Eugene Cho

growing up too fast

Where is the time going?  It’s already been 30 years since my family and I immigrated to the United States.  I was my second daughter’ age [6] when I entered this country.

Only seemed like yesterday when our oldest daughter, J, was born.  We were so profoundly humbled and overjoyed by her birth.   T was born at the most difficult time of my life.  She was a sign of great hope and she continues to bring hope to our family.  I still remember preaching with her on my back as we were starting Quest.  My son, J, turned 4 years old yesterday.  4 years old already?  Minhee and I wonder…”Where is the time going?”

This past week, we enjoy couple special moments with our children.  My two oldest daughters finished their school year and are now officially in 4th and 2nd grade.  During their end of school year assembly, they were honored amongst a handful of others with the Humanitarian Awards.  While I am immensely grateful for the devotion and commitment my parents showed in helping us pursue academic excellence, our prayer as parents is that our children would grow to be those who simply, “Love God and Love People.”  That is our first priority…an Ivy league degree is a far 2nd.  Our kids receiving those awards have deep meaning to us…we are so proud.

And yesterday, we had several folks over from the church to help celebrate my son’s birthday.  It’s a great joy to see how our children’s community has grown in the past couple years.  The first two years were bare.  Just our children and if were lucky, a handful of others.  Now, it’s difficult to invite all the families and kids so we simply invited those at J’s age or younger.  Check out these pics and slideshow (w/ soundtrack) from J’s party [Much thanks to photographer Hage Creative]. 

Time has no prejudice.  We have one life.  Let’s enjoy it and make it count.


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6 Responses

  1. ek says:

    Thanks for the example that you and Minhee are as parents and as a family.

  2. Tracy says:

    Jedi has the most beautiful spirit.

  3. Blake says:

    Yeeeeah! Your boy’s the man!😉

  4. Kris says:

    What a darling video, and each of those children’s faces is so PRECIOUS. Your son is indeed fortunate to have a community of dear little friends. The little curly-haired girl has a precious, intense look on her face. And I noticed a transformer gift – oh my, do I remember those (our son is now 27). Thanks for sharing this event with us in blogland.

  5. Thanks for letting me capture those moments in your son life. Your family means a lot to Katey, Ez, and myself. It’s just one way to say thanks for what you have done for us. I look forward to seeing what a TRUE superhero Jedi will be for God.

  6. e cho says:

    kris: 27?! does it happen that quickly? i’m actually pretty excited about the transformers gift myself. i didn’t get one when i was younger so i’m going to play with this one.

    hage creative: thanks again.

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One of my goals in life (aka bucket list). Visit 100 global cities, soak in some of their museums, learn their stories, meet local folks, visit local churches, and hear stories of how God is at work there. Let's fully welcome refugees. Remember, refugees aren't terrorists...they're the ones fleeing away from violence, war, and terrorism. 
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Around May 2000, Minhee and I found out we were expecting a 2nd child. Then, we got another surprise. We felt a calling and stirring to plant a church. We told God, "This is horrible timing!" We left a thriving ministry that we started in the Seattle surburbs and felt compelled to move into the city to plant a new multiethnic church called Quest. To be honest, we were so scared. Minhee was pregnant. Our insurance was about to run out. But we ventured forth. Once I resigned from this church, I had plans, goals, strategies...and none of them materialized. Only bills and payments. I quickly found out that a Masters of Divinity degree - as cool as it may sound - is actually useless in society. No one wanted to hire me. I was unemployed for months. We were eventually on food stamps and DSHS insurance.

In December 2000, we welcomed our 2nd child to the world. When "T" was born, we cried more than the baby. Couple days later, I finally landed a job as the janitor at a Barnes & Noble store. It wasn't quite what I was envisioning but God really worked through this "valley season." And we finally felt peace about starting Quest. Seven people gathered in our living room and several months later on October 2001, Quest Church was officially launched. 
It has not been easy. We've been hurt and worse, we learned we hurt people. More accurately, I hurt people. We've heard our share of criticisms and sometimes, even worse. I've been called my share of names. Too many to list. I've been too liberal, too conservative, too edgy, too rigid, too blunt, too passive. We spent many nights crying out to the Lord...for direction, for peace, for answers. We usually never got the answers we were wanting...but we always felt His presence - even during our valleys. To be honest, we still have many restless nights. In fact, I think we have had more restless nights these past two years than we did in the first two years. 
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