Kurt Johansen, Executive Director of SAT-7 Europe, Asia, and Pacific, was today awarded the Danish Bible Society 2020 Prize in recognition of his 20 years of service and dedication to sharing the Bible across the world.

Each year, the Danish Bible Society awards 10,000 Danish Kroner and a framed original page from the King Christian IV’s Bible to a person who deserves special recognition for their service to making the Bible present in society.

Kurt Johansen, Executive Director of SAT-7 Europe, Asia, and Pacific

“SAT-7, and the spreading of the Gospel, has been your life’s mission,” said Peder Oe. Andreasen, Chair of the Danish Bible Society, as he presented Johansen the award at a surprise ceremony during SAT-7’s European Vision Meeting in Copenhagen, hosted this year by the Danish Bible Society.

Describing Johansen as a “world-class diplomat”, characterised by stamina and patience and known for his knowledge, humility, and humour, Andreasen said that the motivation for choosing Johansen was his service for the past 20 years as Executive Director of SAT-7 Europe, Asia, and Pacific.

“SAT-7 gives Christians a voice in areas where they are under a lot of pressure, and they convey Christian teaching and values to people of all ages, helping break down prejudices about Christians and Christianity,” he said.

The original page chosen for Johansen from the King Christian IV’s Bible (1632-33) is from Luke 12, including a verse that Andreasen described as suited both to SAT-7’s television ministry and to Johansen’s life mission:

“What you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight, and what you have whispered in the ear in the inner rooms will be proclaimed from the roofs” (Luke 12:3, NIV).

Johansen received the award with his trademark humility, admitting that he was shocked to receive the call that he would be presented the award.

“I don’t belong on that list of winners, but I accept it on behalf of SAT-7, the staff, producers, and supporters, and all those who have worked together for the glory of God,” he said.

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