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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The USS Scorpion (Photo Credit: Naval History and Heritage Command)

In Peril on the Sea

May 24, 2015

Dennis didn’t live long enough to become a veteran and ride a Harley. He went down with the ship, along with the other 98 crewmen of the USS Scorpion, a nuclear submarine that was lost on May 22, 1968.

With Simon Deng and his friend Elijah in front of the White House.  (Photo credit: Passing Tourist)

Former Slave Goes on Hunger Strike for South Sudan

May 20, 2015

A South Sudanese activist and former slave is calling on President Obama to act quickly to stop the destruction of the world’s youngest nation, South Sudan.

With Simon Deng and his friend Elijah in front of the White House.  (Photo credit: Passing Tourist)

On Hunger Strike for South Sudan

May 19, 2015

Simon Deng, wants President Obama to act quickly to stop the destruction of the world’s youngest nation, South Sudan.

Iraqi Christian refugees ask if Christians in the West care what happens to them. (Photo credit: Philos Project)

State Department Says No to Iraqi Christians

May 15, 2015

For the most part, Iraqi Christians are given the exact opposite of preferential treatment. To deem it preferential would be laughable, and Western Christians should be working to change the narrative.

Cherrie Anderson from Ooberfuse with Iraqi Christian refugee children. (Photo credit: Ooberfuse.com)

Ooberfuse Answers My Prayer

May 7, 2015

“We want those persecuted for standing steadfast to their faith to feel encouraged,” said St. John…to know that although the international community is slow to coordinate an effective response, ordinary people around the world are in solidarity with them right now.”

My God is my Rock, in whom I take refuge. (Photo Credit: Faith J. H. McDonnell, El Capitan, Yosemite)

Praying Psalms for the Persecuted Church

May 5, 2015

Wouldn’t it be great if Christians in the West all committed daily to praying a Psalm on behalf of our persecuted brothers and sisters?

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.