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Nuba women who fled their homes to Yida Refugee Camp (Photo credit: Faith J. H. McDonnell)

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!”

Drowned at sea. Christian Iraqi children who died on November 17 when their family tried to reach Europe. Not accepted for resettlement in the United States. (Photo Credit: Shai Fund)

The Ongoing Failure to Admit Syrian and Iraqi Christian Refugees

December 14, 2015

Now actually there is a biased test being applied, but the test has the effect of screening out Christians and other religious minorities while letting in thousands of Muslims.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

Just one of many burned churches in northern and central Nigeria (Photo credit: Sharia Unveiled)

“This May Be Our Last Communion”

August 13, 2015

“You taught us that Jesus is worthy dying for,” the Nigerian Christians told their pastor. “This may be our last Communion. We will take it and die.”

Faith McDonnell with the great kids from Ride2Freedom at U.S. Capitol (Photo credit: Fiona McDonnell)

A Dream of a Free China

July 19, 2015

On Thursday, July 16, 2015, I participated in a rally for freedom in China at the U.S. Capitol. The rally was sponsored by the Falun Gong movement, a Chinese spiritual practice derived from Buddhism…

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Pastors in Prison on Father’s Day

June 21, 2015

Please pray today and make a special effort to pray every day leading up to the next hearing for the pastors on Thursday, June 25. Ask God for their speedy release so that they don’t miss any other Father’s Days or any days with their families.

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Union Theological Seminary Rips RFRA Laws

June 16, 2015

Union Theological Seminary bowed the knee to leftism. How has this affected its views of sexuality and religious freedom?