I (Karen) have always loved travel and people, and have enjoyed meeting people from all over the world. I've travelled in 16 different countries, often experiencing cultures in a very deep way.
Not only that, but when I went away with other Christians and bonded with them around God's Word, I found that those were often the best times of my life.
It was only when I had experienced a series of extreme traumas that I really started to treasure holidays. I found out just how healing a holiday could be - especially when out in God's creation. It was there that my mind, body and soul could find rest.
So, I came up with the idea of Refresh. Now, I thought that Refresh would have to be a little different to the run-of-the-mill tourism agency. Refresh would have to have an holistic approach to holidays - which includes the spiritual.
What's more, we would also have to be a Pay-It-Forward Company; and committed to looking after God's creation.
Also, after I had worked with orphans and vulnerable children in a township in South Africa, I seriously wanted to make a difference in the world by providing opportunities for people like them who were stranded in poverty. What's more, but having seen the struggles of NPOs, I wanted to be able to give to these organisations who struggle on valiantly with little or no money.
Through these combined experiences, God gave me the idea of setting up a holiday company where Christians could go away together and be refreshed, and we could find a way of giving back to the community.
It could not have been more surprising. I had not ever considered business. It was a big turn-around in my life.
I then found a wonderful couple who have been in travel for a long time - Harold and Nadia Francis, and we started the company together. Harold is a successful businessman and serial entrepreneur, and currently has quite a number of businesses.
And so we welcome you to travel further with us, and enjoy the world that God has created for us.