The Origin of Our Church – by Rev. Daniel Too
Most of the Chinese who immigrated to Toronto in the earlier years settled in or around Chinatown. As population increased, many of them moved north, particularly to Agincourt of the City of Scarborough. The Chinese population at the time was estimated to be in excess of 10,000. As a result, many restaurants and grocery stores were established as needs grow. Yet there was not even one Chinese church, and the majority of the Chinese population were non-Christians. Was that not a vast field to be cultivated?
At that time, Philip and Molin Ng, Peter and Faith Mark, my wife and I all shared the burden of witnessing to those in the area. After months of prayer, under the guidance of God, the three families obtained permission to use the premises of Agincourt Baptist Church. Sunday afternoon worship began in January 1979, under the name of Agincourt Chinese Baptist Church. Initial outreach was difficult as there was a lack of financial and human resources. Yet by God’s tremendous grace, we united our hearts and efforts to continuously win souls for our Lord.
In 1986, for health reasons, I was not able to continue my full time ministry at the church. Since then, Rev. Daniel Cheung ministered our church for approximately one year. He was succeeded by Rev. Jones Lo, who motivated the ministry of church building in 1989 and contributed greatly to this ministry. With the united efforts of brothers and sisters, the construction of the new Bridle Trail Baptist Church was completed in 1991. Praise be to our gracious God.
Afterwards, Rev. Galahad Cheung joined us in May, 1993. I deeply believe that God will unite and use all Christians to spread the Gospel and glorify His Name.