Retire When?

Millie teaches Colombian children about Jesus during a January 2014 missions trip.

Millie teaches Colombian children about Jesus during a January 2014 missions trip.

The word “retire” is not in the Bible. As a matter of fact, God expects us to faithfully serve him until we pass from our earthly lives. Nevertheless if anyone deserves to have a relaxing retirement, it is Millie Young. She spent forty-nine years on the mission field, mostly in Colombia. She worked hard, courageously faced dangers, met challenges, and witnessed the amazing results of God working through her efforts.

During the time Millie was actively serving as a missionary, she had a dynamic ministry. She organized Christian schools for children in remote river villages and developed a program to train teachers for those schools. Millie was instrumental in starting and maintaining many children’s ministries including camps, vacation Bible schools, Sunday schools, and Bible Quiz teams. At one point she oversaw thirty-two rural schools. Toward the end of her career she served as assistant field director and then as field director for all the OMS missionaries in Colombia.

When Millie retired, she did not stop serving God. She joined and became active in a church in Benton, Kansas. She spoke to groups and maintained active correspondence to assist and encourage Colombian missions. Even after her eightieth birthday, she has continued to lead short-term mission trips to her beloved Colombia. Millie dedicated her life to bringing God to Colombians—especially the children.

How are you actively serving God?