InterVarsity Press (IVP) and Global Mapping International (GMI) announce the acquisition by IVP of GMI's Operation World product line.

For the past five years IVP and GMI have been publishing partners serving the Operation World team in publishing the seventh edition of Operation World. With this acquisition, IVP is now the sole owner and publisher of the Operation World CD, DVD, ebook, and Prayer Map. IVP also acquired the digital rights to The Future of the Global Church by Patrick Johnstone, founder of Operation World, and Johnstone and Dean Merrill's subsequent books, Serving God in Today's Cities and Serving God in a Migrant Crisis.

"GMI has made a tremendous impact on the global missions community throughout its history, and we have been privileged to partner with them on Operation World since January of 2012," Jeff Crosby, IVP's publisher, said. "We are saddened by GMI's closure but are honored to continue a portion of their work through the acquisition of these publishing assets they have curated and helped to promote."

"As GMI closes, we are encouraged that our partnership of over thirty years with Operation World will be continued through InterVarsity Press," said Jon Hirst, CEO of GMI. "Their passion for global mission and commitment to quality make us confident of the future availability of the Operation World resources."

About Operation World

Operation World is widely regarded as the definitive volume of prayer information about the world and is the recipient of the ECPA Gold Medallion Award for Excellence in Evangelical Christian Literature. Operation World is published by InterVarsity Press.

About InterVarsity Press

Founded in 1947 as an extension of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA, InterVarsity Press serves those in the university, the church, and the world by publishing thoughtful Christian books that equip and encourage people to follow Jesus as Savior and Lord in all of life. For more information, visit