Eugene Cho

heading off to asia

well, i’m not as prepared as i need to be but will be getting on an airplane tomorrow morning to head off to asia.  things have been busy on the homefront and churchfront and plans to head off for ‘global vision trips’ have been on hiatus but looking forward to seeing what God is doing in other countries around the world.  i’ll be spending time in thailand (bangkok, chang mai, roi et, kon kaen, and the border of burma) and then to japan (odawara, gunma, and tokyo).

my personal hope – for myself, my family, and the church i pastor – is to have a vision that goes beyond our  lives and our local church.  my family and i hope to spend some time together (perhaps a summer) in a third world country in the upcoming year or two.  in regards to quest, we are privileged to be supporting folks locally and globally, and are prayerfully preparing to send folks both as visionaries and missionaries and hopefully, global churchplanters in the future.

the covenant church, the denomination which we belong to, is sponsoring this ‘vision trip.’  they are paying for half the trip, quest has chipped in 500, and i’ll be taking care of the rest.  i hope to come back – refreshed and renewed.  i return on november 11 just in time to come celebrate with quest for our five year anniversary.

i covet your prayers for myself and of course, for my wife and three kids and for their safety while i’m gone.  i’ll be posting here and there as i have the opportunity.  see you soon.

for those who are curious, here’s my current itinerary:

Tuesday, October 31: transfer from narita, japan to flight to bangkok. late night arrival in Bangkok, stay at Bangkok Christian Guest House (BCGH)

Wednesday, November 1: Bangkok: stay at Bangkok Christian Guest House (BCGH); visit local orgs and missionaries.

Thursday, November 2: Bangkok: Stay nearer to the new airport | visit local missionaries

Friday, November 3: Rise at 4AM head for the airport. flight to Roi Et, (TG040 6:45AM)  visit LIFE farm, Johnsons, evening at youth group meeting, stay over night in Kon Kaen.

Saturday, November 4: Flight to Bangkok, (TG041 8:25AM) connecting flight to Chiang Mai,(TG106 10:30AM) visit with Friesens  drive to border and stay over night. to visit the Partners project supported by CWR funds

Sunday, November 5: return from the Burmese border (5 hour drive one-way) visit night market Sunday evening after return to CM

Monday, November 6: AM worship at CCENT hatchery/hatchery tour, evening flight to Bangkok, (TG115 5:25PM) Stay nearer to the new airport.

Tuesday, November 7:  Rise at 4AM head for the airport. 6:40 AM flight to Tokyo

Tuesday, November 7th Arrive and get settled

Wednesday, November 8th: Visit Odawara Christian Center and learn about their ministries (Don & Amy Johnson)

Thursday, November 9th: Go to Gunma and visit Cov. Churches and Akagi Bible Camp (Tim and Andrea Johnson)

Friday, November 10th: Gunma or come back to Tokyo, Visit Christian Academy Japan (when school is in session), Covenant  Seminary tour, etc. 

Saturday, November 11th: 2 hours to get to the airport, to be there 2 hours early 10:30AM; 5.20 flight back to Seattle; set to arrive in Seattle on the morning of November 11.

Filed under: emerging church

2 Responses

  1. suj'n says:

    wow PE, sounds like an amazing trip! i hope it’s all you hope for and more. stay safe!!

  2. leah says:

    we’ll be praying! eat tons of good food for us! don’t ride the elephants.. 😦 please say hello to the folks at Partners from all of us…

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This was 10 years ago. I dominated my son in wrestling and I know what you're thinking, "How could you employ a rear chokehold armbar kimura on your own son?" Hey, a competition is a competition.

I love you, son. The world is broken. This ia a sad truth. But the story of redemption is not yet finished. God is not yet done. This is the ultimate Truth. Have hope. Press on. Ten years ago, I witnessed one of those "God things" when a church called Interbay Covenant Church gave itself, its legacy, and a building property worth $7 million dollars to @seattlequest. We were then only 5 years old.

Quest is an urban, multiethnic churchplant that started in 2001. We rented the facilities at Interbay Covenant Church - a predominantly older, mostly Anglo congregation with a rich 65 years history. After some time, Pastor Ray Bartel (senior pastor, Interbay) approached me with a "crazy idea" of Interbay "dying to itself and giving itself to Quest" for the sake of the greater Kingdom and the coming generations.

This eventually led to three years of many conversations and prayers. On June 3, 2007, the two churches officially came together to become one church. In giving itself, Interbay also shared their leadership, legacy, and stories. They also gave all of their assets without any strings and without any debt.

Their radical generosity and courage is what enabled Quest to grow - not just numerically - but deeper in discipleship, and deeper in missions - to the city of Seattle and beyond. On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of this merger, we created a short film (check my FB page to see the video) to tell the story - so that our church and the next generations may never forget and that the larger Church may be stirred and encouraged by a greater Kingdom vision.

Thank you, Interbay! The NBA season is over but the hustle and grind continues for my daughter. We argue sometimes but I love training my daughter. She's working hard for her senior year next year. Starting point guard. She's improved a lot. She's one of the quickest players on the floor and has a great midrange jumper. But trying to get her to keep working on her handles, using her off hand and shoulder to protect the ball,  staying and dribbling the ball lower to the ground, and playing aggressive and downhill while remaining in control. That's what we're working on this week. #hoopdreams #ChovarBall Reunited with my favorite elephant, Buh'loom. We bonded earlier this year and I'd like to think that she recognized my voice. Also, appreciate learning about ethical and sustainable eco-tourism. Anywhere. Everywhere. Night markets are the best.

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