Eugene Cho

merry christmas!

The Cho Family is too cheap to mail out letters and Christmas cards so this is their sincere attempt to extend blessings to you and yours.  If you’re interested, you can read more by reading this ‘this letter or clicking on the christmas card to see the adventures of their family this past year.

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The Cho Family Adventures of 2006

It’s true.  Another year has come and gone.  Like many of you, Eugene, Minhee, and their three kids have no idea how this year went by so quickly.   It seemed like just a year ago when Eugene wooed Minhee in Korea and swept her off her feet with his long flowing curly hair, vibrant hand gestures, and long monologues but alas, 9.75 years have passed by.  Indeed, in about five weeks on February 1, Eugene and Minhee will be celebrating their 10 year anniversary.  But back to this past year, the entire Cho Clan thinks it was a great year. 

The kids at least, have been told it was a great year by their parents and they had great fun, have nothing to complain about, and they have great parents.  J is now in third grade.  Through her school, she enjoyed an after school drama program and continues to excel in sports and may one day honor her father’s desire for her to earn a Division I scholarship.  T joined her sister’s school this year and despite being the youngest student in her first grade class, is adjusting and enjoying her new experience.  Both Eugene and Minhee love taking turns dropping and picking them up at school.  T continues to enjoy art, jump rope, and plays a mean game of checkers.  My son turned three in June.  For a while, his parents were concerned that he was acting more like Jabba the Hut than a Jedi as he had difficulty putting a few words together into what we would normally call a sentence.  But alas, the force is strong with this one and he has made leaps and bounds in his communication to the point that his parents miss the days of his simple questions.  He attends something ridiculous called 2 day Pre-Kindergarten.  J enjoys cars, dinosaurs, crashing into things, and bugging his sisters. 

Both Minhee and Eugene took one more step closer towards the looming 40 (a couple years away).  They remain committed to having one parent (this would be Minhee) remain at home until all three kids are in public school.  While there are days she wants to kick Eugene in the shins really hard because he gets to ‘work’ and enjoy free coffee daily, she really does enjoy this season of her life.  Somehow, like an amazing superhero, she enjoys her hobbies of crafts and cyworld, leads the Moms’ Group at her church, volunteers at her kids’ schools, attends BSF in Seattle, and strives to regularly pray for her husband, children, and church community.  Her mother (who lives in Korea) recently had a back injury so Minhee went to Korea to tend to her mother for couple weeks during her rehab.  Minhee returned to Seattle only to discover that Eugene fed the kids macaroni and cheese for Thanksgiving dinner.  Thank God that she understands the importance of forgiveness.

Asides from his privilege of being a husband and father, Eugene continues to serve the city of Seattle and a growing church called Quest as a pastor.  The Seattle Times recently published a short ‘portrait’ of Eugene and his ministry. He also masquerades as a barista at QCafe and enjoys the perks of free coffee and free admission to the live music shows at Q.  As some of you may know, Eugene and Minhee planted Quest Church in 2001.  This past November, Quest celebrated their five year anniversary but they were unsure why people were giving them a standing ovation when they get to enjoy so much the blessings of this ministry.  Eugene also managed to keep busy by:  1) a handful of speaking gigs at churches/conferences, 2) a vision trip with a small group of pastors to Thailand, Burma, and Japan, 3) unretiring his basketball shoes to no longer allow his ruptured Achilles injury of 2003 to hold him back, and 4) starting this new blog you are currently reading.

The Cho Clan thanks you for your friendship and partnership and hope that in some way or another – email, phone, text message, or smoke signals – can continue to stay in touch.  They extend blessings to you and yours this Christmas and in 2007 and beyond. 

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11 Responses

  1. Nancy says:

    And I thought I was up late! Enjoyed reading the Cho Family adventures. Wow, Jedi is big and no longer a roly poly Jabba.
    Have a blessed Christmas!

  2. Gene S says:

    Merry Christmas, Cho Family. You’re truly blessed and gifts to each other. Cherish every moment.

  3. puttu says:

    happy new year n merry x mas cho family…may the almighty wish u n ur family wit lot f happiness…

  4. Esther says:

    This is your old friend from Korea with the young heart! Thank you for your news, full of wit like always – and the picture is beautiful, especially your hair! The kids – oh they are lovely! God’s wonderful creation. Hasn’t God wonderful people?

  5. the terlouws says:

    merry christmas to you all. we enjoyed reading your witty letter and seeing your beautiful family too. thanks for everything you do…may god bless you in 2007.

  6. Jason k says:

    PE, thanks for your leadership, passion and heart. Merry Christmas. God bless you and your family this Christmas Season.

  7. You are all full of news! Merry Christmas to you and a happy new year from the Dillers! God sure does keep you busy!

  8. Stopher says:

    I hope you had a good Christmas and that you’ll have a happy new year. Wow, the kids are getting bigger!

  9. Eric Saxman says:

    Cho, It is beautiful to see how your visions of family and work have been continually provided by God’s faithfulness and mercy. Thanks for including me. The last of the 4L’s not for long, sax

  10. Sherrie Kendall says:

    We continue to be inspired by our few years wuth you at Quest as we are committed to the growth and life at Vibrant in Portland. The children’s ministry is swelling with pregnant bellies. It is exciting, and valuable, to think back on a similar stage of life we were a part of with Q. Always, we think fondly and often of your family.

  11. Sylvia Roh says:

    I feel so up to date with the Cho family after reading this! Happy New Years to all of you. I miss you guys!

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Back safely from Iraq, Lebanon, and Jordan. Thanks for your prayers. 
I have numerous stories to share but for now, the following came up in every conversation with Iraqi/Syrian refugees:

1 Have tea with us. Or coffee. Or juice. Or something with lots of sugar in it. Or better yet, all of the above.
2 We want peace. We want security. 
3 We hate ISIS. 
4 We just want to go home.
5 Please don't forget us.

Please don't forget them... Father, please bless and protect these Iraqi and Syrian "refugee" children that have already endured so much. Protect their hearts and mind from unfathomable trauma. Plant seeds of hope and vision in their lives. And as we pray for them, teach us how to advocate for them. Amen. "We don't call them refugees. We call them relatives. We don't call them camps but centers. Dignity is so important." -  local Iraqi priest whose church has welcomed many "relatives" to their church's property

It's always a privilege to be invited into peoples' home for tea - even if it's a temporary tent. This is an extended Yezidi family that fled the Mosul, Iraq area because of ISIS. It's indeed true that Christians were targeted by ISIS and thatbstory muat be shared but other minority groups like the Yezidis were also targeted. Some of their heartbreaking stories included the kidnapping of their sister. They shared that their father passed away shortly of a "broken heart." The conversation was emotional but afterwards, we asked each other for permission to take photos. Once the selfies came out, the real smiles came out.

So friends: Pray for Iraq. Pray for the persecuted Church. Pray for Christians, minority groups like the Yezidis who fear they will e completely wiped out in the Middle East,, and Muslims alike who are all suffering under ISIS. Friends: I'm traveling in the Middle East this week - Iraq, Lebanon, and Jordan. (Make sure you follow my pics/stories on IG stories). Specifically, I'm here representing @onedayswages to meet, learn, and listen to pastors, local leaders, NGOs, and of course directly from refugees from within these countries - including many from Syria.

For security purposes, I haven't been able to share at all but I'm now able to start sharing some photos and stories. For now, I'll be sharing numerous photos through my IG stories and will be sharing some longer written pieces in couple months when ODW launches another wave of partnerships to come alongside refugees in these areas. Four of us are traveling together also for the purpose of creating a short documentary that we hope to release early next year.

While I'm on my church sabbatical, it's truly a privilege to be able to come to these countries and to meet local pastors and indigenous leaders that tirelessly pursue peace and justice, and to hear directly from refugees. I've read so many various articles and pieces over the years and I thought I was prepared but it has been jarring, heartbreaking,  and gut wrenching. In the midst of such chaos, there's hope but there's also a lot of questions, too.

I hope you follow along as I share photos, stories, and help release this mini-documentary. Please tag friends that might be interested.

Please pray for safety, for empathy, for humility and integrity, for divine meetings. Pray that we listen well; To be present and not just be a consumer of these vulnerable stories. That's my biggest prayer.

Special thanks to @worldvisionusa and @worldrelief for hosting us on this journey. 9/11
Never forget.
And never stop working for peace.

Today, I had some gut wrenching and heart breaking conversations about war, violence, and peacemaking. Mostly, I listened. Never in my wildest imagination did I envision having these conversations on 9/11 of all days. I wish I could share more now but I hope to later after I process them for a few days.

But indeed: Never forget.
And never stop working for peace.
May it be so. Amen. Mount Rainier is simply epic. There's nothing like flying in and out of Seattle.

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my tweets

  • Boom. Final fishing trip. Grateful. A nice way to end my 3 month sabbatical. #catchandrelease twitter.com/i/web/status/9… || 1 day ago
  • Christians: May we be guided by the Scriptures that remind us, "Seek first the Kingdom of God" and not, "Seek first the kingdom of America." || 1 day ago
  • Every convo with Iraqi/Syrian refugees included: 1 Have tea with us 2 We want peace 3 We hate ISIS 4 We want to go home 5 Don't forget us || 4 days ago
  • Back safely from Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan to assess @OneDaysWages' partnerships & to film mini-documentary on refugee crisis. So many emotions. || 4 days ago
  • Pray for Mexico. For those mourning loved ones. For those fighting for life - even under rubbles. For rescue workers. Lord, in your mercy. || 4 days ago
  • Don't underestimate what God can do through you. God has a very long history of using foolish and broken people for His purposes and glory. || 6 days ago