|A Global Mapping International Newsletter||Spring 1996|
In the process of developing the 20:21 Library, GMI undertook a significant research effort to better understand how to design a mission information system that training institutions in the Two-Thirds World would find beneficial. Here's a taste of the valuable comments Christian leaders around the world expressed to us about computers in general and development of the 20:21 Library CD in particular.
Comments like these make all the difference in the world to GMI. We do not have all the answers, but we are striving to meet real needs, not just create products that look good to us.
We are deeply indebted to those who helped us determine how to design and develop the 20:21 Library to better meet the needs of the Church around the world.
So it is with grateful hearts that we acknowledge those who served as "test sites" for early versions of the CD. They hosted GMI staff, gave us their honest feedback, and improved both the product and our people.
International Conference on Computing and Missions (ICCM) June 7-11, 1996 in Abilene, Texas. Theme: "Building Bridges of Collaboration." Sessions include: World Wide Web Production and Management, Computer Assisted Missions Education, Computer Assisted Management of Missions, Communications, Local Area Networks, and much more.
An Information Specialist Consultation will be held for missions information specialists, librarians and researchers on June 6-7 immediately prior to the ICCM conference. Topics include: "How to organize ourselves into a Global Missions Information Network" and "How to maximize access to existing resources in mission-related research centers."
For either conference, contact Tom Dolan, Abilene Christian University, ACU Station, Box 83871, Abilene, TX 79699-8371. Phone: 915-674-3706; E-mail: Dolan@Bible.acu.edu
If you can't come to ICCM, you can become a remote participant! To receive reports on each ICCM'96 session, posted during the actual conference, send e-mail to email@example.com with only the following words in the message: subscribe ICCM96
A new electronic conference was recently begun to help international Christian researchers keep updated on research work in progress. To join, send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with only the only the following words in the message: subscribe Lausanne-Research
Brigada is a large and rapidly growing family of e-mail-activited Internet "conferences" that link those with common interest in reaching the least reached peoples and cities of the world. Send e-mail to email@example.com with only the following words in the message: subscribe brigada
MAFnet provides e-mail connectivity for Christian organizations working in remote locations with limited telecommunications access. MAF also offers MAFxc, linking the global Christian community by providing e-mail conferencing among all on-line services, as well as an e-mail forwarding service. Contact Paul Lay, P.O. Box 3202, Redlands, California 92373-0998; Phone: 909-794-1151; Fax: 909-794-3016; E-mail: Play@maf.org.
The 20:21 Library of Mission and Evangelism Resources on CD-ROM (described elsewhere in this newsletter) is available at greatly reduced prices via scholarships for Christian organizations and educational institutions in special financial need. Contact Harold Britton, GMI, 7899 Lexington Drive, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80920. Fax: 719-548-7459; E-mail:
Together with Meg Crossman, the editor of the new Worldwide Perspectives book, Global Mapping has created a new map set to help you visualize the world Christian movement.
This set of twelve full-color maps on overhead transparencies include visuals on Israel as a strategic land bridge between continents, the breakdown of colonialism in the "25 unbelievable years," global poverty, the extension of the evangelical world from 1790 to the present, Ghana as a single geo-political country vs. a multiplicity of languages and peoples, nomadic pastoralists, mega-cities of the world, plus many more.
Leaders and participants in the accredited Perspectives course (a 15-20 lesson course offered through colleges and churches worldwide) will find this new map set particularly valuable.
For two years Greg has been with GMI working on the 20:21 Library and the African Proverbs Project in data processing and data conversion. Originally from the San Francisco area, Greg is a graduate of California State University at Hayward with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and a minor in French. He and Virginia, his wife of four years, have a busy household with three children from three years to ten weeks old. The Rebucks are members of First Baptist Church in Castro Valley, California.
Last April, Harold left the successful landscape, architecture and construction firm he founded 22 years ago in California, to devote himself to mobilizing the Church for mission. Here at GMI he works full-time developing our relationships with ministry networks around the world, to give people access to strategic mission information resources. Harold, Gwen and their two sons are active members of Woodmen Valley Chapel where they lead a multi-ethnic Bible study group and coach other leaders.
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