Retirement Hits Sooner or Later!

Sheri and I are now officially ‘retired’ from our 45 year career in missions.  For us that means a several things: we now fund our life with our retirement account and social security; we have more spontaneous time for each other; we can slow the pace of life a bit; and we can take on another pursuit in the Kingdom.


For us that’s involvement in several discussion groups, being on non-profit boards, teaching English to immigrants, and developing tools to help missionaries create funding for their ministries.

In this transition we are facing some interesting issues.  I’ve done some thinking on retirement along the way, and wanted to write on the subject at some point, so I’ve decided to start that process on Thrive Mentor.  Perhaps you are reaching our age and facing these types of decisions soon.  If you’re a ways back on the mission age track, you will face this eventually.  And preparing for this journey is a wise thing.

For our generation, here are a few chuckles related to retirement.  1966 is the year I graduated from High School and started College.

1966: Long hair
16: Longing for hair

1966: KEG
16: EKG

1966: Acid rock
16: Acid reflux

1966: Moving to California because it’s cool
16: Moving to Arizona because it’s warm

1966: Trying to look like Marlon Brando or Liz Taylor
16: Trying NOT to look like Marlon Brando or Liz Taylor

1966: Hoping for a BMW
16: Hoping for a BM

1966: Going to a new, hip joint
16: Receiving a new hip joint

1966: Rolling Stones
16: Kidney Stones

1966: Disco
16: Costco

1966: Parents begging you to get your hair cut
16: Children begging you to get their heads shaved

1966: Passing the drivers’ test
16: Passing the vision test

Happy chuckles, and happy retirement — when you get there!


About Dave Grissen

David & Sheri Grissen spent 44 years in mission and humanitarian aid work. In 2003 they established Life Impact, a ministry of strengthening Christian workers in hosted centers, called Oases. Presently 12 Oases are functioning. In 2016 they started Fund The Ministry to help missionaries create new funding for their ministries. They have five married children and fifteen grandchildren.
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