Two Christian ministries are joining forces to impact a region with limited access to the full message of the New Testament. SAT-7, a Christian satellite broadcaster, has over 15 million viewers in the Middle East and North Africa, as well as viewers throughout Europe.
Faith Comes By Hearing (FCBH), one of the world’s largest audio Bible producers and distributors, has a current library of digital Scripture recordings in over 750 languages.
Recently, Dr. Terence Ascott, Founder and CEO of SAT-7, and Jerry Jackson, FCBH founder and president, met to sign the agreement creating the new partnership.
According to a news release from Faith Comes by Hearing, both ministries hope the collaboration will maximize their joint resources towards the shared goal of reaching as many people as possible with the Word of God in their own heart language.
The partnership will initially provide for a dedicated SAT-7 satellite radio channel that will air a continuous live feed of FCBH’s Arabic audio Bible, with channels for other regional languages to be added in the future.
On its website and television channels, SAT-7 will also promote various digital Bible access points currently provided by FCBH, making these resources available to millions of viewers.
FCBH has developed the Bible.is family of apps, as well as digital listening devices that offer the audio Bible in Arabic, Farsi, Turkish, and many other languages in the Middle East, North Africa and surrounding regions.
The partnership wants to address low literacy rates and the systematic suppression of Church activities, which are widespread in the Middle East and North Africa. That has resulted in limited access to the Bible, as well as limited resources for people to develop and deepen their Christian faith.
Ascott said in the release, “Apart from the fact that it pleases our Heavenly Father when His children work together, this synergistic partnership will ensure that more people in the closed countries of the Middle East and North Africa (even the illiterate) will have unprecedented access to the Holy Scriptures in their own language or dialect. Among the first beneficiaries of these new services will be SAT-7’s existing viewership.”
Jackson said in the release, “When I envision what it looks like for the Church – the Body of Christ – to work together, it is this kind of partnership that I see. Each organization brings years of dedication and experience to reaching the world with the Gospel, but when we join together our reach and impact is greatly multiplied.”
As a result of this partnership, both ministries expect to increase audience size and further spread the Word of God in the Middle East and North Africa. While the original audio Bible channel will be Arabic, this partnership also opens the doors to other joint ministry activities in a region where few countries allow Bibles to be made freely available to the general public.
Since 1996, SAT-7 has brought Christian television programming via satellite to a measured audience of more than 15 million viewers throughout the Middle East and North Africa. With an international headquarters in Cyprus and five channels, SAT-7 broadcasts in Arabic, Farsi, and Turkish, exposing viewers to the life-changing message of the Gospel.
For more information, visit www.sat7usa.org
Established in 1972, Faith Comes By Hearing currently provides Scripture recordings in 751 languages that are spoken by over 5.7 billion people globally.
For more information visit www.fcbh.org