LOS ANGELES, CA — Iran Alive Ministries (IAM) has officially partnered with Channel One (Kanal Yek TV), a Persian TV channel broadcasting from Los Angeles, CA to viewers in Iran, to obtain a primetime slot for IAM’s Gospel-centric programming.
“With this partnership, we will gain many new secular-minded audiences who have already rejected Islam, so we are reaching a new population that may not have the desire to watch a Christian channel,” says Dr. Hormoz Shariat, founder of IAM and host of its daily broadcast. “In one sense, since they have not come to us, we are going to them. This is what Jesus commands us: to go and be all things to all people so that we may win some.”
IAM broadcasts a 24/7 Satellite channel with Gospel messaging into the Middle East and Central Asia – all from a home studio in Melissa, TX. An independent survey has shown that it is the most-watched Christian channel in Iran with 7.7% of the population (6 million) saying that “this is our favorite channel, and we watch it daily.”
Now, through the new partnership with Channel One, IAM holds a primetime Friday afternoon timeslot for programming. Friday afternoon, for Iranians, is comparable to an American Sunday afternoon – an ideal time for watching television.
Channel One is one of the oldest and most-watched channels based in the US. With Iran’s tightly controlled media, Channel One attracts a constant viewership from within the country via satellite. Most of their viewers are the ones who have rejected Islam and are looking at secular and political solutions to Iran’s governance issues. Viewers in Iran often risk confiscation of satellite equipment and arrest just by tuning in.
IAM’s other efforts for empowering the people of Iran include online resources for further education about Christianity, “Go Movement” which seeks to fend for the oppressed women in Iran’s radical Islamic reign and an extensive underground church network that is daily serving the discipleship needs of the fastest growing evangelical population in the entire world.
To learn more about Iran Alive Ministries’ work, please visit www.iranalive.org.
About Iran Alive Ministries
Iran Alive broadcasts a 24/7 Satellite channel into the Middle East and Central Asia with 130 potential viewers. An independent survey has shown that it is the most watched Christian channel in Iran with 7.7% of the population (6 million) saying that “this is our favorite channel and we watch it daily.” In addition to broadcasting, Iran Alive has planted one of the largest underground church networks inside Iran. It has an online training school with over 2000 students being equipped to serve the Lord wherever they are.