Eugene Cho

thailand expanded version

hi folks.

i have a little more time to give you an update on what i’m experiencing here in thailand.  it’s aout 10.40pm in bangkok and it’s been a very full day in my 2nd day here since arriving at around 1am couple days ago.

after visiting and hearing some local missionaries, we spent the bulk of our day yesterday meeting some indigenous thai ‘missionaries’ who are pastors, and community developers.  they use music as a means to demonstrate care and love for people, particularly for young children.  we visited the slums where they do some ministry and it was a beautiful sight.

today, i spent the bulk of my time visiting the ‘field’ where some local covenant missionaries do their ministry.  visited the abundant life center where such stuff like community housing, microbusinesses, churchplant, and holistic ministry take place – especially focused on the issan people group that are seen as second class citizens in thailand.

in the evening, we went to a visit a leaders’ gathering for newsong church (irvine, ca) who planted a global churchplant here in bangkok.  my heart with quest is that we would plant holistic churches both locally, nationally, and globally.  clearly, they no need to mimic quest seattle but would hope that our ministry philosophy would be contextually embodied.  so, along with meeting local thai leaders, a team from newsong church, i also had a chance to spend a half hour with david gibbons, the lead pastor at newsong, who flew in the day before.  i did not realize that the church had raised 1.4 million dollars  for their venture into thailand.  along with planting a church, they have invested in a fish farm (the largest in thailand), and are building a school in another area of thailand. 

as quest celebrates our five year anniversary in two weeks, i often wonder why doubt and fear still creeps into my heart.  i’m often afraid of people, of rejection, of doubts, of finances, of hardship…  with balance, wisdom, discernment, and accountability, i want to kick ass so that jesus may work through the people of quest.  i don’t want to control that, stand in the way, but simply be a conduit for the Holy Spirit to unleash His might power.

thanks for praying for me, for minhee and the kids…  for those from quest who are reading this, may the Holy Spirit give you grace and power!  and for friends, supporters, and random visitors, would you pray for us in considering how quest will live out the next five years.

on a side note, it’s pretty surreal to be at around similar places that the quest vision team was at couple months ago.  it’s such a small world. as we live in this point in human history, i often marvel at the amazing opportunity that WE have to impact the glocal community in both WORD and DEED.  and by the way, it’s cool that people here in thailand (the xtian community) have heard of quest and the team that strolled into town during that time.

Filed under: emerging church, quest church

3 Responses

  1. leah says:

    peace be unto you, pastor eugene!

    we are missing you here, but enjoying the updates. may you be blessed with vision as you travel throughout the region. i look forward to chatting more when you get back. please pass our greetings to the folks there in thailand, and when you reach chiang mai, if you connect with ktwg and kwo, please bless them for us.

    i’m missing thailand today. thanks for the glimpse into God’s heart there.

  2. eugenecho says:

    5am. on my way to roi et this morning. will be catching a small plane this am. will eventually head towards chiang mai.

    exhausted. cold; itchy throat; losing my voice; but engorged heart. missing all in seattle. missing my family – minhee, kids, and each of you.

  3. g. says:

    kick ass for Jesus!

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