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.




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.

Vigil for persecuted Christians in the Middle East, Monday, September 21, 6:30 PM,

Standing for the Suffering Church: Vigil for Persecuted Christians in the Middle East

September 21, 2015

Please let us show Christians and other religious minorities who are targeted by ISIS that brothers and sisters in the West, and in this case, right in the American nation’s capital, are standing with them and the honoring their faith.


Sudan and 9/11: The End of Illusions

September 14, 2015

Every success in U.S. Sudan policy has happened in spite of the absurdity of negotiating with a regime that operates through denials and deception. Failure – to stop genocide in Darfur, Nuba Mountains, and Blue Nile, and to speak out for the Beja and the Nubian civilization have occurred because the regime has never been held accountable for violating decades of agreements.

The Pentagon after the 9/11 attack. (U. S. Naval photo by Photographer's Mate 1st Class Michael W. Pendergrass)

Remembering a Victim of Terror

September 12, 2015

On the mirror of her bedroom dresser, Angie kept a Bible verse that reflected the significance of her highest level security work at the Pentagon, monitoring the ongoing geopolitical and military movements that could be a threat to American forces.

911 Memorial Reflecting Pool at the World Trade Center (Photo Credit: Faith McDonnell)

Not Getting Over 9/11

September 11, 2015

Almost everyone remembers exactly where they were and what they were doing on September 11, 2001. I am no exception. In fact, every time I walk into the Rayburn House Office Building, the place…

The Pevensies on the beach at Narnia (Photo credit: Walden Media)

Everything You Know is About to Change: Why I Will Never Forget 9/11

September 11, 2015

You may think this is a stretch, but that scene reminds me of the bright, sunny Tuesday morning of September 11, 2001. Although most of us didn’t realize it, we, America, the West, were already engaged in a life-and-death struggle against evil forces that had taken control.

Dean Jones with his wife Lory in 2006. (Photo credit:

Dean Jones: When It’s All Been Said and Done, A Defender of the Persecuted

September 9, 2015

Dean’s passing into Eternity is a great loss for those who remain, but we rejoice in his Homecoming. Rest in peace, dear brother, and rise in Glory to hear the Lord’s “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

USCIRF Annual Report includes map with CPC countries outlined (Photo credit: USCIRF)

IRD: U.S. Global Religious Freedom Advocacy Under Threat Again

September 3, 2015

“Helping persecuted Christians and others will become far more difficult if USCIRF is ended,” says IRD’s Faith McDonnell.

USCIRF Annual Report includes map with CPC countries outlined (Photo credit: USCIRF)

Fighting for USCIRF: US Global Religious Freedom Advocacy Under Threat Again

September 1, 2015

IRD was at the forefront of the fight to pass the International Religious Freedom Act in the late 1990’s. Today IRD is part of the battle to save a key part of the Act, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF). from attempts to cripple and even dismantle it.