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
PO Box 2770
Easton, MD 21601

Website: www.sat7usa.org

Phone: 866-744-7287

Email: [email protected]


Organization details

EIN: 232964829

CEO/President: Rita El-Mounayer / Terence Ascott

Chairman: Peter Schulze

Board size: 8

Founder: Terence Ascott

Ruling year: 1999

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

These statements of faith ground SAT-7's vision and mission. They guide the organization in program production, selection, personnel and policy decisions, and ministry with its viewers and supporting constituency.

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.

Statement of Faith Concerning Marriage, Gender, Sexuality, and Sanctity of Life

We believe the Bible teaches that God wonderfully and immutably creates each person as male or female. These two distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God. (Genesis 1:26-27) Rejection of one's biological sex is a rejection of the image of God within that person.

We believe that the term "marriage" has only one meaning: the uniting of one biological man and one biological woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture. (Genesis 2:18-25) We believe that God intends sexual intimacy to occur only between a man and a woman who are married to each other. (1 Corinthians 6:18; 7:2-5; Hebrews 13:4) We believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity be engaged in outside of a marriage between one biological man and one biological woman.

We believe that any form of sexual immorality (including without limitation adultery, fornication, homosexual behavior, bisexual conduct, bestiality, incest, sex with minors, and use of pornography) is sinful and offensive to God. (Matthew15:18-20;1 Corinthians 6:9-10)

We believe that God offers redemption and restoration to all who confess and forsake their sin, seeking His mercy and forgiveness through Jesus Christ. (Acts 3:19-21; Romans 10:9-10; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11)

We believe that every person must be afforded compassion, love, kindness, respect, and dignity. (Mark 12:28- 31; Luke 6:31) Hateful and harassing behavior or attitudes directed toward any individual are to be repudiated and are not in accord with Scripture.

We believe that God has created mankind in His image and that human life begins at conception. It is God who uniquely forms every human being and gives special dignity, personal freedom, and individual accountability among all the works of His creation. God created each person's inmost being, knitting each person together in the womb of that person's mother. (Psalm 139:13). As God's individualized and personal creation, each person is fearfully and wonderfully made. (Psalm 139:14). God has ordained all the days of each person's life before they came to be. (Psalm 139:16).

Based on Scripture, we therefore believe that from the moment of conception until natural death, every human life is sacred because every human life has been created by God, in His image and likeness. We believe that from the moment of conception every human life must be recognized, respected, and protected as having the rights of a person and the inviolable right to life. Because human life begins at the moment of conception, it is against our religious convictions to formally or materially cooperate in the abortion or other termination of unborn human life, including without limitation by surgical abortion or use of drugs, or services that have the intent, design, effect, or risk of terminating unborn human life or preventing its implantation and growth post-fertilization.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Radio/ TV Stations

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating480 of 102414 of 31
Fund acquisition rating818 of 102724 of 31
Resource allocation rating496 of 102715 of 31
Asset utilization rating182 of 10245 of 31

Financial ratios

Funding ratiosSector median20212020201920182017
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
6%10%13%13%10%10%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
5%10%13%13%10%10%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
92%98%100%100%100%100%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
6%14%14%13%10%10%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
8%2%0%0%0%0%
 
Operating ratiosSector median20212020201920182017
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
80%80%79%80%82%82%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
93%73%92%100%100%102%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
72%58%73%80%82%84%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
7%27%8%0%0%-2%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
6%70%34%0%-1%-10%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
14%6%7%7%8%7%
 
Investing ratiosSector median20212020201920182017
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
0.461.222.102.872.912.76
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.911.441.011.021.031.02
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
1.221.762.122.922.992.82
 
Liquidity ratiosSector median20212020201920182017
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
13.642.012.061.801.831.69
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.070.500.490.550.550.59
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
9.553.422.921.831.821.74
 
Solvency ratiosSector median20212020201920182017
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
5%35%48%55%53%58%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%0%0%0%0%0%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
169%53%25%16%16%15%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20212020201920182017
Cash$5,867,535$3,297,066$2,746,897$2,426,824$1,637,801
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$239,072$757,396$234,008$452,547$1,598,670
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$6,106,607$4,054,462$2,980,905$2,879,371$3,236,471
Long-term investments$2,556,068$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$133,315$36,543$46,963$52,468$49,756
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$25,000$25,000
Total long-term assets$2,689,383$36,543$46,963$77,468$74,756
Total assets$8,795,990$4,091,005$3,027,868$2,956,839$3,311,227
 
Liabilities20212020201920182017
Payables and accrued expenses$3,041,232$1,970,075$1,653,167$1,575,372$1,910,638
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$3,041,232$1,970,075$1,653,167$1,575,372$1,910,638
Debt$0$0$0$0$0
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total liabilities$3,041,232$1,970,075$1,653,167$1,575,372$1,910,638
 
Net assets20212020201920182017
Without donor restrictions$5,702,518$2,090,204$1,374,701$1,381,467$1,386,128
With donor restrictions$52,240$30,726$0$0$14,461
Net assets$5,754,758$2,120,930$1,374,701$1,381,467$1,400,589
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20212020201920182017
Total contributions$14,519,627$9,282,093$8,679,984$8,582,563$8,993,033
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$8,118$7,039$5,512$3,029$3,931
Other revenue$281,304$0$4,118$2,552$2,665
Total other revenue$289,422$7,039$9,630$5,581$6,596
Total revenue$14,809,049$9,289,132$8,689,614$8,588,144$8,999,629
 
Expenses20212020201920182017
Program services$8,623,061$6,752,360$6,942,193$7,075,806$7,527,640
Management and general$641,587$606,528$603,477$693,860$683,180
Fundraising$1,493,146$1,218,548$1,150,710$837,600$924,028
Total expenses$10,757,794$8,577,436$8,696,380$8,607,266$9,134,848
 
Change in net assets20212020201920182017
Surplus (deficit)$4,051,255$711,696($6,766)($19,122)($135,219)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$4,051,255$711,696($6,766)($19,122)($135,219)

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 11/30/2022. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]


History

1980's: Founding Moment
Founder Dr. Terence Ascott saw something life-changing in the busy streets of Cairo, Egypt. As he spotted a family watching television, he had a "eureka!" moment. Most who cannot read can watch television; they can hear about the love of God. From this, a dream was born: to establish a Christian satellite television network that would reach across the Middle East and North Africa.

1990's: A Movement Launches
SAT-7 begins weekly 2-hour-long broadcasts. From there we started offering an innovative service at the time: phone counseling services. The first telephone counseling workshop takes place in Nicosia, Cyprus (1997).

2000's: Expanding Our Reach
Iranian Christian Broadcasting airs Farsi programs on SAT-7 for the first time. The first live broadcast airs from Lebanon (2005). TURK-7 begins airing Turkish programs on SAT-7 (later becoming the SAT-7 TRK channel) and SAT-7 PARS officially launches to families in Iran, Afghanistan, and Tajikistan (2006). SAT-7 KIDS becomes the first Arabic Christian channel for kids (2007)!

Today: Going Digital
In 2021, SAT-7 PLUS, the Middle East's first on-demand Christian video streaming service, was launched online and made available to viewers worldwide.


Program accomplishments

We broadcast in 25 countries in a region where over 400 million people have satellite dishes.
97% non-Christians: In a region where most are non-Christian, we offer the truth of God's word and a witness for Jesus.
Programs are broadcast in the three major languages (Arabic, Farsi, and Turkish) of the region.


Needs

Every dollar provides one year of programming to one person. Your generosity makes the Gospel available and provides lasting hope.