About Thrive

We believe every Global Woman can thrive.

Photo: 2015 Italy Retreat Volunteer and Attendee

Our Vision

Our Vision is to be global leaders, providing expertise and setting excellent standards of care for Global Women. We believe Global Women will thrive, in part because individuals, churches, and mission agencies provide holistic, pro-active care.


Lorrie lindgren

Lorrie Lindgren
Chief Executive Officer
Kevin verrone

Kevin Verrone
Chief Operating Officer
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Allyson Pastrone
Development Officer
Megan lenhausen

Megan Lenhausen
Communication Director
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Kris Van Wormer
Anthony lee

Anthony Lee
Software Developer
Leigh pete

Leigh Pete
International Retreat Coordinator
Katie mathis

Katie Mathis
International Retreat Coordinator
Denise meyers

Denise Meyers
Retreat Department Assistant
Dawn wilson

Dawn Wilson
Ministry Relations & Support
Julia smith

Julia Smith
Graphic Designer

Our Story

In the spring of 1997, Laurie Bolthouse, our founder, was preparing to leave for her first term of living cross-culturally. Seeking to find community in this new venture, she cast the vision for a magazine written specifically to encourage North American women. With the provision of grant money for start up funding from a private foundation, the first issue of the magazine was published in September 1997.

In 1999, we hosted our first international retreat enabling women to take a few days away from the stressors of their work for a time of rest, renewal, and refreshment. We host 3-4 retreats each year serving approximately 300 women annually around the world. The women are ministered to holistically - spiritually, emotionally, and physically. Our retreats provide a safe place for women to be themselves and share their unique challenges outside of their church and agency. They are delighted to develop friendships with other Global Women in their part of the world. For each retreat location, we enlist approximately 25 volunteers to serve and encourage the women who work cross culturally. Our retreats would not be possible without amazing volunteers who come and serve with their time, talents, and treasures!

In July, 2005, the print magazine converted to an electronic format in order to reach more women living world-wide. All onlineMagazine issues are archived on the web site and available for easy reference. We continue to expand our electronic venues to provide community and an environment that allows women to be transparent about the joys and challenges of living and working cross-culturally.

"I believe He is leading the essence of Thrive to continue being an encouragement and a voice for women overseas but on a deeper and grander scale."

- Laurie Bolthouse

Read the letter from the founder
Laurie bolthouse

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We are committed to being good stewards of your gifts.

We are a trusted and valued partner with over 500 mission agencies and hundreds of local churches. We continually work to increase awareness within the broader spectrum of the Christian community and engage the new generation of the missionary force. With Thrive's strong reputation and sure foundation, we are poised for significant growth as we seek to empower even more missionary women and be their advocate.

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Bob heykoop

Bob Heykoop
Mary dean

Mary Dean
Board Member
Karen graham

Karen Graham
Board Member
Esther fetherlin

Esther Fetherlin
Board Member
Cathy roberts

Cathy Roberts
Board Member
Tom sund

Tom Sund
Board Member
Linda chowdry

Linda Chowdry
Board Member
Idella kercher

Idella Kercher
Board Member
Roger orner

Roger Orner
Board Member
Lorrie lindgren board

Lorrie Lindgren
Board Member
Kevin verrone board

Kevin Verrone
Board Member