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15th Pastoral Care Conference
August 11-13, 2009
Jabez Campsite - Pala-pala, Dasmariñas, Cavite

Speakers:
Ptr. Steve Burchett
Dr. Benny M. Abante Jr.
Dr. Paul Caampued
Dr. Herman Modez

 

"A Family that Makes Difference in Ministry & Society"
Pastors & Church Leaders Conference

May 18, 2009 at Aklan Traiing
Center - Kalibo, Aklan
Speaker: Ptr. Willie Basilio

Couples Conference and Retreat with Dr. & Mrs. Rod Pence & Ptr. Clem Guillermo

Dec. 8-10, 2008

A Thre-Day Conference and Retreat for Couples in Ministry

In the afternoon of December 8, couples (pastors, Christian workers and their wives) started to converge in Bukal ng Tipan, a very lovely retreat house outside of Metro Manila. With its scenic view and nice surrounding, the place even looked lovelier in the evenings as it is overlooking the whole of Metro Manila. The dazzling of lights from afar seems to create a romantic atmosphere. And to top it all, each couple was assigned to a room. A couple who was married in 1963 and have been involved in the ministry for 45 years said “With gratefulness to God for the privilege to spend together in one room!!! Greatly appreciated!!!” A newly-married couple said “It has been a good conference and experience for relaxation, bonding, strengthening and learning for both of us.”

 

 

A total of 52 couples coming from as far as Pampanga and Batangas, came. Not only they represented different denominations, but it was also a mixture of young and old couples. But all of them have the same desire – to take part in this special retreat for couples sponsored by ACTION/CGM, as well as enjoy a brief respite from the ministry where each one is involved.

One-Day Conference with Ptr. Tom Crouse and Ptr. Herman Moldez

“Nainitan ako physically and spiritually! (I was hot physically and spiritually).” “Lack of ventilations. . .” “Please find a bigger venue next time to accommodate more attendees.” These were some of the comments gathered after the recent conference sponsored by CGM/ACTION. The complaints were valid. The conference hall which could only accommodate 150 people was jam-packed with 251 people that day! The reason for this according to the head of the conference was that many have registered at the last minute. Also one of the pre-registration sites accepted beyond the quota assigned to them. Some people could be seen standing at the back because seats could no longer be taken inside. Even spaces near the stage were occupied and at one time, I saw Mr. Nichols going out just to give his seat to one of the delegates. The air-conditioners were running full blast, but in the afternoon the room got so hot that cardboard fans were distributed.

Eighteen pairs of students and five pairs of teachers, all hand-picked, performed the stately rigodon de honor. According to teacher Rosalyn Solis, prom dance coordinator, the dancers have been practicing an hour a week since December. By the second week of January, they were learning to waltz confidently. “The J-S Prom was memorable because the students were able to perform what they have started practicing,” she said.

Kyla Del Rosario, Grade 10 Class Officer & Journalism Writer

Jabez Christian School (JCS) was wise to allow the Leadership Seminar to be conducted within its campus. Never have I attended a seminar quite like this one. Small-group discussions set it apart from all the others. Each group was composed of five to six students and one to two instructors. Warm-up questions were answered by each of the members before the main topic was revealed. The way, my mind was ready for the “real thing.”

What makes JCS different from other schools in Dasmariñas, Cavite that parents opt to enroll their children here despite the distance from their homes? The curriculum may not be different but the methods, procedures and expectations are. Classes are very structured, with high academic and behavioral standards. The children get good education and Christian training at a very reasonable cost.

Computer Laboratory

It has been our clients’ desire and ours also to have a swimming pool at Jabez Campsite. Nature ng Filipino na kapag summer ay naliligo (nagsi-swimming),” said Mr. Mayeight Buenacosa, Jabez Christian Center Development Manager. There’s a pool for adults, which measures 15 meters by 10 meters. Its maximum depth is 5.5 feet. The kiddie pool is 10 meters by 3 meters and is 3.5 feet deep. The pool area is situated on elevated ground. The swimming pool has a perimeter fence and lightning for night swimming.

Church Leaders Empowerment
One-Day Conference

April 20, 2009 at SICAP Ministry Center - Calbayog, Samar
Speaker: Ptr. Paul Caampued

"Integrity in Ministry - Part 2"

Pastors & Church Leaders Conference March 23, 2009 at New Tribes Missionary Training Center Speakers: Ptr. Tom Crouse and Ptr. Mike Lacanilao

NOW OPEN for groups and churches! Have fun and experience Jabez Campsite Swimming Pool and Resort

 

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Christian Growth Ministries (CGM),

formerly Christ for Greater Manila is a non-denominational, non-profit, and non-stock Christian organization that partners with local churches and organizations towards evangelization and transformational development through its ministries, programs and services:

 

 

Home of Joy

A child-caring and welfare institution licensed and accredited by the Department of Social Welfare and Development

 

Programs and services:

  1. Residential Care Program - provides 24-hour care for children ages 0-4 years old.
  2. Foster Care Program - provides substitute parental care for a child (ages 0-10 years old) by a licensed foster family when his/her biological parents cannot care for him/her.
  3. Child Sponsorship Program - provides educational assistance to less privileged Children (ages 7-15) years old in the community through partnership with local churches.

 

 

Church Assistance

This division equips and assists workers and churches in evangelism and discipleship through its sub-ministries:

 

  1. Seminars and Conferences - CGM conducts conferences and seminars to equip Christian leaders, pastors and lay workers for effective ministry.
  2. Mission Outreaches (Evangelism) - CGM partners with church planters and local missionaries to reach the least evangelized provinces and ethnic groups of the Philippines with the Gospel.
  3. Jail Ministry (Discipleship) - CGM assists and equips local churches to conduct discipleship programs for prisoners in selected jails in Metro Manila.

 

 

Literature Ministry (Project CLAIM)

CGM publishes Bible-based, relevant, inspirational, literary materials and resources for distribution. Through its PROJECT CLAIM or Christian Literature for Asians in Ministry, materials are offered to Bible school students and Christian workers at affordable prices.

 

 

Jabez Campsite

Committed to provide facilities conducive for retreats, conferences, seminars and other spiritual activities that will promote and strengthen personal intimacy with God.

 

 

Jabez Christian School

Committed to promote holistic child development and to equip children and youth to deal with life, be of service to God and become responsible members of their family and society.

 

1960’s

In the month of August 1961, Christ for Greater Manila was started by a number of national leaders and missionaries led by Rev. Wil Bruce. The purpose of the new organization was to win the lost of the Greater Manila area and channel them to Bible-believing churches through youth rallies, tent campaigns, camping short-term Bible school, tract distribution and training programs.

  • Youth Rally was held at Philippine General Hospital
  • Sponsored Bible quiz program at DZAS
  • Began tract distribution
  • Boys and Youth Camps for the underprivileged 

 

1970’s

  • When Rev. Wil Bruce left for the US, the leadership of CGM was turned over to Rev. Douglas Lee Nichols.
  • In the same year, CGM helped set up and sponsor the Philippine Home Bible League (now known as The Bible League Phils.)
  • A small book table in churches was started by Mrs. Adela Flores which now is the result of the CGM Literature Ministry
  • The beginning of Film Ministry
  • Started Pastors Library Assistance Program which aims to help Christian workers and Pastors and Bible school students obtain good, used Bible study books to equip them in their ministry.
  • The Bible School Student Summer Internship Program was held to provide practical experience for graduating Bible school students and to assist them in obtaining funds for their school expenses.
  • The beginning of Christian Workers Conferences and Seminars
  • CGM became the official outlet for Project CLAIM (Christian Literature for Asians in Ministry).
  • Jail Ministry was started
  • Formally dedicated the Home of Joy, located at Araneta Street, San Antonio Village, Pasig, Metro Manila.
  • Public Health Outreach was organized
  • CGM first Tagalog film, Anim Ang Namatay was produced
  • CGM purchased a 1.6 hectare of land in Silang, Cavite for its 2nd Mile Discipleship and Vocational Training Program.
  • At the close of the decade, two more ministries were added – Action Company (Music and Drama Team) and Alay Pag-ibig Child Care Center

 

1980’s

  • Midnight Ministry, an outreach to street children in Luneta, Morayta, Avenida, Malate and Cubao was started in 1983.
  • CGM Bookstore, Philippine Home Bible League, Film Ministry and the Administration moved to a new location at 292 Shaw Blvd., Mandaluyong City. On July 23, the new office was dedicated and formally opened.
  • The Christian Home Bible Fellowship Ministry was born.
  • In 1985, a yearlong intensive evangelistic and discipleship effort dubbed as Manila ’85 was launched.
  • CGM Midnight Rescue Center was opened to serve as temporary home for the street children in Metro Manila. Later it was called Alay Pag-asa Rescue Ministry.
  • The Lighthouse Ministry Center opened in September.
  • August 15, 1986 was a memorable date, for CGM celebrated its 25th year at the Manila Hilton’s Grand Ballroom.
  • During April and May in 1987, CGM launched You Need Christ Campaign – using gospel tracts, posters, and gospel ads to saturate Metro Manila with the gospel.
  • CGM marked another milestone of faith when it signed a contract with Philippine Mental Health Association on January 30, 1988, for the purchase of 17.2 hectares of land in Dasmarinas, Cavite. Thus, Project Jabez was born.
  • Another Tagalog film, Paglingon Sa Kinabukasan was produced.
  • As a year-ender, CGM launched Christmas ’88 – an evangelistic and gift-giving program in jails, depressed areas in Metro Manila.
  • January 30, 1989, exactly a year after CGM signed the contract with PMHA for the purchase of land in Cavite, it settled its last payment for the land.

 

1990’s

  • After 20 years, Mr. Doug Nichols resigned as CGM Director and left for the US.
  • During the first part of this 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.
  • In 1992 Project Jabez Campsite was dedicated and formally opened to Christian community for retreats, seminars, conferences, camps and sports activities.
  • Home of Joy transferred to its permanent home in Project Jabez. Also, Home of Joy adapted new programs such as Residential Care, Foster Family Care, Community and Preventive Support Program. Three houses and a multi-purpose hall were built for this program.
  • CGM expanded its mission work in the Dumagat tribes in Aurora province and Nueva Ecija in partnership with New Tribes Mission-Phils.
  • In 1995, the first CGM Pastoral Care Conference was held at Project Jabez Campsite.
  • First Tribal Camp was hed at Project Jabez Campsite
  • Video Film Library was added to the Film Ministry
  • In 1998, Rev. Mike Lacanilao was installed as CGM President.
  • And finally before the decade ended,the HOJ’s Shining Light Kiddie Center, later changed to Jabez Christian School located at Project Jabez Ministry Center was dedicated and started.

 

2000’s

  • CGM completed and dedicated to the Lord the additional two residential houses for Home of Joy at Jabez Ministry Center in Cavite.
  • Building of 4 duplex cabins at Jabez Campsite
  • CGM acquired its own new building at 129 13th Avenue, Cubao, Quezon
  • Elementary classrooms and Business office of Jabez Christian School
  • Construction of Jabez Campsite Swimming Pool and Resort.

Evangelism was at the core of CGM’s vision. Through its Mission Outreaches, CGM partners with church planters and local missionaries to reach the least evangelized provinces and ethnic groups of the Philippines with the Gospel.

 

Church Assistance Ministry

Assists and equips pastors, church leaders and workers in evangelism and discipleship through mission outreaches, jail ministry and seminars and conferences.

True to what Jesus said in Matthew 25:36, “I was in prison and you came to visit me…”, CGM assists and equips local churches to conduct discipleship programs for prisoners in selected jails in Metro Manila. Jail workers are equipped, mobilized and united for effective service and ministry.

 

 

Previous Events and Updates:

One-Day Conference at NBP Sampaguita Compound

On September 2008, CGM in partnership with Action International Ministries conducted a One-Day Conference at National Bilibid Prison (NBP). Missionaries of ACTION, Dr. Rod Pence and Steven Blakeman discussed the meaning of “True Worship”, they also challenged and encouraged them using the book of Romans. The conference was attended by 100 inmates.


RVO’s Half-Day Seminar

A Half-Day seminar for Religious Volunteer Officers was also held outside the Sampaguita compound of NBP. The seminar was attended by 37 RVOs.

 

Two Days Discipleship Training at Mandaluyong City Jail

21 inmates were challenged and encouraged to live a life pleasing to God, to share their personal testimony as followers of Christ and to share the gospel to other prisoners.

December 2008, Christmas Gift-Giving
(Rizal Provincial Jail and Mandaluyong City Jail)

418 inmates attended and received gift packs

205 inmates prayed to receive Christ.

36 Jail Guards joined the Evangelistic gift-giving

 

Upcoming Event:

"The Reunion",

A One-Day Conference for Ex-prisoners who are in the ministry.
Date: November 16, 2009
Venue: The Bible League, #9 Col. Salgado St., Kamias, Quezon City