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.
It was Sunday, October 27, and the sun was shining just as it had every day that I had been in Nairobi. Soon I would be leaving for South Sudan. But first, I had an appointment to keep.
In October I spent three days at Yida Camp, the home to some 68,000 refugees from the Nuba Mountains. I learned many things at Yida. In fact, I was originally going to entitle this post “Five Things I Learned at Yida Refugee Camp.” And this is just the beginning.
In early October I was counting down the days until my first trip to Africa. On October 18, I would fly to Nairobi for the second Global Anglican Fellowship Conference. Then I would visit South Sudan, including three days in Yida Refugee Camp, the current home to some 68,000 people from Sudan’s Nuba Mountains. This is the first of many reflections on that trip.
Brian McLaren asks, “Why are Christians persecuted?” and “Why are Western Christians silent about the persecution of Christians?” His answer, explored in Part Two of this blog post, is that pro-Zionist Christians don’t want to call attention to the fact that Israel’s “occupation” of Palestinian lands causes unrest in the Middle East that affects Christians. But Israel is the safest place to be a Christian in the whole Middle East!
On Sunday night, October 13, at 8:00 – 9:30 p.m. (Eastern), I will be a guest on the Ancient Faith Radio program. Ancient Faith Radio is an internet radio program that “seeks to deepen and enrich the faith of Orthodox Christians around the world with streaming audio programming, live call-ins, and on demand podcasts. Ancient Faith Radio […]
Graduate school at the University of Maryland (recently named the 10th best party school in the United States) was quite a shock after the protected, Christian environment of my college. So in the hedonistic sea of fellow teaching assistants and much of the English Department faculty, I was overjoyed to meet another Christian who, like me, was teaching freshmen composition while working on a Master’s degree.
As part of the Act for Sudan alliance, IRD is asking you to consider joining the National Call-In Day for Sudan that takes place tomorrow, October 3, from 9AM-5PM. Act for Sudan says: As you probably know, peaceful protests in Khartoum and around the country of Sudan are being met with brutal government force. The […]
Yesterday, September 23, the office of U.S. Representative Frank Wolf (R-VA) spoke out about the proposed visit of Sudan’s President Omar al Bashir to the United States for the United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York. Wolf’s press statement and accompanying letter to President Obama adds the strength of this veteran advocate for human rights and religious freedom to others […]
Under the “better late than never” category, Egyptian security forces entered the town of Delga in the Upper Egypt region of Minya on Monday, September 16, 2013, wresting control quickly from Muslim Brotherhood Islamists that had held Delga hostage for five weeks. In this case, better late than never is quite true. Although help for the beleaguered Copts in […]