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2002 ANNUAL REPORT

Our Purpose

GMI is a non-profit corporation dedicated to furthering the cause of world evangelization.


Our Mission

To produce and present world-class research that fuels emerging mission movements and leaders.

Our Commitment

The board of directors and staff of GMI are deeply committed to evangelical Christian faith and life. We subscribe to the National Association of Evangelicals’ doctrinal statement and to the Lausanne Covenant. GMI staff members serve as faith missionaries supported by churches and individuals.


Our Heartbeat

Our highest priority is serving evangelical mission leaders in the Two-Thirds World.

Mike O'Rear
President/CEO
Open your eyes and look

"Do you not say, ‘Four months more and then the harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest” (John 4:35).

Throughout the New Testament, Jesus and the apostles strive to help people truly see, to open their eyes and engage reality. The Gospels are filled with calls to behold, to look, to see.

Life is different than we expect. God is doing things we have not been aware of. The world has changed and we haven’t noticed. Careful reflection, research and analysis are imperative for followers of Jesus who desire to faithfully serve his mission today.

Not looking is dangerous. The 19th century humorist Artemus Ward reminds us, “It ain’t so much the things we don’t know that get us in trouble. It’s the things we know that ain’t so.”

So the people of Global Mapping International seek to help the church to look and look again—seeing the world of missions as it really is, seeing needs and opportunities for the gospel, seeing what God is doing and how his people can best join with him in accomplishing his purposes.

Thank you for joining with us in the ministry of vision and the vision of ministry.


God surprised us!

The Henry Parsons Crowell and Susan Coleman Crowell Trust has long been a friend and supporter of GMI’s work, along with that of many other Christian ministries.

So, it was no surprise when the trust, created by the legendary founder of Quaker Oats, invited GMI’s Mike and Laura O’Rear to attend the trust’s 75th anniversary celebration in late October.

The surprise came at the close of the evening’s festivities, when trust Chairman Jack Frizen presented the inaugural Henry Parsons Crowell Award. The award was created to recognize those who develop “significant and innovative programs” to advance the effectiveness of mission, evangelism, and leadership training.

Suddenly, Mike found himself receiving a handshake, a beautiful crystal trophy, a check to GMI for $50,000, and hearty applause from a roomful of Christian leaders.

GMI does not labor for human recognition—but how wonderful to receive it in such a gracious, meaningful, and unexpected way. Join us in rejoicing in God’s surprise!

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