About the Mentor

Hello Cross-Cultural Worker,

and those of you supporting cross-cultural workers . . .

I’ve put in 40 years in cross-cultural work, raised a family in a foreign setting, led international teams to accomplish objectives, been encouraged and depressed, and experienced the good, the bad, and the ugly.

My wife, Sheri, and I have probably been there and done that, although I think those of you out there today have a tougher environment to work in than we did.   Sure, we had the Red Army Brigade blast the Vienna airport to smithereens 3 days after we left on a furlough.  But operating in the communist countries was a snap, since they were control freaks.  Nothing got by them . . . except us periodically with the Lord’s help!

You, on the other hand, face a global terror threat from militant Islam, kidnappers in some areas of the world, drug lords, and a very stressed global environment that arises from all these things and more.  You also face a depressed world-wide economic situation that cuts into your resources and creates additional daily stress.  You are surviving for sure and more power to you!

We have also experienced survival in a foreign cultural and from time-to-time, even thrived.  There is a difference between surviving and thriving.

IN this Blog I am passing on to you some of the lessons I’ve learned over the years in Cross-Cultural work hoping you can thrive better than we did.

In addition, you don’t have the time to do a lot of research and keep up the the latest trend, fad, or helpful information that’s going around.  So I’m also on the alert for information that could be helpful to you in your life and work.   I’ll pass that on in a blog post to help you thrive, not just survive.

And along the way if you want me to speak to some issue you are facing, please let me know what that is.  Sheri and I have given the past 12 years to caring for International workers through our Life Impact and Oasis ministry.  And we are also qualified “life coaches.”  So we’d love to process your specific issue with you, and if you allow, even do that on-line so others can benefit from our interactions.

Or if you have a private issue send me a note to,  david.grissen@lifeimpactministries.net, and I’ll get back to you via private e-mail.

If you put your name and e-mail address in the “subscribe” box above, you will receive e-mail notifications each time I post something new.  I promise not to overwhelm your box, but I will write you once a week.

And I appreciate your comments to my posts as well.  So please go to the “comment” box, and let me have your thoughts!

Here’s to your Thriving!


2 Responses to About the Mentor

  1. Dave and Sheri says:

    Thanks, Vlad. It’s our privilege to have you and Jana as such good Partners. I know that Amber feels 110% supported by you both as she moves forward. Have any trip planned over to Slovakia in the near future?

  2. Dave Grissen says:

    Good point, Neal. Elderly parents are an issue and someone needs to care for them. And transitioning back to the homeland for that or other reasons is a “shocker” on so many levels. Your book is a good one to read from the sender side to understand what issues go into being senders, and as senders, being receivers back as well.

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