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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Preparing for Spiritual Battle: A Disclaimer

January 30, 2015

Much spiritual warfare seems focused on personal and “culture war” issues, and evangelism, not issues beyond our borders. We need spiritual warfare waged on behalf of the persecuted church.

Northern Irish Worship Band Rend Collective leads powerful praise at the Patriot Center (Photo credit: Natalie J. Plumb, Catholic Diocese of Arlington)

Life is VERY Good When We are One

January 26, 2015

It was good to know that, Catholics and Protestants together, we are one — not only in our concern for the unborn and others vulnerable in this culture of death — but one in the Body of Christ!

Aragorn's speech at the Black Gate (Photo credit: The Return of the King)


January 21, 2015

Some Christians are in denial about the evil we face, and pray passively “for peace,” but the Bible tells us do battle against principalities, powers, the rulers of the darkness of this world, and against spiritual wickedness in high places.

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IRD: Duke University Correct to Reverse Course on Muslim Call to Prayer

January 15, 2015

Plans to begin issuing the Muslim call to prayer from a bell tower at North Carolina’s Duke University have been withdrawn after public outcry.

Muslims in Peshawar, Pakistan rally in solidarity with Charlie Hebdo murderer jihadists (Photo credit: EPA)

Shocking Killings In France Raises Question About Islamic Blasphemy Laws

January 14, 2015

Without a strong conviction on the rightness of true freedom, the United States cannot successfully assist freedom-lovers around the world, and is in danger of losing that freedom itself.


The Lesson of Father Gleb

January 9, 2015

Today there are “Father Glebs” in Nigeria, Syria, Iraq, Egypt, Pakistan, Sudan, and elsewhere, self-sacrificially speaking out for the persecuted. When they hear these voices, does the Western Church care?

Father Gleb discusses the KGB secret files with Constantine Muravnik of Georgetown, and IRD director Kent Hill and staff member Stan De Boe, 1992. (Photo credit: IRD archives/Lonni Jackson)

Remembering Father Gleb Yakunin (March 4, 1934 – December 25, 2014)

December 30, 2014

IRD mourns the death on Christmas Day of Russian Orthodox priest and dissident, Father Gleb Pavlovich Yakunin. Rest in peace & rise in Glory.

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Rethinking Christmas Lights, Part Two

December 23, 2014

How could liking pretty Christmas lights lead to apostasy? It’s What Lies Beneath that’s the problem!

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Rethinking Christmas Lights, Part One

December 22, 2014

I have always considered Christmas lights to be “Christmas-lite.” They are the fun and festive part of Christmas, but what do they have to do with the “Reason for the season”?

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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…

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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.