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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Grateful. Still reflecting on the letters that I've received from classmates and students that have come before me and after me. Never imagined all that God would have in store for me. Lots of humbling things but in the midst of them, there were literally thousands upon thousands of daily decisions and choices to be faithful. That's what matters. Seen or unseen. Noticed or unnoticed. You do your best and sometimes you stumble and fumble along but nevertheless, seeking to be faithful.

Also, you know you're getting old when your school honors you with a Distinguished Alumni Award. Lol. 47 is the new 27. Or something like that. Here's to the next 47. In our culture, we can be so obsessed with the "spectacular" or "glamorous." The Church often engagws in thia language and paradigm...but what if God has called many of us to small, ordinary things?

Will we still be faithful?
Will we still go about such things with great love and joy?

I recently came across this picture taken by @mattylew, one of our church staff...and I started tearing up: This is my mother; in her 70s; with realities of some disabilities that make it difficult for her to stand up and sit down...but here she is on her knees and prostate in prayer. She doesn't have any social media accounts, barely knows how to use her smartphone, doesn't have a platform, hasn't written a book, doesn't have any titles in our church, isn't listed as a leader or an expert or a consultant or a guru. But she simply seeks to do her best - by God's grace - to be faithful to God. She prays for hours every day inteceding for our family, our church, and the larger world.

Even if we're not noticed or celebrated or elevated...let's be faithful. Our greatest calling as followers of Christ is to be faithful. Not spectacular. Not glamorous. Not popular. Not relevant. And not even successful in the eyes of the world.

Be faithful. Amen. #notetoself (and maybe helpful for someone else)

At times, we have to say ‘NO’ to good things to say ‘YES’ to the most important things.

We can't do it all.
Pray and choose wisely.
Then invest deeply. May our compassion not just be limited to the West or to those that look like us. Lifting up the people of Iraq, Iran, and Kurdistan in prayer after the 7.3 earthquake - including the many new friends I met on a recent trip to Iraq.

The death toll rises to over 400 and over 7,000 injured in multiple cities and hundreds of villages along the Western border with Iraq.

Lord, in your mercy... We are reminded again and again...that we are Resurrection People living in a Dark Friday world.

It's been a tough, emotional, and painful week - especially as we lament the horrible tragedy of the church shootings at Sutherland Springs. In the midst of this lament, I've been carried by the hope, beauty, and promise of our baptisms last Sunday and the raw and honest testimonies of God's mercy, love, and grace.

Indeed, God is not yet done. May we take heart for Christ has overcome the world. "Without genuine relationships with the poor, we rob them of their dignity and they become mere projects. And God did not intend for anyone to become our projects." Grateful this quote from my book, Overrated, is resonating with so many folks - individuals and  NGOs. / design by @preemptivelove

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