SAT 7 / SAT-7 North America

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Summary

SAT-7 is making God's love visible in the Middle East and North Africa, where nearly 97% of the people are non-Christian. While many of these countries are closed to the Gospel, our four satellite TV channels and online media by-pass censorship. Viewers are coming to faith and Christians are growing in their faith.

Many children in the Middle East and North Africa grow up surrounded by conflict and without the hope found in the Gospel. But SAT-7 Bible-centered children's programming is a light in the darkness. These programs are loved by kids and trusted by parents. Because they watch together, we reach both with the Gospel.

For many believers in the Middle East and North Africa, SAT-7 is their sole connection to other Christians. Their countries are closed to the Gospel and they face persecution because of their faith. Our Bible teaching, worship, talk shows, and other programs are helping Christians feel connected and grow in their faith.


Contact information

Mailing address:
SAT-7 North America
P. O. Box 2770
Easton, MD 21601

Website: www.sat7usa.org

Phone: 866-744-7287

Email: usa@sat7.org


Organization details

EIN: 232964829

CEO/President: Rita El-Mounayer / Terence Ascott

Chairman: Peter Schulze

Board size: 8

Founder: Terence Ascott

Ruling year: 1998

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1999


Purpose

To see a growing Church in the Middle East and North Africa, confident in Christian faith and witness, serving the community and contributing to the good of society and culture.


Mission statement

To provide the churches and Christians of the Middle East and North Africa an opportunity to witness to Jesus Christ through inspirational, informative and educational television services.


Statement of faith

The Nicene Creed, later called the Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed, is one of the oldest and most widely recognized ecumenical professions of faith used in Christian liturgy. It has been cited as perhaps the best description and definition of Christianity ever written. In its 381 version, the Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed states:

We believe in one god the father almighty, maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.

And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten son of God, begotten from his Father before all ages, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten not made, being of one substance with the father, by whom all things were made.

Who for us men and for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the holy spirit of the virgin Mary, and was made man, and was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate.

He suffered and was buried, and on the third day, he rose again according to the scriptures, and ascended into heaven, and sits on the right hand of God the father. And he shall come again in glory to judge both the living and the dead; and his kingdom shall have no end.

We believe in the holy spirit, the lord and giver of life, who proceeds from the father, who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified, who spoke by the prophets.

We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic church. We acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins. And we look for the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come.

Amen

The Lausanne Covenant is one of the more influential modern statements of Christian faith, a longer document including a specific reaffirmation of the Nicene Creed and an elaboration of fifteen beliefs. The covenant was written and adopted by 2,300 evangelicals from 150 nations at the International Congress of World Evangelization held in Lausanne, Switzerland.

The Lausanne Covenant commits the Christian church by applying the Gospel in relevant ways (evangelism, education, edification, transformation) in a rapidly changing world. The covenant expresses a desire to obey and honor God by sharing Christ and Christianity among people -loving them - and within all cultures - respecting beauty but rejecting sin - across the globe.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Radio/ TV Stations

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating559 of 102215 of 32
Fund acquisition rating927 of 102426 of 32
Resource allocation rating589 of 102418 of 32
Asset utilization rating113 of 10225 of 32

Financial ratios

Funding ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
6%13%13%10%11%13%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
5%13%13%10%11%13%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
90%100%100%100%100%100%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
6%14%13%10%10%13%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
10%0%0%0%0%0%
 
Operating ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
80%79%81%82%82%79%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
92%92%100%100%102%107%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
73%73%81%82%83%85%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
8%8%0%0%-2%-7%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
9%34%1%0%-10%-34%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
14%7%7%8%8%8%
 
Investing ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
0.542.102.842.902.772.45
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.901.011.021.021.021.01
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
1.252.122.882.952.822.48
 
Liquidity ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
13.6831.9233.8727.6229.0133.50
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.060.030.030.040.030.03
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
8.995.494.043.924.114.70
 
Solvency ratiosSector median20202019201820172016
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
4%48%54%53%58%53%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%0%0%0%0%0%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
158%25%16%16%15%19%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20202019201820172016
Cash$3,297,066$2,779,900$2,461,170$1,657,008$2,443,053
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$757,396$235,537$452,547$1,598,670$768,912
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$4,054,462$3,015,437$2,913,717$3,255,678$3,211,965
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$36,543$46,964$52,468$49,756$31,049
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$36,543$46,964$52,468$49,756$31,049
Total assets$4,091,005$3,062,401$2,966,185$3,305,434$3,243,014
 
Liabilities20202019201820172016
Payables and accrued expenses$127,036$89,025$105,505$112,233$95,891
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$127,036$89,025$105,505$112,233$95,891
Debt$0$0$0$0$0
Due to (from) affiliates$1,843,039$1,564,142$1,469,867$1,800,085$1,611,315
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$1,843,039$1,564,142$1,469,867$1,800,085$1,611,315
Total liabilities$1,970,075$1,653,167$1,575,372$1,912,318$1,707,206
 
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$2,090,204$1,380,603$1,390,813$1,378,655$1,512,690
With donor restrictions$30,726$28,631$0$14,461$23,118
Net assets$2,120,930$1,409,234$1,390,813$1,393,116$1,535,808
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20202019201820172016
Total contributions$9,274,778$8,708,026$8,595,086$9,024,437$7,416,723
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$0$0$0$0$0
Other revenue$14,354$7,791$5,591$1,911$10,686
Total other revenue$14,354$7,791$5,591$1,911$10,686
Total revenue$9,289,132$8,715,817$8,600,677$9,026,348$7,427,409
 
Expenses20202019201820172016
Program services$6,752,360$7,018,443$7,028,538$7,519,667$6,284,740
Management and general$606,528$579,875$701,842$690,345$669,496
Fundraising$1,218,548$1,099,078$872,600$959,028$1,000,647
Total expenses$8,577,436$8,697,396$8,602,980$9,169,040$7,954,883
 
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)$711,696$18,421($2,303)($142,692)($527,474)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$711,696$18,421($2,303)($142,692)($527,474)

Compensation

NameTitleCompensation
Dr Rex RogersPresident$206,256
Ms Debra A BrinkSenior Vice President$169,688
Mrs Ruth S ThomasVP for Finance Adminstration$140,104
John FrickArea Development Officer$137,208
Robert WeszelyArea Development Officer$129,644

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2020


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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 1/30/2022. To update the information below, please email: info@ministrywatch.com


History

On the last day of May 1996, an Egyptian Christian sat down in front of his television set and saw something he had never seen on Arabic TV before: a lady presenter with a cross around her neck. To see a representative of the almost invisible Arab Christian minority on screen was such a shock to him that he just had to call the station and say, " Mish maoul! This is unbelievable!"

What this viewer had seen was the first broadcast of SAT-7, a satellite TV channel that since then has radically changed the image of Christianity in the Arab world.

For ten years prior to the first broadcast, the vision of a Christian, Arabic-language satellite channel had been growing in the mind of Terence Ascott, a Brit working in the Christian publishing industry in Egypt. But for many years, nobody really believed it could be done. It wasn't until the Saudi satellite channel MBC was launched from London in 1991, in response to the success of CNN during the first Gulf War, that the concept of Arabic satellite TV began to seem realistic. But still Arab Christians thought it was beyond their reach. To imagine that Arab Christians could have any media presence was like a dream.

Over the next years research and feasibility studies were done, and partners were rallied behind the vision. Finally, in November 1995, SAT-7 was born at a founding meeting in Larnaca, Cyprus.

Six months later, the first two-hour SAT-7 Arabic broadcast went on the air. It included a program for children, some Christian testimonies, and a film about persecuted Christians in China. The following week, the broadcast had to be repeated because the new programs were not ready. But that did not stop the vision nor change the fact that the unbelievable had happened.


Program accomplishments

Seven Important Distinctives of SAT-7

  • SAT-7's International Board of Directors is comprised mainly of representatives of the different churches in the Middle East.
  • SAT-7's programming is politically and culturally sensitive and never attacks another faith or denomination.
  • SAT-7 plans its broadcast schedule for the benefit of its viewers and is not driven by sponsored programming, which it normally does not accept.
  • SAT-7 carries a wide range of programs for different audiences - with a special emphasis on the needs of children, youth, and women.
  • 80% of SAT-7's programming is indigenously made, by Middle Eastern Christians.
  • SAT-7 is a multi-agency and inter-denominational partnership with a unique network of partner-operated telephone counseling and audience follow-up centers.
  • SAT-7 maintains production centers in multiple Middle Eastern countries - recognizing the importance of the involvement of the local church in locally made programming.


Needs

The Christians in the Middle East and North Africa need your help! If you would like to support SAT-7 and its efforts to serve the local church and to make the Gospel available to everyone in the region, here are three ways you can make a difference.

Being a part of something big like this has a way of transforming your life. Consider becoming a "friend-raiser" for this ministry by hosting a SAT-7 Ministry Briefing in your home. We need to get the word out about what Christ is doing in this region of the world. You have the power to change someone's life forever when you host a SAT-7 Ministry Briefing for your friends and family. We've already compiled all of the resources you need to plan a successful and meaningful evening. All you have to do is contact us to get started, select a date, and start spreading the word. Not only will you be planning an evening of fun with your friends and family, you will be planning an event that will help bring the love and hope of Christ right into the homes of families in the Middle East.

Consider a generous, leadership level commitment to this campaign over and above your current level of support. SAT-7 offers a convenient, safe and effective way for Christians around the world to establish a significant foothold in the Middle East. In total, a minimum of $60 million is needed over the next few years in order to reach our goals.