Eugene Cho

thailand team returns

went to the airport today to pick up the half of the quest vision team to thailand.  rich and teresa norman, leah, and deanza returned today.  a few more are spending a few extra days in thailand.  they returned with tons of stories (just even on the ride from the airport).  somehow, they were blessed to have learned and shared a meal with two nobel peace prize nominees.  how crazy is that?  the following is a short excerpt from an email from the team this past week:

if you want adventurous, wait till we send the next batch…can’t right now b/c of some security concerns, but suffice it to say we’ve had a few adventures. noah will post a censored edit on the blog…great pics, great times…crossing rivers in wooden boats, meeting up with folks, incredible worship together this morning…couple prayer requests from this side: health as a couple folks have had colds/mosquito bites. digestive health for noah. we keep feeding the big guy bananas and milk, to help slow down the works a bit.  he’s pretty okay now, though. tonight, we’re at an actual hotel in mae sot after a night in camp, which was amazing and like sleeping on the floor at summer camp with your friends under a mosquito net. we were at a bible college, so fell asleep and woke up to the students singing. amazing. we have much to share…were able to donate on behalf of quest about 400 pounds of rice/fish paste…have pictures of us in front of the huge bags of rice…can’t write too much now, but we also were served lunch by a friend today, a karen guy you’ve met who prepared us something special: a dish of spicy frog and another of stewed rat. yum. the team were all pretty good sports about it…rich laughed really hard while taking pictures. i’m practicing eating karen style, no silverware involved.

Although I wished I went with this group, three of our other staff pastors wanted and needed to go.  I’ll be accompanying another group (non-Quest) from October 30-November 12 for two weeks – one week in Thailand and one week in Japan.  Minhee and I (and our three children) still hope to take 4-8 weeks off next year to live abroad (most likely in Africa) with our family.  Not only for ourselves but we desperately want to influence our children’s worldview.  We need them to know that the way that we live in the US is NOT normal…

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"He must become greater; I must become less." - John 3:30 We have to remind ourselves of this truth every day lest we forget:

Our greatest calling as followers of Christ is to be faithful. Not spectacular. Not glamorous. Not popular. Not relevant.

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Did you know that 32 million girls of lower secondary school age are not enrolled in school.

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The answer to who you serve makes all the difference... It's the day after International Women's Day - and it's still important to celebrate the contribution of women in our lives, society, and world. As we honor women all around the world, I'm also reminded of how women and children are those who are most deeply impacted by injustice - especially poverty.

Sadly, I have witnessed this reality in too many places. ​In 2012, I traveled to a remote area in Eastern Kenya as part of a @onedayswages response to a famine that struck the Horn of Africa region. This famine impacted nearly 13 million people and according to some sources, took the lives of about 250,000 people. During my trip there, I had the chance of meeting many people but the person that still remains in my memory was a Muslim woman named Sahara.

She was so hospitable in inviting us to her small and temporary home. During our conversation, I learned that ​Sahara traveled 300 kilometers (a little under 200 miles) – some by cart and some by foot – as they sought to escape the worst drought that has impacted East Africa (Kenya, Somalia, and Ethiopia) in the past 60 years.

This is not a misprint.
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She traveled about 200 miles on cart and foot. ​And all along, she was ill. If you look closely ​at the photo, you might notice the large lump in her throat - likely a large cancerous tumor.​ She did not travel alone. She traveled with her husband who I was not able to meet because he was staying with one of his five other wives in this polygamist community.  She did not travel alone. She also traveled with her six children – the youngest being about 1 and the oldest being around 8. She had just given birth to her sixth child when they began her journey. Her youngest was severely malnourished when they arrived to this new settlement in a town called Benane. 
Sahara and her children all survived this journey. They survived because she persisted. 
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