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In 1961, Will Bruce from Overseas Missionary Fellowship (formerly the China Inland Mission) and Marvin Graves from New Tribes Mission, along with nine other missionaries and pastors in Manila, decided to form Christ for Greater Manila (CGM). Their first ministry was called Youth Time and it consisted of large, well-planned rallies held at the Philippine General Hospital in Manila. By the next year, CGM had expanded into camping - something entirely new in the Philippines. Churches had never had family camps or children's camps. This was a great success and led to purchase of a large tent for evangelistic meetings. Later, open air meetings were held and then a film ministry was started.

 

When Will Bruce, due to ill health, had to leave the Philippines, a young couple named Doug & Margi Nichols were just finishing Tagalog language school. They were also with OMF and were assigned in 1972 to direct CGM. Under Doug's leadership the outreach expanded to include jail ministry, literature work, bookstores, opening of the Bible League, ministry to street children and prostitutes, church planting among the poor, Gospel ads, evangelism, and discipleship and vocational training for street children, with a much larger involvement of Filipino workers. The staff grew to 166.

 

After 20 years, Mr. Doug Nichols resigned as CGM Director and left for the US. During the first part of the year, CGM suffered its first setback when it went through internal problems, leading to temporary closure. It reopened on March 15. Nineteen ninety to 1992 saw the new beginning of CGM – new challenges, financial and spiritual difficulties. A time of sifting. But by God’s grace, these difficulties were overcome. During the transition period, the Board appointed Ms. Flor Jalotjot as OIC to lead the organization. New programs and strategies were implemented. The name Christ for Greater Manila was changed to Christian Growth Ministries. No longer as big an organization as before, it is now smaller in ministries and programs – yet with much bigger vision.

 

 

 

 

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