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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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#StandWithThePersecuted On Any Sunday

April 16, 2016

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

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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.

Assyrian and American flags (Photo credit: Faith J. H. McDonnell)

ACTIONS NOW! To Fight the ISIS Genocide of Christians, Others

February 24, 2016

The actions suggested in this blog post, including the #stopISISgenocide campaign, should be taken NOW because time is running out — both existentially, for the Assyrian Christians and other minorities, but also in a more literal sense, as you will see.

Iraqi Christian woman (Photo credit: The Philos Project)

Don’t Sing Louder – Do Something to Fight ISIS Genocide

February 22, 2016

When is singing hymns damning? When the increased volume of hymn singing isn’t out of passion for the Lord, but drowns out cries of persecuted Christians.

Assyrian and American flags (Photo credit: Faith J. H. McDonnell)

3 Things You Can Do Right Now to Fight ISIS Genocide of Christians, Yazidis, Others

February 13, 2016

The United States government remains glaringly absent from those world powers speaking out against ISIS’ genocidal slaughter and destruction in the Middle East. But you can help change that right now.

The Fellowship of The Suffering

The Fellowship of The Suffering

February 3, 2016

We are grateful for the opportunity to share with new readers through Patheos the things in life about which we are most passionate…as a former pastor of mine used to say, “the things that make you pound the table!”


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.


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.

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.

Bahri Church destroyed, but the Cross remains.

Khartoum Judge Decides Trial of Sudanese Pastors Will Go Forward: PLEASE PROTEST

July 3, 2015

Caring individuals must continue to raise a huge outcry against the unjust treatment of these pastors. Increase the pressure, and the prayer, NOW!


Save Sudan Pastors

June 30, 2015

I am pleased to announce the creation of a new website, Save Sudan Pastors, by our friends of Mute No More. As with efforts for Meriam Ibrahim last summer, we hope our Save Sudan Pastors advocacy will attract dozens of organizations to show solidarity.