A Woman of Influence Makes A Difference for the Disabled in Turkey
Since the first program aired in 1996, SAT-7 broadcasts have brought quality Christian television programming directly into millions of homes throughout the Middle East and North Africa, reports Michael Ireland, Special Correspondent, ASSIST News Service.
SAT-7 airs 6 channels in Arabic, Farsi, and Turkish languages to a known audience of over 15 million viewers!
The SAT-7 website, http://www.sat7usa.org/about-sat-7 says that in a region characterized by high illiteracy rates, media censorship, and limited incomes, anyone with a satellite dish can turn on SAT-7 and hear the Word of God in his or her language.
It adds: “Viewers can join a global fellowship of Christians within the privacy of their own homes - a significant concern for those who live in violence-stricken or oppressive environments. Audience Relations Specialists are available throughout the region to counsel and pray with viewers.”
According to Lindsay Shaw, Web Editor and Writer, SAT-7 UK, Sena is the presenter of two new SAT-7 TÜRK programs, one about people with disabilities and the other for women. Sena is well known as an influential and outspoken woman regarding social justice and women’s issues in Turkey.
Sena’s new SAT-7 TÜRK series on disability is called Life Without Obstacles.
“The message is that we all have disabilities,” said Sena. “But there is hope in every situation because we have hope in God.” Evidence of this hope comes in an abundance of letters that Life without Obstacles receives from families with disabled children who are “finding power from God to keep going in life.”
SAT-7 explains that for each episode, Sena carefully selects Bible verses designed to give “a powerful message of hope to people with disabilities and their careers.” Sena stated how she scripted an episode about visually disabled people. She found a blind artist who is “drawing amazing pictures” that will astonish viewers. "You would never dream that someone with his disability could be an artist."
There is a similar message for women in the new SAT-7 TÜRK series, Concerning a Woman, according to Shaw, the website’s editor and writer. “This show is a call for women to stand up,” Sena said. ”Despite Turkey’s modern urban face, the plight of women in rural areas has changed little over the centuries.”
In a country with only a tiny Christian minority, Concerning a Woman will “show what a Christian life is like.” Most Turks have a distorted view of how Christians live, gained from the behavior of characters in Hollywood films or misinformation about Christianity prevalent in Turkish culture. “When we say the Christian life is nothing like that, they are very surprised!” said Sena.
Shaw writes: “With her warm, encouraging personality, Sena always lets her viewers know that, with God’s power, they too can live positively and overcome any obstacles.”
Sena and the other members of the SAT-7 TÜRK staff need your prayers to overcome an obstacle keeping the channel off the national Turkish satellite. Pray that SAT-7 TÜRK broadcasts will be able to reach Christians in need throughout Turkey.