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.



Father Bazi addresses the crowd at the Catholic Information Center, Washington, DC.

Smashing Mirrors in the Caliphate, Part One

May 26, 2016

Little did the Islamic State know that they were marking the Christians with the very imprimatur of the Kingdom that one day will ensure that their Caliphate is obliterated.


Crying Out for the Persecuted in China, Including a Pastor’s Wife Buried Alive

May 17, 2016

The recent murder of a Chinese church leader’s wife and the nineteen-year imprisonment of iconic Chinese freedom fighter Harry Wu who died recently demonstrate the People’s Republic of China (PRC) Communist regime’s long legacy of repression and persecution.

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Wearing a White Carnation

May 8, 2016

I never had the experience that some children with minister parents have of feeling neglected or coming second. But Mom also had wonderful ministry to others…particularly the young servicemen — sailors, Coast Guards, etc. — that would seek her out for prayer and a mother’s love during the Vietnam War.

Dr. Vanderbijl and students at St. Frumentius Seminary
(Photo from Johann Wilhelmus Vanderbijl III)

Pray for Gambela

May 2, 2016

Such moments keep hope alive that all of the people groups of Gambela might one day be able to repent, forgive, reconcile, and restore.


Former Sudanese “Lost Boy” Speaks on Being “God’s Refugee”

April 18, 2016

“IRD has been working with John Chol Daau for some 15 years. We never cease to be amazed by all that he has done for the Kingdom of God.”

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#StandWithThePersecuted On Any Sunday

April 16, 2016

I take to video to encourage individual Christians as well as churches to Stand with the Persecuted.

(Logo Credit: Family Research Council)

Stand for the Persecuted!

April 15, 2016

Christians who are presently being humiliated, beaten, tortured, arrested, imprisoned, displaced, persecuted, and enslaved, will stand up with power of GOD enabling their starved, bruised, and broken limbs.

With our new friend, Sasha. January 1991, Moscow.

Bread Lines and Moscow Nights

April 6, 2016

Our first up-close experience with people in line for food was on the evening we took Sasha to Pizza Hut. In 1991 Pizza Hut was still a novelty in Moscow.

Faith and Shahbaz Bhatti during one of his visits to Washington, DC

GOODBYE, GOOD MAN: SHAHBAZ BHATTI, Valiant Defender of Human Rights in Pakistan

March 25, 2016

March 2 was the five year anniversary of the assassination of Pakistan’s State Minister for Religious Minorities, and a brother in Christ, Shahbaz Bhatti.

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IRD: Will Cuba’s Religious Restrictions Be Loosened after Obama Visit?

March 21, 2016

No other country in the Americas is so restrictive when it comes to religious practice.

John Kerry

U.S. State Department Designates ISIS Crimes as Genocide

March 17, 2016

Designation of a group as one targeted for genocide has significant policy implications for American refugee policy.

The Causeway Coast in Northern Ireland (Photo Credit: Faith McDonnell)

5 Lessons We Can Learn from St. Patrick about Spiritual Warfare

March 17, 2016

The Number One lesson we can learn from Saint Patrick about spiritual warfare is: There is no High King but King Jesus.