SAT-7 PARS broadcasts Farsi Christian programming 20 hours each day. Below are samples of just some of the programs airing on the channel.
Iranian Children’s Bouquet
What do Iranian children need and want? Who better to answer that question than
producers living in Iran? That’s why SAT-7 is working with
on-the-ground producers to create this innovative new set of programs, which,
like a bouquet of many flowers, is bringing many different programs to Iranian
children. The bouquet includes simple
2-D animation from Iranian artists telling bible lessons in a culturally
effective way. The cluster of programs
also includes Bible stories, Iranian crafts, letters Iranian children write to
God and more. SAT-7 is pleased to be
able to broadcast these programs and needs financial support to make it
possible to broadcast these shows to the Farsi-speaking children of Iran
and nearby Afghanistan.
Jadeye Javanan- The Path of Youth
Joseph was just a boy when his father, an Iranian
pastor was murdered because he loved Jesus. His family fled to the United
States but he retained a passion to bring
the Good News of Jesus to his people.
Growing up without a father, in the decadent West, is not easy on a
teenager and Joseph knows first hand the struggles and temptations young people
face and can speak directly to their challenges. Young people under the age of 25
are by far the largest demographic in Iran. Many young people in the country are
disillusioned with religion, the lack of jobs and freedoms and are turning to
drugs and suicide. Others are searching
for truth, and youth programs like “The Path of Youth” on SAT-7 PARS are
helping young people find hope in Christ and gain the tools they need to mature
in the faith and persevere regardless of the pressures around them.
My Home, My Paradise
Very few homes can be described as “a paradise,” but in the
greater Middle East, marriage relationships suffer some
of the worst rates of abuse. Some of the
most popular programs ever to air on the network, based on the sheer number of
responses, have to do with relationships and helping viewers heal their
rifts. Counseling resources for couples
are far and few in the region and people are desperate for tools to help
improve their families and their marriages.
This program not only give practical relationship tools, but gives Godly
perspectives and biblical tools helping viewers salvage or strengthen their
relationships. And because the program
is created by Iranians for Iranians, they know first hand how to address
cultural issues that impact couples and where changes need to be made for the
sake of helping homes become, if not a paradise, a place where God’s love
guides the relationships.
Practical Christian Living (“The Challenge”)
According to the writer of this original series, “The
Challenge was made to improve and develop the faith of believers and young
people who have recently come to have faith in Christ. Because new Christians will face many unique
challenges and difficulties as they begin their spiritual journeys.” The series revolves around an ensemble cast
of young people facing various struggles.
The show is written specifically for Iranian young people, and the
topics are specifically targeted to their needs. Some of the first episodes cover such issues
horoscopes and fortune tellers, blaming others and being humble, being an
undisciplined Christian, and “God Told Me” which is designed to help young
believers understand how to seek and understand God’s will for their lives.
History of Christianity in Iran
The great Babylonian Empire was centered in what we today
call Iran. When Cyrus the Great allowed Nehemiah to take
his people back to rebuild the city of Jerusalem,
they followed a path through what is now Iran. Even the great Old Testament prophet Daniel,
who survived the lion’s den, is believed to be buried in modern day Iran. Many Iranians themselves know of Cyrus, but
they don’t know the Bible stories about him, and they don’t know other biblical
and Christian history that took place within the realm of the Persian
Empire. This new
documentary being created in Iran
is attempting to help Iranians understand the history of the Church in their
land, to give them understand that Christianity has ancient roots in the region
and that their Christian neighbors have a right to live in the country. It is also giving Iranian Christians tools to
show that they too have a great history in the region, one in which God has
moved mightly on behalf of His followers.