Greg Tingson Goes Home To Glory

April 30, 2010

Greg Tingson

After more than 60 years of fruitful ministry, a pioneer apostle to the people of the Philippines has gone to his reward. Greg Tingson went to be with the Lord he served so faithfully on April 24, 2010.

While a foreign student in the USA in 1946, Greg came to the attention of Torrey Johnson and other leaders of Youth for Christ as an eloquent preacher of the gospel. They arranged for him to speak at many Youth for Christ rallies around the country, and to participate in a 1948 YFC world congress in Switzerland.

Greg Tingson with Bob Finley in Calcutta, 1948

Following that congress, Greg teamed up with Bob Finley and traveled throughout the British Isles speaking in churches and YFC rallies. They moved on to Greece, Cyprus, and Lebanon, speaking in more youth rallies and churches. Many young people came to Christ at those meetings.

The dynamic duo then traveled to India where they conducted evangelistic campaigns in many cities, including Delhi, Lucknow, Allahabad, and Calcutta. Greg returned to the Philippines where he arranged for Bob Finley to join him in evangelistic campaigns lasting six weeks.

A special fund has been established in memory of Greg Tingson. All offerings collected will go 100% toward the works he established for the Lord and should be sent to Christian Aid designated for "Greg Tingson Memorial Fund" (801-GREG). See below.

When Bob Finley went on to China, Greg continued with his evangelistic ministry for several years in the Philippine islands, winning many souls to Christ throughout his native land. Soon, however, his vision was enlarged to include other countries. He formed the Asian Evangelists Commission as a specialized ministry to conduct campaigns with co-laborers in their respective countries. In Vietnam, for example, some 10,000 Vietnamese heard their fellow Asians preaching the gospel in Ho Chi Minh City.

Only One Life:
Greg Tingson's motto was: "Only one life will soon be past, only what's done for Christ will last." His life was a witness to these words, which he often quoted. His ministry was a stellar example of what it means to be an indigenous missions leader. His legacy is a host of new evangelists, teachers, and missionaries throughout East Asia, the Philippines in particular. What he has done for the cause of Christ endures.

Since they were preaching mainly to non-Christians, these evangelists could not collect offerings at their meetings; so, they needed financial help in order to carry on their work. In 1954, Greg shared his need with Bob Finley, who by then had returned to the USA and started International Students, Inc. as a missionary outreach among foreign students.

Since Greg had been in the U.S. as a foreign student, helping his work was a logical extension of the ministry of ISI. So Bob Finley established a division of that organization called Assisting Indigenous Developments (A.I.D.), which could receive gifts designated for Greg´s work, and send them on to the Philippines.

In a 1997 crusade in northern Luzon about 4500 attended over three nights.

Likewise, the A.I.D. division of ISI also served as a U.S. base for other Christian leaders following their time of study here. These included Dr. Wei Sia, who returned to set up a hospital in Taiwan; Dr. Paul Pang, who went back and started a Christian school in Hong Kong; and Bakht Singh, whose ministry brought forth over 2000 assemblies of believers after his return to India.

In 1970, the A.I.D. division was spun off from International Students, Inc. and began to operate separately as Christian Aid Mission. As such, it eventually provided a U.S. headquarters base for hundreds of overseas ministries, such as those headed by Greg Tingson.

Greg Tingson and his wife, Egla, visit with Bob Finley at Christian Aid headquarters.

During his many years of ministry, Greg Tingson was used by the Lord to establish several indigenous ministries, which reached multitudes for Christ within the Philippines, as well as in other Asian countries. One, known as Asian Christian Outreach, was begun in 1973 to conduct evangelistic campaigns in numerous East Asian countries, as well as the Philippines.

Another outstanding legacy of Greg´s ministry is Fortress College, which has grown into a premier evangelical institution of higher learning in the Philippines. Hundreds of young people who are now serving Christ were prepared in that school. Greg Tingson was the founding father.