Eugene Cho

the beautiful and broken story

img-lindsayStories are essential. Our ability to experience, process, and share our stories is one of the reasons that make us uniquely human and a reminder, in my opinion, of affirmation that we are created in the image of our loving God.

The Scriptures is a profound narrative of God – unfolding his identity, purpose, and commitment to His creation.  It’s also a narrative about God’s relationship with humankind.

But when I talk about story, I’m talking about “all” of it and not just the nice parts.  Before Christ and after Christ – which is why I’m so compelled by Paul’s ‘sharing’ of his story (before and after Christ) throughout Acts but especially when he talks to the respective kings: Felix, Festus, and Agrippa. As a pastor, I am constantly reminded that with numerous hats I wear, the three I can never take off all involve ‘the story’:

  • sharing and celebrating God’s story
  • being faithful to my story with God
  • learning and loving the stories of your church

I don’t like to gush but I will. I absolutely love this video and the story in the video and the vision behind Deidox.  So much that we showed this video at Quest last Sunday and it was received very well. Deidox (started by by couple dudes I recently met) aims to share the stories of God working in the lives of people.

Take 5 minutes and watch the video below and let me know what you think.

Check out the Deidox website and watch the other two short films. The reasons why I love these films:

  • They’re well made. Excellent.
  • Moves away from the elevation of rock star pastors or the myth that God only works through professional Christians: pastors and missionaries.
  • They’re about every day people.  Umm, like your neighbors.  Hopefully, that includes your diverse neighbors. 🙂
  • It’s about the story.

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15 Responses

  1. esther says:

    excellent! i loved that Lindsay’s heart was made so transparent and real through this film. thanks for sharing…

  2. Karen says:

    As a kindred spirit who teaches while being human, I loved the clip. Last tag, thanks for being IT!

  3. adrianawin says:

    Thanks Eugene for sharing this video. It has reminded me as a parent to show my own children they cannot earn my love.

  4. Leah says:

    Wow, what an awesome story–I aspire to be that kind of teacher!

  5. Peter says:

    Wow. Very inspiring indeed.

  6. Debbie says:

    We visited Quest last Sunday and saw the video there (my youngest will start as a freshman at SPU in Sept. and wanted to check out Quest). Liked the video b/c it was a real person sharing a real piece of her story. I have seen enough Rob Bell/Nooma videos to last me for a while….I will never be Rob Bell.Definitely not nearly cool enough. Lindsey being who God called her to be was affirming—like I can be who called has called me to be and that’s enough. Then of course it was very cool to have the opportunity to share with others in service pieces of our own stories. It was well-used in the context of the service.

  7. gar says:

    Wow! Such a great film, and a reminder of my own personal perspectives on teaching.

    The opening scene where she was sitting on the subway gave me flashbacks especially to my time living and working in Japan, but what got me a little choked up is the expression on her face at about 4:49. I’ve made it myself many times, sitting at my desk after school’s out, planning lessons, but mostly thinking about, worrying, and praying for my students.

  8. Karl Kroger says:

    Wow, what a powerful witness! Thank you so much for sharing this. I’m can be easily moved by the combination of story, film, and music–so I felt like crying through half of this, but it was truly amazing.

    We don’t have to give people tracts, we don’t have to condemn people to hell. We just need to let the love of Christ radiate out of us like Lindsay. That’s not to say we can’t ever tell people about Jesus. But this is where it starts.

  9. […] of our favorite bloggers, Eugene Cho, recently wrote a humbling review of Deidox.  Ever since personally meeting Eugene, we’ve been big fans of his blog.  Eugene […]

  10. […] to Eugene Cho for pointing to Deidox, a series of short films “telling true stories of an active […]

  11. […] the nice white lady when we should be praising so many of our educators in our society. Remember this post I shared earlier about the power of stories and in that case, Lindsay’s […]

  12. […] the nice white lady when we should be praising so many of the educators in our society. Check out this post on my blog about the power of stories, and in that case, Lindsay’s story from Deidox […]

  13. […] Loved this story that Eugene shared on his blog. […]

  14. Kaylin says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this video. As a middle school teacher in a very similar setting, it reminded me so much of my own experiences. It brought tears to my eyes. Thank you again.

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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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#northwestisbest Took a train to Busan. Did not encounter any zombies but I was ready just in case.

Busan. First visit to this city (couple weeks ago) and was blown away by its beauty. Also, shocked that it has become the fifth largest containment port city in the world. That's a lot of import and export.

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my tweets

  • 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 || 6 hours ago
  • Back safely from Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan to assess @OneDaysWages' partnerships & to film mini-documentary on refugee crisis. So many emotions. || 6 hours ago
  • Pray for Mexico. For those mourning loved ones. For those fighting for life - even under rubbles. For rescue workers. Lord, in your mercy. || 6 hours 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. || 2 days ago
  • Father, bless these Iraqi and Syrian refugee children that have already endured so much. As we pray, teach us how t… twitter.com/i/web/status/9… || 4 days ago
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