These free resources, provided by Damaris Media, are designed to help churches and individuals think through the issues raised by The Promise (in UK cinemas beginning 28th April 2017). In this guide you’ll find:
- Background information about the history behind the film.
- Group discussion questions for church groups to explore the film’s themes.
- Suggestions for reflection and prayer.
Religious persecution today
Three quarters of the world’s population lives in countries with severe restrictions on their religious freedom - in fact, it’s one of the most widely-violated human rights in the world.
If you lived in one of these countries, it would mean not being able to choose or change your religion, or to practise it freely in your daily life. You could be denied promotion at work because of your beliefs; your children could be bullied or penalised at school; or you could be harassed or excluded from your community.
But it might not end there. You could face interrogation, arrest, imprisonment, violent attacks, torture or even death. It’s sobering to reflect on the freedom we take for granted.
Respond: Take a stand against injustice
In The Promise you witnessed several characters take a stand against injustice. You can do the same thing today - your voice holds the power to change and save lives. This is your group’s chance to respond to all you’ve seen, heard and discussed...
If you’ve got 5 minutes: #StandWithNigeria
Protect Nigeria’s Christians from further attacks; all it takes is an email. Send an email to call for protection for Christians and calling for the attackers to be brought to justice.
If you’ve got 10 minutes: Real Change for Refugees
Help Burma’s Rohingya Muslims on the brink of starvation - email the Burmese embassy to demand that restrictions on aid are lifted, and the root causes of the crisis are tackled.
If you want to pray: Receive our weekly prayer updates
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We need to listen to the echoes of history, and learn the lessons of past atrocities. Make sure the world doesn’t ignore the suffering of religious minorities today: stand against injustice.
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