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A Global Mapping International Newsletter Summer 1997


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THE PARABLE OF THE TWO FARMERS

And lo, one autumn a wealthy landowner hired two tenant farmers and gave to each a field, strictly commanding them to bring him a good harvest the next year.

Through the cold winter nothing grew except the tenants' visions of a bountiful harvest in the new season, and by April their zealous souls were sorely vexed to begin.

The wise tenant tempered his zeal with patience. He planted nothing in April. Yea, all he did was plow. He planted in May, cultivated and watered through the summer and harvested in September.

But the foolish tenant planted straightway in April without plowing, for planting was second only to harvesting in the joy it brought him. Yea, all he did the whole summer was plant and harvest. He had no time for plowing first or for cultivating and watering as the crop grew. A banner streaming from his tractor shouted "Plant early, plant often" on one side and "Harvest every day" on the other side.

In September the landowner came and asked the wise farmer, "What has my field brought forth?"

"35,000 bushels," he replied.

"Well done," said the landowner.

Then he asked the foolish farmer, "What has my field brought forth?"

"7,000 bushels," he replied.

"Why so perilously few?" said the landowner?

"I know not," replied the fool, "I harvested every day since April."

"You harvested in April? When then did you plow and cultivate and water?"

The befuddled fool said, "You only told me to harvest. I had no time to waste on those other things."

Then the landowner said, "A command to harvest is a command to plow, plant, cultivate and water." And he tore the banner from the man's tractor, shredded it and cast it to the winds.

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The harvest metaphor is used in two ways in Scripture -- the already ripe harvest (Mt. 9:37-38) and the entire plant - water - harvest cycle (I Cor. 3:6). Among evangelical missions today, only the first verse has received much attention.

It seems everyone wants to sow the seed of the gospel, but not many are interested in plowing the ground before the seed is sown. Everyone wants to harvest, but not many are interested in the laborious work of cultivating and watering as the crop matures.

Part of the ministry of Global Mapping International is to call attention to these neglected aspects of working in the fields of the Lord.

What is the equivalent of plowing the ground? We call it "pre-evangelism." One example of it is the new "Listen First, Speak Later" project described on page 2.

What is the equivalent of cultivating and watering? This is the nurture of those whose faith has sprouted. It is well-known that in much of the world today it is easy to get large numbers of people to make initial commitments to Christ but very hard to disciple them in congregations. There are massive needs for training leaders and strategically supporting them. Several of GMI's efforts to address these needs are described throughout this newsletter.

Plowing, cultivating and watering are not distractions from planting and harvesting. In God's way and God's time they are part of the harvest cycle.

LISTEN FIRST, SPEAK LATER

The Church knows better than ever before who the unreached peoples are and where they are. But how to reach them -- that is the question on your heart and ours.

Part of the answer may lie in our new "Listen First, Speak Later" project, beginning in August with a start-up grant from EFMA. The project will develop a new model for pre-evangelistic approaches to the world's least evangelized people groups, including many in restricted countries. The model focuses on the task of researching and writing short booklets in simple English about a particular culture based on its traditional proverbs and stories. Through this research process, Christians enter the culture in a "listen first" mode; that is, a non-threatening way of engaging local people in conversation about the things that matter most to them.

In the resulting booklets the proverbs will be selected and organized according to a standard outline to communicate a great deal about the worldview and values of that culture (see inset below this article). The "Listen First, Speak Later" booklets can serve as general cultural orientation for evangelists and provide many specific starting points for evangelistic conversations. Having listened well, evangelists can speak appropriately.

What does GMI bring to the process? The concept, some model booklets, training and networking. Two sample booklets, one on American culture and one on Sesotho culture (southern Africa), will be written by Stan Nussbaum, GMI Director of Training, for distribution by the end of this year.

A one-week training seminar about the "Listen First, Speak Later" method is tentatively scheduled for February 1998. The seminar is designed for:

a) Missions and churches who have adopted an unevangelized people group and are looking for a strategy that goes beyond a "People Profile" or a prayer walk

b) Mission administrators who are re-thinking their pre-evangelistic strategy, especially in restricted access countries

c) Missionaries, teachers of English as a second language, tentmakers, university professors on sabbatical, students looking for "summer service" opportunities.

The networking begins today as you read this article. Please contact Dr. Stan Nussbaum at GMI if you are already doing something at all similar to "Listen First, Speak Later" or if you see this as a new possibility that could help you move ahead with the work to which God has called you. We would love to help you learn how to gather information that will contribute to getting the gospel where it has never been.

WHAT HAVE PROVERBS GOT TO DO WITH MISSION?

A proverb or saying often is a key that unlocks a lot of cultural secrets for an outsider. One day an African lay pastor in Lesotho explained such a proverb to me -- "When threshing the harvest, set some aside for your relative."

He used this illustration: "I work as a driver for the Department of Agriculture. Suppose we need another driver and we have five applicants. Four have licenses and good driving records. The fifth has never been behind the wheel of a car before but he is my cousin. That proverb explains why we will hire my cousin and train him."

What was he telling me about the culture? Favors to relatives are a far higher cultural value than economic efficiency of government and business. It sounds simple but by the time you have unpacked it you understand why families work in Africa and businesses work in America.

On the other hand, without knowing that proverb you will often find African "inefficiency" baffling and frustrating. You may even suppose that Africa's apparent "inefficiency" is an inborn racial ineptitude because you cannot see what it really is: a deliberate social choice protecting the value of the extended family.

-- Stan Nussbaum

FROM THE PRESIDENT

Michael G. O'Rear

When asked six years ago to accept the position of president and CEO of GMI, I was scared. I had little knowledge and even less experience in executive roles.

I knew I needed mentoring, instruction and models. And most of all, rigorous accountability. I recall telling the board that I would accept the CEO position only if they were committed to grow with me to a deeper level of accountability, to learn together what board ought to mean for us.

Recently a member of our board audit committee commented to me: "Mike, you said you wanted a strong, proactive board. You have one now, and I'm not sure you like it."

Truth is, I love it!

And Ron Rowland has made all the difference. As GMI's chairman these past six years, Ron has been for me and for the board more than I could have hoped.

Under his leadership, the board invested heavily in wrestling through models of board governance, developing a board policy manual (which impacts everything the board does) and making fundamental improvements in corporate health and accountability.

Ron has laid an excellent foundation upon which another now builds. This summer Emery Sauve, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, became GMI's third chairman in our 14 year history.

Thank you, Ron! Welcome, Emery! How blessed I am to minister with you.

GMI TRAINING PROGRAMS

Global Mapping International wants to see information play its proper supportive role in mission planning, training and promotion. If any of those are your goals, you might find a match with a GMI Training Program in the list below.

With all the new training activity described in this newsletter, we badly need an additional staff person to help make it all happen. Could the Lord be calling you to become the Assistant or Apprentice to the Director of our Training Division? If the following description could fit you, write to training@gmi.org or check our web site for details.

FACES AT GMI

Kathy Lannon

Database Development

If you are one of the 1300 people who own a GMI software product, you have benefitted from Kathy's work. Her fingerprint is on every digital product we've produced in the last ten years. From Global Research Database to Operation World Data Files to Mission Handbook on Disk, to 20:21 Library, Global Ministry Mapping System and African Proverbs CD -- none would have been possible without Kathy.

Kathy normally works behind the scenes, doing software development, database conversion, and installation software. Currently she's working on mapping scripts and the development of an Islamics CD. This summer she is also cross-training in GMI administrative and financial functions, so you're more likely these days to actually get to talk to her!

Kathy grew up in Michigan and has a degree in business from the University of Michigan--Flint. She worked for 21 years in banking.

Before coming to GMI, Kathy served as a missionary with Operation Mobilization in England and with the U.S. Center for World Mission.

In her spare time, Kathy enjoys quilting, sewing and reading, and is accused by her friends of being a registered "health nut."

As a member of Pulpit Rock Church in Colorado Springs, Kathy enjoys working with the two year olds.

www.gmi.orgYour site on the Web for missions mapping and research information!

PRAYING THROUGH THE WINDOW III RESOURCES

During the month of October 1997, millions of Christians around the world will focus their prayers on the unreached peoples of the 10/40 Window, that area of Africa and Asia from 10 - 40 degrees North. The Praying Through the Window III effort is led by Christian Information Network, under the coordination of the AD2000 & Beyond Movement.

This year's prayer effort focuses on the "Joshua Project 2000 People Clusters," 132 unreached peoples targeted as highest priority by AD2000. (In previous years, "Praying Through the Window" efforts have focused on the least evangelized countries and the "gateway cities" of the 10/40 Window.) A few of the resources and programs developed to facilitate this prayer event are mentioned below, along with contact information at the bottom of the page.

Book -- The Unreached Peoples, by Patrick Johnstone, John Hanna and Marti Smith, a new prayer book with profiles focusing on the unreached people groups, with maps and pictures. Available from CIN ($8.99), Caleb ($7.50), WCN&B ($6.29) and YWAM. Caleb offers the full text of the book, along with photographs at their Web site (www.calebproject.org/ptw3).

Calendar -- showing which peoples to pray for on each day, is available from CIN at 100 copies for $10.00 (www.horizonint.com/cin/html/resources.html) or in electronic form (www.horizonint.com/cin/html/calendars.html). Bethany has an online calendar with links into their prayer profiles of the various peoples on the Web (www.bethany-wpc.org/profiles/a_code/cal.html).

Video -- To the Ends of the Earth, a new video presentation (10 and 26 minute versions on one tape) focusing on unreached people groups, from Christian Broadcasting Network. Available from CIN ($9.95), Caleb ($9.95), WCN&B ($8.95), YWAM.

Map -- The Joshua Project 2000 People Clusters map (shown on reverse side) comes in three sizes: 22 x 34 inches, 11 x 17 inches, and 8, x 11 inches. Suggested retail prices are: US$5.00, US$2.50, and US$1.00, respectively, plus shipping. Available from WCN&B (www.ywam.org/books/books.html) and YWAM, or (in bulk quantities of 100 copies or more) directly from GMI (www.gmi.org/products/pttwiii.htm).

People Profiles -- lists and multi-page descriptions of unreached people groups, many including photographs and maps, available in print and on the Web from Bethany (www.bethany-wpc.org/profiles/home.html), and AD2000 (www.ad2000.org/peoples).

Information Packet -- including The Unreached Peoples book, To the Ends of the Earth video, Joshua Project 2000 People Clusters 11 x 17 inch map, a copy of the prayer calendar, and the Opening Gateways brochure is available for $15 from Caleb (www.calebproject.org/winres.htm).

Prayer Journeys -- trips into one of the 10/40 Window countries to pray for an unreached people group on-site, coordinated by CIN (www.horizonint.com/cin/html/prayerjourney.html).

For More Information contact:

AD2000 -- AD2000 & Beyond Movement, 2860 S. Circle Dr., Suite 2112, Colorado Springs, CO 80906 USA, Tel: +1-719-576-2000, Fax: +1-719-576-2685, E-mail: Lauri@ad2000.org, Web: www.ad2000.org

Bethany -- Bethany World Prayer Center, 13855 Plank Rd., Baker, LA 70714 USA, Tel: +1-504-774-1700, E-mail: upg@bethany-wpc.org, Web: www.bethany-wpc.org/profiles/home.html

CIN -- Christian Information Network, 11025 Highway 83, Colorado Springs, CO 80921, USA, Tel: +1-719-522-1040, Fax: +1-719-548-9000, E-mail: 73422.3471@compuserve.com, Web: www.christian-info.com

Caleb -- Caleb Project, 10 West Dry Creek Circle, Littleton, Colorado 80120 USA, Tel: +1-303-730-4170, Fax: +1-303-730-4177, E-mail: info@cproject.com, Web: www.calebproject.org/winres.htm

GMI -- Global Mapping International, 7899 Lexington Drive, Suite 200A, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80920 USA, Tel: +1-719-531-3599, Fax: +1-719-548-7459, E-mail: , Web: www.gmi.org/products/pttwiii.htm

WCN&B -- WorldChristian News & Books, P.O. Box 26479, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80936 USA, Toll Free within the USA: 888-WCN-NEWS [888-926-6397], Tel: +1-719-442-6409, Fax: +1-719-380-0936, E-mail: wcn@xc.org, Web: www.ywam.org/books/books.html

YWAM -- YWAM Publishing, P.O. Box 55787, Seattle, Washington 98155 USA, Toll Free within the USA: 800-922-2143, Tel: +1-425-771-1153, Fax: +1-425-775-2383, E-mail: 75701.2772@Compuserve.com


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