Young children in Turkey are learning essential Christian values through the engaging banter of the hosts on SAT-7 TÜRK Kids. With her friendly and bubbly character, ‘big sister’ Nora Yazırlıoğlu presents the new season of SAT-7 TÜRK Kids, alongside her sassy special guest Zi, a lovable sheep puppet.
“There just isn’t anything like this on any of the other channels we can get here,” explains a mother in Turkey. “The program provides such a fantastic opportunity for me to explain to my children what we believe as Christians in ways they understand.”
The Christian population in Turkey is small, diverse and in need of support. There are ethnic Christian minorities who are trying to live out their faith in a country that has a 98 percent Muslim population, and there are new believers who are unsure how to raise their children with Christian morals. In a country where Christian resources are scarce, SAT-7 TÜRK is fulfilling a need and supporting Christian families within Turkey. By helping children learn positive values, SAT-7 TÜRK Kids is ensuring that its viewers have the best possible start to life, thereby investing in the change-makers of tomorrow.
“It is vital for SAT-7 TÜRK to have biblical programming for children,” shares Melih Ekener, Executive Director of the channel. “By airing interactive children’s programs, such as SAT-7 TÜRK Kids, we’re appealing to both children and parents, [sharing] how to grow up in a Godly way.”
During the program, Nora sets a daily task for the children. These tasks encourage young children to build healthy relationships and to engage with their environment in a positive way. For example, some tasks include ‘love animals and help them’ or ‘list why you are grateful to your mother.’ As they participate in these tasks, young children develop skills to have a positive influence in their society as they grow up.
Ege Ekener (pictured below) encourages children to be curious about the world around them. Dressed in a lab coat, Ege shares ‘Pearls of Wisdom’ – interesting facts about the human body, animals, and the environment.
Children enjoy varying segments, including children’s songs, crafts, and stories from the Bible. However, the message of the Gospel and God’s love for children remains a constant throughout the series.
Pray for Children in Turkey
Please pray for this new season of SAT-7 TÜRK Kids, that it would reach children across Turkey in need of hearing about God’s love for them. Pray that the children watching the program will engage with Nora and Zi, that they will complete the tasks, and thereby build healthy relationships with friends and family. Please pray for all children in Turkey, whether they are Christian, non-Christian, Turkish, or refugees from surrounding war-torn countries.