SAT-7 TÜRK is an amazing, unprecedented opportunity for Christians in Turkey to broadcast God’s love in their country. It is the first and only Christian channel to be allowed to broadcast on the government-regulated satellite Türksat, which has an audience of 50 million in Turkey, as well as viewers in Europe and Central Asia. There is something for everyone on SAT-7 TÜRK, with regular programmes for children, youth, and women showing alongside live broadcasts and teaching programmes supporting local Christians. Since 2006, the channel has been a vital Christian voice in a country where the small minority of believers can find it difficult to share their faith. It is astonishingly well-received, with viewers of all backgrounds responding positively since its launch. While SAT-7’s main audience is Middle Easterners living in the Middle East, a growing diaspora in Europe and the US are also benefitting from the ministry, and sharing it with others.
Eli, a Turkish-born shopkeeper who now lives in London, watches SAT-7 TÜRK at his ethnic-goods supermarket and has introduced the channel to more than 50 people. When he first heard about SAT-7 from Emre, his Turkish pastor in London, Eli felt God guiding him. “The Lord said to me, ‘Buy a TV, watch that Christian channel and tell others to watch it!” He has since become a regular viewer, both at home with his wife and in his shop. Eli said, “I watch Bible study programmes and Christian films. All of them help me grow in my faith.” Born and raised in Turkey, Eli comes from a non-religious background and moved to London with his parents in his late teens.
Despite running a successful business and being happily married, Eli felt there was something missing. In 2013, he met Pastor Emre who turned his world upside down by giving him a copy of the New Testament in Turkish. “From the moment I started reading it, my life was changed,” Eli said. “The New Testament was the best gift I ever received. I had nothing before I came to Christ. Now I have everything.” SAT-7 can be viewed in the UK via satellite and the Internet. If you know any Arabic, Farsi or Turkish speakers you could help evangelise them by introducing them to SAT-7 TV.
Source: SAT-7 Turk
Bible Study: Exodus 33:13-14
DECEMBER PRAISE God for the response of Turkish viewers to SAT-7. PRAISE Him that it reaches Muslim Turks, secular Turks, and supports the Christians.
PRAY God’s grace will be delivered through it.