GMI 30th Anniversary Timeline

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God has been so faithful to each of us at GMI. Take a moment to read through this quick history of key events and milestones in the last 30 years of GMI’s global ministry.

1982Bob Waymire (OC, then in Santa Clara, CA) and Bob Coleman (USCWM) presented the challenge and opportunity of data collection, visualization, and digital mapping to Pete Holzmann and Bill Dickson; asked them to gather a group of techical volunteers to implement the vision.


1983 Bob Waymire and Jim Montgomery came together with a vision to collect and map harvest force and harvest field information. The Global Mapping Project was born as a two-year inter-agency task force project of OC, Dataserve, SIL, and the U.S. Center for World Mission, located on the USCWM campus in Pasadena, California.


1983 The team created the first map showing ministry data for Guatemala.


1984 The Global Mapping Project established as a non-profit organization.


1986 Peoplesfile Index created listing all peoples and languages in a given country; highlighting unreached people groups.


1987 COMIBAM Atlas published in support of the Latin American mission movement.


1988 Global Mapping Project renamed Global Mapping International.


1989 GMI released its first popular products: Target Earth, WorldVue and dVue.


1990 GMI first offered Atlas*GIS mapping software to the mission community.


1990 Global Research Database launched with records of geographic regions, people groups, languages, organizations, and religions.


1991 GMI relocated to Colorado Springs, Colorado and Mike O’Rear appointed to serve as President and CEO.


1991 Language Mapping Project begins full-scale gathering and digitization of language areas.


1995 GMI conducted field research on information needs of indigenous church and mission leaders under the Decision Maker Empowerment Project


1995 First CD-ROM library of mission books and resources (including Operation World and Ethnologue) launched as Volume 1 of the 20:21 Library of Mission and Evangelism Resources to support DMEP research.


1995 First Global Ministry Mapping System (Atlas GIS, mission geodata and statistics, LMP work in progress) released as Volume 2 of the 20:21 Library.


1996 Language Mapping Project completed worldwide  polygon mapping of all countries; IMB completed first worldwide assessment of evangelization status of languages; the two are combined to produce the printed Status Of Global Evangelism map; 70,000 copies printed and distributed.


1997 Mislinks website created in connection with Mike O’Rear and Dr. Scott Moreau’s column Missions Resources on the Web in Evangelical Missions Quarterly magazine.


1998 Operation World Plus CD Rom released as part of the 20:21 Library.


2000World of Islam CD published and then becomes a critical mission resource after 9/11.


2002 GMI awarded the inaugural Henry Parsons Crowell Award by the Henry Parsons Crowell and Susan Coleman Crowell Trust.


2003 GMI’s Research Services division begins providing custom research for international mission agencies.

2003 Global Ministry Mapping System 3.0 launched using the ESRI ArcGIS mapping platform.


2005 Engage! launched in order to research international missionary satisfaction and engagement and to enhance missionary retention.


2006 LMP completes worldwide coverage of language polygons; Status of Global Evangelism map produced with this data widely distributed (70,000 copies)


2006 Peoples of the Buddhist World CD published.


2007 Breakthrough! research training published.


2008 Produced DVDs of African mission information for the historic MANI conference of African mission leaders.


 2010 GMI produced Operation World in extended DVD and all popular e-reader formats (PDF, ePUB, and Kindle)


2012 GMI mourned Mike O’Rear’s passing; later in the year, Jon Hirst appointed President and CEO.


2013 GMI released Patrick Johnstone's Future of the Global Church as ebook and library of re-usable presentations, graphics, maps, and data.


2013 GMI begins Innovation Fund 3-year project to extend mission mapping to cloud and mobile environments, speed e-publication of key mission materials, and create systems for managing a globally-distributed GMI workforce.