Central Asia (MNN) — In Central Asia, it’s hard for Christians to gather at churches because of persecution. But SAT-7 brings fellowship into their homes through SAT-7 PARS, a channel for Farsi/Persian speakers who live in Iran and the wider Persian world (including Afghanistan and Tajikistan).
One of the programs aired on SAT-7 PARS is a live broadcast where viewers can ask questions about the Bible. They can also call requesting a Bible and ask for prayer. However, when the phone lines are tied up with questions, it’s hard to get a Bible request through.
To solve this problem, SAT-7 PARS recently moved to a voice of Internet protocol (VOIP) system. Since then, nothing has been the same. Now, no calls are missed and the calling list of SAT-7 PARS is about five times what it was previously.
Parsa, the Audience and Public Relations Manager, said, “Now we have a long list of requests for Bibles and prayers.” You see, VOIP allows callers to choose to connect with the live show or to leave a recording requesting prayers or a Bible.
“We’re surprised at the number of viewers asking for Bibles because although we knew we missed lots of calls before the VOIP system was introduced, we didn’t know exactly what these callers wanted. Now we don’t lose any chances to hear from our audience,” said Parsa.
The VOIP system has been a huge blessing because many believers rely on SAT-7 PARS for their biblical education. Now, because of VOIP, viewers are able to reap all the benefits of the television broadcasts rather than just a few.
SAT-7 PARS broadcasts 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
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