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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Window seat. For the win. As leaders, we must not see ministry and family as competing commitments.  We must not sacrifice our marriage and kids for the sake of "ministry." How can we? Loving our families IS ministry & good leadership.

And on a side note, we took this goofy photo for Mother's Day last Sunday at @seattlequest. I was shocked! What in the world happened to our kids? Our 13 year old son blocked four of my shots on the basketball court yesterday. He's since been grounded... I fear that we ask God to move mountains, forgetting that God also wants to move us.

In fact, it's possible that we are that mountain. Time flies. The eldest is wrapping up her 1st year in college and the college tours have begun for the 2nd child. The youngest enters high school in the Fall. Can't say enough about how proud Minhee and I are of the kids - not just of their accomplishments but the people they are and are becoming.

But...man...we can't wait to party it up when we're emptynesters. Party at our house. It's going to be epic. Humbled. Grateful. Mindful of God's grace and faithfulness in my life. It's all grace... It's an unexpected honor to be invited back - even with some mini-drama - to @princetonseminary to receive the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award - exactly 25 years after starting my journey there as a student in 1992. Wow.

Princeton isn't necessarily for everyone. And to say that I loved everything about my experience would be misleading but it was very formative. Ir challenged me to examine why I believed in what I believed. It reminded me that God could handle my questions. It prepared me for a post-Christian context where I am not entitled to be heard but I had to earn the right to be heard, and of course, it taught me that all is good with a Philly cheese steak at Hoagie Haven.

No one is an island to themselves and I am certainly an example of that. Many people - women and men, young and old, and of many backgrounds - prayed, encouraged, mentored, and loved me along the way. Grateful for my professors at seminary, my many classmates, and the numerous fellow staff and co-laborers I've had the privilege of serving Christ with past and present. And of course, I'm forever inspired by my parents, my children, and my wife, Minhee. Thank you for your faith, hope, and love...and oh, for your patience. Only your family will know and see both the best and worst of you. They've seen my worst...and keep on believing in me.

Thank you again, PTS and President Barnes, for this honor. Then, today, and tomorrow...by God's grace, just striving to be faithful to my Lord and Savior...to preach and live out the convictions of the whole Gospel. Amen. So humbled and grateful to be with @catalystleader in Cincinnati to encourage leaders from all around the country about the invitation to Uncommon Fellowship.

Preached from John 4. We can talk, preach, sing, philsophize, liturgize, and spit rhymes about Samaria...but we still have to talk through Samaria.

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