"Bridge to me is a place where I can set aside my worries and earthly problems and really let God take over. I love to sing praises and rejoice. I'm happy that I have a family in Bridge that I can trust to have my back."
In 2008, a few members of ECBC began to feel the identity crises among the bridge generation in the church has subsequently produced a unique spiritual need. These members sought for God's will for the bridge generation in ECBC and The Bridge Bilingual Service began its first Sunday worship in September 2009.
The Bridge was not here because of resentment but a result of understanding, acceptance, and reconciliation. Through this ministry, the bridge generation finds our identity in Jesus Christ and our vocation, which is to use our bilingual skill and knowledge of bicultural to bless others.
Though without a point pastor for the first six years of its ministry, The Bridge grew stronger under God's grace and through the faithful works of volunteers and helpers. We would like to acknowledge all the guest preachers, especially professors from Carey Theological College for helping on the preaching pulpit for The Bridge's first year of ministry. Thank you for allowing God to cultivate us through your faithful teaching of God's words.
In 2016, one of the founding members of the congregation became the point pastor of The Bridge Ministry after completing his seminary education. Once again, God has shown His wonders and faithfulness. May all glory be to our Lord Jesus Christ. May The Bridge continues to participate in His ministry of tearing down walls and bringing people to God and people to people.
We are people of God.
We are people of God who interwoven English and Mandarin in our dialogue, plus a few Chinglish here and there.
We are people of God who is born in Asia and move to Canada in various stages of our life.
We are people of God who has just enough flavor of Chinese and Canadian in us.
Many people call us 1.5 generation immigrants, some may even consider us as 2 generation immigrants. We prefer to be called The Bridge generation. To many, we are neither eastern enough nor western enough. To us, we find our identity in Jesus Christ our Lord. We worship God in both languages without the need of a translator. The understanding of both eastern and western cultural and the skills of dialect in both Mandarin and English are two of our greatest assets. That is why we are called The Bridge, for the function of a bridge is to bridge two gaps, to bring two sides together.
The Bridge is built according to God's wisdom. We are called The Bridge Service, but we are not the bridge itself. Jesus Christ is the real bridge, and our members are parts of the bridge. Our members participate in this ministry of reconciliation because we have all received the gift of reconciliation with God and with people. We believe that The Bridge generation is a group of people which God can use to bless many and to fill many gaps.
If you resonate with most of the statements in this article, you should be able to find a spiritual home here. We invite you to join us today.
Before becoming a Pastor, Pastor Sunday Wu was a commercial photographer, video producer, and owner of an online marketing business. He is currently the point Pastor of The Bridge Bilingual Ministry at ECBC Church. He loves to speak and sing about who God is and what He does both in English and Mandarin.
I grew up in a big family and have four elder brothers, three sisters, and a younger brother. My family immigrated to Canada in 1993 from Hong Kong. I came to know Christ Jesus at the age of 12 when I was attending a Christian high school. I committed my life to Christ during my high school years, but I didn’t practice the Christian faith until 1995. I have been actively involved in various church ministries: worship, caring, preaching, and serving at the deacon board. I served in the finance board in the area conference level and organized annual training conferences for pastors and leaders. I also served as board member in an international non-profit organization, MCC, and a publishing organization, MennoMedia. I felt called to be in the ministry when I was going on in a mission trip in Ghana back in 2009. At the Revival Meeting held at ECBC in 2012, I dedicated my life to full-time ministry.
I started my seminary training at the Chinese Online School of Theology in 2010 and completed a diploma of Christian Studies in 2012. Then I graduated from ACTS seminary in 2015 with a Master of Christian Studies.