wife Nagwa (R) and their four children Joan, Torin, Ellen and newborn
Hevin arrive at the Austrian-German border in Achleiten near Passau,
Germany, October 27, 2015. The premier of the state of Bavaria Premier
Horst Seehofer criticised Austria on Tuesday for failing to coordinate
the flow of migrants into southern Germany even as he renewed a
challenge to Chancellor Angela Merkel over her management of the refugee
crisis. Germany is taking in more migrants than any other EU state. It
expects 800,000 to 1 million people, many from war zones in the Middle
East, Africa and Afghanistan, to arrive this year.
The founder and CEO of a Christian
satellite network that reaches out to refugees fleeing war-torn Syria
and Iraq, is reporting that many Muslim families are turning to
Christianity, where they encounter a message of peace and love.
surprising just how much damage the Muslim world has done to itself due
to this schism between Sunni and Shiites,” SAT-7’s Terence Ascott said,
according to Mission Network News Monday. “It raises serious questions. People were really losing trust in organized religion.”
instigated by the Islamic State and other terror groups are only part of
the long-standing conflicts in the Muslim world, along with the age-old
divide between Sunnis and Shiites.
“It’s quite a huge problem for
Islam in general — this conflict that is going on — because it has
turned people away from Islam,” Ascott said.
“In the wake of that,
comes Christian broadcasting with a message of peace, reconciliation,
love; and we’re presenting a God who makes sense to people who turn
their back on violence being done in the name of God by one faction of
Islam to another.”
SAT-7 produces various programs that reach
Arabic-speaking audiences, from Bible-based inspirationals, to
educational programs targeted at young children at refugee camps to
teach them Arabic, English and Math.
Rita El Mounayer, the chief channels and communications officer at SAT-7, told The Christian Post back
in February, “We feel that this is the time that we can contribute to
the wellbeing of a human being, no matter if he’s Christian, or a
Muslim. Our mission is to present God’s love to many, to present Jesus’
salvation to many, and at the same time to try and work for the
wellbeing of a person.”
“To try and give them a second chance in
life. And this second chance, we believe, is in education. Because when
you educate a child, they will grow up to think, to analyze, to have
opportunity to go to university, find a job, get married, have kids, and
have dignity in their own societies.”
Ascott said SAT-7’s
programming goes out in areas that are served mostly by Islamic-friendly
stations, calling it a “battle for hearts and minds” among satellite
“It is quite amazing how aggressive the
different stations are and this battle of the airwaves is reflected in
the growth in numbers of channels,” he said.
There have been
numerous stories of Muslims converting to Christianity in the ongoing
refugee crisis, which has seen millions of people from Syria and the
surrounding region make their way toward Europe.
Back in September, a church in Berlin, a city with a notable refugee intake, said its membership jumped from 150 to 600 in a short time due to new Muslim converts.
Gottfried Martens of Trinity Church in Berlin said at the time that
some people might be converting to bolster their chances of staying in
Germany, but he welcomed all regardless.
“I know there are — again
and again — people coming here because they have some kind of hope
regarding asylum,” Martens said. “I am inviting them to join us because I
know that whoever comes here will not be left unchanged.”