Share Your Remembrances of GMI

Share Your Remembrances of GMI

Posted by admin on
Thank you all so much for your service, commitment, and obedience to the Lord. As a leader of a mapping ministry, you know that I 100% understand how difficult this must be. Very rarely do resource providers receive the recognition they deserve--we are often hidden in the shadows! But the most important thing is to keep saying Yes to God for whatever He has for you, and in that I will be praying for wonderful fruit to come from that obedience. Bless you all, and please rest easy knowing that the work that you do and have done has made the world a better place! Blessings, Jill Thornton, 4K Mapping (with YWAM)
Posted by Steve Sang-Cheol Moon on
ssmoon(at)krim.org
Thank you all for your wonderful examples of stewardship and servanthood over the years. In the year 1990 when I started my ministry of mission research in Korea, I had an opportunity to visit GMI office in Pasadena, CA. I was impressed by the data maps your printers were printing. More than anything else, I was privileged to learn from the leadership role models of Bob Waymire, Mike O'Rear, and Jon Hirst. They inspired and encouraged me as I exercised leadership for the Korea Research Institute for Mission based in Seoul. I enjoyed fellowship with them when we met in Colorado Springs and Seoul. Stan Nussbaum's research workshop in Ansan, Korea was a fresh challenge, and it satisfied immediate needs in Korea. Loren Muehlius's mapping workshops in Ansan and Seoul helped many missionaries and researchers to grow as strategic communicators of the kingdom cause and its realities. KRIM has enjoyed the privilege of getting special discounts for GMI products. CD rom titles including Operation World, Worldvue, Islamic resources have been rich blessings to Korean researchers and educators. At one point GMI and KRIM decided to print thousands of copies of the 10/40 window map to present them to the participants of Mission Korea(a student mission convention in Korea). Yes, we also published GMI books. Actually the first book I translated was Target Earth published in Korean back in 1990. Recently we are also giving a final touch on the book entitled "Our Anchor in a World Adrift". It will come out soon in May. Many things, I remember. My colleagues and I remember how much we are indebted to your service. At one point Mike O'Rear challenged me that GMI and KRIM need to work just like one organization. In many ways we overcame organizational boundaries and cooperated seamlessly. I would like to affirm that you have made conscious efforts to multiply your ministry in many parts of the world especially through the associates program. Praise the Lord for His faithful workers who have served on the staff with GMI for the last three decades! Your friend, Steve Sang-Cheol Moon
Posted by Steven Johnson on
It was about seven years ago that the publishing team at Biblica had the honor of working with GMI and Mike O'Rear to launch the latest edition of Operation World. I can't imagine how many lives have been touched, not just by OW, but by the work and spirit of GMI. We don't always understand the seasons of life and ministry that God leads us through, but we rest in the promise of God that He is in control. Thank you, Jon for your leadership in the missions world. May God bless all of you in this transition.
Posted by Michael Jaffarian on
I remember many leaders and workers in GMI with great affection and appreciation. Bob, Mike, Loren, Bill, Jim, Jon, and others come to mind. God bless you all as you move on to the next chapters of your lives and ministries. It's been a great run. A smile comes to my face when I consider your amazing agility through the years, staying on the cutting edge of very fast-moving technology.
Posted by Eric Ernst on
So thankful for your ministry over the years. Special greetings to Loren Muehlius who met when we were kids at Faith Baptist Church in Madison, Wisconsin. Loren, thank you for your ministry and may God's next step in his path for you be a wonderful one!
Posted by Nathaniel McComb on
I had the great opportunity to volunteer with GMI in the summer of 2014. As I remember my time there, I am continually grateful for the chance to be a part of the GMI team (if even for a short time) and to participate in the unique work that GMI was doing to be obedient to Christ, serve the church, and advance God’s kingdom in the world. While I am sad to hear that GMI is ending, I will continue to pray for all of the GMI staff as they transition into new areas and new seasons; that the Lord will give guidance, direction, good opportunities for fruitful work, and ultimately, joyful hope in the message of the Gospel and trust in God’s faithfulness to accomplish his purposes. Thank you all for your faithful work!
Posted by Randy Rosso on
GMI offered me one of my first internships while I was in college at UCCS in Colorado Springs. It allowed me to develop my social media and marketing skills and I got to work on some really cool projects during my 7 or 8 months there. However, the biggest impact it had on me went beyond the mere work experience. It opened my eyes to the realities of global missions, of unreached people groups, of new ministry strategies, of missionary effectiveness, and so much more. Since then, I have a new heart for the world and a new hunger to understand and serve the world in ministry. For that, for the friendships I made while I was there, and much more, I am so thankful!
Posted by Jim Haney on
I remember working out licenses with Bill Dickson for the many licenses IMB purchased for IMB's use. I remember Steve McCord and I taking mapping training in the GMI offices in COSP. We stayed with Stan and Lori and had a great time learning from your staff. I remember working with Mike O'Rear on thinking through how IMB could better evaluate missionary retention. I remember working with Bill Dickson on the Registry of Geography. And I remember Jon Hirst providing so much new energy and insight into the new future of GMI. I just want to say that you all are family, and we are hurting. May God give you a new and better destiny because he always does more than we can anticipate.
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