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A 2:10 min video in which I use the occasion of an upcoming trip to Lebanon - actually I'm departing today - to reflect upon the privilege of serving in missions for the past ten years.



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 “10/40 Window” has been part of the Christian lexicon for more than twenty-five years. It’s a handy designation for that part of the earth’s land mass lying between 10 and 40 degrees latitude north of the equator. The 10/40 Window encompasses North and Saharan Africa, the Middle East, and most of Asia.  

     10/40 Window rolls nicely off the tongue, is intriguing, and is, once the geography’s envisioned, easy to understand. The phrase was coined in 1990 by mission strategist Luis Bush, who first called it a “box” but at his wife’s suggestion changed the name to “window” to emphasize spiritual opportunities in the region.

     The 10/40 Window spans over 60 countries and two-thirds of the world’s population—over 4 billion people. These countries, though widely variant in history and culture, share several negative “social indicators,” for example:

  • highest number of socioeconomic problems,
  • high levels of illiteracy, higher still among women,
  • 90% of the poorest people,
  • most countries closed or resistant to outside influence,
  • highest levels of Christian suppression, oppression, persecution,
  • 8,671 people groups, a majority “unreached,” meaning limited to no access to the Christian message.

     You can Google more statistics, but you get the picture. The idea of the 10/40 Window was to encourage a Christian outreach strategy to the most spiritually needy regions of the world. To some extent this has happened. Mostly it hasn’t.

     Some Good News: SAT-7’s satellite footprint covers the entire Western Half of the 10/40 Window. While Asia and Africa are linguistically fragmented, one advantage for broadcasting in the Middle East and North Africa is that residents typically understand one of three languages: approximately 300 million Arabic, 165 million Turkish, and 70 million Persian (Farsi). SAT-7 broadcasts biblical truth and a Christian worldview in all three languages. 

     Some 95% of Middle Easterners have access to a television and 60%+ (about 85% in Iraq) can access a satellite dish. So despite the spiritual challenges on the ground, or maybe because of them, spiritual opportunities are still beaming uncensored from the air.

     The Western Half of the 10/40 Window is blanketed everyday with the Christian message. And God said, “So is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it” (Isaiah 55:11).

     What do you think the Apostle Paul, missionary to the Gentiles, would say if he could reach millions via satellite television? No long boat rides or shipwrecks, no snakes, no Roman soldiers to dodge, no interminable hikes, no waiting weeks for your epistle to get there.

     I think Paul would pray, “Dear Lord, give me the 10/40 Window.” And then to his taxi-driver, “Get me to the SAT-7 studio. Now.” 

  

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Satellite television in the Middle East and North Africa, the region directly influenced in the past several months by the "Arab Spring," is a very powerful cultural influencer. Practically and technologically speaking, there is simply no other means available that is as efficient or as effective as satellite television in reaching 500+ million people in a region characterized by closed countries and illiteracy rates as high as 50%. In addition, people in the region tend to learn orally. In other words, they like to listen to and learn from stories, particularly ones they can view on TV.

Founded 16 years ago, SAT-7, a Christian satellite television ministry, tells wonderful stories about living life with the enablement of the gracious Sovereign God and His Word. SAT-7 broadcasts daily in Arabic, Farsi, and Turkish throughout 22 countries in the region, and its programs are known for their production quality, variety, and uplifting presentation of the Christian faith.

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SAT-7’s satellite television footprints cover, which is to say, “reach,” 50 countries on the continent of Europe.

Since SAT-7’s programming is produced in Arabic, Farsi (Persian), and Turkish one might be forgiven for wondering why reaching Europe matters.

SAT-7 is based in the Middle East and broadcasts Christian programming over five channels in the three primary languages of the region, throughout the 22 countries of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). For nearly sixteen years this has been SAT-7’s focus and mission and remains so.

But SAT-7 isn’t simply about a region or political boundaries. It’s about sharing the Word of God with people, in this case people who speak Arabic, Farsi, and Turkish.

In an increasingly mobile world and in a world experiencing incredible advances in communications technology more people than ever in history are moving or migrating or immigrating/emigrating. They’re born in one country and live great portions of their lives in another. They fly on planes, ride trains, sail on boats and ships, and even still walk across international borders.

And when they get “there,” they can still connect with home.

Travelers may come as intentional migrants looking for better economic opportunities, or they may come as refugees fleeing oppression, war, social instability, or natural disasters and other environmental challenges like a lack of water. Migrants may go from one country to another with full intention of returning home one day, whether they ever do. They may come to get a job and send money home, remittances, to left-behind family members. Or they may come with a plan to stay, hoping for a better, safer, optimistic future for their children.

Since 2002, somewhere between 1.6 million and 2 million people have been entering Europe each year, up from the approximately one-half million per year toward the end of the 20th Century. Most of these immigrants hail from MENA.

While many younger and better-educated immigrants speak second languages, particularly English, most immigrants entering Europe in recent years have not been younger or well educated. Many know only their first language, i.e., Arabic, Farsi, or Turkish. Either way, one's mother tongue is always the best understood.

Moving, and certainly migrating, is one the highest stress events human beings can experience. Beginning a new job is another. So is culture shock, learning another language, and social/physical distance from family and friends. When people experience such stress, particularly over long periods, they tend to open eventually to new or alternative ideas, including at times religion. And they ask more questions looking for answers to the everyday changes in their lives.

As noted above, the coverage area of the two satellites on which SAT-7 broadcasts reaches throughout Europe. This means MENA expatriates now living in European countries can access Christian programming in their first language from their own homes via satellite television, just like their family members still living in MENA. They can connect to their culture of origin. They can find answers to many of their questions in the practical applications of the Christian faith. They can find solace amidst uncertainty and encouragement in the face of challenges.

SAT-7’s ministry has always been by and for the people of MENA. But now many millions of the people of MENA are living somewhere else. They still need the Gospel and the blessings of a Christian worldview. Those who know Christ need to grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord. One way they can experience this, far from home, is to watch available SAT-7 Christian television.

One of my favorite emails came to SAT-7 in June 2010. It was a little boy who talked about how much he loved “Bedtime Stories with Rita,” a popular program featured on SAT-7 KIDS. The program is in Arabic and is produced in the Middle East. He sent the email from Sweden.

Far away in Scandinavia, far from the land of his birth, yet the little boy could learn from Bible stories broadcast in his first language. It is indeed a small world, and God is indeed a big God.

 

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SAT-7 KIDS just launched a new website for Arab children who watch the SAT-7 KIDS satellite television channel. The new website, www.sat7kids.com, will provide ways for youthful viewers to interact with their favorite programs and characters and learn more about how God loves and cares for them. 

The new SAT-7 KIDS website is especially designed for children's eyes. It features attractive colors and graphics, speaking images, and sound-backed icons. There's also a special page for parents. In addition, the website is available in both Arabic and English.

SAT-7 KIDS is also posting more and more videos to its YouTube channel, SAT7KIDS. Unlike the regional coverage of satellite television, young Arabic language viewers may access this Internet-based channel from anywhere in the world.

A recent independent media survey indicated far more older youth and adult viewers were watching SAT-7 KIDS than was earlier believed. The channel is influential in teaching biblical principles, sharing the Christian faith, teaching children about science, geography, history, and culture, and providing a safe and positive media environment.

On air beginning December 2007, SAT-7 KIDS is the only 24 hour/7 day per week Arabic language Christian television channel for children (ages 4-13) in the world. It is one of five chanels produced and operated by SAT-7, which broadcasts throughout 22 countries in the Middle East and North Africa, as well as some 50 countries in Europe. SAT-7 maintians a US support office at www.sat7usa.org. 

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This brief video is a promo for a new SAT-7 program called "Salt of the Earth." The program will focus upon issues, events, concerns and opportunities developing in different countries as a result of the Arab Spring. In particular, the program will help believers discern how to be "salt" and "light" within cultures that do not always welcome them.

 

Sometimes people ask me, "What really can SAT-7 do in the Middle East?" I'd point to this program as one answer.

Seems like this is our week for videos.

 

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