Pastor Cem Erçin, SAT-7 TÜRK Presenter of Essence of the Gospel and co-host of Let’s Talk, shares his unique insights into how SAT-7 TÜRK continues to support the Turkish Church during the pandemic.
“When I first started presenting Essence of the Gospel on SAT-7 TÜRK, I was lost in Istanbul one day and asked a man for directions, and although I had only produced two episodes of the program, he recognized me from TV. Turns out he was visiting from a village in the middle of nowhere, but he was still able to hear about God’s love because of television! God showed me the importance and unique value of this channel through this event.”
Misconceptions and prejudices about the Christian faith are widespread in Turkey. As a channel that supports all Christian denominations in Turkey, SAT-7 TÜRK has a vital role to play.
Answering Questions in the Midst of the Pandemic
“During this pandemic, people are rethinking their priorities. They are no longer concerned about material things such as fancy houses and big cars, but they do have a lot of questions,” explains Pastor Cem. In addition to continuing live programs, SAT-7 TÜRK responded to this need by creating a new program, Answers of Hope, in which church leaders across Turkey help to answer questions related to the Christian faith during the pandemic.
One of the most exciting and encouraging developments that Cem has witnessed during this time is that viewers have started to ask more challenging questions. “We used to get common questions such as ‘Has the Bible been changed?’, but now viewers are researching the Bible, comparing verses, and engaging with the programs, and their questions are becoming more difficult. This is a huge encouragement to us all. I believe this engagement with the channel will continue to increase because people are hungry for answers.”
Looking towards the Future
As for the role of the Church after the pandemic is over and people return to their previous routines, Pastor Cem says, “People fear that due to the virus people’s faith will be weakened, but we are seeing the exact opposite. Many are turning towards God, and I believe they will continue to do so as they re-evaluate their lives. For now, the Lord has brought us into a Sabbath in our homes, a time of rest. When churches finally reopen, I believe that many more people will come.”