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4000-704-Thorp, Jim and Corinne

Global Specialists

Preparing WorldVenture missionaries to make the transition to their next ministry phase (sometimes called retirement) and encouraging mission organizations to better honor the workers who served the cause of Christ in their organizations.

Pray that God would give them the ability to plan the Emeritus event with WorldVenture workers each July to provide resources to prepare them for retirement.

Pray for their role to facilitate the work of the Alliance for Missionary Seniors which has a vision to better honor the workers who served under the various mission organizations.

About us: Jim and Corinne served as missionaries in Brazil (1987-2005) and Mozambique (2005-2008). In Brazil, they started two churches and Jim was the interim pastor of another church. They also worked at the Sao Luis Bible College, where Jim was the director. They moved to Mozambique to help open a new field for WorldVenture and continued their efforts to train church leaders and assist in social needs. Because of their experience, WorldVenture invited them to become Global Directors of the Americas region in June 2008. They served in that role until April 2022 and officially retired in July of that year.

They continue to serve the work of missions as Global Specialist with WorldVenture. In their current role, they oversee the yearly Emeritus Seminary in Colorado. This seminar brings WorldVenture workers together who are looking towards retirement in the next 5-10 years to give them information and resources that will help prepare them for the best possible transition from active service to the next phase of ministry (sometimes called retirement). They connect these workers with experts who help them better understand finances, housing, family dynamics, transitions, philosophy of retirement and other concepts that they need to consider as they prepare. They also cooperate with the WorldVenture alumni affairs department to help alumni connect and share about their life after WorldVenture.

As an extension of their work with WorldVenture, they also coordinate the Alliance for Missionary Seniors, a group of missionaries who serve with more than 20 agencies to promote ways to better honor the workers who served with their organizations. The Alliance members are staff or volunteers in their organization who dedicate time to serving the alumni. The group meets on Zoom and occasionally in person, to share ideas about how to better honor the valuable workers after they leave their sending organization.

They also continue a strong connection with Brazil, serving on the board of Restoration Ministries, a ministry to children and families in the slums of Sao Paulo. This allows them to visit Brazil and preach in the churches where they have worked and in the Sao Luis Seminary where they served.

Jim and Corinne currently live in Salem, Oregon where their three married sons also live. They serve in their home church, First Baptist Church of Salem. They also serve the community by mentoring couples at the Hope Pregnancy Clinic. Being in Salem allows them to spend time with three sons, their wives and their twelve grandchildren.

* Transitions in Ministry

Articles and Blogs on WorldVenture:
When Missions and Marriage Come Together
Generations: South America Video and Prayer Guide
The Paris of South America
Samuel Gill: A Life Celebrated
Dana Stucky: A Lasting Impact

Publications by WorldVenture:
* A Perfect Gift of a White Christmas, Day 9
* The Gift Inside, Day 20

Resources by WorldVenture

Americas, Global