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A Global Mapping International Newsletter Summer 1999


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Warren Lawrence
Sending Our Best
A New Phase in the Ministry of Warren Lawrence

Bill Dickson, GMI Vice President, Research and Development

Mission is, right down to the Latin root of the word, about sending. Mission done well is, to borrow a phrase from Hallmark, about caring enough to send the very best. For the last eight years, GMI received the very best from the group of churches and individuals who sent Warren Lawrence to serve with us.

Now it's time for us at GMI to experience the bittersweet experience of sending. God is clearly calling the Lawrence family to serve in Singapore with OC International. There is a particular sense of rightness about sending Warren to OC. Global Mapping started out as a task force project headed up by OC's research department, in response to information needs OC missionaries found as they worked with Christian leaders overseas. It seems only fair that we should return one of our best people to OC to assist in applying the tools we have developed over the last 15 years to the particular problems for which they were initially developed.

Example of Language Mapping Project

There is also a rightness about the timing. The massive Language Mapping Project, which Warren managed for GMI the past eight years, has completed digital mapping and field validation of the world's languages. This work is now available to the mission community as part of the Global Ministry Mapping System, Version 2.0. Warren has trained other staff to update the Language Mapping Project as our partners at SIL discover, reclassify and refine the locations of hundreds of languages each year.

In addition to his work on the Language Mapping Project, Warren has been a key member of our cartography staff, developing custom maps for mission leaders and publications worldwide. He has also served as our chief graphic designer, creating everything from product packaging to the Light the Window map. Fortunately, several new staff candidates are on their way who can begin to fill some of Warren's many roles here.

We praise God for sending Warren to serve with us, and look forward to seeing God's continued work through him as a part of OC International.

 


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