Eugene Cho

the fish that did not get away

Well, we’re back from our vacation. Our family had a great time. Nothing fancy. We just stayed in our camping grounds in Nebraska and did the following:

  • hung out with our parents.
  • fished.
  • ate.
  • fished.
  • played with the kids
  • fished.
  • swam.
  • fished.
  • and swam some more.

Despite not hitting my goal of catching 153 fish (I ended up with 92), I managed to catch the biggest bass fish I have ever caught. Here it is:

bass vs man. it was an epic battle. score one for man.

Some day, I’d like to work part-time as a fishing guide and possibly become a professional fisherman in my dreams. I would have my own TV show and it would look like this:

And here’s a few more pics from our trip:

the sky of wyoming

an ominous cloud enveloped our camp one day

my oldest daughter doing her best MJ impersonation

do you see the rainbow? it was incredible...

fished with my father in the morning and my kids during dusk

minhee threw in a line and caught (at that point), the biggest fish

the girls were catching lots of fish but jedi finally caught one!

my pose when i win the 2012 US Bass Championships

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8 Responses

  1. Ben from TIC says:

    Congrats on the fish. Sounds like a great Sabbath–refreshing and rejuvenating.

  2. SoGer says:

    Pastor Cho,

    I appreciate how your blog is multifaceted. It is a blog about life (which entails everything from the really serious, e.g., race issues, to the light and fun e.g., fishing) and I really enjoy that. Thanks for sharing about life, all its complexities and all its joys.

    Also, your fishing pictures make me think of my younger days as a fisherboy (not man at that time!). I think I might have to get into that again.

  3. Congrats, really nice pics..

  4. Yaakova says:

    I love the sky here in Wyoming.

  5. georgesong says:

    nice, fish-whisperer! 😉

  6. Oliver Jen says:

    Wow, it’s gorgeous in Wyoming! Those are some really great pictures!

  7. Oliver Jen says:

    Hit ‘Submit’ too fast…

    Assuming you used a lure. What did you use? any snags?

  8. […] had the most surreal phone call while I was fishing in Nebraska during my vacation. A guy named Nicholas Kristof called. For those that don’t know, Kristof […]

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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.

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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.

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