Recently Faith McDonnell, IRD’s Religious Liberty Program Director and Director of the Church Alliance for a New Sudan, was featured in two panels about saving persecuted Christians around the world. She was part of a panel sponsored by the Center for Security Policy at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on February 22 and on Armstrong William’s national television show on March 10.
The IRD strongly believes that it is imperative to help our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ who are suffering for the sake of the Gospel. We are a coalition member in the Save The Persecuted Christians campaign, a new initiative modeled after the 1970’s “Save Soviet Jewry” campaign that brought visibility to and action for Jews languishing in the Soviet Union. IRD is working with other Save The Persecuted Christians coalition members to reawaken Western Christians and bring more awareness about persecuted Christians and churches all around the world.
At CPAC, McDonnell said that “we need to be their hope. We really need to come together for the church around the world.” She continued to say the Western churches are hugely apathetic to the persecuted and “aren’t helping as much as they should.” She urged that those who are being persecuted are our “fellow Christians” and that we are a “global church.”
She warned that American churches are not united. She said that it was the divisiveness in our own churches that hinders us from helping the persecuted. McDonnell also declared at CPAC: “If it’s not the nature of the churches to be concerned about their fellow believers, we need to nurture it into them.”
On the Armstrong Williams television show, filmed live earlier this month, McDonnell explained that while many people know about the Nigerian jihadist group Boko Haram because of their abduction of the Chibok school girls, they are not aware that another brutal jihadist groups is wiping out entire villages of Christians in northern and central Nigeria. The Fulani, originally herdsmen, have evolved into jihadists that are persecuting Nigeria’s Christians and others with “high-tech weapons” funded by the global jihad movement based in the Gulf States.
On the television show she also spoke of the persecution of Christians in the Islamic Republic of Sudan. She revealed that Christianity in Sudan goes all the way back to the ancient Christian kingdoms of Nubia around the 3rd century AD. She reported that now the Islamist regime was bulldozing churches and imprisoning pastors. Christians are also being particularly targeted in the Sudan regime’s ongoing genocide against the black African ethnic groups in the Nuba Mountains, Darfur, and Blue Nile State – a campaign of aerial bombardment, scorched earth, and orchestrated starvation.
McDonnell called upon churches and fellow brothers and sisters in Christ to open their eyes and see what Christians around the world are facing. She encouraged all Christians to obey the mandate from God described in Galatians 6:10, and help bring justice and comfort to those who are being persecuted for just believing in Jesus.
To learn more about how to support the Save the Persecuted Christians campaign, please visit the Save The Persecuted Christians’ website. In addition, read more about Faith McDonnell’s work in this press release article and her own writing.
Finally, the IRD is hosting a conference on May 10 in Washington, DC: “Why Christians Don’t Care About Christians: A Global Christian Persecution Summit.” If you are interested please sign up! (Click here to join us.)