IRAN HAS FASTEST GROWING EVANGELICAL POPULATION IN THE WORLD
Every day, SAT-7 receives more than 2,000 messages from Iran on Telegram.
Iran is one of the most dangerous countries in the world for Christians. Almost all of the Farsi-speaking churches have been closed and house churches are raided routinely, with their leaders and members arrested.
Evangelism is against the law and may even be punished by death. But despite Iran’s best efforts to stifle believers, God is at work and the church in Iran is growing rapidly! Iran has the fastest-growing evangelical population in the world, according to Operation World. Iran’s hardline approach, and violence perpetrated in the name of Islam throughout the Middle East, has caused Muslims to search for truth elsewhere. But with such a crackdown by the government against Christian worship and witness, how is the Iranian Church growing so quickly? Despite the dangers, Iranian Christians are sharing their faith.
SAT-7’s broadcasts (Christian Satellite Television) of Christian programs into Iranian homes have been one tool God is using. One Muslim woman found healing from one of SAT-7’s programs.
“My husband and I are both from very religious families,” she wrote. “I was doing all the required activities until I was diagnosed with leukaemia. A Christian friend told me to repeat, ‘If God is for me, who can be against me?’ I didn’t really understand it but I kept repeating it because I thought I was going to die.”
“One evening, I watched a film on SAT-7 called ‘God is Love,’ and there was a prayer at the end, which spoke to my heart. I knelt down and prayed the prayer. The leukaemia has gone and I feel very good now. Every day, SAT-7 receives reports from people telling them they have given their heart to Christ after watching a program on the television channel.
In addition to the programs, SAT-7 provides 24/7 support for viewers, who often have nowhere else to turn. Viewers want to know more about Jesus. Some want to pray with a Christian. Others want to share their testimony and have contact with fellow believers. SAT-7 is now using a new secure messaging app called Telegram and is posting program clips, the Bible and Christian books for people to watch and read.
Every day, SAT-7 receives more than 2,000 messages from Iran on Telegram and there have been over 60,000 Bible views. “Anyone with a satellite dish can turn on SAT-7, hear the Word of God in their language and join a global fellowship of Christians within the privacy of their own homes.”
SAT-7 The Ministry: Christian Satellite Television Transforming Lives with Hope in Jesus Christ. Since 1996, SAT-7 has been working to illuminate countries in the Middle East and North Africa with God’s love.
The ministry currently has five channels (SAT-7 ARABIC, SAT-7 KIDS, SAT-7 PARS, SAT-7 PLUS and SAT-7 TÜRK.) Each channel holds to a similar ethos – show viewers God’s love, give local churches in the region a satellite TV platform to educate and encourage their communities.
SAT-7 programs are designed to combat misconceptions about the Christian Faith in the region, work inter-denominationally and foster bridges of understanding with the much larger non-Christian majority without compromising the truth of God’s Word.
The Vision: To see a growing Church in the Middle East and North Africa, confident in Christian faith and witness, serving the community and contributing to the good of society and culture.
The Mission: To provide the churches and Christians of the Middle East and North Africa an opportunity to witness to Jesus Christ through inspirational, informative and educational television services.
The Mission and Vision were developed by the ministry’s Partners (individuals, Churches and ministries located around the world) and its International Board of Directors, the majority of whom are local Christian leaders living in the Middle East or North Africa. This International Board is the owner of the ministry and sets its core policy and goals.
SAT-7 has ministry offices and studios in Cyprus, Lebanon, Turkey and Egypt. It also has fundraising offices in Europe, the UK, Canada and the USA. SAT-7 has more than 100 local staff working in its offices in the Middle East.
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