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About SAT-7

In 1995, Dr. Terence Ascott, along with Middle Eastern Christian leaders and around twenty partner organizations working in the region, launched SAT-7: The first Arabic language Christian satellite television channel.  The channel was a pioneer in many areas, breaking ground for other ministries to follow.  In the years since its launch, SAT-7 has grown from a two-hour a week broadcast, to a network of five 24-hour channels:  
SAT-7 ARABIC (Arabic Christian programming for every age group), SAT-7 KIDS (the first and currently the only Arabic Christian channel for children), SAT-7 PLUS (The best Arabic programming from the other channels, broadcast to a different audience, over a different satellite), SAT-7 PARS (a 24 hour channel in Farsi/Persian, with some programming in Dari for Afghanistan) and SAT-7 TÜRK (Christian programming for 100 million Turkish-speakers in the region).

In a region characterized by high illiteracy rates, media censorship, and limited incomes, anyone with a satellite dish can turn on SAT-7 and hear the Word of God in his or her language. Our viewers can join a global fellowship of Christians within the privacy of their own homes -- a significant concern for those who live in violence-stricken or oppressive environments. Audience Relations Specialists are available throughout the region to counsel and pray with viewers.

↓ 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.

↓ 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.

↓ Ethos

A thoughtful ethos makes SAT-7 a unique television ministry in the region:

  • Over 80% of SAT-7 programs are created and produced by an interdenominational group of Middle Eastern and North African Christians.
  • SAT-7 programs are apolitical, culturally sensitive, and nonviolent.
  • SAT-7 does not attack other religions, so viewers from all religious backgrounds can engage in true and trustworthy presentations of the Gospel.
  • All broadcasts are free to air for viewers. SAT-7 receives its support from friends of the ministry.

↓ Where SAT-7 Broadcasts

Farsi channel SAT-7 PARS and Arabic channel SAT-7 PLUS broadcast on the Hotbird satellite (blue footprint), while Arabic channels SAT-7 ARABIC and SAT-7 KIDS broadcast on the Nilesat satellite (pink footprint). These satellite footprints reach viewers in Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, and parts of Asia.

SAT-7 TÜRK is the first and only Christian channel on the government regulated Türksat 4A satellite, with a potential viewing audience of over 50 million viewers in Turkey and many more Turkish speaking viewers in Europe and Central Asia. In 2016, the channel acquired an additional potential audience of 4 million Turks when it began broadcasting on the private subscription service, D-Smart.

Anywhere in the world, viewers can watch SAT-7 via web streaming and Internet Protocol television (IPTV). Instability and a lack of economic opportunities have provoked the migration of millions of people out of their homelands in the Middle East and North Africa. SAT-7 comforts them with encouraging biblical content in their native languages.


Middle East and North Africa countries reached by SAT-7 via satellite: Afghanistan, Algeria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.

SAT-7 also broadcasts in all of Europe and parts of western Asia.

The “10/40 window” refers to the area between 10°N latitude and 40°N latitude, encompassing Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. This region is home to billions of the most poverty stricken people of the world—each one loved by God, yet many unaware of Christ’s salvation. SAT-7 broadcasts across the western half of the 10-40 window to over 500 million men, women, and children. These satellite television broadcasts reach people more efficiently than any other available means of witness.

1040 view with country names2

For more information on how to watch SAT-7 programs, visit the Channels page.

↓ Statement of Faith

SAT-7 uses two documents to express the ministry’s Christian commitment and biblical understanding: 


  1. Nicene Creed (325, Revised 381)
  2. Lausanne Covenant (1974)

The Nicene Creed, later called the Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed, is one of the oldest and most widely recognized ecumenical professions of faith used in Christian liturgy.  It has been cited as perhaps the best description and definition of Christianity ever written.  In its 381 version, the Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed states:


          We Believe in one God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and

          earth, and of all things visible and invisible.


And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, Begotten

          from His Father before all ages, God from God, Light from Light, true

          God from true God, begotten not made, being of one substance with

          the Father, by whom all things were made.


Who for us men and for our salvation, came down from heaven, and

          was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the Virgin Mary, and was made

          man, and was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate.


He suffered and was buried, and the third day He rose again

          according to the Scriptures, and ascended into heaven, and sits on the

          right hand of God the Father. And He shall come again in glory to

          judge both the living and the dead; and His kingdom shall have no end.


We Believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of life, Who

          proceeds from the Father, Who with the Father and the Son together

          is worshipped and glorified, Who spoke by the prophets.


We Believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We

          acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins. And we look for

          the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come.




The Lausanne Covenant is one of the more influential modern statements of Christian faith, a longer document including a specific reaffirmation of the Nicene Creed and an elaboration of fifteen beliefs.  The Covenant was written and adopted by 2,300 evangelicals from 150 nations at the International Congress of World Evangelization held in Lausanne, Switzerland. 

The Lausanne Covenant commits the Christian Church to applying the gospel in relevant ways (evangelism, education, edification, transformation) in a rapidly changing world.  The Covenant expresses a desire to obey and honor God by sharing Christ and Christianity among people—loving them—and within all cultures—respecting beauty but rejecting sin—across the globe.  Read the full English language text of the Lausanne Covenant.

These statements of faith ground SAT-7’s Vision and Mission and guide the organization in program production, selection, and airing, personnel and policy decisions, and ministry with its viewers and supporting constituency.

Founded in 1995 and launched on air in 1996, SAT-7 is a Christian satellite television ministry based in Cyprus and broadcasting daily in Arabic, Farsi, and Turkish throughout the 22 countries of the Middle East and North Africa, along with 50 countries in Europe.

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