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.



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.

Cuba Prayer

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.

Working as the sun set in Washington, DC, the U.S. House passed the genocide resolution.

Hooray for the House! U.S. Representatives Pass ISIS Genocide Resolution 393 to 0!

March 15, 2016

It’s official! The U.S. House of Representatives declares genocide by ISIS. Vote to approve H.Con.Res.75 passed unanimously on the evening of March 14, 2016.

Sharansky Steps near the United Nations in NY. (Photo by Faith McDonnell)

International Criminal Court Indictment of Sudan President: Sound and Fury Signifying Nothing

March 8, 2016

Our Sudanese brothers and sisters have the courage to fight evil. Do we have the courage to see evil and stand with them?

Demonstrators outside the UN demand the arrest of Sudan President Bashir

Activism and Virtual Activism for Sudan: Advocacy Opportunities for All!

March 4, 2016

The President of Sudan, Omar al Bashir, is wanted by the International Criminal Court. He has been indicted for genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity.