Articles tagged: persecution
GREAT FAITH AMIDST BRUTAL PERSECUTION IN IRAN
Iranian believer Bita Rezaei recently shared her remarkable story of ministry, persecution and imprisonment on SAT-7 PARS program New Identity. Her testimony of faith is challenging, inspiring, and heart-wrenching in equal measure. It will show you the depths of darkness and the heights of glory experienced by Jesus’ followers in the Middle East.
Missing But Alive: Following a persecuted Saviour
By Aysha, a writer and film-maker from the Middle East, who was forced to leave her home country after she came to faith in Christ. She now lives in the UK, where she works with SAT-7 and other Christian networks on various communications projects.
Christlike response to suffering
The New Testament tells us that “everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted” (2 Timothy 3:12, NIV). These words can be surprising, or even frightening, to Western ears. Yet for many believers in the Middle East, these words are their reality. How are God’s people supposed to respond to persecution?
FREE TO BELIEVE? PERSECUTION AND THE IRANIAN CHURCH
“When God created us, He gave us the right whether or not to choose Him. The right to choose may not be denied by any government, group, or person” said Mansour Borji, human rights advocate and Advocacy Director of Article 18, speaking on SAT-7 PARS’ New Identity program. Nevertheless, persecution for their faith is a reality for SAT-7 PARS’ viewers, and knowledge of their rights and a Biblical perspective on persecution provided by an expert, can help empower the Iranian Church.
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.”
IRAN PROTESTS: HOW SHOULD IRANIAN CHRISTIANS RESPOND?
The death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini while in the custody of Iran’s “morality police” has sparked that nation’s most serious unrest since 2009. Mahsa, an Iranian Kurd on a visit to family in Tehran, was detained for allegedly wearing the hijab incorrectly and days later, on 16 September, died after being hospitalised in a coma.
SAT-7 LAUNCHES CHURCH4AFGHANISTAN
On 2 November, SAT-7’s Persian-language channel SAT-7 PARS launched a new social media initiative, Church4Afghanistan, comprising of a new brand and a live program.
PRAYER FOR IRAN STARTS EVERY LIVE PROGRAM AS SAT-7 JOINS GLOBAL PRAYER CAMPAIGN
Christian TV and media network SAT-7 is responding to the continuing nationwide protests and government crackdown in Iran by joining a global two-week campaign of prayer. From Friday 21 October, SAT-7’s Persian language channel, SAT-7 PARS, is devoting the first five minutes of every live programme to prayer for Iran and its people.