Eugene Cho

300 million and counting…

well, it is now official.

at 4.46 am (pacific time) this morning, the nation’s population officially hit 300 million.  it hit 200 million in 1967 and growth continues to be in the future of this country.  from the seattle time article, i learned that about 2.8 million people are added to the US population each year; 40% coming from immigration and the rest coming from births outnumbering deaths.

quest is doing our part to add to the 300 million.  being one of the youngest (if not the youngest) churches in the larger seattle area (average age hovers around 25-27), we have yet to experience an ‘immediate death’ in our community.  while we have couple recent immigrants to the country, we are beginning to see the beginning of a baby explosion at quest.  in the past six months, if i have my numbers correct, we have had 13 babies born into the church, and another 5 couple expecting babies in the coming months.  one of my greatest privileges as a pastor is having the opportunity to help welcome and bless their new child in the first hours of their lives.  what a privilege!

while i love and wholehearted embrace the singles community (i apologize ahead of time for this non-politically correct word) at quest (at least 70% are ‘single’ at quest), my daily hope and prayer is that all (with the exception of those who are pursuing celibacy as a calling/lifestyle) would have honorable courtships, deep engagements, passionate and God honoring marriages, and many many children.

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5 Responses

  1. pastor leah says:

    single people rock. power to the singles!🙂

    seriously single people, enjoy and celebrate this season of life as the valuable experience it is intended to be. travel. learn. love. live. delve deeply into community. serve God in daring ways. develop your relationship with your Creator. this season isn’t just a ‘waiting game’ before marriage, but a chance to spend your life in a deep and meaningful fashion not possible in quite the same way once you enter the season of marriage and begin to focus on God’s calling to your own family.

    peace.

  2. eugenecho says:

    hey, write in your own blog. 🙂

  3. Michael McGill says:

    2.2 Billion Kids in the world. Why make more?

    Or, at least, why make “many many” more?
    Nearly 90% of the world’s 2.2 billion children are in developing nations. What are your thoughts on adoptions?

  4. eugenecho says:

    michael

    thanks for your note.
    2.2 billion kids and growing.
    as of this hour, the world population grew to 6,551,066,203.
    the us population has grown to 300,003,722 as of 23.24 GMT.
    the world population is estimated to grow to 9 billion by 2042.

    and so, back to your comment about 90% of the world’s 2.2 billion childen in developing nations.

    i believe that folks here in the western world and US should have as many kids as they feel compelled. we should be loving and responsible parents. meaning, imo, we shouldn’t allow the global statistics to dictate IF my spouse/i should have any kids or more kids. but having said that, i support adoptions. it’s complicated and the fact that it has grown more and more into a business structure very much concerns me. personally, it has been a conversation that minhee and i have had and probably will continue to have. for now, we hope to learn and support global orphanages in some way.

    what are your thoughts?

  5. leah says:

    i like the idea of developing and supporting healthy foster home / adoptive homes in areas of the world where many are orphaned by conflict or disease. dick and judy anderson are working with such a program in the congo, with amazing results. kids aren’t raised in orphanages, or adopted and taken out of their home countries, but loved and cared for by families within their home villages.

    http://www.healafrica.org – heal africa’s website

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