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Faith-Based Travel is at the Very Heart of Raptim

Our story goes back to 1947. It was a time when the majority of the world was recovering from the devastating effects of World War II. In that year, our founders chartered a Dakota to relieve a group of missionaries. Our relationships with many churches and faith-based organizations has remained intact ever since.

It all started with faith-based travel

The entire world was in crises during World War II. When you hear about this dark episode in recent history, you’ll tend to think about the many casualties and well-known campaigns like Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge. Most of us do not connect it with the African continent. But when Italy entered World War II in June 1940, the war quickly spread to North Africa, at the boundary of Libya and the vital British protectorate of Egypt. Since then, Africa was the war stage for more than 30 battles. Before this period, Africa was already vulnerable; a continent in need. These battles did nothing but tremendously increase the casualties.

The replacement of missionaries in Africa had come to a standstill during World War II. Altogether, the training of new missionaries continued; it was never, at any one point, halted. That’s why two years after the war, back in 1947, Dutch Roman Catholic orders and congregations were in a panic because their missionaries in Africa still had not been relieved of duty. To the surprise of many, scores of new missionaries were eager to head out into the world. The very first flight Raptim arranged was to relief these long-serving missionaries in the aftermath of the war.

Our relationship with faith-based organizations is at the very heart of Raptim. It does inspire us on each and every day of our existence. Today our work still extends to church groups, missionaries and clergy besides volunteer organizations and NGOs.

We are proud to be currently serving multiple faith-based organizations. Each of these inspiring organizations has different goals; each unique in its way. But, they all have one thing in common: they try everything in their power to help those who need it most. Their compassion inspires us every day.

  • Rafiki Foundation
    “Rafiki” means friend in Swahili and depicts the purpose of this Foundation—to befriend Africans. The mission of Rafiki Foundation is to help Africans become more God knowing and fearing. How does the foundation achieve this? By caring for and educating orphans, providing materials and training in education and Bible study, and giving economic opportunities to widows. To accomplish this mission, Rafiki established ten Rafiki Training Villages in 10 African countries. These Villages provide a living, educational, and lifestyle facilities to the people.
  • World Vision
    A Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential. They, day in day out, tackle the root causes of poverty and injustice. They’re active in nearly 100 countries, serving all people, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender. World Vision always believes in a full solution to poverty and injustice. They provide emergency assistance to children and families affected by disasters and conflict. Over and above, they partner with communities for long-term solutions to alleviate poverty, and advocate for justice on behalf of the poor.
  • Foundation Hirondelle
    A Swiss non-governmental organization of journalists and humanitarian aid professionals. Since 1995, it has been either creating or supporting independent, civic-minded news media in conflict, post-conflict and crisis zones. They develop media outlets with popular appeal and a broad audience. Its top priority is to make its media credible through fact-based, professional journalism. It does not allow its staff to express personal opinions on air. Every Foundation Hirondelle radio station has its own professional and ethical codes of conduct. The editorial policy gives priority to a daily and solid defense of human rights.
  • GO Ministries
    Through local leaders, GO Ministries serves thousands of people in the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Mongolia, and urban America. It primarily undertakes activities such as church planting, nutrition centers, medical clinics, sports outreach, primary schools, ongoing training, water purification projects, and kingdom businesses. By doing this, GO Ministries seeks to empower passionate, local leaders serving inside their cultures to REDEEM people, RENEW communities, and RESTORE creation by developing dynamic international, mutually transformational partnerships.
  • Compassion International
    A child advocacy ministry that pairs compassionate people with those who are suffering from poverty. Compassion International saves children from spiritual, economic, social, and physical poverty. The goal is for each child to become a responsible and fulfilled adult. Their work has grown from modest beginnings in South Korea in 1952. This was the time when American evangelist Rev. Everett Swanson felt compelled to help 35 children orphaned by the Korean conflict. Today it is a worldwide ministry.
  • ICCO
    This interchurch organization stands up for development cooperation. They work in 44 countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Their operational work is done in seven Regional Offices covering eight regions worldwide. Their goal is to connect enterprising people in the Netherlands and developing countries to each other, eventually helping citizens in Latin America, Asia, and Africa to build a decent life and to become self-reliant. To enhance their mission, they work closely together with local civil society organizations, including development organizations, educational institutions, and businesses.


Want to learn more about the faith-based work we do for church groups, missionaries, and clergy? Please take a look at our collection of other blog posts with a new addition every day. We are proud to serve these faith-based organizations.