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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As I soaked in this breathtaking sunrise this morning above the clouds, I felt compelled to pray for so my places in America and around the world that are experiencing such pain, heartache, injustice, and violence. At times, it feels so overwhelming but in prayer, I was reminded of these words from John 16:33. As we keep striving, working, hoping, preaching, loving, truthtelling, reconciling, repenting, forgiving, dismantling, peacemaking, Kingdom building...may we fix our eyes on Christ: “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” - John 16:33 Grateful for a very full weekend of ministry and preaching in Toronto, Canada (GTA). Such a privilege to partner with @worldvisioncan @wvcollective to advocate for the most vulnerable around the world. God is so gracious. A true honor to meet and encourage local pastors, lecture at Tyndale University & Seminary (photo), and preach at Richmond Hills Community Church, Compass Point Bible Church, and New City Church. Thank you, Lord, that you use broken and imperfect people like me to speak of Your love. Today, Minhee and I dropped off our eldest child at her college. We have been thinking and praying about this day for many years. On some days, we hoped it would never come. On other days, we couldn't wait for it to come. On some days, we prayed for time to stop and other days, we prayed with anticipation. 
After an entire summer of laughing it off, it hit us...hard...this week. Seeing all of her stuff laid out on the basement floor was the catalyst to a load of emotions.

After unloading the car and taking her stuff to her new home for this year and mindful that she might never live with us again; helping sort out her stuff, saying hello to her roommates...I wasn't sure what to do or say.

A flood of thoughts rushed my mind.

Is she ready?
Have we done enough?
Have we taught her enough? 
What if this? What if that?

And so we shared what we have shared with her the moment she began to understand words: "Remember who you are. Remember WHO you belong to. Remember what you're about. God loves you so much. Please hold God's Word and His promises close and dear to your heart. We love you so much and we are so proud of you." And with that, we said goodbye. Even if she may not be thousands of miles away, this is a new chapter for her and even for us. I kept it composed. Her roommate was staring at me. I didn't want to be that father. I have street cred to uphold. Another final hug. 
And I came home.
And I wept.
Forget my street cred.
I miss her. I love her.
She will always be my little baby.

I'm no parenting guru. I just laughed as I wrote that line. No, I'm stumbling and bumbling along but I'd love to share an ephiphany I learned not that long ago. Coming to this realization was incredibly painful but simultaneously, liberating. To be honest, it was the ultimate game-changer in my understanding as a parent seeking after the heart of God.

While there are many methods, tools, philosophies, and biblical principles to parenting, there is – in my opinion – only one purpose or destination.

Our purpose as parents is to eventually…release them. Send forth. For His glory. Met a friend and fellow pastor who I haven't seen in over 20 years. In him, I saw a glimpse of my future. While only 10 years older, his kids are married and he's now a grandfather of 3. His love for his wife and family were so evident and his passion for the Gospel has not wavered. It was so good to see someone a bit older still passionately serving the Lord with such joy and faithfulness. Lord, help me to keep running the race for your Glory. Happy wife.
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I still remember that time, many years ago, when Minhee was pregnant with our first child. She had left her family and friends in Korea just two years before. Her morning sickness was horrible and when she finally had an appetite, she craved her favorite Korean food from certain restaurants in her neighborhood in Seoul, Korea. I had no way of getting that food from those restaurants so I actually said, "How about a Whopper? Big Mac?" Sorry honey. Eat away. You deserve it. I don't care if it sounds mushy but sunsets are one of my love languages. Seoul, Korea was amazing but WOW...what a breathtaking welcome back sunset by Seattle. Not ready to let go of summer.

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