CHRISTIAN FREEDOM INTERNATIONAL

Remember the Persecuted

Front Royal, VA   |  www.christianfreedom.org

Mission

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, including emergency and disaster relief, Bible distribution, medical assistance, refugee aid, food, clothing, shelter, education, scholarships, pastor training and assistance, aid to the disabled, asylum case-work, and vocational training. CFI sponsors schools, children, pastors, and families.

Ruling year info

1983

President

Wendy Wright

Main address

PO Box 535

Front Royal, VA 22630 USA

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EIN

52-1283394

NTEE code info

Christian (X20)

International Relief (Q33)

International Human Rights (Q70)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Christians are marginalized and suffering oppression, violence, religious persecution, and denied basic human rights in countries lacking religious liberty.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Victory Bible Academy

The Victory Bible Academy, our core ministry to refugee students from Burma, is a haven to severely oppressed young Christians. At Victory, students can live in safety as they gain a structured knowledge of the Word of God. They study academics, computer, financial management, agriculture and vocational training thru micro-enterprise. Students enjoy sports, health, and music programs as they train to become evangelists, missionaries, worship leaders, church assistants, and future leaders in their communities.

Population(s) Served
Christians
Victims and oppressed people

Bangladesh is a dangerous country for Christians. It is even worse to be a convert to Christianity. CFI provides Christians with Bibles, child sponsorships, pastor and evangelist support, emergency aid, and Sunday school programs. The CFI Center for the Blind and Disabled provides tools and vocational training for outcast believers, and a safe house for Christian converts fleeing persecutors. Special projects include Bible conferences to equip pastors, and scholarships to trade schools for teens who have aged beyond child sponsorships.

Population(s) Served
Christians
Victims and oppressed people

North Korea actively targets, imprisons and executes people who are suspected of religious involvement. U.S. and UN authorities say the government’s totalitarianism and violations of human rights – arbitrary executions, political prison camps and torture – constitutes crimes against humanity. Christians who practice their religion while held in detention centers have disappeared.
Christian Freedom International works with defectors. CFI sponsors radio broadcasts that deliver Bible readings and teachings into the hermit kingdom.

Population(s) Served
Victims and oppressed people
Christians

Where we work

Accreditations

Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) 2022

Excellence in Giving 2022

Charity Navigator 2021

Affiliations & memberships

Combined Federal Campaign 2023

Independent Charities of America 2023

America's Best Charities 2023

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The goal of Christian Freedom International is to make a real and sustainable difference in the lives of persecuted Christians through advocacy and relief. Although persecution has existed for centuries, it has been steadily on the rise in recent decades - in fact, more Christians were persecuted in the 20th century alone than in all the previous centuries combined. Incredibly, A report from the UK in 2019 documents over 245 million Christians, including children, face persecution each day in more than 140 countries around the world, enduring harassment, imprisonment, abuse, torture, and martyrdom for the “crimes" of owning or reading a Bible, holding “illegal" worship services, proselytizing, and even the simple act of converting to Christianity. Since 1998, Christian Freedom International has been on the forefront in the battle for the rights of persecuted Christians around the world. Christians in oppressive nations are often in need of basic items – food, clean water and medicine – and lack education or jobs due to discrimination. We can help by caring and equipping them. Our goals are to care through physical & spiritual aid: church security, refugee & asylum assistance, advocacy, awareness, and prayer support. CFI will equip through: education, Bible distribution, scholarships, vocational training and micro-enterprise programs.

The strategy of Christian Freedom International has always been to use the maximum amount of the resources which our donors generously and sacrificially give in direct support of our programs; with the least amount possible expended on administration and fundraising. Accordingly we are a low-overhead organization with only 2 full-time, and 6 part-time employees --three of whom are employed 100% percent in program service. Our practice has always been to come along-side of indigenous Christian pastors, evangelists and ministers working in countries of intense persecution, and provide support where there is otherwise not available. We find established, functioning ministries, and enable them to do what they cannot do alone; targeting our resources for the greatest impact. Our small administration allows CFI tremendous flexibility to respond to the changing needs of the persecuted Church in times of disaster or conflict.

CFI staff and volunteers work passionately to ensure that concerned citizens, policy makers, and the Church around the world are aware and informed of the continuing atrocities perpetrated upon the millions of Christians who routinely suffer for their faith. Christian Freedom International has a well-developed network of partnering organizations, working hand in hand, in order to join resources, capabilities, and strengths toward a common mission with less duplication of efforts, and more benefit to the populations in need. We are able to locate, evaluate and coordinate with indigenous pastors and evangelists who are already serving the persecuted Church faithfully, and provide them the capacity to grow, sustain, and minister to the struggling Christians within their reach.

Since 1996, CFI has come to the aid of thousands of suffering Christians world-wide, including emergency and disaster relief, Bible distribution, medical services, food, clothing, shelter, tools, landmine detectors, water purifiers, essential provisions, educational materials, resettlement assistance, asylum case-work, and leadership and vocational training. CFI has sponsored jungle hospitals, schools, pastors, children, backpack medics, micro-enterprise programs, aid to the disabled, and self-help initiatives. These services are provided to affected persons based on need and available resources at no charge by CFI staff and volunteers. Our programs regularly operate in Michigan, Thailand, Burma, Bangladesh, the Korean peninsula, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Egypt. Other projects may occur in Iraq, Vietnam, China, India, Nigeria, and elsewhere as events require. More information may be found online at www.christianfreedom.org. This work continues in areas where Christians have very few options. Our highest goal, however, is not to allow the cycle of poverty, dependence, and oppression to continue, but to change the narrative.
In the last decade CFI has been especially active in assisting with the U.S. resettlement of Karen and Karenni refugees from Burma. CFI has worked with the State Department to facilitate immigration, and then further helped many refugee families secure jobs and affordable housing, provided orientation and tutors during the citizenship process, and connected these developing citizens to local churches and families as they begin new lives in the United States. By God's grace, that experience now serves us well as we battle to clear a pathway for persecuted Pakistani, and other Christians from oppressive countries, to achieve asylum and immigration to safer countries.
In addition to providing for the basic physical and spiritual needs of the Persecuted, we have also remained a strong advocate on their behalf in Washington DC. Over the last year we put a special emphasis on prayer; on petitioning both God and country; making the needs of the Persecuted Church known with a primary focus on Christian refugees being side-lined for immigration even as they face genocide in their own countries for their faith in Jesus Christ.

Financials

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Operations

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CHRISTIAN FREEDOM INTERNATIONAL

Board of directors
as of 09/01/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Brent Meyers

Michael Forrester

Wendy Wright

Kerstin Liebner

Brent Meyers

Cathy Rozmiarek

H. Paul Thompson, Jr.

Frank Taylor

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

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Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 09/01/2022

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Data
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Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.