In Loving Memory

In Memory of: Dr. John Kao

Dr. John Kao began working with Partners International (CNEC) Hong Kong in the 1960’s. John’s father was one of the original Partners International church planters in China. John returned to work with CNEC in Hong Kong after his schooling in North America.  He ably directed the work of the mission during a period of tremendous growth.  Refugees were streaming out of China and the churches were growing, yet struggling to meet the needs.

I was very sorry to learn of the passing of your beloved husband, father and grandfather,
Rev. Dr. John Kao. Please accept my condolences.

Rev. John Kao – Snapshots of my respected pastor

His voice
The 70s: Rev. Kao first ‘impressed’ me back in the 70s when he preached at my church in Hong Kong.  I cannot remember the content of his sermons at all, yet I still clearly recall his voice and volume as he kept me fully awake while waking up those sleepy elderlies from time to time!

Thank You

On behalf of Unionville Oasis, one of the youngest church in the ACEM family, I want to say few words about Rev. Kao’s 38 year of service in ACEM.

Memory of Dr. John Kao

We first met at The Peoples Church in a missionary conference, decades ago. He was starting up a church in Toronto, and his vision and energy captivated me.

Dear Mrs. Kao,

It is with sadness that Rev. Kao, God's choiced servant has gone home to be with his Lord. We esteem him highly.

To: Mrs. Kao and family

The moment Pastor Kao passed away, I felt a sense of loss.  A loss to myself, to ACEM, and to all Chinese Churches.  I rejoiced in the fact that he is in Heaven, and not only that, he is in


Our hearts go out to Esther and family and all of you at ACEM.
We well those early days at Bedford Park Chapel and our subsequent times together and friendship over the years. His presence will be dearly missed, but his legacy in lives brought to Christ will last forever. Affectionately in our soon coming Lord,

Stuart and Jackie Wilson,
Tucson, Arizona.

Please convey our deepest condolences to the bereaved family of the late Rev Dr John Kao. We are deeply inspired by Rev Dr John Kao's passion and perseverance for mission, church planting and theological education. May God's comfort be with Mrs Kao, the rest of the family members, and all those who were touched by this faithful servant of God. To God be the glory!

Dr Albert Ting
Principal, Singapore Bible College

I am saddened t learn of the departure of our brother John, but now his body will be a peace.
Lily and I are out of the country and will be returning April 3, so we will miss the service.
I would be pleased to write a note of our history and working together, if that would be received.

Brian C Stiller
Global Ambassador
The World Evangelical Alliance

In deep remember of Rev. Kao, he is
A man who has
Fought his fight
Ran his race
Kept his faith

Esther Fan

Please accept our condolences on the passing away of Rev John Kao. We are sad upon hearing the news but with comfort to know that he is with our Lord for His Words and promises remain faithful.

From your frontline coworkers,
Rev Nawni and Phun Duma
Myanmar, Yangon

Dear Mrs. Esther Kao,
Our deepest condolences to you and your family on the passing away of our beloved Rev, John Kao......
Dr. Kao was one of the Undersigned most respected mentor and dearest friends; so much had been learned from him and we share the griefs on the departure of this Great Man.....we will never forget the days of 1975 when we started to build up TCCC and the visiting of the Chinese families along Yonge & Lawrence, the building of our Birchmont and Sheppard Church......
May our dear Lord bless you and your children & grand children.
In Him We Trust,
Edmond Yao

We're sadden to hear the news. Memories of Rev. Dr. John Kao just flood our mind and heart. He'll be greatly miss as a mentor and friend. Holding all of you in prayers, specially Esther and the family. Thank you for keeping us update and thank Jesus for defeating death and that the victory is won. We'll meet again.

Man, Michael, Gabriel and Lovisa Sandstroms

We were privileged to be able to serve with Rev. Kao during the Journey program partnered with ACEM. And Rev. Kao had set a great model to us all.

Joe & Grace Wang

It is sad that we are "losing" one more spiritual warrior; but just as Mrs. Kao said when we visited Rev. Kao last Friday afternoon, "maybe it is good for the Lord to take him home soon." We can imagine how the Lord will say to him as he is in His presence now: " you have fought the good fight, you have finished the race, and you have kept the faith, now there is the crown of righteousness prepared for you. . ."
Let us uphold Mrs. Kao and her family member through our prayers.

Paul & Jane Theophilus

We are saddened by the loss of Rev. Dr. John Kao.  He was a faithful follower of Jesus Christ and brought many lost souls to Christ during his years of exceptional ministry.  Rev. Kao was a shining example of how we are supposed to strive to live a Christ-centered life. 
There is no doubt in our minds that Rev. Kao has gone home to be with the Lord and that, by the grace of God, we will have the privilege of seeing him again one day in Heaven.  We will join him in an “everlasting life” in the kingdom of God.
We know that you not only join us in this loss, but also in the celebration of a life that was used by God to bless many people.  We were blessed and fortunate to have known him.

In God's Love,
Nelson Kung

"We little knew that morning that God called your name.
In life we love you dearly,
In death we do the same.

It broke our hearts to lose you,
You did not go alone,
For part of us went with you,

The day God called you home,
You left us peaceful memories,
Your love is still our guide.
And though we cannot you,
you are always at our side.

Our family chain is broken, and nothing seems the same,
But as God calls us one by one,
the chain will be linked again."

Please find attached my sharing and celebration?of Rev. Kao's life,
Prayerfully thank for His humble servant,

Francis, WTCCC

Like many others, we have been blessed to have known and been touched by Rev. (Dr.) John Kao. In his almost four scores sojourn on this earth, Rev. Kao was a humble servant-leader exemplar par excellence for today’s Chinese Christians.?He was a modern-day Apostle Paul. Just like Paul, the LORD mightily used Rev. Kao and richly blessed his many ministries, serving the LORD our God around the globe. Although he experienced physical trials, God’s grace was always sufficient for him, for God’s power is made perfect in weakness for which Rev. Kao drew upon the Lord for strength. Many people would have given up, but Rev. Kao echoed Paul in that for him, “to live is Christ and to die is gain.” We have been blessed because God allowed him to keep on living in the body for almost eight decades. Today we rejoice in the LORD for Rev. Kao is now in the presence of the almighty God.

Wes Wong & Sonia Wong



We are saddened to learn the news of the passing away of our beloved pastor Rev. John Kao whom was our mentor and good friend. May God's promises daily strengthen Mrs. Esther Kao's faith, and may His presence give you peace through this difficult time. The Kao's family are in our hearts, our thoughts, and our prayers.

Alexander & Maggie Chan



Rev.Kao is a faithful servant of God. Even though I have only chatted with him a few times, I had heard his timely prophetic messages to the churches many times. I had the privilege of serving with Fred years ago in Winter Conference and am confident that the spirit of faithful servanthood is continued!

This is a time of grief for the family, the Lord knows your grief. You are in our thoughts and prayers. This is a great loss to both the Kao's family and the Chinese churches. May the Lord grant you peace that transcends understanding. As coworkers in missions, COCM U.K. also send their condolences.
Sincerely and in Christ,
Howard Ngan


Dear Mrs Kao,
I'm very sad to learn that Rev. Kao has passed away as he's a close friend, and a faithful servant in the Lord with a lot of ministries. While very sad, I am deeply sorry that I won't be able to attend his memorial service as I am in Hong Kong now.
Please take good care and I am sure we will all reunite in Him when the Lord comes again.

In Christ,
Rev. Philip Kwong


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