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.