The Bordergate Baptist Church Story
Bordergate Baptist Church (BGBC) is an independent, Bible believing and Bible teaching church. Its name is derived from Bordergate between China and Macau and has been the inspiration for our logo and the name of the church. It was in September 1990, when Bordergate Baptist Church was established by an American missionary in the person of JOSEPH PAUL MANDRINO, who was sent out by Rodgers Baptist Church in Garland, Texas. The Church was dutifully registered as an association with the Macau government as recorded in the 3 De Setembro De 1990-Boletim Oficial De Macau-No.36 “ASSOCIACAO BAPTISTA INDEPENDENTE DO EXTREMO ORIENTE or BORDERGATE BAPTIST CHURCH.
It was in 1991, that the association started the American English Centre to help teach and prepare the foreign community on how to live better lives and better citizens in Macau. The Chinese too were taught to read and write and speak American English that paved the way for them to apply passports to Australia, New Zealand, and Canada. Though the American English Center ceased operations in 1994, BGBC still ministers to the people of Macau and focuses mainly on the ministry of spreading the “Good News” of God’s salvation through the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The rest is now history. It was in the year 2000, when Pastor JAMES ENRIQUEZ ESTENILO was called by God to take over the pulpit and assume the leadership of Bordergate Baptist Church. It was through the free KJV Bible ministry of BGBC that Ptr. James was encouraged to first attend the church. Through the grace and power of the Holy Spirit given to him, Bordergate Baptist Church and her members withstood the test of time and overcoming the many challenges most Christian churches are facing today.
Our mission is in Matthew 28:19-20, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”
We as a church are working toward the vision of evangelizing not only through having its own church building, a Chinese Ministry, a Christian radio program, more mission works in other foreign lands and other ministries teaching, preaching, exhorting and admonishing to both young and old the very word of God.
We continue to carry out the Lord’s work as we continue to Praise God for the great and mighty works He hath done through His church, which is the pillar and ground of the truth. To God be the glory!