10 Reasons to Purchase the Missiographics 1.0 book

You have mostly been used to receiving Missiographics in your email or via social media. But there is something different about interacting with the ideas from the infographics in print form. GMI has assembled some of the best recent infographics into a full-color book along with analysis from seasoned mission researcher – Justin Long. This collection of infographics and analysis give you a new way to process all the powerful insights.

And if that weren’t enough of a reason to order your copy today, here are 10 other reasons we think you should consider purchasing Missiographics 1.0. (www.bit.ly/missiobook)

  1. At your next coffee shop meeting, you can pull out the book to share a key idea rather than having to worry about making the Missiographic big enough on the screen.
  2. Life is busy and you might not have really taken the time to engage with each Missiographic the way you wanted to. This book gives you the chance to go back through some of the key ones and read a bit more about the topic.
  3. It’s always great to have a new coffee table book to engage your houseguests with. Why not encourage them to think about global mission!
  4. 4.     If you work in a ministry role, the Missiographics 1.0 book is a great gift to give to financial supporters and prayer warriors.
  5. Are you teaching a small group, Sunday School class or other Bible study? Use this book as a supplement to what you are studying as a way to help your class get the big picture.
  6. If you have children or teenagers at home, this book will help you engage young people in mission in a more visual way that keeps their attention.
  7. By purchasing this book you are supporting the Missiographics effort and helping GMI to continue producing these powerful visual tools.
  8. While you know about the issue addressed in the Missiographic, Justin Long’s analysis will help you build a better understanding and a clearer perspective.
  9. Each of these Missiographics represents an issue that requires decisions on your part.
  10. By having the book, you can introduce new people to Missiographics!

The Light of the World

By Jon Hirst with Randy Rosso

With Christmas a mere week and a half away, you can’t help but start to get excited. Christmas is full of family, friends, laughter, and love. But what is the reason we celebrate this holiday season? God’s gift: Jesus.

We, as the Church, look at Christmas as so much more than just paid holidays, work parties, fancy dinners, presents, and all that Christmas has been made into in our modern-day society. We approach this season with grateful hearts, the joy of Christ in our lives, and the hope of His return.

But, there are so many people in our world who do not know the Gospel, let alone the nativity story.

This is quite upsetting, isn’t it? While we will be happily celebrating the birth of our Savior, there will be many people around the globe with not even a glimmer of hope this Christmas.

Take a moment to reflect on this. What does it look like?

Here at GMI we wanted to make it easier to not only picture, but understand this concept. The Christmas tree below represents the world, and the lights represent believers and their “gospel wattage.”

The way we calculate and define gospel watts is explained in great detail at www.gmi.org/wattageformula. We encourage you to give us your feedback on the page and our formula in the “comments” section on the bottom part of the page.

This Christmas, wherever you are celebrating, I encourage you to join us in praying over this Missiographic. We list several ways to pray on the infographic itself, as well as on the application section of the infographic webpage. Some examples include:

  • Pray for the darker parts of the tree, countries and regions that are darkest according to our gospel wattage formula, and for countries and places that might have light bulbs, but they’re not shining due to persecution.
  • Pray that they may receive the great news of the Savior’s birth this Christmas, or even next Christmas.
  • Pray for all the missionaries who are working to add more light bulbs to the tree and increase the wattage.
  • Give praise for the countries and areas that are shining brightest. Pray that their light may shine onto others.

By praying this Christmas season, we have an opportunity to bless people around the world with the gift of the Gospel, for there is truly no greater gift that could be given than this.

I and the GMI staff wish you a very happy and prayer-filled Christmas. God bless!

Ebola Outbreak: What’s the cause?

By Jon Hirst with Randy Rosso

Ebola has claimed the lives of nearly 7,000 people, while infecting more than 16,000 people primarily in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea. Liberia is by far the country that has been hit worst by Ebola, with more than 4,000 deaths as of November 25th. African governments, the UN, an array of organizations, companies, churches, and many others all have volunteered to help with this crisis.

How did we get here?

Ebola is believed to have started from fruit bats in Guinea, which possibly carry the Ebola virus naturally. The first know victims of the Ebola outbreak were from the Meliandou village in Guinea. This spread very slowly at first but was sparked with the death of a traditional healer in Sierra Leone. Traditional burial rituals include washing, touching, and kissing of the body which led to as many as 365 deaths of participants from surrounding areas, according to the World Health Organization.

There have been two primary reasons that the Ebola outbreak has not been able to be contained, especially in Liberia: traditional beliefs and lack of resources.

Liberia has an astonishingly low number of physicians for how many people they have. A country with a population well over 4 million has a mere 0.0104 physicians per 1,000 Liberia people. Let me put these in terms that make a little more sense. For every 96,154 people there is only 1 physician! To put it even more in perspective, in the US there is 1 physician for every 408 people.

Additionally, Liberia was one of poorest and most devastated countries in the region well before the Ebola outbreak even started. This is highly attributable to two civil wars between 1989 and 2003 that caused around 500,000 deaths and a lot of displaced people. This has proved to be a major obstacle in getting resources to the infected people, and they have had to rely heavily on outside support and aid.

As stated earlier, traditional beliefs have also been primary contributors to the Ebola infection cycle. 42.5% of Liberians adhere to traditional religions. Because of this, they tend to believe that not following burial customs will cause spirits to get upset and bring trouble upon them, which motivates them to continue in their ways.

Also, in some traditional religions it is believed that even alerting people of an illness is a curse and can cause disease. This, along with a fear of healthcare systems and their treatment centers, causes them to avoid getting help when they start to experience symptoms. Instead, they seek out traditional healers which are supposed to find the evil spirits causing the disease and fight against them. Then when the infected person dies, it reinforces the belief that evil forces are at work and are powerful.

It’s a continuous cycle and can only be helped through further education of the people, an increase in both financial and medical resources, prayer, and a response from the Church.

A focus for the Church could be on shining the light of Jesus among the darkness of this outbreak. Jesus releases people from fear; fear of curses, fear of evil spirits, and fear of the enemy. If the Church could use this as a chance to make Him known, it could not only help end the horrific tragedy at hand, but also bring multitudes of people closer to accepting Jesus into their heart and lives. As the American Church, having compassion, praying, and showing repentance toward the Liberian people is an effective responsive as well. In terms of the local Church in Liberia and surrounding West Africa countries, providing resources, encouragement, and openness for people to trust Jesus to protect them from whatever they may be afraid of concerning the burial customs. Together, the Global Church everywhere can truly make a difference in not only the spiritual lives of the Liberians, but also in the battle against Ebola.

For more information on how the Church can respond to this disaster plaguing West Africa, please visit http://www.gmi.org/services/missiographics/library/breaking-ebola-cycle.

 

Sources:

http://www.gmi.org/services/missiographics/library/breaking-ebola-cycle

http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs103/en/

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-30199004

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-30270997

The Water Crisis – What do we do!?

By Jon Hirst with Randy Rosso

CBS 60 Minutes “Depleting the Water” aired last night on how the earth’s groundwater is being pumped out and used much faster than it can be replenished.

The facts are pretty frightening, and the projections are even more unsettling. In the video they said, “Water is the new oil.” That means that water rights and usage will be highly competitive, expensive, and will cause conflict.

Last March for World Water Day, we released a Missiographic about water usage, our poor stewardship of it globally, and a call to action. Check it out below.

Some facts that stand out in our infographic include:

  • 1.1 billion people have NO access to clean water…
  • Every 20 seconds a child dies from a water borne illness…
  • 2 million tons of industrial and agricultural wastes are poured into the earth’s water sources every day…
  • It takes 15 thousand Liters of water to produce 1 kilogram of beef

When looking at the map, almost half of the world is going to be under some sort of stress by 2050. And some parts of the world are going to be in really big trouble at the current rate of water usage.

So what do we do about it?

We all must start preparing and planning for when water resources get to dangerously low levels. That means preparing the Global Church as well.

As the body of Christ, we have an amazing opportunity in the midst of this situation to really shine the light of Jesus. Instead of being selfish with our resources, we should be sharing and finding ways to give to people who need it. Because there are going to be a lot more people who are going to need it soon.

Another thing the Global Church has the opportunity to do is model the way in the water conservation effort. From raising awareness to donating to organizations that provide clean water to doing our best to save water. Even if it may seem small, it really can have a HUGE impact, especially as the crisis gets worse.

However, should the church stop at just the small things? Absolutely not. By modeling the way of generosity with resources, especially water, imagine what could happen. Even if no one else joined in and it was just the Global Church being the leading giver of resources across the world, so many people would be impacted physically and hopefully spiritually as well! But we all know how society works, and if the church were to be the role model for giving internationally, we could start a movement that would literally change the course of the projected future.

Isn’t that what God is all about, anyway? Changing what should be our futures and giving us hope for a future that is beyond comprehension. Let’s allow God to work through the Global Church to change the future.

How will you choose to respond?

 

For more information and applications of our infographic, visit http://www.gmi.org/services/missiographics/library/water-not-natural-resource/.

ECPA CEO Summit: Media Consumption

By Jon Hirst with Randy Rosso

I’m excited to be speaking at the ECPA CEO Summit in Orlando today. ECPA, The Evangelical Christian Publishers Association, holds several different leadership events throughout the year. The CEO Summit “presents the only opportunity within Christian publishing where C-suite executives — from large to small houses — can engage at a meaningful level with the information and data relevant to their unique roles in leading the industry.”

Today, I will speaking about understanding the global church and the implications for Christian publishers as they try and engage with readers around the world. I will also be focusing on some research studies on media consumption around the world and how that can be used to our advantage as believers.

One way to get a gauge on the media consumption is to study how much time people from various countries spend using different avenues of media. To be more specific, how much time are people watching TV, listening to the radio, reading books, or going online?

The answer can be found from the World Culture Score Index, which details the average number of hours a week people in different countries spend using different types of media. The graph below visualizes the results of key countries and then the Global average as well for each category.

This is fascinating and powerful insight into how different cultures consume content. It is key as believers that we understand these types of trends so that we can effectively reach people in different countries with the Gospel.

Are you using the right media to reach your audience?

 

For the full statistics, visit PR Newswire.

The Fatherless: Orphans

By Jon Hirst with Randy Rosso

“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” James 1:27

This past Sunday was not only the first day of the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church, but also Orphan Sunday.  As we pray for the parentless and reflect on ways to help, a great resource can be found in GMI’s Seeing Your World. Written by Andy Butcher, this book is a collection of research and information by experts on “10 key global shifts that will change the way you serve.” Chapter 2, “Women and Children,” sheds light on orphans around the world with impactful research by Pushpa Waghmare.

As stated above, we as Christians are instructed to care for orphans and widows, yet this is not always carried out.

Orphans are extremely vulnerable and at great risk to child labor, sex trafficking, lack of education, malnourishment, disease, and even death itself. What’s more, these children never receive the love that we all so desperately need. Not having an adult, family, or community to look after a young one can end up disastrous. “The global number of street children has been estimated at more than 100 million,” says Waghmare (16).[1]

“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’” Matthew 25:40

Jesus told us that when we help those in need, like orphans, we are truly doing it for Him. In that spirit, shouldn’t helping and praying for the fatherless be one of the top priorities for the Global Church? Yes, it should; we need to pray that families stay together, that children are kept off the street, that they go to bed with a full stomach, that they feel loved, that fellow believers and community members will open their homes to children in need.

These prayers should be the bare minimum in response to the huge number of orphans worldwide, estimated to be around 153 million today.[2]

The goal of Orphan Sunday is, “that God’s great love for the orphan will find echo in our lives as well,”[3] and that we can answer God’s call to care for these children.

What is your response going to be?

There are so many ways to help, whether it be prayer, financial support of a ministry, or even just learning more so you can help raise awareness. We encourage you to pray about how you might respond to the call.

For more information, please visit http://orphansunday.org/, or to purchase our book Seeing Your World click here.


[1] Butcher, Andy. Seeing Your World. Colorado Springs: GMI, 2014. Print.

[2] “Facts and Statistics.” CCAI. Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute, n.d. Web. 11 Nov. 2014.

[3] “About.” Orphan Sunday. Christian Alliance for Orphans, 2014. Web. 11 Nov. 2014.

30th Anniversary

By Jon Hirst with Randy Rosso

As some of you already know, GMI is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. Dating back to 1984, Global Mapping International (originally named Global Mapping Project) has been bringing light to decision making and has played a large role in shaping Global Mission over the years through research, mapping, and mission publishing.

In light of our milestone anniversary, we added a new page to our website highlighting ways in which you can celebrate with us this year!

Timeline: Take a historical look at the past 30 years of our ministry and key events that have brought us to where we are today.

30th Anniversary Missiographic: Join us in learning about 5 maps that changed missions and how the maps themselves have changed over the years with new technology and information.

In the Words of Others: See what our founder, our partners, and other missional leaders have to say about GMI and the 30 years of strategic mission and mapping research we have done.

“Global mapping fills a strategic place in the task of world evangelization. We need the kind of global database that GMI can provide.”
- Edward R. Dayton, Vice President, World Vision

Support! Whether it be financially, prayerfully, or in service, we would greatly appreciate your partnership which will allow us to continue to serve the mission community for another 30 years and more.

Special Annual Report: Annual reports can be hard to get through…but not this one. Featuring GMI’s 30 year timeline, 5 maps that heavily influenced Global Mission, retrospective thoughts from the board, and other highlights of GMI’s ministry, this annual report stands out from the crowd with more than just financial information. You pretty much get everything stated above and more, all in a wonderfully created, colorful PDF.

Celebration Events: Who doesn’t like getting dressed up to commemorate an anniversary or milestone? We would love to have you and cordially invite you to attend one of our two 30th Anniversary events. One of which will be in Colorado Springs, CO on November 8th and the other will be in Pasadena, California on November 22. Make sure to RSVP before October 30th!

Thank you for all of your continued support, partnership, service, and love. We couldn’t have done any of this without you, and we look forward to the future!

Praying for the Persecuted Church

By Jon Hirst with Randy Rosso

International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP) is coming up in November. The first two Sundays of November (2nd & 9th this year) are recognized by the church as days to pray specifically for the Persecuted Church.

Hebrews 13:3 tells us, “remember those in prison as if you were their fellow prisoners and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.”

So what/who exactly is the persecuted church?

The persecuted church represents the 100+ million Christians around the world who are persecuted, or made subject to hostility and ill-treatment, for their belief in Jesus Christ. It is not a physical church or in a certain country, it’s globally.

The top 5 countries facing extreme Christian persecution are North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan with around 45 other countries being labeled at least moderately persecuted. The World Watch List has a really interesting map and list of the most persecuted countries right now.

Image source: http://www.worldwatchlist.us/world-watch-list-countries/

With ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq & Syria) declaring an Islamic State, killing tens of thousands of people, waging war against multiple nations, and declaring Christianity to be punishable by death, there is an enormous prevalence for the need to pray for the Persecuted Church.

How can we pray for and help the Persecuted Church?

IDOP.org (website and resources from Religious Liberty Commission and World Evangelical Alliance) provides a list of free downloads for your use and distribution in praying for and helping the Persecuted Church. One of the resources, an extract of a sermon on what Christians can do to help, is very beneficial. A few of them include:

  • Mobilizing prayer (prayer events, email alerts from organizations involved in the persecuted church
  • Stay informed on the status of religious freedom worldwide
  • Volunteer or help with organizations and ministries involved
  • Give financially to an organization that works with the Persecuted Church
  • Be a spokesperson! i.e. social media, petitions, etc.

Operation World, an organization that created a prayer guide for every country and put it in a book, created The Persecuted Church Prayer Devotional. It provides you with one country per day along with the facts about the nation and prayer requests.

Another great way to pray for the Persecuted Church is by reading your Bible. The New Testament was written to Christians facing persecution, so it is a great resource for praying for them as well! Cru (formerly known as Campus Crusades for Christ) explains how to find Biblical prayers for the Persecuted Church along with other prayer resources. Click here to see Cru’s resources.

In closing, the Persecuted Church definitely needs our help and prayers. Two days a year is not even close to enough time dedicated to praying for the persecuted church, but thankfully we have the ability to pray for whatever we want, whenever we want. I encourage you to take a look at these resources, do some of your own research, and come up with your own ways of helping and praying for the Persecuted Church. Our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ need us, so let’s do something about it!

RSVP for Open Doors’ IDOP webcast here.

Also, stay tuned for a GMI Missiographic focused on this topic being released next Tuesday, October 28! Make sure you subscribe to the e-newsletter so you won’t miss it. http://www.gmi.org/newsletter.htm.

Missionary Retention: Going the Distance

By Jon Hirst (with Randy Rosso)

“If you want to win something, run 100 meters. If you want to experience something, run a marathon.” - Emil Zatopek

Missionaries who are called to cross-cultural service want to make a significant difference in the lives of those they go to help. They intuitively know that it is a marathon, not a sprint. But too many are being pushed to sprint and aren’t making it to the most productive times.

In a world where everything is expected to speed up and get more efficient, spiritual transformation and incarnational ministry still require long-term investment. You can’t speed up God’s work, as He works apart from time; however, we all seem to be trying to do just that: hurry Him up. With attention spans decreasing by the year, our modern world thrives off of quick, interesting, and constantly new ideas and processes.

Somebody once said to try to do things the right way the first time, because otherwise you will probably end up having to re-do it later. The same could be said about missions. Some agencies seem to be focusing on getting more and more missionaries sent, and not properly selecting, training, and supporting their current missionaries, causing them to leave. Efficiency is not always effective.

The cost of sending a missionary cross-culturally is significant, and sadly, too many aren’t making it to the 8-17 year window where statistically missionaries see the most fruitful service. High turnover has far reaching and widely spread effects, from the missionaries themselves, to the organizations, to the people they were serving, to other missionaries and staff at that agency. US agencies were found to have a varying 38-78% 10 year retention rate. This proves further the importance of the problem at hand.

So, how can we look at field service as a marathon and support these key field workers in their long-term service?

Our missionary retention infographic along with the reflection and application will provide you with some ways to go the distance and increase your missionaries’ effectiveness, rather than their efficiency.

 

Your Mission: Know & Go | Do You Choose to Accept?

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By Jon Hirst (with Randy Rosso)

GMI is coming out with a new book, Know & Go: Informing and Inspiring Global Mission. It is a brief and practical look at why KNOWING is important to your GOING on mission. Our team hopes this resource will allow you to make better, educated decisions in response to your calling as a Kingdom worker.

What is the purpose of acting without knowing what you want to act upon? You see this unfold in our personal lives, business, ministry, college, everywhere. So many people dive head first into things before learning about them. Learning from experience is not a bad thing, but the resources spent in trying to figure it out can be frustrating. Imagine researching something before attempting to act upon it. The time and resources saved would be enormous, and the outcome could be a lot more rewarding and effective. We try to highlight the importance of knowing what you want to do before you do it in this novel.

Besides providing insights about the role of information in mission, this book is also an inspirational call to action. I state in the final chapter, “God does not give us the grand gift of knowing for ornamental purposes. The reason we know is so we can go.” The question now remains: What are we going to do about it?

We all know the verse that holds Jesus’ instructions for us. Matt. 28:19 - “Therefore, GO and make disciples of all the nations…” The Great Commission, as it is dubbed, is not a mere suggestion. It is our call, our mission, our goal. But so many of us go on mission knowing so little about the places and people we hope to reach with the Good News.

We can work at this in many ways, and one of the ways is going on mission. If you allow him, God will lead you to do great things for the Kingdom and will work through you in the lives of people around the world. What is God calling you to do?

This quick but motivating read will help you explore the power that KNOWING has in effective GOING on mission. As Matthew West says in his song, Do Something – “It’s not enough to do nothing. It’s time for us to do something.” We are the hands and feet of God’s work, if you allow yourself to be.

You mission, should you choose to accept it, is knowing what to do with all the information that surrounds us and then responding in obedience and going on God’s mission.

While this book won’t be available till November 1, you can pre-order your print copy today to receive 25% off. Click here!