CNA programs have not been broadcast on the Hotbird satellite by its partner since last summer, when they decided to stop working with CNA. A meeting was asked for during which certain misunderstandings were expressed, and the Lord has reopened the door of cooperation for resuming the broadcasting of the CNA program block as before. Once again, the programs specifically produced to reach the people of North Africa, will be aired.
This good news is not stopping the team from the ongoing work of launching Web TV and ultimately an independent channel. Of course the financing for this needs to come together as well.
CNA is now ten years old – Channel North Africa took to the airwaves on the Hotbird satellite in the year 2000. The idea had been around since 1997, when a first block of programs produced by different partners was aired on the Arabic Christian Miracle channel. In October of 1999, during the North Africa Partnership meetings, the 28 participants of a working group discussing video production, decided to launch a new channel specifically for North Africa.
During the past ten years, CNA has broadcast hundreds of hours of programs and touched thousands of viewers who have discovered Jesus Christ.
The testimonies received during these years have been as encouraging as they are precious. You can
find several of them on the website under “testimonies.”
At the same time, CNA is committed to strengthening the North African church which it has accompanied and encouraged these past ten years. In January, in partnership with BILD International, Channel North Africa organized a training seminar for spiritual leaders representing three movements of churches who until then had not worked together. As a result of this seminar, some Bible study groups have started using the materials that were introduced and explained. Translation of the materials into Arabic is envisioned. Two other seminars are being planned for this year and a much larger five year project is being studied.
With its ten years of experience, the CNA team continues to look to the future and expects to write a new chapter in the history of the channel, despite the many challenges.