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A space for resources to help RE teachers and their students explore the Christian faith

In this section we have compiled additional resources to equip you with engaging activities and help you in supporting your students relevantly.

Social Justice: Lesson 2 - How Does the Church Respond to Persecution?

An Open Doors lesson plan with resources

Open Doors is a Christian organisation that provides support to persecuted Christians across the world. They estimate that there are over 340 million Christians suffering persecution across the world today.

As of October 3, 2023, the five worst countries to live in the world as a Christian are:

  1. North Korea
  2. Somalia
  3. Yemen
  4. Eritrea
  5. Libya

A staggering 5,621 Christians were murdered for their faith last year, 89% of whom were in Nigeria. Additionally, 140,000 Christians were displaced due to persecution, the majority of whom are from Myanmar.

The rankings change regularly, but you can read the full, up-to-date list here.

Open Doors raises awareness of the issues these Christians face so that the worldwide Church can pray for them, whilst also raising money to help support them in any way they can. They often send Bible resources to Christians unable to buy any. Over the previous year, it has been involved in sending vaccines and COVID aid to those Christians unable to access them.

This lesson will unpack in more detail why the Church helps and exactly how it does, with some real examples.

Download the lesson plan and click on the link below to get the PPTs which are designed to help you explore this topic with your students.

GCSE Lesson 2 - Plan & Handouts

GCSE Lesson  2 - Plan & Handouts (Welsh language)

If you'd like to use the accompanying PPT and videos alongside these resources, please click here.

You can find the first lesson in this series here.