LIVE FESTIVALS BROADCAST JOYFUL FAITH TO MILLIONS
A season of Christian conferences in Egypt, ending with the popular Count it Right festival, has brought hope to millions this autumn. In a year that has seen ruthless attacks on Egypt’s Church, SAT-7 ARABIC streamed six major events live to viewers across the Arab World.
Count it Right (26-28 October) united around 14,000 worshippers for praise, teaching, and encouragement at Wadi Natroun, 60 miles north of Cairo. The preaching had a personal impact for many viewers, including one who wrote:
“Thank you for allowing me to attend the meeting via the Internet. Thank you, Jesus, for saving me with Your precious blood. Create in me a clean heart, live in me, and reign in me.”
Feedback on the festival came from viewers as far afield as Pakistan, the Philippines, and Malaysia. “I want to come to Egypt and meet these good people,” wrote one.
A SEASON OF WORSHIP
SAT-7 broadcast two other events from Wadi Natroun this autumn. The OneThing prayer festival (21-23 September) welcomed several thousand young people, while the Freedom Meeting conference (30 September – 1 October) gathered members of Egypt’s Brethren congregations.
Following new advice from security forces, three major televised conferences also went ahead as planned in the volatile Minya area. The Show Me Your Glory ll conference (29 September) united all of Egypt’s evangelical denominations and was held in Deir Abou Hinnis in the south.
Two Days of Harvest events (5-6 October), organised by the influential Kasr El Dobara Evangelical Church (KDEC) in Cairo, were held in Etsa and in Maghagha. Maghagha is just 15 miles from where 28 Christians were killed in an Islamic State terror attack in May 2017. The slain believers were travelling in a vehicle convoy from Maghagha to a nearby monastery when they were attacked by masked gunmen.
A CHANCE TO FIND FREEDOM IN CHRIST
Albert Fawzi, SAT-7 Egypt’s Executive Director, explained the significance of large Christian gatherings in Egypt, saying:
“Church festivals are really important. These are times when you see people gathering, seeking the Lord, worshipping, uniting, and praying. Many people are attending for the first time, and we hear so many stories of life-changing experiences from people who are freed from bondages and addictions and start to follow Christ.
“SAT-7’s role in broadcasting these events is no less important. We help connect believers together, allowing them to feel the joyful spirit of praise and connect with the larger Church. Those who cannot attend can join in spirit as they watch. Expats and other Arab viewers across the region follow our live broadcasts and send us their prayer requests.”
Over 100 Egyptian Christians were killed or injured in terror attacks in the ten months from December 2016. Prayer for peace – for both Egypt and the wider region – features strongly at the televised festivals. Fawzi said, “We will continue to pray not only for Christians but for each person in our country. We pray for peace and love to rule. We pray to see an end to these shameful and painful terrorist attacks! Join us!”