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Thrive Ministry

Replenishing Women Ministering Overseas

aka Thrive   |   Lakewood, CO   |  www.thriveministry.org

Mission

To journey with women ministering overseas by providing spiritual resources, transformative experiences, and authentic one-on-one relationships to replenish them as they invest in Kingdom work.

Ruling year info

1999

CEO

Lorrie Lindgren

Main address

P.O. Box 151297

Lakewood, CO 80215 USA

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Formerly known as

Women of the Harvest

EIN

84-1457958

NTEE code info

Religious Printing, Publishing (X83)

Religious Printing, Publishing (X83)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We aim to reduce the attrition rate of female global workers leaving the field due to spiritual, emotional, and physical burn-out.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Retreats

Thrive hosts four retreats each year for women on the field to get away for a time of rest, renewal, refreshment, and connection with other women. Attendees are ministered to spiritually, emotionally, and physically through worship, study of the Word, prayer, self-care, and confidential counseling opportunities. Retreats are a safe place for women to share their unique challenges outside of their sending church and agency.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Women
Christians

Connection is a digital daily devotional to encourage women in their faith and life overseas by bringing the Word of God and conversation with sisters around the globe into their day-to-day lives.

Population(s) Served
Christians
Women
Adults

Alongside is a program that provides one-on-one relationships to assist in setting and accomplishing goals and nurturing spiritual growth through three areas of support: mentoring, life coaching, and spiritual direction. Each is provided by volunteers skilled (and certified in the latter two arenas) in these areas, and is available virtually so women everywhere can benefit. Alongside is intended for North American women who are currently living and ministering outside their home countries (or are on home assignment).

Population(s) Served
Adults
Christians
Women

Thrive advocates for women ministering overseas and we want to pave the way for their care—advocating for excellent standards and increasing engagement with the global community. We educate and engage Christian communities to proactively meet the needs of women who are working cross-culturally to advance God’s Kingdom.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Women
Adults
Women
Christians
Adults
Women
Christians

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of global workers supported

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Retreats

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

215 women were served one-on-one at in-person retreats 111 women were served one-on-one at in -person retreats last year

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our vision is to see women ministering overseas experiencing spiritual, emotional, and physical wholeness and thriving in their God-given purpose.

Theres tremendous energy and momentum to get workers on the field but a lack of intentional effort to provide spiritual, emotional, and physical support once overseas. Thus, many women ministering overseas feel alone and are barely surviving.

Thrive (originally Women of the Harvest) was founded in 1997 to help women thrive on the field, lower attrition, and expand Gods Kingdom. Because women ministering overseas desire spiritual mentorship, long to be known and understood, and value community, we journey with them by providing spiritual resources, transformative experiences, and authentic one-on-one relationships to replenish them as they invest in Kingdom work.

The ministry is inter-denominational and works closely with over 700 evangelical mission agencies and hundreds of churches and dedicated volunteers to care for approximately 32,000 North American women serving overseas. As a result, womens lives and ministries have been radically impacted to accomplish the Great Commission.

Thrive exists to replenish women ministering overseas by providing spiritual resources through Connection, transformative experiences through Retreats & Events, authentic one-on-one relationships through Alongside, and increase Advocates for them as they invest in Kingdom work.

Connection - Connection is a daily devotional to encourage women in their faith and life overseas. It brings the Word of God and conversation with sisters into their day-to-day lives. Connection is written by women around the world who are passionate about global missions, volunteering their gifts for writing, and sharing their experiences with other women to encourage, connect, and care for women working to expand Gods Kingdom across the globe.

Retreats - Thrive hosts three retreats each year for North American women who are ministering overseas to get away for a time of refreshment and connection with other women. During our four days together, between 50-100 attendees have the opportunity to experience spiritual, emotional, and physical restoration through worship, studying Scripture, prayer, self-care, confidential counseling, and more. By hosting our retreats at a conference center or hotel, we provide an environment that reflects our goal of replenishment and escape from the burdens of everyday life on the field.

Virtual Gatherings - Out of the needs of the pandemic, we began our virtual, live events specifically for women ministering overseas. Gather is an opportunity to connect safely with women ministering in all parts of the world and to experience community, teaching, resourcing, prayer, fun, and so much more.

Alongside - Alongside is a program that provides one-on-one relationships to assist in setting and accomplishing goals and nurturing spiritual growth through three areas of support: mentoring, life coaching, and spiritual direction. Each is provided by volunteers skilled (and certified in the latter two arenas) in these areas, and is available virtually so women everywhere can benefit.

Advocates - Thrive advocates for women ministering overseas. We educate and engage Christian communities to proactively meet the needs of women who are working cross-culturally to advance Gods Kingdom. As Thrive encounters women who are serving overseas, we listen to the needs and challenges they face in their various contexts. With a unique perspective as a non-sending organization, we aim to raise awareness of ways in which we can empower stateside advocates to support global workers. In this endeavor, we invite churches, mission agencies, humanitarian organizations and individuals to join usadvocate for women serving overseas.

THE TOP FIVE NEEDS OF WOMEN MINISTERING OVERSEAS ARE:
(as identified in our 2013 survey of 10,000+ missionary women)
To be spiritually mentored
Feel connected
To be known, understood, and prayed for
To have a close friend
Time away from ministry / life responsibilities

Thrive strives to meet these needs through online publications, community, and retreats. We are the ONLY member care ministry ministering exclusively to women ministering overseas.

AN ADVOCATE FOR WOMEN MINISTERING OVERSEAS
In addition to providing care, resources, and community to replenish women serving cross-culturally, we are called to be their advocate.

Over more than 25 years of ministry, we discovered that many churches, agencies, and individuals are unaware of the critical needs of global workers. Therefore, there is a significant need to engage and educate Christian communities to be equipped and empowered to proactively meet the needs of women ministering overseas

An attendee at a Middle East Retreat said, If possible, keep teaching those back home that they can always do more (prayer, emails, notes) to let us know they haven't forgotten about us. That was a recurring theme in our small group. Women felt forgotten and neglected by friends, churches, and at times, family. We need much more than a check once a month!"

Another attendee said, Please train our Church Missions Committees to have a deeper understanding of caring for global workers."

We advocate for global workers by engaging and educating Christian communities to be equipped and empowered to proactively meet the needs of women ministering overseas.

A strategic opportunity to be their advocate is actually a by-product of training our retreat volunteers. Each year, we have approximately 75-100 volunteers travel with us from all across the US (and representing all denominations) to serve at our retreats. From this experience, they learn more about the lives, ministries, and challenges of women ministering overseas. We train them how to ask intentional questions to allow the global worker to share from a deeper place in her life. We model and train effective member care. We have the privilege of being a catalyst to increase awareness of missionary needs as the volunteers share the retreat experience with their local churches.

Mission agency leaders have invited us to train their member care teams regarding the needs of women ministering cross-culturally. They value our investment in their female workers because we provide a safe environment outside their sending agency or sending churches to process life and ministry.

“As I give leadership to member care at Wycliffe USA, I see great value in our partnership with Thrive as you are able to bless our women in ways that we are not equipped or resourced to do. Thank you to the entire Thrive organization for your commitment to the care and nurturing of missionary women. I look forward to years of ministry together." Doug Haltom, Assoc. Director, Wycliffe USA Personnel Administration

Financials

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Thrive Ministry

Board of directors
as of 02/01/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Karen Graham


Board co-chair

Cathy Roberts

Lorrie Lindgren

Kevin Verrone

Bob Heykoop

DG Wynn

Eric Martin

Mary Dean

Marganne Pearce

Karyn Ward

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/1/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data