In late April, GMI (Global Mapping International) announced it would be closing its doors after 34 years of ministry providing vital information and insight to the global church.
In a press release from GMI regarding the closure, CEO Jon Hirst says: “For our long history, we have faithfully stewarded knowledge used by ministry leaders the world over. While we feel our closure is a significant loss to the global church, we have every reason to hope in God’s big plan, because of this hope, we believe that the rich information we have developed over many years will continue to impact lives through our counterparts in mission.”
Turning “Ending” at GMI into “Sending”
Before it’s closure on June 30, GMI announced the ministries receiving Knowledge Stewardship grants of the tools and information the organization has developed over its 30-plus years. (Visit the new legacy website www.gmi.org to see which ministries received the various grants). One Challenge will be receiving the “Breakthrough Mentoring Suite: GMI Fellowship Program and research mentoring materials.”
The Global Research Team’s goal is to assist field workers, churches and ministry partners to gather and analyze information to develop effective ministry strategies. As a part of this, the team coaches workers inside and outside OC in research projects.
“The GMI Breakthrough Mentoring Suite provides a well-defined, time proven process that empowers a mission worker to gather and analyze information to make effective ministry strategies,” says Russ, a Global Research Team member. “Those who work through the process will become better stewards of kingdom knowledge. The Global Research Team is thrilled to be able to offer this training to those inside the OC Global Alliance and to other ministry partners.”
The Global Research Team is excited that Dr. Stan Nussbaum, will remain involved, contributing his expertise as the GMI’s Staff Missiologist since 1993.
A Valued Partnership
Bob Waymire founded GMI in 1983 as Global Mapping Project on the campus of the U. S. Center for World Mission in Pasadena, California. Coming out of the strategy, research, and planning department of Overseas Crusades (now One Challenge), Bob had a vision for helping the whole body of Christ get an accurate, up-to-date picture of the “harvest field” and the “harvest force.”
One Challenge has had the privilege of partnering with GMI since it’s beginning and sharing office space in Colorado Springs. Recently, OC welcomed Jon Hirst onto its Board of Directors. One Challenge highly values this partnership.
“GMI helped One Challenge to harness the power of information for the fulfillment of the Great Commission. Our GMI friends provided us with tools to map the church in an entire country and prayerfully challenge the body of Christ to prioritize least-reached communities,” says Dean Carlson, president of One Challenge. “We’ve become better knowledge-stewards as a result of partnering with GMI. We celebrate their strategic contribution to majority world mission movements and to the global mission community.”
Pray with One Challenge
- Pray for the GMI team, that they will get the chance to catch their breath after a long and challenging time of closure.
- Pray for the workers as they start new jobs.
- Pray for the two who don’t have next steps, that God’s direction will be clear as they pray about what they would do next.
Partnering & Bridge Building
One Challenge is an international mission sending agency empowering local church ministry in more than 100 countries around the world. We serve, equip, and connect the body of Christ to advance God’s kingdom among all people. We engage in strategic partnerships out of a conviction that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.