Christian Mission Service Philippines, Inc. (CMSP) was organized in 1989 by a group of Christian leader-friends led by Rev. Bernard Bassig with Pastors Afredo Casanova and Rodolfo Tigas, to reach out to children of poor families in depressed communities. They tapped private donor agencies in the US and Europe and found Christlicher Missionsdienst (CMD), a Christian charitable institution in Germany helping children in India, Bangladesh, and Indonesia,responding positively and became its partner in mission since the beginning.
Year 1990-1994 saw the establishment of community-based Daycare Centers providing educational and supplemental feeding services in Muntinlupa and Pasig and later on in Malipay, Bacoor, Cavite; Calaca, Batangas; and Naic, Cavite. A mission support program for Pastors and the MEADOW (Medical and Dental Outreach on Wheels) were later organized as part of its ministry. Emergency relief assistance for hundreds of victims of natural calamities in various areas of the country was provided through the years. Later on, a residential facility for orphaned, abandoned, and neglected children was put up in Naic, Cavite. The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) issued License to Operate to CMSP in February 1992.
In 1995 Mrs. Dinah U. Macaranas was installed as Executive Director in response to the “call” made known to her by Rev. Heinz Steinhausser and Dr. Reinhold Wagner of CMD. Mr. Horst Kowski-CMS-India Administrator mentored her closely in the face of various developments. Reformulated vision was adapted to focus on child welfare and the other services as special projects. CMSP centers/programs received accreditations from DSWD, land acquisitions and construction works in Batangas in 1998; and CMSP’s main office in Manila in 1999, in memory of Mr. Fritz Heim of Germany.
In August 2000, a surprise visit of a group of 32 Japanese college students (later calling themselves “Para sa Iyo”) organized by Hyde Yano International, led to the start of complementary assistance to the Children’s Village and later focused on college educational support. Another group “Club Oneness” (now called “Plus One,”) was born in 2003. Both groups, with professionals and students as members, regularly visit the Children’s Village and expressed commitment for lasting partnership.
In 2003 upon the introduction of Rev. Edilberto Dames, a 2-hectare land was donated in Sipocot, Camarines Sur by Dra. Febe Dacanay and family. Consequently, CMSP Child and Youth Development Center was inaugurated in 2007. Meanwhile, the day care centers and the staff received a high 4-star and 5-star accreditation ratings from DSWD. Its educational support up to high school level was expanded to qualified community-based beneficiaries. Manualization and systems development was pursued for operational efficiency. The CMSP Alumni (former beneficiaries), organized themselves as The Harvest, and been holding its yearly Gift-Giving Project since December 2009.
CMSP also joined various network groups like Philippine Children’s Ministries Network (PCMN), National Council for Social Development (NCSD), Association of Child-Caring Agencies of the Philippines (ACCAP), and Christian Stewardship Association (CSA). For its second certification renewal on November 2012, CMSP received a 5-year Certification from PCNC, valid until October 2017. The Sipocot Center is now operating a Nursery and Kindergarten school with the permit issued by the Department of Education in 2013. The year was very colorful with CMSP having VIP visitors – Minister of Labor and Social Affairs in Germany, Dr. Ursula von der Leyen came on March 17, 2013 which led to the visits of Ayala Foundation and Children’s Hour representatives. This resulted to the inauguration of its Sports and Social Activity Center on September 3, 2013, graced no less by Mr. Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala and witnessed by Ambassador Michael Harper of the German Embassy. The Bridge of Hope Program was also launched. The Naic Children’s Home was renamed CMS Children’s Village.
In 2014, CMSP celebrated its 25th Anniversary with great optimism for the future despite of challenges. Joining the joyous celebration were Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) representatives, 18 mission friends from Germany, 7 friends from Japan, representatives from Children’s Hour and Ayala Foundation, guests, alumni’s and friends. There are currently 650 children and youth beneficiaries in the different centers: Daycare Centers in Calaca Batangas, and Pinagbuhatan, Pasig City; school in Sipocot, Camarines Sur, and in the Children’s Village in Naic, Cavite. Currently, there are about 110 CMSP Almuni who were educated and whose lives were changed for the better.
Indeed, the boundless generosity of our mission partners and friends will assure CMSP’s viability and growth for decades ahead!