Hi, my name is Kathy Ngo. I was born to a father who was and continues to be an elder at his church and my mother also a leader in women’s ministries. They both taught bible classes in church as well as at home to my siblings and I. I grew up going to church, learning bible stories, memorizing bible verses and striving to do good.
As I neared the age of 7, I was given the bible and that really excited me for reasons I did not understand then. As I read more and more of God’s Word, He began to reveal to me how wretched and filthy I was. I did not understand because I felt I had not done anything sinful and was always trying to be a good girl. However, I would pray the repentance prayer every chance I had at church.
When I was 10 years old, our youth group sponsor decided to challenge us to finish the bible in one year. I love challenges and decided I would win this challenge. However, I found myself falling asleep every time I opened up the bible to read. This frustrated me very much so I decided to pray and ask the Lord to keep me awake so I can finish the bible and win.
Of course, God had an even greater reward for me than just winning. He not only allowed me to stay awake to finish the bible and win, His Word also started to come alive with me and my life. I began to hunger and thirst for His Word daily. Once each morning was not enough, I had to also end my days with him. I was just soaking everything in and praying through the Scriptures.
At 14 years old, a pouring down of the Holy Spirit on our youth group led me to personally encounter the God I have been worshipping. Abba Father smiled down at me and revealed His love to me so deeply at that moment, speaking to me and giving me a profound confidence that He completely accepted me as I am because I am His beautiful creation and loved unconditionally. The impact of this revelation has carried me through the good times but has especially held on to me so tightly through the tough times that I’ve felt “how could I ever leave Him or turn away from Him? No one could ever love me more”. I gave my life to God and He gave me an intimate relationship with Him that is incomparable to any relationships I’ve experienced. Right then, I knew my wretchedness and filthiness was completely cleansed and I began living life with Joy and Freedom.
In 2008, my husband and I began to search for an alliance church since I grew up going to an alliance church in Vancouver. We ended up attending Pacific Community Church and have felt an immediate welcoming spirit and love from everyone. Our church is so unique in that fellowship can take place between people of various ages without distinction. We’ve loved the pastors that have joined our congregation throughout the years. They have all whole-heartedly loved and served us during their time with us. At first, we were among the few asians that attend PCC, but it has been great to see the Lord has been drawing other nationalities to our church resulting in the diverse community we now have. I also love the heart of our church for the people in our community. My heart has always been for the poor, widowed, and orphans and to have our church being involved in these areas brings me much joy and thanksgiving.
I pray that our Lord would continue to bless us individually and as a whole so we can be a blessing to those we cross paths with. I also pray that we would all continue to seek the Lord intimately so that He can direct us towards things unimaginable, for His glory. I’m excited to see where God is working and to partner with Him in whatever He shows me.