CBMC is not a new ministry. In fact, its roots date back to 1930, to the Great Depression when businessmen committed suicide because they saw all their life savings wiped out in the Black Tuesday stock market crash. CBMC began in the United States when a group of Christian businessmen rallied to turn people's hearts back to God during those desperate times. Public response from the first meeting in 1931 onwards was overwhelming. Looking back, the founders of CBMC acknowledged that God had greater plans for the movement than they had envisioned.
The Great Depression has come and gone, but CBMC has endured. This is because it is not a 'fix-it' for an ad hoc problem. CBMC addresses a perennial need of men; we can even go so far as to say, "As long as men are in the marketplace, they will need an organisation like CBMC."
The first meeting in Singapore was started by an American banker who was posted to our shores in the 1970's.
It was a small gathering of a few men. The American was Herbert Lalka and among the early members were Edwin Choo, Geoffrey Abishneganaden, Yeo Oon Boo, Goh Ewe Kheng, Fred Sabapathy & Khoo Hin Hiong.
These faithful few met regularly to encourage one another and spur each other to serve our Lord through their business & professional lives. The best Christian to understand the daily struggles of business people is the Christian businessman who has grown his business successfully while remaining true to godly principles. "In order to earn the right to be heard, the product or service that we as Christians in the marketplace offer must be of comparable standard," Chairman Lionel explained simply. "The idea of CBMC is to encourage members to learn from one another and to bless each other."
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