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.




IRD: Where are the Christian Refugees from Syria?

November 17, 2015

“The U.S. government’s response has been woefully inadequate,” says IRD’s Faith McDonnell. “Neither helping these minorities defend themselves and stay, nor providing them asylum to leave.”

Running from an aerial bombardment in Nuba Mts. (Photo credit: Nuba Reports)

Bishop Andudu Adam Elnail’s Appeal to Congress

November 17, 2015

Bishop Andudu of Sudan’s Nuba Mountains urges the co-chairs of the House Caucus on Sudan and South Sudan to weigh in on the distribution of settlement from BNP Paribas’ sanctions violations.


Why U.S. Christian Groups are Prioritizing Muslim Refugees over Christian Ones

November 16, 2015

It’s a scandal that U.S. Christian groups are prioritizing Muslim refugees over Christian ones. Here’s why it’s happening.


Faith on Freedom: International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (Part 2)

November 6, 2015

Sometimes the horrific news about the persecution of Christians around the world just shocks us, angers us, and leaves us paralyzed. We need to get into the habit of praying in response to that news. Hear more from Faith McDonnell in today’s video.

The Christian Martyrs Last Prayer, Jean-Leon Gerome, from Wikimedia

VIDEO: American Foreign Policy & International Religious Liberty

November 5, 2015

Watch a special video about IRD’s new foreign policy journal, and how it relates to religious freedom around the world.

Child in West Unity State (Courtesy of Sudan Community Compensation website)

The Bishops’ Message to Congressional Caucus on Sudan/South Sudan

November 2, 2015

Bishop Moses Deng Bol (Episcopal Diocese of Wau, South Sudan) appeals to the co-chairs of the House Sudan Caucus to write to Attorney General Loretta Lynch and urge just dispensation of funds paid by sanction violator BNP Paribas.


Happy International Religious Freedom Day! Hope There’ll Be Some Soon!

October 27, 2015

Individual religious liberty is an essential ingredient of democracy and justice. But concern for the religious liberty of our persecuted brothers and sisters must also be at the center of who we are and what we do as American Christians.

IDOP Logo from World Evangelical Alliance

Faith on Freedom: International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (Part 1)

October 22, 2015

We believe that persecution of religious believers — particularly Christians — is a shockingly overlooked human rights issue, and Western Christians have a Biblical mandate to be a voice for suffering brothers and sisters.


Faith on Freedom: A New Video Blog Series on Global Persecution

October 10, 2015

Through prayer and advocacy the churches could change the climate of the wider culture to prioritize what is the worst human rights issue in the world today: religious persecution.


International Religious Freedom Commission Lives to Fight Another Day

October 8, 2015

Passage of the US Commission on Int’l Religious Freedom Reauthorization Act demonstrates the power of advocacy in shaping U.S. policy, but more advocacy may have ensured an even better outcome.

Jason Johnson at The Salvation Army  graduation ceremony (Photo credit: Courtesy of his family to news services)

Trophies and Martyrs

October 6, 2015

Before he joined the ranks of Christ’s martyred followers, Jason Johnson was one of Christ’s trophies. He was courageous enough to see himself for who he was and where he was headed, and surrender his life to Jesus.

Religious Liberty Director Faith McDonnell speaking at the Prayer Vigil (Photo credit: Jeff Walton)

How Long Will You Waver?

September 23, 2015

Don’t let it be said that in this time, in this situation, for the persecuted religious minorities in the Middle East, we, the people, said NOTHING.