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SAT-7’S Annual Conference

Tuesday 19 April 2016, by SIGNIS

Nicosia, April, 19th, 2016 (SAT-7). This year, SAT-7 is celebrating its 20th anniversary. On this occasion, 350 people gathered at the annual conference, Network 2016, in Nicosia, April 6-8th.

This year’s special program celebrated how God has used satellite TV to bring hope and love into the homes of millions across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) over the past 20 years. Many people participated in the meeting: from international supporters to official partners, church leaders of various denominations, local VIP’s and staff from SAT-7 offices and studios...

Dr Terence Ascott, founder and CEO, shared how SAT-7’s story is testament to God’s faithfulness. “Without a doubt, God has provided for this ministry in a miraculous way – in terms of people, funding, security and overcoming many obstacles.”

More than 80 percent of the content on SAT-7’s five channels – SAT-7 ARABIC, SAT-7 PARS, SAT-7 TÜRK, SAT-7 KIDS and SAT-7 PLUS – is today produced by local Christians. Throughout the conference, participants were able to hear reports from each of the channels. Many viewer testimonies, video clips and samples of programming content were shared.

The growth of the channels, and the organisation as a whole, has been phenomenal. Today, SAT-7 operates from 11 different locations internationally, with over 840 hours of programming aired every week. 31 May 2016 marks 20 years from the date of the first broadcast; a very different time for the ministry.

Dr Ascott looked back to the humble beginnings of the network and how, first Arab Christians and later Iranian and Turkish Christians, made the brave choice to go on-camera and publicly share their faith. “In truth, when we started, we had a great vision – to use uncensored satellite TV to share the Gospel in a part of the world that had been closed to Christian witness for many centuries.”

Nowadays, technology advancements are rapidly increasing. As satellite television remains SAT-7’s main media platform, Dr Ascott also approached the question of SAT-7’s relevance today, and in the coming years. “Satellite TV is still the only visual media that can get into people’s homes without the potential of censorship or jamming. It reaches even the most un-wired parts of the MENA.” “There are wonderful new internet-based visual-media strategies that we are now using and should continue to develop into the near future, one that will be very different to that of today,” Dr Ascott added.

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