The Christ the Only Way Movement (or COW Movement) was a national, interdenominational, cooperative, and coordinated program of evangelism and church growth which began as a vision at the World Congress on Evangelism in 1966, was formulated at the Asia-South Pacific Congress on Evangelism in Singapore in 1968, and approved at the All Philippines Congress on Evangelism in Cainta, Rizal, in 1970.
My father, Rev. Malvar Castillon worked with the Christ the Only Way Movement in the 1970s. He was the District Coordinator of the Romblon-Mindoro Area.
As a young kid, I remembered my father being busy organising evangelistic meetings and meeting with key leaders.
I recalled the COW Movement materials like Core Manual and the LEGS (Layman Evangelist Group Study), which later I had the opportunity of using in my early pastoral years.
As an adult, I am able to get a glimpse of how the mission went about during that era through the letters that Rev. Castillon received from the COW movement leaders.
The letter below from Field Director Jim Montgomery describes the financial situation of the organisation.
It also gives us the idea about the financial situation of pastors working with them.
This is just one of the many letters about the COW Movement that I found in Rev. Castillon’s file.
As the COW Movement began and progressed when the First Quarter Storm happened and through the Martial Law years in the Philipines, I could just imagine the challenges our pastors experienced as they bravely go from town to town, churches to churches, denominations to denominations, organizing and coordinating evangelistic meetings.
As a son of one of the COW coordinators, the information gives me so many memories of my father who was always away on an evangelistic activity or coordinators’ meeting. It also makes me proud of him for being a faithful and diligent ‘soldier of Christ’.