Historical Background

Hosted places of rest

Historical Background of Life Impact


Life Impact, Inc. was incorporated in the State of Oregon as a Religious Corporation in April 2003. In May 2003, they received from the IRS their 501(c)(3) status as a non-profit organization. Life Impact was started by David and Sheri Grissen, long-term missionaries with The Navigators, in order to provide Missionary Care services to international workers in a hosted facility called an “Oasis”.

During their 30 years of mission work leading teams of colleagues, and working through their own personal issues, they became convinced that they wanted to pass on their lessons – good, bad, and ugly – to younger missionaries. For the first three years Life Impact developed strongly in Sunriver, OR as the only Oasis. Then in 2006 the Life Impact Board asked them to develop a strategy for expansion of Oases. Once approved, this plan was sent to intercessors, and within two months Jim and Carol Wold were connected with Life Impact to start the second Oasis in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

With the Wold’s experience in ministry to Pastors, Life Impact expanded its ministry focus toward Pastor Care as well. Now both Missionaries and Pastors are served in our various Oases. Six months after the Wolds joined the team, Amber Stark was led to Life Impact to open the Slovakia Oasis – our first International effort. Life Impact is now rapidly growing both in the US and internationally with over 12 oases and more to come! Each host comes with their unique stories of how the Lord led them to Life Impact, and stories of how He’s providing the places of rest for pastors and missionaries in 10 countries around the world.

Through our finance and administration teams our staff have helped firm up the core of Life Impact’s donor relations and finances. Concurrently, with this development, the founders Dave and Sheri Grissen have successfully grown and launched Life Impact Ministries!  They are now officially retired yet still are available for guidance and input.  In 2015, David and Theresa Knauss took the reigns of leadership and are moving us into the next phase of Life Impact’s development.

There are several excellent Missionary Care organizations that send caregivers to the fields to help missionaries in their locations – a vital ministry. Life Impact has been raised up as a caregiving team to provide places for Missionaries and Pastors to come to for rest, retreat, and processing of the more normal issues they face.

Life Impact’s plans for the future include continued expansion of Oases, both in the USA and Internationally. Every Oasis that is established means more missionaries and pastors who are helped in this day of tremendous pressures and upheaval for ministry leaders around the world. Safe havens for them to retreat to globally will ensure that there is less attrition and more effectiveness in impacting the nations.

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Life Impact exists to provide rest and renewal for Christian workers in ministry. We are committed to help you meet those needs. Unfortunately, we do not provide pass through stays for travel. Other venues can meet that need. We look forward to hosting you.

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Life Impact, as a 501(c)(3) organization, accepts gifts subject to donor preference in accordance with IRS requirements – Click here to make an online donation – To donate by check please make out to and send to: Life Impact P.O. Box 9577 Bend, OR 97708. Thank you!

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