Eugene Cho

los angeles, dc, chicago, and north carolina

I’ll be traveling here and there in the next few months and hope to run into some of you. Because my priority is with my family and my church, I’ve had to wisely and strategically choose when and where to travel. That’s another way of saying that I’ve had to learn when to say, “No,” and “Yes.”

Regardless, I’m just thankful that God has given me these opportunities to be a voice and influence beyond my local tribe.

While I also use my time on these engagements to attempt to rest, I also try to strategically meeting with folks that are interested in becoming investors in ODW or hosting some sort of fundraiser/dinner party/event while I’m in that specific city.

Thanks for your love, support, and prayers. Here are the dates & events:

Outside Washington:

TG Conference – “Losing my Religion”

August 4-7 @ Los Angeles
web: Transgeneration Conference

Mustard Seed Generation

August 10-12 @ Washington DC/Virginia
web:  Mustard Seed Generation
* This isn’t a large conference but I believe this might be one of the most significant gathering events for Korean-American ministry leaders. Check out the video and learn why:

Community Investment Network Conference

Sept 30-October 3 @ Raleigh-DurhamNorth Carolina
* speaking at Saturday breakfast
web: CIN Conference

North Park University

October 31-November 3
* Will likely preach at a local Chicago church on October 31
web:  NPU

Local Stuff

North Pacific Conference Men’s Retreat

Sept 24-26 @ Cascades Camp | more info

UMC New Church Leadership Institute

October 26 @ Seattle

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5 Responses

  1. dmbaldwin says:

    Hey Eugene,
    I’m forty minutes from Gaithersburg, MD. Would love to treat you to a Starbucks if you have the time. Totally understand if you don’t
    I don’t have a lot of money either, so not big donor material.
    I’ll be praying for your time in these cities and for good connections while there.

  2. Ben from TIC says:

    Whilst at North Park, stop off at Taco Chino for a Korean taco. It’s a mile away from NPU at 4712 Kimball. Please let me know if you’re planning to have a meetup in Chicago–I’d love to say hi and hang out.

  3. Jeff says:

    Di & I would love to catch up with you in the windy city – we’ll stay in touch as gets nearer

  4. daniel so says:

    Eugene – The Mustard Seed Generation gathering really does seem unique. They’re asking great questions, and their approach seems like a much-needed fresh perspective in ministering to Korean American youth. I’d love to hear your thoughts after you return.

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Today, Minhee and I dropped off our eldest child at her college. We have been thinking and praying about this day for many years. On some days, we hoped it would never come. On other days, we couldn't wait for it to come. On some days, we prayed for time to stop and other days, we prayed with anticipation. 
After an entire summer of laughing it off, it hit us...hard...this week. Seeing all of her stuff laid out on the basement floor was the catalyst to a load of emotions.

After unloading the car and taking her stuff to her new home for this year and mindful that she might never live with us again; helping sort out her stuff, saying hello to her roommates...I wasn't sure what to do or say.

A flood of thoughts rushed my mind.

Is she ready?
Have we done enough?
Have we taught her enough? 
What if this? What if that?

And so we shared what we have shared with her the moment she began to understand words: "Remember who you are. Remember WHO you belong to. Remember what you're about. God loves you so much. Please hold God's Word and His promises close and dear to your heart. We love you so much and we are so proud of you." And with that, we said goodbye. Even if she may not be thousands of miles away, this is a new chapter for her and even for us. I kept it composed. Her roommate was staring at me. I didn't want to be that father. I have street cred to uphold. Another final hug. 
And I came home.
And I wept.
Forget my street cred.
I miss her. I love her.
She will always be my little baby.

I'm no parenting guru. I just laughed as I wrote that line. No, I'm stumbling and bumbling along but I'd love to share an ephiphany I learned not that long ago. Coming to this realization was incredibly painful but simultaneously, liberating. To be honest, it was the ultimate game-changer in my understanding as a parent seeking after the heart of God.

While there are many methods, tools, philosophies, and biblical principles to parenting, there is – in my opinion – only one purpose or destination.

Our purpose as parents is to eventually…release them. Send forth. For His glory. Met a friend and fellow pastor who I haven't seen in over 20 years. In him, I saw a glimpse of my future. While only 10 years older, his kids are married and he's now a grandfather of 3. His love for his wife and family were so evident and his passion for the Gospel has not wavered. It was so good to see someone a bit older still passionately serving the Lord with such joy and faithfulness. Lord, help me to keep running the race for your Glory. Happy wife.
Happy life. - Eugenius 3:16

I still remember that time, many years ago, when Minhee was pregnant with our first child. She had left her family and friends in Korea just two years before. Her morning sickness was horrible and when she finally had an appetite, she craved her favorite Korean food from certain restaurants in her neighborhood in Seoul, Korea. I had no way of getting that food from those restaurants so I actually said, "How about a Whopper? Big Mac?" Sorry honey. Eat away. You deserve it. I don't care if it sounds mushy but sunsets are one of my love languages. Seoul, Korea was amazing but WOW...what a breathtaking welcome back sunset by Seattle. Not ready to let go of summer. Seattle. 7:00pm. Desperately holding on to summer. #goldengardenpark #nofilter Happy Birthday, Minhee! I'm so grateful for you. You radiate faith, hope, and love. don't complete me. That would be silly and simply humanly impossible but you keep pointing me and our family to Christ who informs and transforms our lives, marriage, family, and ministry. Thanks for being so faithful. I love you so much. (* And what a gift to be in Korea together.)

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