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: freedom@rapha.org

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

Transparency grade


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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Advocacy

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating737 of 101027 of 42
Fund acquisition rating471 of 101218 of 42
Resource allocation rating442 of 101217 of 42
Asset utilization rating966 of 101040 of 42

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$101,112$128,805$119,372$0$120,577
Short-term investments$52,521$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$1,641,637$1,905,366$1,177,789$17,902$613,305
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$4,299,275$3,485,961$3,015,465$0$1,228,107
Other long-term assets$0$800$800$0$800
Total long-term assets$4,299,275$3,486,761$3,016,265$0$1,228,907
Total assets$5,940,912$5,392,127$4,194,054$17,902$1,842,212
Payables and accrued expenses$92,351$49,219$35,010$0$26,817
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$92,351$49,219$35,010$0$26,817
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$510,000$480,000$511,700$0$213,472
Total liabilities$602,351$529,219$546,710$0$240,289
Net assets20192018201720162015
Without donor restrictions$4,112,789$3,525,957$3,008,796$17,902$1,463,721
With donor restrictions$1,225,772$1,336,952$638,547$0$198,202
Net assets$5,338,561$4,862,908$3,647,344$17,902$1,601,923
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Total contributions$3,733,229$4,189,675$3,198,789$0$2,205,024
Program service revenue$0$0$22,845$86,011$24,516
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$13,731$2,206$0$0$855
Other revenue$62,478$103,669$95,031$0$171,124
Total other revenue$76,209$105,875$117,876$86,011$196,495
Total revenue$3,809,438$4,295,550$3,316,665$86,011$2,401,519
Program services$2,777,724$2,591,775$2,318,836$53,130$2,256,762
Management and general$263,604$238,467$154,904$15,049$290,736
Total expenses$3,333,609$3,081,115$2,674,769$68,179$2,684,969
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Surplus (deficit)$475,829$1,214,435$641,896$17,832($283,450)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$475,829$1,214,435$641,896$17,832($283,450)


Stephanie FreedCEO$99,542
Travis BuchanChief Financial Officer$55,243
Patricia FancherSecretary and Prevention Director$30,835

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2019

Response from ministry

No response has been provided by this ministry.

The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 4/15/2021. To update the information below, please email: info@ministrywatch.com



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.

Program accomplishments