“This channel changes lives,” says Sarah.* “The Holy Spirit touches viewers, because faith comes by hearing.”
Before she became a Christian, Sarah’s life was a mess. The 60-year-old Algerian says,
God saved me from darkness and hell. Now I’m a believer, I feel great. I love God, and I see His hand at work. I’m free in Christ. I’m so happy with the Algerian programs, because I understand them. Programs in our dialect are very easy for us, and they touch our hearts.”
Although Sarah can understand other forms of Arabic, she only speaks the local dialect.
Seekers Watching in Secret
Seekers often watch SAT-7 in secret, for fear of how their families and friends would react. “They change when they hear these testimonies,” Sarah says. But new believers in Algeria often face pressure or rejection from their family and friends. Sarah is unable to live with her two sons because of her Christian faith. And, biblical resources can be hard to come by in Algeria.
Sarah explains, “Even if we are believers, we might not show Jesus’ light in our lives, because we lack knowledge about how to live as true Christians.”
“Whenever she speaks, God uses her”
Believers at all stages of faith need discipleship and teaching. Sarah and her friends especially love the women’s program You Are Precious, presented by Samia Kessai (pictured left). The show, which tackles difficult social issues, also has Kabyle subtitles for Amazigh (formerly referred to as Berber) viewers. Sarah says,
We are blessed by this program. Samia speaks for us Christian women. Many people have testified that they’ve been transformed by watching her program. She is amazing. Whenever she speaks, God uses her. Many women call the number on-screen to seek help for their marriages.”
“I ask God to work in my heart”
These days, Sarah is experiencing the joy of supporting others in her church. She says, “I ask God to work in my heart, so I can be a mother to all of them. Everything is for the glory of Jesus Christ.”
For North Africans, hearing the Gospel in their own dialect is a priceless gift. You can help SAT-7 minister to more viewers like Sarah today.
*Viewer names and photos are for illustrative purposes only.