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.
@Cuchulain09

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Memorial for Dr. John Garang de Mabior, the head of the SPLA/M, first President of South Sudan Regional Government. (Photo credit: Faith McDonnell0

“South Sudan: Country of Dreams” — Tonight on Al Jazeera

April 13, 2015

Tonight at 10PM ET, on Al Jazeera America, Fault Lines is broadcasting a special about South Sudan. “South Sudan: Country of Dreams” has been months in the making…I know, because I was interviewed in January.

Pakistani Christians protest following the Taliban suicide bombings in Lahore (Photo credit: UCANews.com)

Helping Pakistani Christian Victims of Terrorism

April 7, 2015

Zahid Yousaf, the cousin of Church of the Holy Spirit’s Ruby Ilyas, was part of the security for Christ Church, Lahore. He halted the progress of a terrorist who exploded himself outside, instead of inside, the crowded building where hundreds had taken cover. Zahid is a martyr; he is one of ours.

The burning of Um Ziefa in Darfur, Sudan in 2004 (Photo credit: Brian Steidle for USHMM, cropped)

It’s Not a Happy Anniversary

March 31, 2015

Today, March 31, 2015 marks the tenth anniversary of the United Nations Security Council’s referral of the genocide in Darfur to the International Criminal Court. Several top leaders of Sudan’s National Islamic Front regime, including President Omar al Bashir, were indicted as war criminals. But, outrageously, up to now, there have been no arrests, no prosecutions of these genocidaires.

Pakistani Christians protest their lack of protection after churches are bombed by Taliban in Lahore (Photo Credit: Xinhuanet/Asad)

Follow Up on Pakistan Church Attacks

March 31, 2015

The bombing of two churches in Lahore by the Taliban “underscores growing intolerance towards minority groups” says Pakistan’s Ecumenical Commission on Human Development.

Rend Collective at the Patriot Center, George Mason University. (Photo Credit: Natalie J. Plumb, Catholic Diocese of Arlington)

Five Reasons to go to a Rend Collective Concert

March 25, 2015

Whether you like loud, wild Irish worship parties or prefer Bach’s Soli Deo Gloria, you will want to pray this with Rend Collective, the spiritual descendants of the Bangor monks’ perpetual worship: “Build Your kingdom here. Let the darkness fear. Show Your mighty hand. Heal our streets and land.”

Statue of St. Patrick at Saul, County Down, his burial place. (Copyright Albert Bridge and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence)

5 Lessons We Can Learn from St. Patrick about Spiritual Warfare

March 17, 2015

Patrick faced off against druids, other pagans, High Kings, brutal warlords, and a culture careless of human life. He brought the light of Christ to Ireland, and drove out the demonic forces of Satan.

Girls mourn the death of a relative killed in the Lahore church bombing (Credit: Dawn.com)

Persecution in Pakistan and Remembering the Christians’ Most Brave Advocate

March 16, 2015

Pakistani Christians have turned the other cheek and have no cheeks left to turn. Who is championing their cause? Their greatest champion was murdered for trying to bring religious freedom to the country.

Saint Michael the Archangel (Photo credit: Image Buddy)

Grassroots Prayer and Activism for Protection of People and Defeat of ISIS

March 13, 2015

Are you sickened by what ISIS is doing, and sick of people talking about ISIS and not doing anything? We have an organized plan to engage together in a 4Actions/4Friends/4ISISDefeat campaign.

Nuba Conflict

Latest Sudan Attacks are Largest Offensive Since 2011

March 6, 2015

Institute on Religion and Democracy Press Release March 6, 2015 Contact: Jeff Walton office: 202-682-4131, cell: 202-413-5639, e-mail: jwalton@TheIRD.org “The slaughter of Christians and other minority communities by ISIS has awakened many Christians to…

Sudanese Government ramps up attacks in Darfur and Nuba Mountains (Photo credit: Nuba Reports)

Sudan. The Other Caliphate Builder.

February 28, 2015

We have quickly discovered the truth about ISIS. But, as I mentioned here, ISIS is not alone in caliphate-building, nor are they the first Islamist group to revive the agenda and methods of the war-time Mohammed.  The…

Icon of the 21 Christian Martyrs killed by ISIS in Libya by Antoun Rezk (Photo credit: Antoun (Tony) Rezk)

Four Things You Should Read about ISIS & Christianity

February 24, 2015

To provide more understanding about the Islamic State, and how to pray against the demonic forces that control them, here described are four articles that you should read, along with my annotations!

We don't want to counter violent extremism, we want to defeat jihad. (Photo Credit: Center for Security Policy)

Countering Jihad Part 3: Take Action Now! What You Can Do This Week

February 17, 2015

You can help declare we do not want to “counter violent extremism” we want to #DefeatJihad, Wed, Feb 18, as part of Twitter Rally to shed light on the Countering Violent Extremism Summit at the White House.