Within just four days of launching a chat room on Telegram, SAT-7 PARS received an estimated 20,000 posts from viewers and fans.
With tight social media restrictions in Iran, especially on Facebook, the SAT-7 PARS Audience Relations (AR) team continually have to find secure and innovative ways to stay in dialogue with their audience.
SAT-7 PARS, which remains uncensored in Iran, is now operating on a social media platform called Telegram. Only a telephone number is required for members to create an account.
SAT-7 PARS’ page on Telegram includes videos of SAT-7 shows and other, third-party Christian resources. The Bible has been made available on the platform in two formats.
According to Benjamin Parsa, AR Manager of SAT-7 PARS, “We had over 1,000 downloads of each book after one week. Unfortunately, 1,000 is the maximum figure that Telegram displays. We don’t know if 500 people downloaded 66 books separately or 50,000 people downloaded the whole Bible.”
Parsa says that SAT-7 PARS did not advertise the start-up of their Telegram presence on the TV channel but that vast numbers of people immediately made contact. Many members ask for prayer and give their testimonies of faith.
“We don’t have enough administrative staff to pray for everyone. It’s overwhelming,” says Parsa. “This is not a follow-up project any more; this is a movement.”
- Give thanks for the work of Sat-7 in Iran, and for the overwhelming response to their social media chat room.
- Pray for protection over those who work with Sat-7 in Iran, and for those who find Christ through their chat room and media presentations.
- Pray for ongoing discipleship for new Iranian believers.
- Pray for the continues growth of the Iranian Church and for protection over Christians in Iran, for their witness to their families and communities and for a real move of the Holy Spirit in this nation.
Ephesians 6 vs 19: “‘Pray also for me, so that when I speak, a message may be given to me to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel,”