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By Rev. Simon Wong

Under the guidance of God, Rev. John Kao accepted a call from CNEC to serve as a missionary and plant new churches in Toronto. His pioneering work in January 1975 led to the establishment of Toronto Chinese Community Churches (TCCC). Rev. Kao has great passion for missions. He set up a missions offering in the first year. Four years later, the first Annual Missions Conference was held. The congregation was encouraged to be involved in global evangelization and gave to the missions fund. Young people joined short term missions. Some became missionaries; others dedicated their lives to God and became pastors of local churches, with missions as important and integral parts of their ministry.

As the number of Chinese Community Churches grows, so does the need to organize, resulting in the Association of Chinese Evangelical Ministries (ACEM). In 2011, twelve ACEM churches sent representatives to be part of the ACEM Missions Department. The main objectives are setting missions philosophy, objectives, strategies, targets, plans and budgets.  The Missions Department also allocates funding distribution, promotes missions education, coordinates cooperation among churches, and supports missions projects and workers in different people groups and locations.

Trials and Setbacks

As a non-denominational organization, ACEM has no traditions of its own. It has to develop its ministries from scratch. Christians in our 12 churches come from different backgrounds, countries of origin and cultures. Even our pastors may come from other denominations with different traditions. In addition, different languages – English, Cantonese, Mandarin - often lead to very different perspectives. For example, each may have its own definition to the question “What is Mission?” In the past, it may refer to cross cultural evangelism in distant, untouched places, with the church supporting overseas missionaries and their work. Nowadays many different ethnic groups live in our communities and become our neighbours. What is local mission? Missionaries now would not need to go overseas in order to do cross cultural evangelism. Will ACEM support such a ministry? According to tradition, this does not meet the criteria of being a missionary. Financial support would be minimal, if any. It is even harder to fundraise for local coworkers who provide administrative support for overseas missionaries.

Occasionally a certain special need of a church may lower the priority of missions there. In recent years, many believers shift the emphasis to the needs of the society, and to the issue of social justice. Not only do they address these issues in their local communities, but also in missions fields to spread the gospel and care for the needy at the same time.  However these are different points of view on a variety of fields. Holding to extremes will easily create friction and disharmony.

Traditional overseas missionaries serve cross culturally. They have to adapt to a new culture, language and living environment. When a country refuses the entry of missionaries, then sending missionaries as tentmakers would become an alternative. Furthermore, the issue of sending missionaries by a professional agency or non-professional ones is real. It is common practice for a church to send their missionaries through an established missions organization because of the existence of a mature structure for training, counseling, support and administration. Nowadays, many Chinese churches eagerly participate in missions. The need of establishing a Chinese Missions Organization is mentioned frequently. In what role should ACEM play?  Though we have tried, the road ahead is difficult due to our inexperience and limited resources.

Within ACEM, there are English only, Mandarin only, and tri-lingual churches. Each has its unique characteristics but all must deal with the cultural and language differences between immigrant and local-born coworkers. Their diverse backgrounds may lead to different priorities in their ministries. If handled well, they will complement one another. If not, the result can be disastrous to all.

 

Challenges and Harmony

For more than 30 years, Rev. Kao has emphasized greatly that senior pastors of ACEM churches must be advocates of missions. They must set a good example and follow the teaching of “It is more blessed to give than to receive”. Rev. Kao has a very clear vision and an almost unstoppable passion for missions. He has set a wonderful example for us to follow. “It only takes a spark to get a fire going, and soon all those around can warm up in its glowing…pass it on”. Our leaders and co-workers have followed this conviction for missions for many years. If this vision and teaching are embedded into the ACEM church growth genetic codes (DNA), surely the new churches will also emphasize on missions and giving.

In addition, it is very important for church leaders to broaden their views on global evangelism. This is instrumental to avoid closing ourselves up. ACEM encourages church pastors and leaders to participate in different world evangelical conventions by providing funding and support to attend these meetings. In 2006 more than 50 delegates attended the 7th Chinese Congress on World Evangelism in Macao.

The Missions Department of ACEM is composed of teams of delegates from all the ACEM churches. They set up policies and guidelines, such as, a newly appointed pastor has to serve in a short term missions trip for one month in the first year, and pastors are encouraged to lead short term teams periodically. Meanwhile our missions philosophy emphasizes participation. Each individual church may choose its own missions project and fields. For example, the Toronto Christian Community Church has sent their mission teams to Panama for many years. They worked together with the local church visiting small towns and leading many people to Christ. In 2011, they helped established a new church in Panama. The North York Chinese Community Church put their focus on the First Nation people in Quebec. Each summer they send young people to help organize and lead Summer Camps there.

In order to raise the interest of and promote further education in missions ministry, ACEM has financially supported brothers and sisters in ACEM churches to join in long term or short term missions trips regardless of the contribution of resources and funding from their home churches.

Every year ACEM organizes an annual missions conference. The pastors and delegates from different ACEM churches participate in planning and executing this conference. Our continuous cooperation not only brings out the joy of serving in missions, it also fosters our love and unity. ACEM also conducts a bi-monthly pastoral fellowship, an annual retreat and regularly scheduled lunches with our pastors. Through different communication platforms, ACEM works to build better relationships among church congregations. Weekly news and our publication, “ACEM Monthly” are distributed to all the churches to enhance communication. There is also an ACEM Conference, which is held twice a year for delegates representing each of our churches, to decide on important matters related to ACEM. Through God’s grace, our churches continue to grow and new ones are planted. The number of believers grow steadily bringing excitement and encouragement to all.  It is an honour to be a part of ACEM.


Making Breakthroughs, Advancing Further

ACEM has no interest to dominate over individual churches. Our role is to establish a long term relationship, provide direction and support. Hence we must look at the big picture, be generous and flexible, not petty on little things. ACEM recognizes that for our churches to be connected, we must build a firm foundation based on mutual trust and love. The degeneration of our foundation is usually not due to huge difficulties or enemies; rather it is the silent erosion of Satan such as loss of faith in ACEM leadership, questioning on the direction of ACEM or the loss of love among the churches. We need wisdom and discernment in working with each other.

As for the future, ACEM must continue to seek breakthroughs in order to make advancement. If circumstances prevail, it may be necessary to make some minor changes in our missions policy every three or five years, and major changes in 10 years or so. Recently we have reviewed the framework of our Missions policy. The first step of restructuring has been approved. The next step will include the assisting of member churches to actively participate in missions in the next 2-3 years. In order to gain ACEM’s support, missions project will require the sponsorship of at least one member church. Financial contribution alone is not sufficient.

The missions ministry at ACEM continues to move in the direction of the “P.E.A.C.E.” plan, working to attain a healthy balance of spreading the gospel and caring for the need of people in our missions fields. Richmond Hill Christian Community Church is in the process of transforming and establishing a systematic missions training institute. In the past two years, 40 people have completed training as lay missions leaders.  At present an additional 30 people are in training. In time, the result will be even more encouraging.

(The Author is ACEM General Director)

•    Translated by Anthony Pang

[Copy of] History

Friday, 15 January 2021 14:56
Published in About Us

Major Milestones

1974

Dec-Rev. Andrew Song, CNEC East Asia  Superintendent, at the Living Water Church in Kowloon, Hong Kong, commissioned Rev. John Kao to plant a church among the Chinese in Toronto, Canada.
Toronto Chinese Community Church first planning meeting was chaired by Rev. John Kao, the Founder, at his residence. Seven founding couples committed themselves to unity in Christian service.


1975

Jan- Toronto Chinese Community Church(TCCC)first Sunday service at the Bedford Park Chapel, with Rev. Daniel Yau-Kwong Cheung from Hong Kong as speaker with 58 in attendance.

Mar-First Baptismal service. Three brothers were baptized.

Apr- First missions offering, $162 designated for CNEC missions in Southeast Asia.


1976

Nov- First issue of Hua Chi monthly magazine.
Dec- Relocated to the Bedford Park United Church in Yonge & Lawrence area.

1977

Jan- Began to support the Halifax Chinese Christian Church in Nova Scotia.

1978

Aug- Formation of the Church Building Study Group, which was subsequently renamed as the Building Committee.

1979

Apr- Decision to plant a church in Agincourt, a suburb northeast of Toronto.
May- An anonymous sister made a US$50,000 gift to the building fund through CNEC.
May- The first joint Annual Missions Conference.
Jun- Starting to have two worship venues, located at the Lawrence and Agincourt districts, also called as Agincourt Church and Lawrence Church. First worship service was held at the Agincourt Collegiate Institute.
Jul- Congregation approved the proposal to buy a parcel of land in the Agincourt district, near Birchmount Road and Sheppard Avenue as future church site; appointed a Board of Trustees.

1980

Jan- Fifth Anniversary Celebration at Agincourt Collegiate Institute.

1981

Mar- Ground breaking ceremony for the building of Toronto Chinese Community Church (TCCC).   
Sep- TCCC held its first Sunday service at the new building.
Oct- Dedication of the TCCC new building.

1982

Feb- First Sunday service in English.
Aug- First summer conference with Rev. Moses Chow as speaker.


1983

Apr- Proposal to open a daycare centre in TCCC approved.
Oct- Official opening of the Good Shepherd Daycare Centre with a staff of five and ten children.


1984

Dec-  The TCCC first Board of Deacons was elected.

1985

Jan- Tenth Anniversary service, with the ordination of Pastor Sam Chan.
Oct- Lawrence Church moved to Lewis Beattie Secondary School in the Yonge and Finch area, and the church was renamed “TCCC-Yonge North Church” (Yonge North Church).

1986

Jan- Founding of the Association of Chinese Evangelical Ministries (Canada) [ACEM], and the election of the first Council members.

1987

Jan- Milliken Chinese Community Church (MKCCC) held its first worship service at Good Shepherd Community Church. 
Sep- Purchased a parcel of land in Richmond Hill as future building site for the Yonge North Church.


1988

Apr-Tenth Annual Missions Conference, “Step Out in Faith”. 
May- The ordination of Pastor Andrew Lau.
Jun- Rev. John Kao received D. Min. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.
Oct- Official registration of ACEM was completed.

1989

Mar- The TCCC-Yonge North Church was relocated to Bayview Secondary School in Richmond Hill and the church was renamed Richmond Hill Chinese Community Church (RHCCC).

1990

Jan- Fifteenth Anniversary service and celebration.
Sep- Markham Chinese Community Church (MHCCC) held its first worship service at Milliken Mills High School.


1991

Jan- Publication of the first issue of ACEM Monthly.
Jan- Sixteenth anniversary service and Chester Hu and Harding Ng were elected as elders.
Jun- Dedication of the new building at the Richmond Hill Church, Rev. Sam Chan was appointed as Senior Pastor of the RHCCC.
Dec- Milliken Church and Good Shepherd Community Church agreed to co-operate on a building project.

1992

Jan- Ordination of Pastor Simon Wong and Pastor Stuart Ng at the Seventeenth anniversary service.
Apr- Rev. Hay Chun Maak was appointed as Consulting Pastor of RHCCC.
Nov- The Markham Church purchased a parcel of land in Markham


1993

Apr- First ACEM Council Planning Day at TCCC.
Apr- The Milliken Church and the Good Shepherd Community Church broke ground for a joint building project.


1994

Jan- Rev. John Kao was appointed as General Director of ACEM.
Jan- First worship service of the North York Chinese Community Church (NYCCC) at Finch Public School in North York. 
Jan- Appointed Rev. Simon Wong as Associate Pastor and Dr. Milton Wan as Consulting Pastor of RHCCC.
Mar- Dedication of the new building at the Milliken Church.
Sep- Joint Evangelical Crusade in People Church, with Dr. Philemon Choi as speaker.

1995

Jan-Twentieth Anniversary Thanksgiving Service with Rev. Philip Teng as keynote speaker.
Oct- Dedication of its church building at Markham Church.


1996

Jan- Publishing Wing Huen Maak’s book “My Horizon”.
May- Ordination of Elder Harding Ng and Pastor Victor Lee.
Rev. John Kao obtained the Doctor of Divinity, conferred by Tyndale University, College and Seminary. Dr. Kao was the first Chinese to receive such honour.
Jun-  Led by senior pastor Rev. Samuel Ng, Toronto Mandarin Chinese Community Church (TMCCC) became a member church of ACEM.
Nov- The first Planning Day and Retreat for ACEM pastoral team.

1997

Jan- Rev. Gentle Lee was appointed as Consulting Pastor of RHCCC.
Mar- Pastor Ricky Yung was ordained to the gospel ministry.
Mar- The TCCC membership meeting approved the Church Building Project at Markham.
Jun- Dedication of the RHCCC phase II building project.


1998

Apr- The Cornerstone Christian Community Church (CCCC) held its first service at the Markham Community Centre. 
Apr- Twentieth ACEM Missions Conference, “Captured by Eternity, Liberated for Missions”. 
May- Ordination of Pastor Derek Ng.
Jun- Rev. Harding Ng was installed as Senior Pastor of TCCC.

1999

Mar- Ordination of Pastor John Yeung.
May- Rev. Stephen Yao was appointed as Consulting Pastor of Milliken CCC.
Dec- Rev. Samuel Ng was appointed as Consulting Pastor of TMCCC.


2000

Jan- Twenty-fifth Anniversary service was held at both TCCC and Richmond Hill churches, with Rev. & Mrs. Philip Teng as speakers.
Jan- Rev. Peter Au was appointed as Consulting Pastor of RHCCC.
Jan- Publication of ACEM Monthly, issue no. 100.


2001

Jan- Dedication and Thanksgiving Service of new building at the Mandarin Church. Rev. Bernard Ho was installed as Senior Pastor of TMCCC.
Feb- Dedication of TCCC’s new building relocated in Markham district.
Apr- Pastor Kinson Leung was ordained to the gospel ministry.
Apr- West Toronto Christian Community Church (WTCCC) held its first Sunday service at Trillium Banquet Hall and Convention Centre
May-Missions Dept. subsidized 7 seminary student summer interns from all ACEM churches.Jul- Rev. Dr. John Kao was appointed as the Founder and Adviser of ACEM. Supported by ACEM, Rev. Kao was installed as General Secretary of Chinese Coordination Centre of World Evangelism (CCCOWE) from July, 2001 to the summer of 2006.

Sep-Missions Dept. provided financial assistant to 13 full time seminary students this year. 
Oct- Rev. Simon Wong was appointed Senior Associate Pastor.


2002

Jan- Rev. and Mrs. Paul Chiang joined the ACEM ministerial staff as Missions Pastors.

Feb- Rev. Grover Crosby was appointed as Consulting Pastor of RHCCC.
Mar- Pastor Wesley Lim was ordained to the gospel ministry.

May- Missions Dept. subsidized 4 seminary student summer interns from all ACEM churches.

Jul-Joint evangelical meeting of ACEM Mandarin Congregations.

Sep-Missions Dept. provided financial assistant to 15 full time seminary students this year.



2003

May-Missions Dept. subsidized 8 seminary student summer interns from all ACEM churches.

Jun- Pastor Steven Shaw was ordained to the gospel ministry.
Jun- Unionville Christian Community Church (a.k.a Unionville Oasis) held its first Sunday service.
Jul- ACEM purchased an office suite in Markham as its own office.
Sep- Ordination of Pastors Irene Cheung and Pastor Linda Shum.

Sep- Missions Dept. provided financial assistant to 15 full time seminary students this year.

Oct- Dedication and Thanksgiving Service of ACEM’s new office

Dec- Urbana 2003- Missions Dept. subsidized 4 pastors and 28 brothers & sisters to attend.


2004

Jan- Pastor Dominic Tse was ordained to the gospel ministry.

May- Missions Dept. subsidized 9 seminary student and 2 oversee mission summer interns from all ACEM churches.

May- Rev. Stephen Yao, consulting pastor of Milliken Church, went to be with the Lord on May 8th.
May- Rev. Mrs. Margaret Yao was appointed as Consulting Pastor of Milliken CCC.

Sep- Missions Dept. provided financial assistant to 20 full time seminary students this year.
Oct- Celebration in honour of Rev. Dr. John Kao’s 30 years of service in ACEM and his 70th birthday.



2005

Jan- Pastor Joseph Wong was ordained to the gospel ministry.
Jan- Thirtieth Anniversary Service was held at TCCC.

May- Missions Dept. subsidized 8 seminary student summer interns from all ACEM churches. 
Aug- Dr. Stephen Lee was appointed as Consulting Pastor of RHCCC.
Sep- Pastor Alex Wong was ordained to the gospel ministry.

Sep- Missions Dept. provided financial assistant to 20 full time seminary students this year. 
Oct- Pastor David Wang was ordained to the gospel ministry.



2006

May- Niagara Region Christian Community Church (NRCCC) held its first worship service at Glengate Alliance Church, Niagara Falls.
May- North York Church purchased a building in North York.
May- Rev. Gentle Lee & Hay Chun Maak were appointed as Consulting Pastor Emeritus.

May- Missions Dept. subsidized 7 seminary student summer interns from all ACEM churches. 
Jun- Ordination of Pastors Steven Folts, Fred Tham and Michael Sandstorm.

Jul - Missions Dept. subsidized 50 pastors and lay leaders from all ACEM churches attended the 7th CCOWE.

Jul -  Rev. Dr. John Kao completed the ministry of CCCOWE. He continues as a founder and consulting pastor of ACEM.

Sep- Missions Dept. provided financial assistant to 13 full time seminary students this year.

Dec- Urbana 2006- Missions Dept. subsidized 81 pastors and lay persons to attend.


2007

Jan- Pastor Pearl Shum was sent to Bosnia as ACEM’s missionary.
Jan- Rev. David Wang was installed as Senior Pastor of TMCCC.
Apr- Pastor Calvin Lam was ordained to the gospel ministry.

May- Missions Dept. subsidized 6 seminary student summer interns from all ACEM churches.

Aug- Dedication of the NYCCC new building.

Sep- Missions Dept. provided financial assistant to 17 full time seminary students this year.

Nov- The first ACEM Chinese Christian Song Composition Contest


2008

Feb- Dedication of the RHCCC phase III building project.
Apr-  Pastor Sophia Wong was ordained to the gospel ministry.

May- Missions Dept. subsidized 3 seminary student summer interns from all ACEM churches.

Jul- Mrs. Margaret Yao retired from Milliken CCC.
Aug- Pastor Daniel Leung and Pastor Sue Leung were ordained to the gospel ministry.
Sep- Barrie Christian Community Church (BCCC) held its first Sunday service.

Sep- Publication of ACEM Monthly, issue no. 200.

Sep- Missions Dept. provided financial assistant to 13 full time seminary students this year. 
Oct- The ACEM 30th Missions Conference.
Nov- Good Shepherd Day Care Centre celebrated its 25th Anniversary.


2009

May- Missions Dept. subsidized 6 seminary student summer interns from all ACEM churches.

Jun- Ordination of Pastors Gloria Luk and Quang Nguyen.

Jun- Dedication of NYCCC phase II building project, Rev. Dominic Tse was appointed as Senior Pastor of NYCCC. 
Jul- The first ACEM Music CD was launched out.
Sep- Aurora Christian Community Church (ACCC) held its first Sunday worship in Aurora, Ontario.

Sep- Missions Dept. provided financial assistant to 18 full time seminary students this year.

Oct- Celebration in honour of Rev. Dr. John Kao’s 35 years of service in ACEM and 75th birthday.
Oct- Publishing Rev. Dr. John Kao’s book “Evidence of Grace”.

Dec- Urbana 2009- Missions Dept. subsidized 73 pastors and lay persons to attend.


2010

Jan- Rev. Paul C. Wang was appointed as Consulting Pastor of TCCC.
Jan- Ordination of Pastor Sophia Chan and Pastor Jone Chiu.
Apr- Assist to ordain the pastor and two elders of Halifax Chinese Christian Church.

May- Missions Dept. subsidized 7 seminary student summer interns from all ACEM churches.  
Aug- TCCC purchased a commerical building (# 105 Gibson Drive) in Markham for expanding church minsitry.
Sep- ACEM and four Christian Organizations celebrated Rev. & Mrs Hay-chun Maak’s 80th birthday.

Sep- Missions Dept. provided financial assistant to 17 full time seminary students this year.
Oct- Ordination of Pastors Ho Ming Tsui, Jeremy Tao and Kevin White.



2011

Jan- ACEM support oversea church planting – TCCC has started church planting project in Panama. Penonome Christian Community Church is established.

Feb- ACEM Church 35 Years Literature ministry, published in Chinese Edition.

Mar- The new missios Policy has been approved by ACEM Conference, effective Jan 1, 2012.

May- Missions Dept. subsidized 5 seminary student and 2 oversee mission summer interns from all ACEM churches.

Sep- Missions Dept. subsidized 25 pastors and lay leaders from all ACEM churches attended the 8th CCOWE.

Sep- Missions Dept. provided financial assistant to 16 full time seminary students this year.



2012

May- Missions Dept. subsidized 7 seminary student summer interns from all ACEM churches.

June- Rev. Glorisa Luk received D. Min. from Tyndale Seminary.

Sep- Missions Dept. provided financial assistant to 13 full time seminary students this year.

Oct- Rev. Simon Wong was appointed as General Director of ACEM.

Oct- Ordination of Pastor Enoch Koh.

Oct- Rev. Calvin Lam and Rev. Linda Shum were appointed as Associate Pastors, Rev. Simon Wong was appointed as Consulting Pastor of RHCCC.

Nov- General Director Installation Ceremony was held on Nov 4 during the Grand Finale of ACEM 34th Missions  Conference. Rev. Simon Wong is the new ACEM General Director.

Dec- Urbana 2012- Missions Dept. subsidized 6 pastors and 119 lay persons to attend.


2013

Jan- Rev. John Kao is the Founder and Adviser Emeritus of ACEM.

Jan- Ordination of Pastor Sunny Wong.

Mar- Dr. John Kao, ACEM’s beloved Founder, went to be with the Lord on March24.  The Service was held on March 30 at RHCCC.  The Memorial Service was held on April 20 at TCCC.

May- Missions Dept. subsidized 5 seminary student and 1 oversee mission summer interns from all ACEM churches.

Sep– Ordination of Pastor Daniel Lee.

Sep– Missions Dept. provided financial assistant to 13 full time seminary students this year.

Oct - Vaughan Christian Community Church (VCCC) held its first Sunday Worship in Vaughan, Ontario.

Oct- ACEM 35th Missions conference.

Oct- TCCC’s 105 Gibson Centre held the first phase opening ceremony, and officially open to public.

2014

Jan- ACEM P.E.A.C.E. Missions Institute (PMI): the first class started.

Mar- ACEM Church Health Conference (CHC): was held at 105 Gibson Centre.

Apr- Ordination of Pastors William Yip, Kin Wah Ho and Julian Wong.

Apr- WTCCC is the first ACEM Church located in shopping mall.  Thanksgiving worship was held on April 19.

May- Missions Dept. subsidized 7 seminary student summer interns from all ACEM churches.

Jun- Ordination of Pastors Luke Xie.

Jul - 105 Gibson Centre of TCCC first held “The Open Market.”

Jul- ACEM was renamed as Association of Christian Evangelical Ministries (Canada)

Sep - Ordination of Pastor Anthony Lo.

Sep- Missions Dept. provided financial assistant to 11 full time seminary students this year.

2015

Jan - Ordination of Pastor Philip Wong, Pastor Mary Wong and Pastor Joshua Yu.

Feb - Ordination of Pastor David Lau.

May- Missions Dept. subsidized 8 seminary student and 1 oversee mission summer interns from all ACEM churches.

Jun - The first PMI graduation ceremony – Seven students were graduated.

Jul - Organized by ACEM, TCCC & RHCCC fundraising concert for the “John Kao Global Leadership Study Centre at Tyndale Seminary & University” and “105 Gibson Centre” was held on July 3-5.

Jul - Rev. Gentle Lee, Consulting Pastor Emeritus of RHCCC, went to be with the Lord on July 26.

Aug- Selina Lin, from TCCC, was sent to Japan as missionary. Missions Dept. provided partly financial support.

Sep- Missions Dept. provided financial assistant to 15 full time seminary students this year.

Dec- Urbana 2015- Missions Dept. subsidized 8 pastors and 122 lay persons to attend.

2016

Mar- ACEM support oversea church planting-NYCCC has started church planting project in Argentina. Iglesia Comunidad Cristiana Internaciona (ICCI) held her first Sunday service at her new building.

May- Missions Dept. subsidized 7 seminary student summer interns from all ACEM churches.

Jul- Missions Dept. subsidized 20 pastors and lay leaders from all ACEM churches attended the 9th CCOWE.

Jul- Henry & Wendy Chuang from MLCCC were sent to Japan, and Carol Vuong from WTCCC was sent to Taiwan as missionaries. Missions Dept. provided partly financial support.

Sep- Missions Dept. provided financial assistant to 19 full time seminary students this year.

Nov- Ordination of Pastor Shu-Ling Lee.

2017

Jan -  Ordination of Pastor Jonathan Chan, Pastor Larry Hung and Pastor Edmund Wu.

Feb- Publication of ACEM Monthly, issue no. 300.

Apr- Justina Ho, from TCCC, was sent to Japan as missionary. Missions Dept. provided partly financial support.

Apr - The first ACEM Multi-Media Workshops.

May - Guelph Christian Community Church (GCCC) held its first Sunday worship in Guelph, Ontario.

May - Rev. Julian Wong received D. Min. from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary;

May-Missions Dept. subsidized 7 seminary student and 1 oversee mission summer interns from all ACEM churches.

Sep- Missions Dept. provided financial assistant to 16 full time seminary students this year.

Oct- Preparing Church Planting at NE corner of Markham, Ontario.

Nov- Ordination of Pastor Daniel Ng, TWCCC & Pastor Tom Yu, VCCC.

2018

Jan- Rev. Anthony Lo was appointed as senior pastor of WTCCC.

Mar- 105 Gibson Centre held the 2nd phase opening ceremony.

May -Missions Dept. subsidized 9 seminary student and 1 oversee mission summer interns from all  ACEM churches.

Jun- Rev. Steven Folts and Rev. Ho-Ming Tsui were appointed as lead pastors of RHCCC.

Sep- Missions Dept. provided financial assistant to 17 full time seminary students this year.

Oct- ACEM 40th Missions Conference. Main Speaker: Rev. Dr. Jamie Taylor.

Dec- Ordination of Pastor Timothy Yuen, MLCCC

Dec- Urbana 2018- Missions Dept. subsidized 6 pastors and 69 lay persons to attend.

 

2019

Jan- Ordination of Pastor Monica Chan, TCCC.

Jan- Missions Dept. subsidized 12 brothers and sister to attend Cross Conference.

Apr- Mission Dept. subsidized 4 pastors to attend PanAm CCOWE 2019.

May- Missions Dept. subsidized 4 seminary student and 1 oversee mission summer interns from all ACEM churches.

Sept- Missions Dept. provided financial assistant to 17 full time seminary students this year.

 

2020

Mar- During COVID-19 pandemic, ACEM office was closed and all staff were working from home.

Mar- During COVID-19 pandemic, ACEM churches were closed, there was no public worships at churches. All Sunday worships and fellowships were online gatherings.

May- Mission Dept. subsidized 3 summer seminary student and 1 oversee mission summer interns from ACEM churches.

Jun- Mission Dept. provided financial assistant to 14 full-time seminary students this year.

Jun- The first online meeting of ACEM pastors, discussed the preparation for churches reopening and mental health of pastors.

Aug- ACEM office and churches began to reopen gradually.

Oct- The 42nd Mission Conference, all meetings were held online for the first time.

Nov- Ordination of Pastor Raymond Lee, Pastor Kelly Tam, Pastor Virginia Yong.

 

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Condolences

Thursday, 21 March 2019 15:08
Published in In Loving Memory

 


Our hearts go out to Esther and family and all of you at ACEM.
We well those early days at Bedford Park Chapel and our subsequent times together and friendship over the years. His presence will be dearly missed, but his legacy in lives brought to Christ will last forever. Affectionately in our soon coming Lord,

Stuart and Jackie Wilson,
Tucson, Arizona.


Please convey our deepest condolences to the bereaved family of the late Rev Dr John Kao. We are deeply inspired by Rev Dr John Kao's passion and perseverance for mission, church planting and theological education. May God's comfort be with Mrs Kao, the rest of the family members, and all those who were touched by this faithful servant of God. To God be the glory!

Dr Albert Ting
Principal, Singapore Bible College


I am saddened t learn of the departure of our brother John, but now his body will be a peace.
Lily and I are out of the country and will be returning April 3, so we will miss the service.
I would be pleased to write a note of our history and working together, if that would be received.

Brian C Stiller
Global Ambassador
The World Evangelical Alliance


In deep remember of Rev. Kao, he is
A man who has
Fought his fight
Ran his race
Kept his faith

Esther Fan


Please accept our condolences on the passing away of Rev John Kao. We are sad upon hearing the news but with comfort to know that he is with our Lord for His Words and promises remain faithful.

From your frontline coworkers,
Rev Nawni and Phun Duma
Myanmar, Yangon


Dear Mrs. Esther Kao,
Our deepest condolences to you and your family on the passing away of our beloved Rev, John Kao......
Dr. Kao was one of the Undersigned most respected mentor and dearest friends; so much had been learned from him and we share the griefs on the departure of this Great Man.....we will never forget the days of 1975 when we started to build up TCCC and the visiting of the Chinese families along Yonge & Lawrence, the building of our Birchmont and Sheppard Church......
May our dear Lord bless you and your children & grand children.
In Him We Trust,
Edmond Yao


We're sadden to hear the news. Memories of Rev. Dr. John Kao just flood our mind and heart. He'll be greatly miss as a mentor and friend. Holding all of you in prayers, specially Esther and the family. Thank you for keeping us update and thank Jesus for defeating death and that the victory is won. We'll meet again.

Man, Michael, Gabriel and Lovisa Sandstroms


We were privileged to be able to serve with Rev. Kao during the Journey program partnered with ACEM. And Rev. Kao had set a great model to us all.

Joe & Grace Wang


It is sad that we are "losing" one more spiritual warrior; but just as Mrs. Kao said when we visited Rev. Kao last Friday afternoon, "maybe it is good for the Lord to take him home soon." We can imagine how the Lord will say to him as he is in His presence now: " you have fought the good fight, you have finished the race, and you have kept the faith, now there is the crown of righteousness prepared for you. . ."
Let us uphold Mrs. Kao and her family member through our prayers.

Paul & Jane Theophilus


We are saddened by the loss of Rev. Dr. John Kao.  He was a faithful follower of Jesus Christ and brought many lost souls to Christ during his years of exceptional ministry.  Rev. Kao was a shining example of how we are supposed to strive to live a Christ-centered life. 
There is no doubt in our minds that Rev. Kao has gone home to be with the Lord and that, by the grace of God, we will have the privilege of seeing him again one day in Heaven.  We will join him in an “everlasting life” in the kingdom of God.
We know that you not only join us in this loss, but also in the celebration of a life that was used by God to bless many people.  We were blessed and fortunate to have known him.

In God's Love,
Nelson Kung


"We little knew that morning that God called your name.
In life we love you dearly,
In death we do the same.

It broke our hearts to lose you,
You did not go alone,
For part of us went with you,

The day God called you home,
You left us peaceful memories,
Your love is still our guide.
And though we cannot you,
you are always at our side.

Our family chain is broken, and nothing seems the same,
But as God calls us one by one,
the chain will be linked again."

Please find attached my sharing and celebration?of Rev. Kao's life,
Prayerfully thank for His humble servant,

Francis, WTCCC


Like many others, we have been blessed to have known and been touched by Rev. (Dr.) John Kao. In his almost four scores sojourn on this earth, Rev. Kao was a humble servant-leader exemplar par excellence for today’s Chinese Christians.?He was a modern-day Apostle Paul. Just like Paul, the LORD mightily used Rev. Kao and richly blessed his many ministries, serving the LORD our God around the globe. Although he experienced physical trials, God’s grace was always sufficient for him, for God’s power is made perfect in weakness for which Rev. Kao drew upon the Lord for strength. Many people would have given up, but Rev. Kao echoed Paul in that for him, “to live is Christ and to die is gain.” We have been blessed because God allowed him to keep on living in the body for almost eight decades. Today we rejoice in the LORD for Rev. Kao is now in the presence of the almighty God.

Wes Wong & Sonia Wong

 


 

We are saddened to learn the news of the passing away of our beloved pastor Rev. John Kao whom was our mentor and good friend. May God's promises daily strengthen Mrs. Esther Kao's faith, and may His presence give you peace through this difficult time. The Kao's family are in our hearts, our thoughts, and our prayers.

Alexander & Maggie Chan

 


 

Rev.Kao is a faithful servant of God. Even though I have only chatted with him a few times, I had heard his timely prophetic messages to the churches many times. I had the privilege of serving with Fred years ago in Winter Conference and am confident that the spirit of faithful servanthood is continued!

This is a time of grief for the family, the Lord knows your grief. You are in our thoughts and prayers. This is a great loss to both the Kao's family and the Chinese churches. May the Lord grant you peace that transcends understanding. As coworkers in missions, COCM U.K. also send their condolences.
Sincerely and in Christ,
Howard Ngan


 

Dear Mrs Kao,
I'm very sad to learn that Rev. Kao has passed away as he's a close friend, and a faithful servant in the Lord with a lot of ministries. While very sad, I am deeply sorry that I won't be able to attend his memorial service as I am in Hong Kong now.
Please take good care and I am sure we will all reunite in Him when the Lord comes again.

In Christ,
Rev. Philip Kwong


Loving Memory

Friday, 15 March 2019 15:45
Published in Founder Page

Memorial Service

Friday, 15 March 2019 15:45
Published in Founder Page

* Photographed by Glendon Tang

Video Clips

Friday, 15 March 2019 15:44
Published in Founder Page
In Memory of Rev. Dr. John Kao

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