Christian Freedom International (CFI)
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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.
Christian Freedom International
PO Box 535
Front Royal, VA 22630
Phone: (800) 323-2273
CEO/President: Wendy Wright
Chairman: Mr. Brent Meyers
Board size: 8
Founder: Former Ambassador Faith Whittlesey
Ruling year: 1983
Tax deductible: Yes
Fiscal year end: 12/31
Member of ECFA: Yes
Member of ECFA since: 1987
We are a non-denominational human rights organization providing real solutions to conditions of oppression and misery caused by religious persecution.
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.
Statement of faith
We believe the Bible is the inspired, infallible, authoritative Word of God.
We believe there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
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.
We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful men regeneration by the Holy Spirit is essential.
We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
We believe in the resurrection of both the saved, to eternal life, and the lost, to eternal punishment.
We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ, equal before God and made in His image.
Donor confidence score
|Does the organization have a statement of faith consistent with historic Christian creeds and is that statement of easily found on its website?||Yes||5/5|
|Does the board have no more than 2 non-independent members?||Yes||5/5|
|Does the board have at least four independent board members for every non-independent member?||Yes||5/5|
|Does the board contain between 5 and 11 members?||Yes||5/5|
|Does the organization file a Form 990 and make its Form 990 available to the public?||Yes||10/10|
|Does the organization make its audit or review (if annual revenue is less than $1-m) available on its website?||Yes||5/5|
|Is the organization a member of the ECFA?||Yes||10/10|
|Is the CEO/President's compensation within one standard deviation of the median compensation?||Yes||5/5|
|Did the organization operate at a net profit (revenue greater than expenses) in the most recent year?||Yes||5/5|
|Does the organization refrain from owning or leasing a private aircraft, or having fractional interest in one, that is primarily used for travel by the organization's leaders?||Yes||5/5|
|For the past five years, has the organization been free of any lawsuits or administrative actions filed against it by an employee, client, board member, vendor, donor, or other related party?||Yes||5/5|
|Are author royalties and speaking engagement fees paid to the organization, and not the individual?||Yes||5/5|
|Does the organization require its employees to affirm upon hiring the statement of faith of the organization?||Yes||5/5|
|Is the board chair an independent member of the board, and not the founder and/or CEO/President?||Yes||5/5|
|Does the board have term limits?||Yes||5/5|
|Have there been no public accusations of misdeeds against the organization, founder, CEO, senior pastor, or board members in the past five years?||Yes||5/5|
|Has the organization refrained from the use of non-disclosure agreements?||Yes||5/5|
|Does the organization have an overall financial efficiency rating of at least 2 stars?||Yes||5/5|
|Total donor confidence score||100/100|
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|Category||Rating||Overall rank||Sector rank|
|Overall efficiency rating||415 of 1022||15 of 41|
|Fund acquisition rating||293 of 1024||9 of 41|
|Resource allocation rating||526 of 1024||26 of 41|
|Asset utilization rating||566 of 1022||19 of 41|
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|Receivables, inventories, prepaids||$100,727||$56,866||$47,822||$76,296||$69,539|
|Other current assets||$0||$0||$0||$0||$0|
|Total current assets||$660,180||$305,706||$292,422||$254,590||$326,614|
|Other long-term assets||$0||$0||$0||$0||$0|
|Total long-term assets||$5,052||$214,885||$228,706||$242,846||$257,087|
|Payables and accrued expenses||$15,909||$21,856||$17,634||$19,536||$22,915|
|Other current liabilities||$31,063||$3,603||$3,462||$3,327||$3,196|
|Total current liabilities||$46,972||$25,459||$21,096||$22,863||$26,111|
|Due to (from) affiliates||$0||$0||$0||$0||$0|
|Other long-term liabilities||$0||$0||$0||$0||$0|
|Total long-term liabilities||$12,037||$97,252||$100,843||$104,294||$107,610|
|Without donor restrictions||$606,223||$397,880||$399,189||$370,279||$439,980|
|With donor restrictions||$0||$0||$0||$0||$10,000|
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|Program service revenue||$9,926||$21,294||$0||$0||$0|
|Total other revenue||$4,303||$50,068||$47,692||$10,544||$51,669|
|Management and general||$138,789||$162,317||$126,116||$102,899||$98,032|
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|Other changes in net assets||$0||$0||$0||$0||$0|
|Total change in net assets||$208,343||($1,309)||$28,910||($79,701)||$27,167|
|Lisa Jones Poths||Vice-Preside||$69,531|
|Wendy Wright||President /||$67,540|
Compensation data as of: 12/31/2020
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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 4/1/2022. To update the information below, please email: email@example.com
Since 1998, Christian Freedom International has been on the forefront in the battle for the rights of persecuted Christians around the world. 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 field hospitals, 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, CFI pioneered the backpack medic program and the lifesaving work has continued ever since.
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
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
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.