no strangers to adversity – the church they attend recently reopened after months of enforced closure. But the couple, who make impactful SAT-7 programmes on the ground in Algeria, refuse to lose heart. Their work is a vital support for those choosing to follow Christ.
It is important for us to meet with children in person when we can. It enables us to walk in our viewers’ shoes and better understand what they are facing.As the team shared God’s love, the children showed them courage and humility. SAT-7 KIDS Channel Manager Andrea Elmounayer shares why these visits are so important.
My dream is that our journey will not stop here. I hope to see more SAT-7 programs produced in North Africa. To hear more voices rising up to witness to Christ’s love, inspiring and challenging believers not only in their own region but across the Arab World.
Communicating in a culturally relevant way opened the door for deeper questions to be asked. This is an example of the richness of God’s grace. He can use aspects of a culture to reach people with the saving message of the Gospel, calling us to relationship and into His Kingdom.
Almost half of the population in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) is under 25 years old. Young people face a variety of struggles but there is one issue perhaps more pressing than any other. Rita Elmounayer, SAT-7’s CEO Designate, discusses the greatest challenge facing youth today and how SAT-7 empowers young viewers to change their future.
As this year’s World Refugee Day arrives (20 June), the Middle East retains the unenviable record of being both source and host of the largest number of displaced people in the world. But amidst their hardships, large numbers of refugees who have been shown practical love by Christians are finding a new relationship with God.
“SAT-7 ACADEMY addresses not only the immediate crisis of the Middle East but also the global crisis of education. Kids everywhere are going to school but not learning much, and parents are not learning much about parenting. So the channel addresses the whole household: the parent, the child, and teachers watching at home.”
This Easter, SAT-7 Founder and International CEO Dr Terence Ascott reflects on Jesus’ words on the cross – “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?” – and asks, what is God’s reply for the Middle East today?
As we journey through Lent this year in preparation for the glorious Feast of the Resurrection, we do so at a time when many are in vital need of the hope that salvation promises and brings.
As I spent time reflecting on Jesus’ life and death, I thought about the women of the Bible who followed Jesus to the end. What do the women in the Gospels have in common with many women in my country of Iran?
We cannot risk allowing our own Christian faith to remain indifferent or removed from the challenges facing our region.So, what does it really mean to be ashamed of Jesus today?
For decades North Africa’s young people have pushed against social, economic and religious restrictions. A Moroccan Christian shares their struggles and the new paths some are finding as they turn to Christ.
The world seems to be moving in darkness not only because of the sense of chaos and uncertainty brought on by change but because of the lack of trusted leadership and role models.
May the cry of our heart be a cry for peace, love, joy and transformation, one step at a time, one person at a time, for the birth of Christ is the hope of peace and reconciliation for the world.
“The Church in Tunisia faces a restriction that cannot be ignored: we can only profess our faith inside churches.”
"All these security measures around me add to my fear instead of making me feel secure and protected."
As the Christian community in the Middle East is increasingly under threat, the question of how believers should respond to violence becomes more and more a topic of conversation.
“We insist on creating peace,” said Wanis. “As a church we will not be scared. We will not close in on ourselves again because of one or two incidents. We will not build more walls."
Surely God knows her needs and what is the best for this sister. So why should I pray for Maryam? What difference would it or could it make?
Societies are being reshaped, and seemingly with little moral guidance or predictability. This is overwhelming enough in itself, but what makes the situation even more desperately confusing is the lack of good role models.
Despite being located in a conflict zone, the Resurrection Church has managed to establish a culture of spiritual belonging.