Children and Youth:

Time: 9:00am - 12:30pm

English Service:

Time: 9:00am - 10:30am

Cantonese Service:

Time: 11:00am - 12:30pm

Mandarin Service:

Time: 11:00am - 12:30pm

Robert Alexander Jaffray was born in 1873 into a very wealthy family. His father was the owner of one of the most powerful newspapers in Canada at the time - the Toronto Globe, today’s Globe and Mail.

Robert’s father had great dreams for his son. He had hopes that one day his son would become the CEO and owner of Toronto Globe. Young Robert received the best education and leadership training money could afford, clothed in the finest garment of his day, and at his fingertips, an enormous fortune and political power.

Yet this rich young man heard the voice of Jesus at the prime of his life. Through an encounter with A. B. Simpson, the founder of the Christian and Missionary Alliance, he knew God was calling him to preach the Gospel in China. One can only imagine the fiery clash between father and son when he told him about his plans. His father threatened him, “If the Alliance sends you to China, they’ll pay every penny of the expense. Not a dime will you get from me. But if you decide the whole thing was a mistake and want to come home, just let me know. I’ll send you the money.”

Poverty was just one of many obstacles to this young man’s calling. Since childhood, he was plagued by diabetes and a weak heart condition, going to China simply meant more physical suffering. Furthermore, most Chinese at the turn of the century did not like foreigners. Many saw foreigners as invaders trying to Americanize China. Yet this young man counted the cost and in obedience, surrendered his life to Jesus. He walked away from wealth, comforts of life, and even his own family in order to obey the call. He went to China, learned to read and write Chinese. Using the skills he obtained from his father’s business, established the South China Alliance Press to publish and distribute the Bible Magazine along with other Christian literatures. In 1942, Japan invaded the island where he was stationed with his wife and daughter. There he was arrested and sent to a prison camp along with other missionaries. Three years later, due to the horrific living conditions of the prison camp, he succumbed to his illnesses and died. We named Toronto Jaffray Chinese Alliance Church in his honor.

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