An Iranian pastor is scheduled to be executed as early as Friday for refusing to convert back to Islam.
Youcef Nadarkhani, who was arrested in 2009 for the crime of apostasy, has reportedly been given three opportunities to recant his Christian faith. Although no verdict was reached after the pastor’s last hearing on Wednesday, September 28, some reports from the region suggest that he may be put to death by the end of the week.
His case has ignited worldwide interest and concern, as humanitarian and Christian rights groups, as… Read more
As you probably know, thousands of persecuted refugees from Burma have sought asylum in the United States in recent years. Dozens of Karen refugees relocated in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, where they have found safe, temporary lodging in CFI’s Freedom Inn. For the past several years, the Inn has not only offered affordable housing for individuals and families who are working to create new lives for themselves, but has been a place of refuge where they can enjoy camaraderie with fellow refugees.
Unfortunately, the Inn is facing an urgent need… Read more
On Saturday, September 3, approximately 800 concertgoers gathered at the Kewadin Resorts in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan for a fun-filled evening of music and worship with the Irish band, Bluetree and Exchange Church Belfast lead pastor, Andrew Toogood.
CFI president Jim Jacobson, as well as board members in Thailand and CFI workers in Pakistan, called in remotely to participate in the event and encourage the attendees to pray for and support the persecuted church.
The benefit raised more than $2,500, making it one of CFI’s most successful fundraising events to… Read more
As summer comes to an end and autumn approaches, Christians around the world are preparing for the 2011 International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP).
The IDOP, which was first organized in 1996 by the World Evangelical Fellowship, has evolved into one of the largest worldwide prayer events in existence today. For the past 15 years, thousands of churches and organizations, as well as individuals and families, have participated in the tradition of setting aside one Sunday each November to spend time in intercessory prayer for the millions… Read more