Eugene Cho

the bridge care center

If you truly believe in the Gospel, then you have to believe that it matters not just for your personal salvation and blessings but God’s pursuit of restoration, redemption, and reconciliation for the entire world.

While it’s true that it’s often the blogpost no one wants to read, it has to matter if the Gospel truly matters.

After several weeks of work parties and renovations, we finally hosted the Open House for The Bridge Care Center yesterday.

And perhaps it’s appropriate that on this Valentine’s Day, we share this small expression of

our love for the city of Seattle.

The Bridge Care Center – formerly the headquarters of a fishery office – is the new Justice & Compassion ministry offices for Quest Church. The Bridge Care Center will:

1. Advocate and reach out to those who are without housing or have low-income and need support and connections for housing, employment, food, clothing, and other resources.
2. Provide a mail center.
3. Provide a computer center.
4. Provide case management and counseling.
5. Advocate for the refugee community.
6. Host classes for the community on issues of justice and compassion.

Quest is far from a perfect church and I am reminded weekly if not more often what a mediocre leader I can be but I am nevertheless, amazed at the work that God is doing among our church community.

Several months ago, we informed the church of our hopes of renting a small single office space nearby to start an advocacy ministry for the local homeless community. We launched a mini-campaign to raise $50,000 in hopes of launching and staffing this ministry.

What happened?

  • The church blew the $50,000 goal and gave $70,405.24.
  • We found an office space. Actually, we found an entire office mini-warehouse (over 2400 square feet). And the kicker: the owners waived the rent.
  • Hosted nearly 150+ volunteers.
  • Hired our first staffperson to oversee the case management & the care center and to work with DeAnza, our pastor who oversees Compassion & Justice ministries.

Because we wanted create a warm, inviting and engaging space for ministry and hospitality, we did some work on the space – inside and outside. Check out the pics below.

We spent an incredible amount of energy and time getting this space ready and now, the real hard work of relationships, justice, and advocacy begins…

Filed under:

5 Responses

  1. Looks like a great start. It is exciting to hear that you exceed your fundraising goal by 40%.

  2. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Eugene Cho, Lindy Lowry. Lindy Lowry said: Can't think of a better Valentine's Day present 2 a community: @eugenecho https://eugenecho.wordpress.com/2011/02/14/the-bridge-care-center/ […]

  3. Incredibly ecstatic for you and the Quest community. I think I’m most intrigued by Quest ministry offices and presence now in multiple locations…but not like a multi-site venue. Still ministry extensions of Quest.

    Rock on brother!

  4. Matt D says:

    Thank you for sharing. This is very encouraging!

  5. […] for caring for one another – in both the highs and lows. Thank you for your partnership in birthing The Bridge Care Center to reach and build relationships with the homeless and refugee community and more deeply engage our […]

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

stuff, connect, info

One Day’s Wages

My Instagram

Collaboration.

col·lab·o·ra·tion
kəˌlabəˈrāSH(ə)n/
noun

the action of working with someone or a group of others  to produce or create something.

May we hold our logos, egos, and tribalism have their place. May we hold them loosely for they too shall pass. May we collaborate for the sake of the greater Kingdom of God ... which endures forever. As we honor Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., don't forget the God behind the man. The one true God who deposited this dream into MLK is still speaking to us today. Are we listening?

Be courageous. Be brave.

Being invited by the King Family to speak at the MLK worship service at Ebenezer Baptist Church in 2016 remains one of the most unexpected honors of my life. On the right is his daughter, Dr. Bernice King and his sister, Dr. Christine King Farris. Walking throughstreet markets in different parts of the world is the best. Soaking in the culture. Listening to the local language and music. Enjoying the amazing cuisine. Meeting new friends. Praying for the Gospel to penetrate. #ChiangRai Blessed be the local, indigenous leaders for it is they who live in the very communities they seek to love. For it is they who understand their context and culture...better than a Westerner ever will. For it is they who will continue to tenaciously pursue a better world with hope, justice and love when visitors like me leave.

Yes, blessed be the local, indigenous leaders. What an honor and privilege to celebrate with the on-the-ground local @thefreedomstory team to celebrate the recent opening of their Education and Resource Center for the local youth in Chiang Rai, Thailanf. This was made possible through a partnership and matching grant by @onedayswages and The Freedom Story.

While it was an honor to be there to cut the cord and say a few words, this is an example of collaboration. Much love to the Freedom Story team including their co-founders Tawee Donchai and @Rachel Goble, to their staff who live in the community, who understand their context and culture, and who tenaciously pursue a better world with hope, justice and love. And of course, much love to the students themselves for they each matter. Finally, to each person that donated to @onedayswages to make this grant possible.

May hundreds and even thousands of youth be impacted, encouraged, and mentored. May they capture a glimpse of God's love for them.

Photo: @benjaminedwards Part 2 on my wrestling with the complex issue of human trafficking. In part, documenting my trip to Thailand for @onedayswages...to listen, learn, and visit one of our partner orgs @thefreedomstory. More to come.

There's such painful and poignant irony in pursuing justice...unjustly. One way we do this is when we reduce people into projects...and thus, propagating the dangerous power dynamic of US as heroes and THEM as helpless and exclusively as victims. So dangerous.

Human trafficking is not just an issue. It’s ultimately, about people. Depending on the sources of statistics, there are anywhere from 29-40 million people in some form of forced labor and slavery, including sex trafficking.

And one thing I’ve learned, personally, is how easy it is easy to reduce people into projects which is why mutuality, reciprocity, and dignity are so vital. These are critical because God never intended people to be reduced into projects.

We forget this and we indirectly foster a culture and system of victimization or worse, the pornification of the poor or in this case, "the trafficked." And when you start dehumanizing the poor or trafficked, you have no genuine desire to build relationships with them. You believe or build stereotypes in broad strokes, singular, black and white narratives that have been told about them. You believe the lie that they have nothing to teach us and are incapable of contributing to the larger society.

Lord, break our hearts for the things that break your heart. Give us eyes to see others through your eyes. Give us humility so that we acknowledge our own need to learn and grow. (Photo via @thefreedomstory)

my tweets

JOIN ME ON FACEBOOK

advertisements

Blog Stats

  • 3,442,760 hits