Assistant Director, Early Learning Centre, RECE
Ms. J. Ayoung: "It’s a blessing to be working here at PCA! Being able to incorporate God in my daily lessons and sing His praises is amazing. The world we live in today seems to be turning away from God, the Bible and the Truth. It is comforting knowing that I am planting the seeds of God’s love and the Gospel in the lives of the next generation! It is also a blessing to watch these seeds grow in their lives. PCA give this world hope and I’m grateful to be a part of that."
Early Learning Centre staff, RECE
Mr. P. Baidya: "Teaching Preschoolers about the wonders of Jesus and all that He has done for us is of the utmost importance. Instilling the "God concept" at this young age is essential for creating deep and strong roots of faith. Working at PCA is extremely important to me, in that I KNOW God is using me to arm and equip the young minds of today so that they may become ambassadors for God tomorrow."
Early Learning Centre staff, RECE
Miss. S. Bhaskar: "I am so thankful to be able to work at PCA. I love working here because I can share Jesus' love with these amazing preschoolers that I have the opportunity to lead and guide. It has been such a blessing becoming part of the PCA community and getting to interact with a group of people dedicated to displaying Christ's love in all they do. I feel honoured that Jesus has brought me here and I'm so excited to see all that He does with the students and the school."
Early Learning Centre staff, RECE
Mrs. J. Kim : "I believe that educators are the first stepping stone in helping children become successful individuals in their life journey. I am truly blessed to be able to work here at PCA to be a stepping stone in God's special purpose. His provision and amazing love drives each day to be as successful as possible in a safe and fun place here at the ELC. I am very happy to have the priviledge to witness our preschoolers grow and most importantly, to be able to teach a Christian based education to our wonderful children."
Early Learning Centre staff, RECE
Mrs. M. Lin: "Teaching at PCA is important to me because it is a place where I can serve God and children every day. My job at PCA reminds me of how important it is to spend my life on what's precious in God's eyes. I believe children are gifts from God. To be able to be part of their lives, be an influence to them, and help them learn about our loving God is truly a blessing!"
Early Learning Centre staff, ECA
Mrs. P. McLachlan: "This is not just a job. This is a ministry and an opportunity to share the gospel and the love of Jesus Christ to the children and the entire family. Matthew 19:14 Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Proverbs 22:6 “Train a child in the way he should go. When he is old, he will not turn away from it.”"
Director, Early Learning Centre, RECE
Mrs. G. Ng: "After teaching in many different venues and interacting with so many children it is a privilege to come to a place where we are free to share the love of Jesus on a daily basis with everyone we encounter. To know that we are planting seeds that will be sown in God’s time is a blessing that humbles me. PCA has seen so many alumni pass through that have dedicated their lives to serving Christ and to somehow be a small part of that is an honour that cannot be compared!"
Early Learning Centre staff, RECE
Miss. A. To: "It is a true blessing to be able to serve the students and families who enter PCA. It brings me so much joy to share my faith with the students daily and to have the opportunity of sharing the gospel with them. As an educator, I strive to demonstrate God's love through teaching and caring for them."
Early Learning Centre staff, RECE
- Hi, my name is Candice Taguibao, I’m in grade 12 and this is my 13th year at PCA. I’ve participated in missions at PCA for 3 years now. In grade 10, I went to Chang Mai, Thailand; last year, I had the privilege of serving in Kolkata; and this year I’m going to Boston with my team. I can honestly say that I’ve grown so much spiritually on these mission’s trips and have learned a lot about myself. I’ve learned how to humble myself before the Lord and have realized the urgency of sharing the gospel to a broken world. But I’d like to share a bit of why I first applied for these missions’ trips, and why I continue to apply. As I finish my grade 12 year, I’ve discovered that life is busy, it’s not easy; in fact, it’s challenging. I’ve been writing a lot of Personal Statement Essays and scholarships for universities recently, and this is my biggest pitch, how I sell myself- that I strive to challenge myself to become the best I can be. That’s why I’m the best candidate: because I push myself to be the best I can be when it comes to academics, athletics, and service in my community. But after a while, this put me in a very selfish position. I was so headstrong in my ambitions that I allowed myself to be tossed around by the chaos of being pulled in so many different directions, instead of looking up in the one direction that actually mattered, and desiring my relationship with my God to strengthen. Now, I'm a very visual person and this is how I picture the Grace of God in my life. So bring your mind close to mine, and imagine with me. It’s dark. And in my ignorance, I'm running down a path, somewhere, anywhere; I don’t really know my destination but I keep going anyways. Full force; full speed. I don't admit it often, but I'm exhausted, tired. I’m panting, I feel dizzy, and the road is closing in on me. But suddenly, when I get crazy (as I often do) and run down this crowded, but lonely road, something really extraordinary happens. I see a new path and it’s like the Lord diverges my road and carves a trail for me. At the end of the trail, I see around me an oasis, a garden! I lift my hands up and God is calling me in. I feel like I’ve discovered something. Here there is rest, peace, joy, and love. To me it’s a secret garden; it’s a secret in that it was so foreign to path that led me here. I’m not panting anymore- with every deep breath, I actually feel alive. There I find green pastures to lie in. There I see how the lilies grow and feel how much I’m loved. There, I find my God, though He was always with me, now I’m with Him. And it’s because He's there with me that I can feel secure, and liberated at the same time. Being with Him gives me so much unexplainable joy, and its mine. It's my garden. It's precious to me. There, in my garden, I’m finally resting. You know, there's this preconception about missionaries: that they're like a holy equivalent to a super sayan. But that's not true. The feet that bring the message aren't the steps of self-reclaimed righteous man; they are feet that are flawed. Yet it is the heart of the message they bring that make their journey worth it- beautiful. In the Bible it says that "Blessed are the feet that bring good news". But the thing is, those feet would not be blessed if it wasn't for the good news they bring. I'm not going on this mission’s trip because I'm perfect; I'm going on this missions trip because I fail. Because even though I have experienced walking with the Lord in my garden, at times I shamefully prefer the dark road I came from. And yet the Lord is so kind to me. After all I’ve done, he loves me so much; and if I was the reason that kept another person from experiencing that love, then I don’t know how to love at all. That's why I do missions. I go on these missions trips so that maybe I can get people who are so desperately mulling down the roads of their life to stop, and come into the secret garden that they may find rest as well, through Jesus Christ. And after a while, when my Gardener sees fit, the secret garden won't be such a secret anymore. So now I’m going to show one of the methods we’ll be using to share this message of love to the people in Boston. So here I have a sketch board which I will tell you a story from the Bible. This tool originates from Open Air Campaigners, the organization we will be working with in Boston. So, pretend with me that you are a group of young children who have come to listen to a story. - Candice Taguibao (Gr 12 student, Athletic Council)I strive to challenge myself
- Peoples Christian Academy is academically strong.
It was in these classrooms that my three sons were challenged to reach high, trained to work hard and inspired to think ‘outside the box’.
Gifted, well qualified and supportive teachers and staff greeted my boys each day. In this caring community, teachers often gave precious time and help beyond the call of duty to their students. Music, drama, tutoring, sports teams, community service and mission trips were all part of the ’extras’. Each of my ’boys’ (now men), greatly benefited from these additional helps, enabling them to become more confident, skilled and well rounded as individuals.
To my sons as well as my husband and me, it is the long lasting friendships with both staff and fellow student’s that has made Peoples school that extra special place for each of us.
As a distinctively Christian school, my sons were challenged and inspired to see life through biblical principles and to follow Jesus. Hence, PCA’s influence has formed the underpinning of ideas and values that now fuel my children’s future.
My hope is to encourage you also to give your child a similar opportunity for growth and accomplishment, by sending them to Peoples Christian Academy. We are forever grateful for this school and it’s influence in all our lives.Cathy D. (PCA parent)
- I look back fondly on my time at PCA as it was absolutely foundational to everything I have done since graduation. The academics were very strong and the spiritual grounding was essential as I learned so much about the Lord, the Bible and missions.Tim Strickland, Lead Pastor at Waverly Road Baptist Church
- I have been a physical education teacher for about 15 year’s and I am sure I chose that career because of Miss Rose, my PE teacher at Peoples. She made physical education so much fun, which is what I always try to do for my students. Lori Leschisin, Class of 1978 Physical Education Teacher.Lori Leschisin
- It is such an honour to stand here, and share some things that I’ve learned over the past 3 years at PCA. I have to say, time just flies by. I remember when I was sitting there (pointing to the Grade 10 seats) and wondering how beautiful the auditorium is as a new student. Time goes faster and faster as you grow older. Some of my Grade 12 buddies can’t wait till university, some of us don’t want to leave high school. But I know, we will miss each other. Picture this, you are 15 years old, and you come to study in Canada from the other side of the world - China, without your parents. You NEVER really heard about Christianity, but your parents put you in a Christian school simply because they think that Christians should be nice people. Your English was limited (well, but fluent in both Mandarin & Cantonese which are not helpful at PCA), and in your first History class, when the teacher says "take notes on Page 1 - 5", you basically just stare at other students because you don’t even know what "take notes" means. At night, you have to spend about 3 hours just to finish a chapter in Lord of the Flies for English class. On Sundays, you go to church, and the only thing you know what the pastor says are "Jesus, God, Amen", because he talks too fast. That was my starting point, and it was just 3 years ago. I understand, my life is very different from all of you. Well, we all have our own stories, and I picked some of my moments to share with you guys. Lesson 1 Choices Make good decisions. Life’s about choices! We have so many options in our lives, about what you want to eat at lunch: tuna sandwich, Mr. Chu’s special, or salad? About what you want to do on Friday night: hang out with friends, play video games, or watch a movie? About what university you want to spend 4 years at: Queen’s, Harvard, or Cambridge? In our society, some university students decide to drink and party all the time, it’s sad but this is the reality. And we - future undergraduate students - have to make this choice - whether to drink or not. It is completely optional. You can choose to say "No" to things that you don’t want to do. We are all responsible for the choices which eventually make up our life! Making good decisions is really important since we don’t want to have regrets in the future. What we’ve done, what we own, and what we believe all contribute to our decisions. PCA is very special to me, well, not because that this is the only school I’ve been to in Canada so far, but the fact that it brought Jesus into my life. I’m the only one in my family who is a Christian. I truly enjoyed the relationship between Jesus and myself. Let me try to describe it, you are fulfilled because that empty spot in you is satisfied with Jesus’ love. I once thought that Christians are not so smart - they believe in SOMEONE who they can’t see. But then, as I knew more about the whole Christianity, my doubts went away - the validity of the Bible and God’s work throughout the centuries. I chose to accept the TRUTH. People are curious about how my parents see me as a Christian. My father, to my surprise, he said, "this is your choice, you are in charge of yourself." But my mother - who normally is more open-minded than my father - said, "don’t get too deep into it." They give me the freedom to believe in what I choose, with the trust that I am responsible for myself. Lesson 2 Keep your faith, follow your dreams! You are the owner of yourself, and it’s you who make the decision of what kind of the person do you want to be. People are always watching your life. They see you through your actions. Faith is a belief that lies in your soul, but not your mind. Christian faith is what supports all Christians, faith decides what you do, what you want to be, and who you are. However, I’m not only talking about Christian faith, but also a faith in believing yourself - the ability to achieve your dreams. I want to share my own story with you. My dream school is Williams College - a top liberal arts college in the U.S. I was so passionate about it, I wrote "Williams College" on my binders, my books, even on my calculator. I worked really hard, and spent a lot of time preparing to get into this school, and I thought I deserve this admission letter. I was confident, and even an admissions officer from another university replied me and said, "this is one of the best applications I’ve ever seen." I remember late at night, I was writing Williams’ requirement essay, which titled "Imagine looking through a window at any environment that is particularly significant to you and tell us why it is meaningful to you." Essay holds a lot of weight in U.S Admissions. Well, I guess they don’t really like my window that much, so they turned me down. I was very upset, kept thinking why doesn’t this school want me?! I have good grades. I love God, but it seems that God doesn’t care about my passions, my dreams, and my goals. He didn’t see that I spent so much effort on how to get into this school. I suddenly became the poorest person in the world. I illustrated my frustration by getting mad at my parents on the phone (which later on I apologized to them), crying when I woke up at night in nightmares, and saying bad things in my prayers (maybe you can’t call them prayers). Many people gave me their support; however, I had no intention to listen to them. I knew what I was doing. I gave myself some time by reflecting back the days that I was preparing for the SAT, the TOEFL which is the test of English as a Foreign Language and all other required materials. My world collapsed, but the sad thing is, you still have to live with it. Slowly, I started to realize that God just closed a door for me, but He didn’t walk away; instead, He opened up another one. I regretted that I was not still when I was in a situation like this. God watches over us at any moment. I don’t know if He is mad at me, but I am sure He still loves me deeply. I still have dreams, indeed, many big ones. I know God will use me in a way that He wants me to be. I trust Him. Learn to be STRONG, physically, emotionally, and spiritually! Remember to keep your faith because this is what supports you to live in this world =) whenever you face an obstacle. Lesson 3 Learn to be appreciative This changes your life attitude. Don’t just talk about the things you don’t have, but to learn that how much you already have. Maybe you don’t have the newest iPhone, but you own the latest iPod! Think about how many people only live under $1 a day, and think about how lucky you are living in Canada... you don’t have to think about where to get the next meal. Maybe it’s harder to wait for people to understand you than if you take the step first to try to wear their shoes. Sometimes I feel that life is very unfair. My family is not in Canada, I miss them, and I admire my friends who can have family trips. But here, I also have a family - maybe my last name should be changed to Lindstrom’s. Mrs. Lindstrom is my Canadian mother and my friend. She spends her heart on people who are in need and she lives a life that she never regrets. She teaches me how to stand strong and live in a joyful way. I’ve changed over the past one and a half years living with her, she definitely shows me that life is full of obstacles, but if you keep your faith, God shows you the miracle. My classmates are Canadian citizens like the majority of you, they don’t need a visa to go to Slovakia, but I do. I had go to Ottawa which is about 5 hours drive from here to get my visa. But there is a man who gave his hand and drove me all the way to Ottawa and back. During my years at P.C.A., he may have answered more than 500 questions from me. I am very thankful for him being my teacher and my mentor, and he is Mr. Philip. People care about me, they say I sacrifice a lot. I laugh, because the fact is I am enjoying my "dream-chasing-journey". It was me who talked to my parents and asked them if they allow me to achieve my dreams. They are the ones who have to let go of their only child. They sacrifice more than I do. I am very thankful for having such parents, though they are not with me right now. I can’t say I love you to my parents because this is not the way how my family expresses our love to each other. But I will say it here, I love you, mom & dad. And hope they will hear it in their dreams tonight (it’s night time in China right now ^^). Well, I know I don’t have the whole world, but what I have is enough to create a new world. Right? Lesson 4 Step Out of Your Comfort Zone Our world is so big, and yet it’s so small. It really depends on how well you make yourself do certain things. There are so many surprises out there waiting for you to discover! This is about life experience. Our school is pretty small in size, but do you know everyone here? Maybe not... is it difficult for you to say hi to a person that you constantly see on the hall way, and yet still don’t know the person’s name? Maybe when you get to know that person, you two can become good friends, who knows?! Jesus, well, on the other hand, always stepped out of his comfort zone. He never lived within his own bubble. He kept helping people that he didn’t know. It’s important that we try; if it doesn’t work out, then we can do it another way. God creates the world, but how cool is it if your world is IN your hand. Last year, some of us went to the Slovakia mission trip. We went to a local school and taught Slovak kids some English. If we didn’t take the initiative to talk to the children, we would not build any relationships. Generally, people do not come to you, you have to approach to others. So take the initiative and step out of the comfort zone and say hi to the world! Lesson 5 You are Unique, You the Special Your experience makes who you are, and no one can replace you. Your choices, your faith, your perseverance of overcoming obstacles, and your willingness to try new things. As God’s children, we don’t look the same, we surely don’t have the same experience. There is a pair of Hands that holds the world which made us UNIQUE! Enjoy your life at PCA. Learn to know about God, He’s not only God, He’s your Friend, your Provider, your Source of Happiness =). If you believe in Jesus, you also get a bonus to really enjoy Christian worship songs, and truly enjoy Christmas. Thank you PCA, thank you my Grade 12 fellows, thank you my teachers. Thank you ALL for listening. God bless you! Coco, Class of 2009My 5 Lessons