Christian Freedom International (CFI)


Christian Freedom International (CFI) works to increase global perspective and attention to the position of Believers around the world who suffer persecution for their Christian faith. Our objectives are to obtain firsthand evidence of religious liberty violations and present that evidence to caring Christians everywhere, including policymakers in Washington, DC; to mobilize Christians in prayer and action for victims of persecution and oppression; to provide the Word of God and other Scriptural resources to Christians unable to obtain them; to work to permanently improve conditions of human misery caused by the persecution of Christians; to quickly move to meet the changing needs of Christians in situations of extreme peril; and to assess humanitarian needs and provide such assistance as the Organization's resources permit.

Contact information

Mailing address:
PO Box 535
Front Royal, VA 22630


Phone: (800) 323-2273


Organization details

EIN: 521283394

CEO/President: Wendy Wright

Chairman: Mr. Brent Meyers, Missionary

Board size: 6

Founder: Former Ambassador Faith Whittlesey

Year founded: 1983

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1987


Christian Freedom International (CFI) aids, equips and advocates for Christians who are oppressed or persecuted for their faith.

CFI provides spiritual and physical help for suffering Christians to live in the dignity of God's love and rise above their circumstances.

CFI offers ways for Christians to ease the burdens of persecuted Christians through prayer, action, and giving.

We are a non-denominational human rights organization providing real solutions to conditions of oppression and misery caused by religious persecution.

Mission statement

Christian Freedom International uses the following to express it mission:

Christian Freedom International helps Christians who are persecuted or suffering for their faith in Jesus Christ.

Statement of faith

Our statement of faith is the same as the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability's.

  1. We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.
  2. We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
  3. We believe in the deity and humanity of Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, in His present rule as Head of the Church and in His personal return in power and glory.
  4. We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful men regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.
  5. We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
  6. We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost, they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.
  7. We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ, with equality across racial, gender, and class differences.
  8. Remember those in prison as if you were their fellow prisoners, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering. Hebrews 13:3

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Advocacy

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating285 of 58519 of 32
Fund acquisition rating276 of 58514 of 32
Resource allocation rating458 of 58527 of 32
Asset utilization rating161 of 58511 of 32

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$56,866$47,822$76,296$69,539$75,203
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$305,706$292,422$254,590$326,614$277,940
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$214,885$228,706$242,846$257,087$271,085
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$9,615
Total long-term assets$214,885$228,706$242,846$257,087$280,700
Total assets$520,591$521,128$497,436$583,701$558,640
Payables and accrued expenses$21,856$17,634$19,536$22,915$22,218
Other current liabilities$3,603$3,462$3,327$3,196$3,063
Total current liabilities$25,459$21,096$22,863$26,111$25,281
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$97,252$100,843$104,294$107,610$110,546
Total liabilities$122,711$121,939$127,157$133,721$135,827
Net assets20192018201720162015
Temporarily restricted$0$0$0$10,000$19,615
Permanently restricted$0$0$0$0$0
Net assets$397,880$399,189$370,279$449,980$422,813
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$857,042$884,840$871,540$957,959$1,113,971
Program service revenue$21,294$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$0$0$0($136)($235)
Other revenue$28,774$47,692$10,544$51,805$48,580
Total other revenue$50,068$47,692$10,544$51,669$48,345
Total revenue$907,110$932,532$882,084$1,009,628$1,162,316
Program services$686,124$719,412$810,334$810,261$733,950
Management and general$162,317$126,116$102,899$98,032$88,484
Total expenses$908,419$903,622$961,785$982,461$878,587
Change in net assets20192018201720162015
Surplus (deficit)($1,309)$28,910($79,701)$27,167$283,729
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($1,309)$28,910($79,701)$27,167$283,729

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Since 1983 the ministry has worked on behalf of the persecuted Church in some of the most dangerous places for Christians around the world. CFI has operated in Burma, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Laos, China, Bangladesh, Nepal, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Egypt, Nigeria, and Sudan. Early in the ministry, CFI established a series of 23 jungle hospitals, 11 jungle schools, orphanages, and a back-pack medic network to reach even the most remote villages with lifesaving medicine and Bibles in war-torn Burma. The CFI logo is of a lone CFI backpack medic delivering aid to Christians in the jungles of Burma. CFI has come to the aid of thousands of suffering men, women, and children through the distribution of food, water, medicine, clothing, Bibles, and other basic supplies in countries where persecution is most intense. CFI has built schools in refugee camps, Bible Schools, and Centers to aid disabled Christians. But CFI's work is not limited to the distribution of relief aid. Over the years, CFI has consistently remained active as a "voice for the voiceless" in Washington, DC, providing political advocacy and practical grassroots action on behalf of the millions of Christians who routinely suffer for their faith.

The CFI logo is of a lone CFI Backpack medic delivering aid to Christians in the war zones of Burma. In 1998, Christian Freedom International pioneered the backpack medic program and the lifesaving work has continued ever since.

Program accomplishments

Christian Freedom International is a low-overhead organization comprised of a dedicated team of Christian men and women with a passion to serve the Persecuted Church including Bangladesh, Burma, China, Egypt/Middle East, India, North Korea, Nigeria, Pakistan, Thailand, and Sri Lanka.

Aid: Spiritual & Physical

Christian Freedom International aids Christians who are suffering persecution, discrimination, violence, disaster, or in debt bondage including:

  • Bible training and skills for Christian students from refugee camps and villages attacked by Burma's military, to be self-sufficient Christian leaders in their communities
  • Food, daily essentials, school supplies, clothing, hygiene items and pastoral care to Christians trapped in slum areas of Bangkok, Cairo, and Bangladesh
  • Skill training and work tools, white canes for blind and disabled Christians in Bangladesh
  • Bibles, food, cooking supplies, warm blankets, worship services, and audio Bibles for Christians in the brickyards of Pakistan, where entire families are forced to work long grueling hours--day after day, year after year--making bricks in a hopeless effort to repay debts owed to Muslim creditors
  • Seminary-level training sessions, ministry support, bikes and motorcycles for pastors
  • Church and Christian Center construction, supply and support
  • Food and blankets to Christians during harsh cold spells and flooding in Bangladesh. Maternity and newborn emergency aid for destitute pastors' families.
  • Bibles, rice, medicines, and short-wave radios are smuggled into North Korea. Radio broadcasts of Bible readings, teachings, and worship music deliver the Good News of Jesus Christ into the totalitarian, isolated dictatorship
Church Security:

Churches are targets for bombings and armed attacks. CFI provides security cameras, monitoring systems, and training to detect approaching danger in time to save lives. Emergency Shelter:
  • People escaping North Korea are hidden while they recover from injuries like frostbite, malnutrition, and massive wounds infected by poison from the barbed wire fences on the borders. After defectors get out, our shelters provide food, beds, medicines, Bibles and Christian materials. They can stay days, weeks, or months in the shelter as they recover - physically and spiritually - for the next phase of their risky journey to a safe country.
  • In Thailand, when Christian students cannot return to their villages because of border closings or Burma's military attacking their village, Christian Freedom International's schools become shelters for them.
  • In Bangladesh, whole families have to flee relatives and neighbors after converting to Christianity. Christian Freedom International has established places of safety to shelter until the initial aggression subsides.

A "hand up, not a hand-out" brings self-sufficiency and permanent improvement to the lives of persecuted Christians. Based on 2 Thessalonians 3:8-12, we believe in equipping people to provide for themselves, their families, their churches, and their communities through:
  • Victory Bible Academy for ministry, missions and vocational training in Thailand
  • Micro-school for children of persecuted Christian asylum-seekers in Bangkok
  • Sponsorship programs with basic life aid for children include school supplies, backpacks, school uniforms, and meals, and other related education costs
  • Relief programs with an educational component for children who do not have access to normal school or a solid education, and children's Bible outreach projects
Refugees and Asylum Seekers:

Christians fleeing persecution in their own country become refugees seeking asylum in another. Some live in UN refugee camps. Some, like in the Middle East, find UN camps infiltrated with persecutors and instead live in abandoned buildings. Others hide in poor sections of the cities as "urban refugees". Christian Freedom International has provided crucial assistance:
  • Schools for children in refugee camps and for urban refugees
  • Bibles, pastoral care, church services, and worship ministry
  • Food, daily supplies, bail, and rent
  • Medicines, medical attention and medical treatment
  • Vocational training and micro-enterprise jobs
  • Just as important, we pray with them and connect them to other caring Christians for support and encouragement.

Millions of people throughout the world suffer unspeakable hardships because of their faith in Jesus Christ. Yet many people are unaware of the cruel conditions endured by Christians. Christian Freedom International spreads the word through:
  • Legislation: CFI networks in Washington, DC, with key government officials for strategic legislation and U.S. diplomacy
  • Church Partnerships. CFI encourages congregations to partner in assisting persecuted Christians
  • Prayer Projects. The power of prayer is inestimable. CFI provides opportunity for specific, targeted prayer through prayer alert emails, prayer resource kits, prayer calendars, and prayer requests
  • Petition Campaigns. CFI launches petitions to alert and pressure decision-makers and officials
  • Church Speakers, Festivals, Conferences. CFI shares information, and the reality of persecution at local churches, festivals, events and conferences, along with ways for people to help.

Christian Freedom International's micro-enterprise programs empower Christians with dignity through the skill and ability to earn an income. CFI's premier micro-enterprise project is the Freedom Fighters Pledge. Hand-made t-shirts are sewn by Pakistani Christian refugees in Bangkok, and silk-screened and shipped by Karen Christians at the Victory Bible Academy. CFI Freedom Fighters receive a monthly t-shirt. Their commitment provides the market for Christians to earn a consistent wage and become proficient in their trade.