Eugene Cho

i left my heart in guatemala

As most of you know, Minhee and I spent several days in Guatemala last week to do some research and networking for our personal growth and for ODW. Even despite my brief time and limited exposure, I think I left my heart in Guatemala.

Guatemala is a beautiful country but like every place, it has both examples of beauty and depravity. During our few days there, we spent the majority of our daytime with an NGO called Lemonade International and our evening with a host family who treated us to some amazing Gautemalan food and company. For a few hours on one day, we had a chance to visit Antigua.

Here are some pictures:

Bullet holes in so many places in the “urban ghetto slum” we were visiting called La Limonada. Zones 4, 5, and 6 has the 4th highest murder rate in the world. Here’s an example of one bullet hole in someone’s door.

This picture is from a photographer from Lemonade International as I didn’t take a good shot of the barrios that give a perspective of  La Limonada.

Beautiful children. Seriously…they had so much joy. [Notice another bullet hole in the background]. Lemonade International was running two after school programs in 2 barrios. Minhee and I enjoyed our time in the classes. Keep the kids off the streets – away from harm, violence, and drugs.

Okay, I was trying to get my photographer thing going on since I’ve mentioned that I want to enjoy photography as a new hobby. With the exception of the first picture, the rest were taken in Antigua.

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10 Responses

  1. YEAH! I got to read this whole post in my RSS Reader! WOot WOot!

    And such beautiful pictures to boot!

  2. koo says:

    you’ve definitely got an eye for it! nice stuff PE!

  3. danderson says:

    I understand that 80 percent of Guatemala’s rural indigenous population lives in severe poverty. It’s an incredibly beautiful land with great people who are industrious and work very hard. Lake Atitlan has been a very large tourist destination, including many “hippy” types from the Europe and the U.S. There are pockets of wealth, but the overwhelming majority live out their lives in quiet desperation.

  4. Social comments and analytics for this post…

    This post was mentioned on Twitter by lemonadeintl: RT @EugeneCho: I ain’t no @EstherHavens @jeremycowart @coreyhage or @chenleo but here are my pics from Guatemala: http://bit.ly/dthLS2

  5. Jeff says:

    Tita is an amazing women and her team of teachers is awesome. The work they are doing there is a true witness to the the grace and love of God. My wife has been there 3 times and I have been there 1. We support Tita and her schools by sponsoring 2 girls through Lemonade International.

  6. Doug "dad" Holderman says:

    Eugene, I enjoyed being in the Quest 9:15 service with my son Nick. Thanks for greeting us! Quest is a great church and God is present and at work in a big way. We celebrate His grace with you, Doug

  7. Eugene, thanks so much to you and Minhee for investing your “vacation” in a community we love so much! Our team was honored to host you and we look forward to the possibility of a partnership with ODW. Regardless we are very excited about the work you are doing and look forward to supporting ODW and spreading the word about the grassroots movement. Great news on reaching the $100K goal!!

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Window seat. For the win. As leaders, we must not see ministry and family as competing commitments.  We must not sacrifice our marriage and kids for the sake of "ministry." How can we? Loving our families IS ministry & good leadership.

And on a side note, we took this goofy photo for Mother's Day last Sunday at @seattlequest. I was shocked! What in the world happened to our kids? Our 13 year old son blocked four of my shots on the basketball court yesterday. He's since been grounded... I fear that we ask God to move mountains, forgetting that God also wants to move us.

In fact, it's possible that we are that mountain. Time flies. The eldest is wrapping up her 1st year in college and the college tours have begun for the 2nd child. The youngest enters high school in the Fall. Can't say enough about how proud Minhee and I are of the kids - not just of their accomplishments but the people they are and are becoming.

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Princeton isn't necessarily for everyone. And to say that I loved everything about my experience would be misleading but it was very formative. Ir challenged me to examine why I believed in what I believed. It reminded me that God could handle my questions. It prepared me for a post-Christian context where I am not entitled to be heard but I had to earn the right to be heard, and of course, it taught me that all is good with a Philly cheese steak at Hoagie Haven.

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