Eugene Cho

many still w/o power in seattle

seattle experienced some incredible weather this past week.  we had wind gusts beyond 70 miles per hour along with some pockets of torrential rain.  around midnight – 2am this past friday am, my wife and i stayed up to make sure everything was ok with the house and our children.  honestly, i was a little scared.  seeing trees outside sway back and forth was intense.  we woke up the next morning and from our perspective, everything seemed normal.  the streets were actually dry; we didn’t notice much debris on the grounds.  despite schools being closed, i proceeded to work like a normal day.  what was surprising was a steady flow of of phone calls from quest families asking if it was possible for them to stay with us since their power went out at their respective homes.

little did i know as a result of the wind storm, about a million people in the larger seattle area lost electricity!  as i post this blog, there are still over 250,000 folks that are still without electricity.  i guessed (from a show of hands at church today), about 40%+ of our church community had lost their electricity at one point in the past couple days.  had the church leaders known how many folks would have been affected by this windstorm, we would have been better prepared.  we should have had a list of homes ready to welcome guests as well as opening up the qcafe to local neighbors to use as a warm place to seek refuge and sleep if necessary.

in between hosting the quest christmas party on saturday night for about 70+ folks that showed up, our family has enjoyed being able to host several families who were left in the cold.   if you’re in need of some assistance or a warm place to crash until your power is restored, let us know.  our family and others within quest are able to serve you.  let’s use this opportunity to serve our neighbors, demonstrate kindness, and build the larger community of seattle.

be safe and stay warm.

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  1. SJ says:

    It is encouraging to see someone really living it… I have been trying to figure out the best term for it… I tend to call it “real life Christianity”, whatever you call it, it is the antithesis to nominal Christianity… You are living it… and you need to know that people are taking notice and be encouraged in that… what did St. Francis say, something about spreading the Gospel, and if you had to, use words…

  2. Sam says:

    Thanks for being such a wonderful pastor to our church.

  3. m@ says:

    SJ, I don’t believe St. Francis said that, but regardless it’s Franciscan in nature. And humbling.

    Eugene, I was actually thinking about this during church last night (in between spurts of wondering why you didn’t have your new giraffe on stage with you) — but I wondered how the two homeless gentlemen in the back of the audience at 5pm would have perceived our battle against the power lines. For them, braving the elements, not having refrigerated food or drink, or whatever luxuries we’re afforded simply by having electricity are never promised to them. Perhaps I should have just asked them, and that question would have been answered.

    Granted, we all have our own measure of struggles, and having to throw out my dairy products was no fun, but…yeah, it just got me thinking.

  4. e cho says:

    SJ: ‘really living it’ might be a stretch. ‘striving to pursue it’ might be more accurate. we also have 3000sq feet at our home; i was more encouraged by many folks that offered to share their couches, floors, food, and how showers than anything else.

    Matt: Bobby (one of our homeless friends) is a longtime friend. we’ve been encouraging and inviting him to work with us to get off the streets. it’s much more difficult that we can ever imagine. but indeed, this whole incident has put things into perspective when there’s still a substantial population around the world that either don’t have electricity or consistent electricity.

  5. this is SJ… wasn’t logged in before… not that it matters, but it is st. francis
    “Preach the gospel everyday; if necessary, use words.”
    St. Francis of Assisi
    looked it up online it must be true (snickers, but, i have heard it attributed to him often)…

    and “really living it” is not a stretch to me as much as a compliment… might be semantics here… i was encouraged to read the original blog…

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