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A Global Mapping International Newsletter Fall 1999


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From the President

Michael G. O'Rear

Do you know what it's like to suddenly feel 20 pounds lighter? (I suppose mothers know, right after childbirth.) That sense of relief is what the Lord is bringing us just now.

No, I'm not talking about losing those extra pounds above my belt, though that would be good, too. I'm talking about the tremendous sense of relief as two wonderfully competent, skilled, mature Christian people stepped into GMI this past month to take huge responsibilities from my shoulders. Aaahhh....!

Suzanne Schorsch came (back) to GMI as our general manager, after the Air Force moved her husband back to Colorado Springs (see page 7).

Cathleen Sward began at GMI as our director of ministry development to focus on building better relationships with key people outside GMI: our primary project partners, clients, donors, and overseas associate sites. (see page 8).

Together, they are freeing me to do more of what I ought to be doing in effectively leading GMI into all that God has for us in the future.

More importantly, they are enabling GMI to better serve the people God has called us to serve. By helping us be better organized. By connecting us better with you.



Mapping Training Helps Zimbabwe Leaders Guide Church-Planting Efforts

In July, Bill Dickson of GMI travelled to Zimbabwe to give computer mapping training to nine people involved with the Evangelical Fellowship of Zimbabwe (EFZ) and Target 2000 (the DAWN movement in Zimbabwe).

The mapping systems in Zimbabwe will, among other applications, enable the EFZ to effectively communicate to its member churches and donor communities the status of a wide range of evangelism, church planting, and economic development projects throughout Zimbabwe.

In addition, Target 2000 and EFZ can now more thoroughly understand the results of a nationwide church survey conducted in 1992, and better plan, monitor, and interpret a more comprehensive survey in the year 2000. The 1992 survey led to a goal of planting an additional 10,000 churches by the year 2000. Initial reports from various denominations and churches suggest that 7,000 of these may already have been planted. The 2000 survey will carefully locate the churches in order to assess progress not only toward planting enough churches, but also toward another national goal of placing a church within walking distance (10 kilometers) of every person in the country.

Bill reports "I have seldom been as impressed with a nation's Christian leadership as I was in Zimbabwe. Their combination of unity across the whole body, zeal for evangelism, thorough research, thoughtful planning, constructive engagement with the government, and creative responses to the country's social and economic problems should serve as an example to leaders anywhere in the world. Zimbabwe faces serious challenges, including an HIV infection rate estimated at 20% of the population. It is hard for me to imagine the difficulties these brothers and sisters will face in the coming years, but still encouraging to see the Church coming together to meet the challenges head-on."


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