Articles tagged: Christmas
HOW DO CHRISTIANS CELEBRATE THE BIRTH OF CHRIST IN IRAN?
“We can’t openly celebrate Christmas,” explains Setareh* an Iranian woman. “It is forbidden for us to say we are Christians and to speak the name of Jesus as Lord.”
SAT-7 BRINGS CHRISTMAS HOPE TO BELIEVERS IN THE MIDDLE EAST
SAT-7 viewers will enjoy a hope-filled slate of Christmas programs in Arabic, Turkish, and Persian this week. From programs sharing gifts and Bibles with isolated villagers, children in an orphanage, and impoverished families, to live church services and special episodes, the joyful message of Christ’s birth will fill screens across the region.
ADVENT: CHRISTMAS IN BEIRUT
Lebanese teenager Markus Kashouh is a popular YouTuber and presenter on SAT-7’s children’s channel. During an unrelentingly difficult time in Beirut, Markus shares what got him through – and his plans to reach out to his hurting city this Christmas:
ADVENT: THE ARMENIAN CHURCH
Christianity is said to have been brought to Armenia by the apostles Bartholomew and Thaddeus in the first century. Today, Armenian churches can be found across the Middle East, particularly in Turkey and Iran.
ADVENT: BUILDING BRIDGES IN TURKEY
The Church in the Middle East is a complex mosaic of different Christian communities – and the relationships between them don’t always reflect the love and oneness of Christ. Here, SAT-7 TÜRK’s Annamaria Cedolin shares how the channel is working hard to bring the churches together and demonstrate unity to its viewers:
ADVENT: A SONG OF EXPECTATION
Even though He had been promised in Scripture, the people who lived before Jesus may have sometimes wondered if the Messiah really was on His way. Iranian Christian and SAT-7 Communications Officer Omeed Jouyandé reflects on his favourite Christmas song, and the nature of waiting for God’s promises:
ADVENT: LEARNING TO WAIT
The world as we knew it came to a standstill in 2020, as the coronavirus pandemic swept the globe. For Archbishop Angaelos, the Coptic Archbishop of London, the forced pause was an opportunity to reacquaint himself with the practice of quiet contemplation:
ADVENT: MANY FLOCKS, ONE SHEPHERD
From its beginning, SAT-7 has worked alongside all the major denominations of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), with the collective mission of witnessing to Jesus Christ through faith-filled television. Here, SAT-7 Founder and President Dr Terence Ascott affirms the importance of working together: