Faith McDonnell

Faith McDonnell

Faith McDonnell has been with IRD since 1993. She is the Director of Religious Liberty Programs and of the Church Alliance for a New Sudan. She writes and speaks on the subject of the persecuted church.



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Christmas and “The Least Common Denominator Jesus”

December 18, 2014

Christians from a Muslim background do not look for fake similarities between Jesus and Isa, in hopes of appeasing those who oppose Christ’s Sonship.


Torture and Police Brutality in a Real Police State

December 17, 2014

The police beat them with clubs and metal brushes. Some of the teenagers were beaten so badly that their heads were covered with bald spots because the hair would no longer grow back from…

The Laos Nine (Photo credit:

North Korea Freedom Coalition Sounds a Call for Action

December 11, 2014

A December 10 press conference, called by the North Korea Freedom Coalition (NKFC), highlighted the terrible plight of nine North Korean orphan escapees who were forcibly repatriated to North Korea by the Chinese and Laotian governments.

Senator Barbara Mikulski (Photo source: Quinton Report)

URGENT: Save the US Commission on International Religious Freedom!

December 5, 2014

Phone calls are needed TODAY to push Congress to continue funding the US Commission on International Religious Freedom.

Bible in Armenian Church in Iran (Photo credit: Our Sister)

Middle East Concern’s Update on Iranian Christians

November 17, 2014

Sharing Middle East Concern’s update on Iranian house church members imprisoned for their faith.

Washington National Cathedral (Photo credit: Faith J. H. McDonnell)

A Letter to Global South Anglicans

November 14, 2014

One wonders how far the Cathedral will go to accommodate the service. Will they remove the Cross?

The U.S.S. Scorpion (Photo Credit: Naval History and Heritage Command)

In Peril on the Sea

November 12, 2014

This was posted for Memorial Day, but I am reposting because it is about veterans, too.

Freedom Memorial at Checkpoint Charlie Museum, Berlin (Photo credit: Johann H. Addicks - 03:33, 21. Mär. 2006, free use)

The Berlin Wall and the Hunger for Freedom: Then and Now

November 9, 2014

We should follow in the footsteps of Eastern Europeans, or someday there will be a memorial to America: “We just didn’t want Freedom enough.”

International Coalition of Parliamentarians with Charter on Religious Freedom signed today (Photo credit: Embassy of Canada in Norway)

More Good News: International Coalition for Religious Freedom Launched

November 8, 2014

Oslo, Norway hosted a gathering of parliamentarians from the world over to discuss how to jointly combat rising religious persecution and protect religious freedom globally.

Satellite photo contrasting North and South Korea at night (Photo credit:

Breaking: North Korea Frees Missionary, Other American

November 8, 2014

North Korea has released American missionary Kenneth Bae.

Logo for the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church 2014

Encouraging Insomnia and Saving Oaks: The Story of the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church

November 6, 2014

No Christian should sleep well at night while our brothers and sisters are being martyred.

Poster for IDOP from University Bible Fellowship of Illinois institute of Technology.

International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church

November 2, 2014

Today important issues clamor for our attention. In fact, many of those issues are represented in blog posts on Juicy Ecumenism. So it is a challenge to claim attention — even from Christians —…