Eugene Cho

facebook and listen to your wife

Social networking seems to be all the rage [click image below].  Email and blogging have provided plenty of connection for me which is why I’ve been slow to get on the social networking bandwagon.  But two months ago, I sold out and joined Facebook.

And after two months of using Facebook, I’m a fan.  While I don’t fully understand all the features and still get weirded out seeing what others are adding, removing, who’s friends with who, and blah blah blah, the positives certainly outweigh the negatives.

What I’m most impressed by include:

  1. Only “friends” get to access any private information, pics and such.  This is important feature to me.
  2. You add certain ’causes’ to your profile and use this as a platform to help spread the word on causes that mean something to you.
  3. It takes a little work but it’s been good to find a handful of friends from the past.  Cool to figure out what they’re up to.
  4. Applications galore.  Maybe too much.
  5. The mobile access.

As a pastor, I’ve very much enjoyed using Facebook to remain connected or to build connections with some of our church community.  For example, we have nearly 150 college students at Quest and truth be told, it is immensely difficult to remember their names and their stories.  If I even have the chance, I ask the same questions every week:  “What’s your name? Where do you study?  What do you study?”  They’re probably sick of answering the same questions week after week.  Facebook has given me a venue – without embarrassing myself or hurting people’s feelings – to learn more about folks.  I highly recommend it – as long as you don’t become an addict.

And while we’re talking about social networking, let me plug a new SN website started by a married couple at our church.  It is smartly called ListenToYourWife.com.  Umm, it’s pretty self explanatory.  Check it out.  My secret agenda is that their site grows so that they sell it Murdoch for 1.8 billions dollars and give a big chunk to the church. 

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4 Responses

  1. gar says:

    “ListenToYourWife”… haha, that’s a pretty clever name. I wonder if my wife will join?

    And yeah, FB is definitely an interesting site. Much better done than MySpace IMO.

  2. I agree. I love Facebook. The ease of use and the tools it offers is amazing. You can write messages, notes, share videos and pictures and audio, all from one place.It is an awesome way to stay connected.
    If you haven’t already, you might consider making a Facebook Group for your church. You could spread news of events and send messages to all the church people at once. As well as post videos and pictures and discussion boards.

  3. Blake says:

    A Possible Scenario From The Year 2010:

    Me: Hi. My name is Blake and I have a problem.
    Everyone Else: Hi Blake.
    Me: *Starts *Sobbing* My problem is that I’m addicted to Facebook. I can’t get enough of it, feeling the need to give a play-by-play of my day on my status. It’s my homepage on my 4th generation iPhone and I’m always checking it. My family hasn’t seen me in person in days, even taking to messaging me online to talk to me. I can’t remember the last time I showered. It’s a real problem and I want to quit.
    Everyone Else: We’re here for you? Blake. You can do it.
    *Group Hug*

    Haha. Lord help us if this scenario becomes common. 😉

  4. Lon says:

    awesome, yes, facebook rocks. it’s the first social network i think i’ll actually stick around for a good while with. thansk for the wife site too. haha…

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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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  • 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
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