Eugene Cho

We can’t do everything but we have to do something. Why I’m in the Horn of Africa.

Dear Friends, Supporters, Readers, and Encouragers:

I hope you’re doing well.

I’m writing to you from Kenya. Yes, you read that correctly. Kenya as in Kenya, Africa.

I just recently arrived and depending on circumstances, may also visit Somalia and South Sudan. Over the next week or so, I’m privileged to be a guest of World Concern (one of our main partners). We’re also joined by a representative from  ONE. Together, we’ll have the opportunity to personally assess the progress and the arduous work ahead. Just this week, I read reports that the current situation in Somalia – while it improved last year – may be entering into another dire situation.

The Context

In 2011, the Horn of Africa experienced the worst drought in its region in 60 years. This drought in combination with rising food prices, extreme insecurity, and violence led to famine conditions that affected over 13 million people in the Horn of Africa. The Horn of Africa is the “horn” shaped portion of northeastern Africa that includes the countries of Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia, and Djibouti.

In fact, the UN declared famine in six regions in Somalia. Tragically, hundreds of thousands of people were forced to flee their homes in search of food, water, and safety. Many of them walked for weeks, trying to reach refugee camps in Kenya. And sadly, many died along the way, including more than 30,000 children.

When tragedy strikes – whether it be in Aurora, Colorado or through a famine or drought in the Horn of Africa (and another current one in the Sahel region of Africa)…we are reminded of our finitude.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Freestyle bagpipes. Santa Monica Pier. Grateful for the 24 hours in Santa Barbara to encourage local churches ... and to enjoy such views. 
Lord, are you calling me to Santa Barbara? :) I hate you, Santa Barbara! About 6 weeks ago, I had the best 10 hour layover in Seoul, Korea. 4 meals, 2 outdoor markets, 2 museums, and some beautiful tourist sites in winter, crisp weather. 
But no visit to the mokyoktang (public bathing sauna). Seattle fog. Reminds me of growing up in San Francisco. Thanks to Seahawks and Panthers for this special father-son memory before the game. 
Let's do this. #GoHawks

my tweets

  • When I'm tempted to be significant, I have to remind myself that I'm nothing apart from the grace of God...and that becomes my significance. || 4 hours ago
  • Time flies. College tour with my oldest kid (HS junior). We checked out UCLA, Azusa, & Westmont (and In-N-Out). http://t.co/gCmQeDr3XC || 4 hours ago
  • Kenji Goto: Mourning your loss. Grieving for your family. Moved by your courage. Honored to call you a brother-in-Christ. Rest in peace. || 9 hours ago
  • RT @WorldVisionUSA: For the #childrenofSyria, “Let's do what we can. Let's do it with love.” –@EugeneCho bit.ly/1ynUhS6 http://t.co… || 1 day ago
  • RT @OneDaysWages: "We know we can't change the entire situation in Iraq & Syria but that's not an excuse to do nothing..." -@eugenecho http… || 2 days ago
  • Even scars can be redemptive. They are a testament to God's grace & our fortitude. Our scars can even serve as encouragement/wisdom to many. || 2 days ago
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