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Churches on a Mission – Inspiring and Important Mission Travel

A productive and sustainable relationship with organizations specialized in mission travel has been fueling our compassion since the very beginning of Raptim. Whether you are on a short-term or a long-term mission, the compassion which churches and their faith-based humanitarian travelers show to the vulnerable communities and locations prove to be an inspiration to all our travel agents.

Why churches and mission travel inspire us

Our travel agents are honored to help you. They understand your needs since our very first organized mission travel, more than 65 years ago, was related to faith-based travelers. Our relationship with you, churches, faith-based organizations and other individuals is at our very heart because they show compassion, and compassion matters.

  • Hurricane Matthew
    This natural disaster has left communities ranging from the coasts of South America, the Caribbean and the eastern United States in shambles in 2016, having left thousands without homes and took the lives of well over 1,000 people. The Haiti field staff of Compassion International assessed the damage to their church partners and the people they care for: 88 church partners’ structures were severely damaged, 87 had to be temporarily closed, and 12,323 youths in their programs were considerably affected. Field office leadership team has been trying everything in its power to alleviate suffering for those who got hit by this natural disaster. They are working with church partners to find the best alternatives and support their efforts. Non-affected churches have also mobilized to collect school furniture from their staff, children and church members to help students get back to school as soon as possible. An inspiring initiative which helped and is still helping tremendously in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.
  • Sharing of hugs and toys
    They may live worlds apart. But for a day, a simple soccer ball brought together young mission traveler Georgos Jusakos with boys his age at an orphanage in Haiti. During the three-day trip, he visited an orphanage in Ganthier, where children were given new sandals, clothes, and toys. It didn't take long for the boys to engage Georgos with the soccer ball, kicking it around in the orphanage’s courtyard. Georgos also visited the site where money raised by the Orlando gala will be used to build 30 safe and secure homes for residents who are still recovering from the devastating 2010 earthquake in Ca-Ira, Léogâne, Haiti.
  • Gift of a baby blanket
    The Thirty-One Gifts donation is an initiative of faith-based organization World Vision, which includes items like apparel, thermals, and totes. Last year, the Thirty-One Gifts blankets that were included in their Giving Tuesday match were used in World Vision programs around the world to keep infants warm and healthy.Pneumonia is caused by bacteria. It is exacerbated by exposure to the cold. In many countries, cold can set in fast for instance because of the rainy season. Having a blanket gives mothers the opportunity to help their children during their recovery. Supporting the recovery of infants in this way is surprising because it is not medication, it’s just a baby blanket or swaddling blanket, that has become a treasured possession for many vulnerable children around the world.


Today, our work extends to churches, missionaries and clergy. We can offer a full range of travel services for mission travel. Whether you’re an individual, church group or missionary organization. We believe our world is a better place when compassion can travel where it is needed most, and we’re willing to try everything in our power to serve those who serve the world. Never hesitate to contact us through our quick address locator should you have any questions at all.