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.



Lost Boy preaching at Kakuma Refugee Camp (Photo credit: The Good Lie/Motive Entertainment)

The Good Lie and The Lost Boys: A True Story

October 2, 2014

On Friday, 10/3, the new Warner Brothers film, The Good Lie, opens in 40 cities across the USA. If you are in one of those cities, I hope you will go see this film about Sudan’s Lost Boys right away, opening weekend!

Senator Ted Cruz speaking at the White House rally for imprisoned Sudanese Christian Meriam Ibrahim. (Photo Credit: Jonathan Fuller for IRD)

Unity with the Persecuted

September 22, 2014

“Speak up for your brothers & sisters. Repent of silence. Rejoice to be in the Lamb’s Book of Life.” Metaxas spoke of unity not because of nationality or politics – but because the Church must speak with one voice against evil.

U.S. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry displays the symbol for Christians painted by ISIS on their houses. (Photo credit: Faith McDonnell)

“Silence is Full of Blood”

September 16, 2014

“In the Middle East and in Africa, silence is not ‘golden’ anymore. Silence is full of blood.”

In "Prince Caspian," the Pevensie children are delighted to be back in Narnia, but don't yet know what battles lie ahead for them. (Photo credit: Skandar Keynes website)

Everything You Know is About to Change: Why I Will Never Forget 9/11

September 11, 2014

I mourn the loss of the innocence, deception or not, that our country possessed prior to 9/11. I mourn the loss of the thousands of our best and brightest young men and women in the armed forces.

From the Never Forget 9-11 Facebook Page

Never Forget 9/11

September 11, 2014

A poem in honor of their fallen brothers written by a number of firefighters.

ISIS plan to build the Caliphate (Photo credit: ISIS, I guess via Daily Mail)

Six More Facts about ISIS

September 10, 2014

Six more somewhat random facts about the brutality and strategy of ISIS that all add up to an extremely bad situation.

Firefighters from Farmingville, NY 
entering ground zero  through dust and smoke of the destroyed World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. (Photo by:

Living Victims of 9/11

September 9, 2014

The venomous evil directed at us that day poisoned us in many ways, but this becomes more than metaphor when applied to thousands of living victims, sick and dying from illnesses and injuries.

The faces of some of the firefighters who died on 9/11 at the National Museum of Liberty, Philadelphia. (Photo credit: Faith McDonnell)

Remembering the Heroes and Victims of 9/11

September 8, 2014

(First published on September 11, 2013) Shortly after 9/11, when the magnitude of the loss our country had endured was still incomprehensible, I bought 9/11/01 Portraits: Collected Portraits of Grief from the New York Times….


9/11: The End of Illusions

September 7, 2014

I will never forget 9/11. It is with me always. Remembrances of more innocent times are marred by the knowledge that they were “before.” I wish we could go back to a time when we were naïve.

The Pentagon after the 9/11 attack. (U. S. Naval photo by Photographer's Mate 1st Class Michael W. Pendergrass)

Remembering a Victim of Terror

September 6, 2014

On the mirror of her bedroom dresser, Angie kept a Bible verse that reflected the significance of her highest level security work at the Pentagon, monitoring the ongoing geopolitical and military movements that could be a threat to American forces.

Congressman Frank Wolf addresses a crowd of Christian leaders who have pledged solidarity with the persecuted. Photo credit: Faith J. H. McDonnell

Virginia Congressman Calls for Military Force Against Jihadists

September 4, 2014

During a week that includes the 13th anniversary of 9/11 and the 2nd anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attack on Benghazi, U.S. Rep. Frank R. Wolf (R-VA) will introduce legislation authorizing military force against terrorists.

Sunrise (Photo credit: Faith McDonnell)

Morning and Evening Prayers for Iraq

August 20, 2014

If you’re serious about praying for persecuted Iraqi Christians and other religious minorities like the Yazidis, here are 2 prayers to pray daily as a spiritual discipline & an offering to the Lord on behalf of the persecuted.