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 travelThe 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.