Rapha International

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Rapha International is a public benefit 501c3 nonprofit committed to ending the trafficking and sexual exploitation of children. Founded in 2003, Rapha continues to rescue and rehabilitate children, while bringing them to lasting freedom. Love - Rescue - Heal is more than a slogan to us. It's a way of life.

No child deserves to be trafficked. No child deserves to be sexually exploited. Rapha's vision is to see all children living in sustainable freedom within safe communities.

Rapha is a faith-based organization that takes seriously the scripture that reads: "Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with action and in truth" (1John 3:18). It is with compassion energized and sustained by love that we act on behalf of victimized and vulnerable children. Though we are faith-based, we offer aid without requiring those that we help to embrace our faith. When Jesus fed the 5,000 he did not withhold from those who refused to believe. He gave freely, and so do we.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Rapha International
PO Box 1569
Joplin, MO 64802

Website: https://rapha.org/

Phone: (417) 621-0373

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 272523416

CEO/President: Stephanie Garman Freed

Chairman: Stephanie Garman Freed

Board size: 7

Founder: Stephanie Garman Freed

Ruling year: 2011

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2016


Vision- to see all children living in sustainable freedom within safe communities.

Mission statement

Our mission is to end the trafficking and sexual exploitation of children - one child at a time - through aftercare for survivors, prevention for the vulnerable and engagement for you.

Statement of faith

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Advocacy

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating618 of 103428 of 42
Fund acquisition rating468 of 103617 of 42
Resource allocation rating270 of 103619 of 42
Asset utilization rating992 of 103440 of 42

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$65,110$101,112$128,805$119,372$0
Short-term investments$78,331$52,521$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$1,573,807$1,641,637$1,905,366$1,177,789$17,902
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$5,306,534$4,299,275$3,485,961$3,015,465$0
Other long-term assets$910$0$800$800$0
Total long-term assets$5,307,444$4,299,275$3,486,761$3,016,265$0
Total assets$6,881,251$5,940,912$5,392,127$4,194,054$17,902
Payables and accrued expenses$39,679$92,351$49,219$35,010$0
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$39,679$92,351$49,219$35,010$0
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$472,086$510,000$480,000$511,700$0
Total liabilities$511,765$602,351$529,219$546,710$0
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$5,252,077$4,112,789$3,525,957$3,008,796$17,902
With donor restrictions$1,117,409$1,225,772$1,336,952$638,547$0
Net assets$6,369,486$5,338,561$4,862,908$3,647,344$17,902
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Total contributions$4,099,532$3,733,229$4,189,675$3,198,789$0
Program service revenue$5,787$0$0$22,845$86,011
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$4,497$13,731$2,206$0$0
Other revenue$177,242$62,478$103,669$95,031$0
Total other revenue$187,526$76,209$105,875$117,876$86,011
Total revenue$4,287,058$3,809,438$4,295,550$3,316,665$86,011
Program services$2,686,772$2,777,724$2,591,775$2,318,836$53,130
Management and general$248,953$263,604$238,467$154,904$15,049
Total expenses$3,261,240$3,333,609$3,081,115$2,674,769$68,179
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)$1,025,818$475,829$1,214,435$641,896$17,832
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$1,025,818$475,829$1,214,435$641,896$17,832


Stephanie FreedCEO$114,339
Travis BuchanChief Financial Officer$77,116
Patricia FancherSecretary and Prevention Director$37,659

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2020

Response from ministry

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 2/28/2022. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]



These Cambodian leaders had repeatedly witnessed girls disappearing from their villages to be sold and exploited. Rapha International co-founder Joe Garman had been working alongside these leaders for years, but this horrific reality was brought to his attention firsthand as he witnessed the near trafficking of a young woman who had been sold by her parents. Luckily, the Cambodian leaders were able to intercede for and stop the traffickers from taking the young woman. But when Joe heard about the hundreds and thousands of children who were being sold into slavery in Cambodia and surrounding countries, it broke his heart.

These Cambodian leaders had the desire and the will to combat for these children, but needed the structure, programming and funding to do this work.

Joe returned to the US and shared the issue and the vision with his daughter, Stephanie Garman Freed, and together they began to pull in experts and partners with a heart to combat child slavery.

In 2003, Rapha International began an aftercare program for children who had been rescued from slavery and sexual exploitation. After more than a decade of growth, Rapha International is now an international aftercare program which has won the favor of the governments in the countries in which it works. It is an organization which practices excellence in the standards of caring for children who have been rescued from these traumatic situations.

The Rapha International model is to find native people who are qualified and passionate about combating the issues of child slavery and sexual exploitation in their own countries, and equipping them to combat on behalf of these children.

Rapha is a Hebrew word which means "healing." And healing is the heartbeat of Rapha International.

For a timeline, visit: rapha.org/who-we-are/history

Program accomplishments


Counseling and Social Services: Child victims of sexual abuse often require extensive counseling and social services to heal from the traumas they have experienced. By supporting the work of Rapha, you are helping us maintain quality counselors and social workers on staff to walk with these children on the path of healing.

Shelter and Security: Trafficked and exploited children may have never lived in a safe and stable environment before. When you give to Rapha, you are helping provide these children with a safe place to heal and rest their head at night.

Basic Necessities: Girls at our aftercare campuses often come with little more than the clothes on their back. Donated funds help provide them with things like quality nutrition, clean clothes, clean bedding, and personal care items.

Education and Training: If the children in our care receive no education or training, they have little hope for a brighter future. That's why, with your help, we provide basic education and vocation training for success in life outside residential care.

Gift acceptance policy: Rapha International strives for excellence in using donations according to each donor's wishes. In cases where specific projects are significantly overfunded or underfunded, funds may be used for another one of Rapha's life-changing programs.