Christian Freedom International (CFI)


Christian Freedom International (CFI) works to increase global perspective and attention toward believers around the world who suffer persecution for their Christian faith. Its objectives are to obtain firsthand evidence of human rights violations and present that evidence to Christians everywhere, including policymakers in Washington, DC; to mobilize Christians in prayer for the victims of persecution and oppression; to work to permanently improve conditions of human misery caused by the religious persecution of Christians; to quickly move to meet changing situations of extreme peril, to assess humanitarian needs and provide such assistance as the Organization's resources permit; and to launch letter writing and petition campaigns on behalf of persecuted Christians.

Contact information

Mailing address:
1100-B N Shenandoah Ave
Front Royal, VA 22630


Phone: (800) 323-2273


Organization details

EIN: 521283394

CEO/President: Wendy Wright

Chairman: Will Buehler

Board size: 7

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


CFI's work centers around the words of Hebrews 13:3: "Remember those in prison as if you were their fellow prisoners, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering."

CFI believes that all able Christians have a responsibility to assist others in the Body of Christ who are living under the burden of harassment, imprisonment, torture, and martyrdom. They strive to raise awareness of the crisis surrounding the persecuted Church by mobilizing fellow Christians in prayer, advocacy, and action.

CFI works in countries of intense persecution, where they have an established network of house churches, cell groups, and indigenous pastors. It is through these courageous Christians who willingly risk imprisonment and martyrdom, that they are able to come to the aid of thousands of other suffering believers.

CFI's ministries assisting the persecuted Church include microenterprise & vocational training, the establishment of schools & education, distribution of food, medicine, Bibles, and other relief supplies wherever needed, especially to refugees and Christians internally displaced by war or other violence.

CFI is a nonprofit organization, and contributions to it are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. In addition, it is a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA).

Mission statement

Christian Freedom International uses the following to express it mission:

Christian Freedom International is an interdenominational human rights organization for religious liberty helping persecuted Christians world-wide.

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.

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Sector: Advocacy

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating114 of 4306 of 24
Fund acquisition rating175 of 4305 of 24
Resource allocation rating164 of 43011 of 24
Asset utilization rating137 of 43010 of 24

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$76,296$69,539$75,203$60,963$65,687
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$311
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$254,590$326,614$277,940$129,002$134,334
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$242,846$257,087$271,085$283,265$300,922
Other long-term assets$0$0$9,615$18,861$27,751
Total long-term assets$242,846$257,087$280,700$302,126$328,673
Total assets$497,436$583,701$558,640$431,128$463,007
Payables and accrued expenses$19,536$22,915$22,218$19,448$36,371
Other current liabilities$3,327$3,196$3,063$158,979$17,012
Total current liabilities$22,863$26,111$25,281$178,427$53,383
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$104,294$107,610$110,546$113,617$273,897
Total liabilities$127,157$133,721$135,827$292,044$327,280
Net assets20172016201520142013
Temporarily restricted$0$10,000$19,615$52,053$46,706
Permanently restricted$0$0$0$0$0
Net assets$370,279$449,980$422,813$139,084$135,727
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$871,540$957,959$1,113,971$734,072$699,252
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$0($136)($235)$35$103
Other revenue$10,544$51,805$48,580$51,088($270,984)
Total other revenue$10,544$51,669$48,345$51,123($270,881)
Total revenue$882,084$1,009,628$1,162,316$785,195$428,371
Program services$810,334$810,261$733,950$669,885$609,146
Management and general$102,899$98,032$88,484$67,302$81,871
Total expenses$961,785$982,461$878,587$781,838$732,158
Change in net assets20172016201520142013
Surplus (deficit)($79,701)$27,167$283,729$3,357($303,787)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0($58,523)
Total change in net assets($79,701)$27,167$283,729$3,357($362,310)

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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.

Program accomplishments


Christian Freedom International sponsors children, pastors, teachers, evangelists, and families in regions of extreme religious persecution. CFI's sponsorship programs are different because they sponsor Christians who live in areas of the world where persecution is a reality. These Christians don't just live desperately impoverished lives but also lives of great uncertainty, humility, and stress. Some of the children have seen one or more of their parents or siblings tortured, senselessly murdered, or martyred for their faith. Many have had to flee their home or country to live as a refugee or "internally displaced person". There are pastors, families, and children who need your support and encouragement. This is an opportunity to have direct impact on a suffering Christian's life and make a profound difference to a Christian with no other earthly help.

Leadership Training:

In Thailand, Victory Bible Academy students are persecuted Christians from inside Burma and the refugee camps of Thailand. These students train to become pastors, evangelists, missionaries, worship leaders, church assistants, and to gain a structured knowledge of the Word of God. Many complete their education and return to Burma to serve and to give back to their communities. In CFI's 2-year program students study Scripture, history and English, learn practical skills such as computer, digital & technology, financial management, while enjoying sports and music. "A Hand up, not a Hand Out" has always been the way the ministry of CFI seeks to bring self-sufficiency and permanent improvement to the lives of the persecuted Christians they serve. Based on the Scriptural standard of 2 Thess 3:8-12, CFI believes in equipping the Persecuted with the ability to provide a stable future for themselves, their families, their churches, and their communities. The students at Victory Bible Academy learn to support & sustain themselves through agriculture, food service, and the valuable textile trade skills of silk-screening, weaving, and sewing as part of their curriculum.

Brickyard Slaves in Pakistan:

Children should not have to make bricks 12 hours a day, six days a week. But in Lahore, Pakistan they do. Bricks are the most widely used building material in Pakistan. The method used to produce bricks is dangerous, primitive, barbaric, and inhumane. An estimated two million children work up to 14 hours a day, six days a week in brick- making kilns, lacking basic human rights. Forced into labor by religious persecution, lack of education, and severe poverty, children work up to 14 hours a day with scarce food, no sanitation and little pay. Most of the children working at the kilns have had no schooling and cannot read or write. In Pakistan, it is customary for families to pay a dowry when their daughters marry. Many Christians do not have the money as they are considered second-class citizens. If they have a job at all--many have no work, and no home--it is usually cleaning houses for wealthy Muslims, sweeping streets, or removing garbage. To afford the dowry, families who don't have the funds secure a loan. For far too many Christians, the payback is a lifetime of making bricks. Owned by wealthy Muslims, the brickyards "employ" the entire family. Families toil day in and day out making bricks. They must make over a thousand bricks a day to fill their quota. But it is never enough. Christian families have been working in the brickyards for generations--never able to leave. Dad, Mom, and the children work together under the hot sun. Babies and children too young to work lie in makeshift beds by their parents as they work. Those too old or sick die in makeshift beds next to the yards. At night the families sleep in crude dwellings next to the brickyard, there is no electricity-- this is the only life they have ever known. CFI works in the brickyards of Pakistan providing Bibles, food, daily necessities, and medicine. An education is their best hope to break the cycle of poverty, so CFI establishes micro-schools, Sunday school, and Bible teachers in some of the worst slums. CFI is also speaking out and demanding that all U.S. aid be linked to human rights and religious freedom for all the people of Pakistan. But perhaps most important, CFI is providing hope. CFI's work in Pakistan, like most everywhere else, is done through indigenous churches and Christian leaders.

Asylum Seekers & Refugees:

More than half the 14 million refugees and asylum-seekers under the mandate of the UN refugee agency do not live in the camps they are associated with. A growing number live away from the UN "ghettos" in cities and towns around the world. Across Asia, from India to the Pacific islands, there are about half a million such "urban refugees."

CFI works with asylum seekers who have fled the dangerous "Blasphemy laws" of Pakistan. These Christians have escaped with their lives, but little else. The Thai government views them as illegal immigrants and can deport them back to Pakistan. In fact, Thai police have arrested and detained thousands of Pakistani Christians, including children, for being illegal immigrants, even though they are registered & had interviews scheduled with the UNCHR. They face poverty, illness, detention, arrest, hunger and the possibility that they will never be able to live freely. They are forced to live in limbo, as "Urban Refugees", while they await their asylum hearings which can take years. When their visas expire, unable to work legally and with no legal status in Thailand, they remain mostly hidden while they scrape by on odd jobs and donations from churches, aid groups and individuals. The children do not go to normal schools, they spend their entire day indoors. CFI finds them and delivers aid through sponsorship, food, medicine, medical treatment, rent, transportation, micro-schools for the children, and even bail at times.

CFI finds and helps Syrian and Iraqi Christians who have been the victims of ISIS and other violence in the Nineveh and Kurdistan region of Northern Iraq. Able to adjust to meet the changing needs of Christians who have been horribly persecuted for their faith, CFI projects with these refugees and IDPs include: lifesaving food, medicine, water, shelter, infant care & hygiene items, blankets, and clothing; mobile medical units where no other medical facilities could operate; church cleaning and rebuilding teams; repairing and supplying elementary schools, including safe water supplies; Spiritual counsel and caring encouragement for victims of violence, injury, abduction, kidnapping, and other atrocities.


Since the so-called "Arab Spring" Egypt has become a harsh culture for Christians, made ever more so by the aggression of the Muslim Brotherhood, and hostile social clashes. Churches, homes, schools and businesses are burned and, even bombed, daily over the smallest pretext. Christians, including small children, are kidnapped and held for ransom with impunity. The police rarely act upon crimes committed against Christians, and Muslim gangs run rampant. Only 5% of applicants accepted into higher education, the police forces, or the military are permitted to be Christian. Typically, Christian families struggle to find the funds needed to provide an education even if a child is accepted, because the parents have difficulty finding work, or lose their jobs once it is discovered that they are Christian. Frequently, every child in the family must work alongside their parents. Christian children are outcasts in public schools and often harassed by other students. Families are threatened. A Christian who has been targeted by Islamists is vulnerable to immediate execution by gun or knife, day or night, usually in full public view. They are dragged into the street, with the demand to deny Christ or die. The families of these Christian martyrs sometimes run for their lives, leaving any livelihood behind, seeking a place of safety for the children. They often have no other support or source of income with the only breadwinner murdered. CFI works with the families of martyrs, documenting the events, praying with the widows. In some cases, when the surviving family is left desperately poor, CFI will work to find a micro-business, or cottage industry to bring self-sufficiency and a sustainable income. In other areas CFI sponsors Christian children living in unrelenting poverty, supplying essential food, clothing, & medicine to the family, school supplies, uniforms, and other educational needs for the child.