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.

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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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col·lab·o·ra·tion
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the action of working with someone or a group of others  to produce or create something.

May we hold our logos, egos, and tribalism have their place. May we hold them loosely for they too shall pass. May we collaborate for the sake of the greater Kingdom of God ... which endures forever. As we honor Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., don't forget the God behind the man. The one true God who deposited this dream into MLK is still speaking to us today. Are we listening?

Be courageous. Be brave.

Being invited by the King Family to speak at the MLK worship service at Ebenezer Baptist Church in 2016 remains one of the most unexpected honors of my life. On the right is his daughter, Dr. Bernice King and his sister, Dr. Christine King Farris. Walking throughstreet markets in different parts of the world is the best. Soaking in the culture. Listening to the local language and music. Enjoying the amazing cuisine. Meeting new friends. Praying for the Gospel to penetrate. #ChiangRai Blessed be the local, indigenous leaders for it is they who live in the very communities they seek to love. For it is they who understand their context and culture...better than a Westerner ever will. For it is they who will continue to tenaciously pursue a better world with hope, justice and love when visitors like me leave.

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While it was an honor to be there to cut the cord and say a few words, this is an example of collaboration. Much love to the Freedom Story team including their co-founders Tawee Donchai and @Rachel Goble, to their staff who live in the community, who understand their context and culture, and who tenaciously pursue a better world with hope, justice and love. And of course, much love to the students themselves for they each matter. Finally, to each person that donated to @onedayswages to make this grant possible.

May hundreds and even thousands of youth be impacted, encouraged, and mentored. May they capture a glimpse of God's love for them.

Photo: @benjaminedwards Part 2 on my wrestling with the complex issue of human trafficking. In part, documenting my trip to Thailand for @onedayswages...to listen, learn, and visit one of our partner orgs @thefreedomstory. More to come.

There's such painful and poignant irony in pursuing justice...unjustly. One way we do this is when we reduce people into projects...and thus, propagating the dangerous power dynamic of US as heroes and THEM as helpless and exclusively as victims. So dangerous.

Human trafficking is not just an issue. It’s ultimately, about people. Depending on the sources of statistics, there are anywhere from 29-40 million people in some form of forced labor and slavery, including sex trafficking.

And one thing I’ve learned, personally, is how easy it is easy to reduce people into projects which is why mutuality, reciprocity, and dignity are so vital. These are critical because God never intended people to be reduced into projects.

We forget this and we indirectly foster a culture and system of victimization or worse, the pornification of the poor or in this case, "the trafficked." And when you start dehumanizing the poor or trafficked, you have no genuine desire to build relationships with them. You believe or build stereotypes in broad strokes, singular, black and white narratives that have been told about them. You believe the lie that they have nothing to teach us and are incapable of contributing to the larger society.

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