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…

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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 […]

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This was 10 years ago. I dominated my son in wrestling and I know what you're thinking, "How could you employ a rear chokehold armbar kimura on your own son?" Hey, a competition is a competition.

I love you, son. The world is broken. This ia a sad truth. But the story of redemption is not yet finished. God is not yet done. This is the ultimate Truth. Have hope. Press on. Ten years ago, I witnessed one of those "God things" when a church called Interbay Covenant Church gave itself, its legacy, and a building property worth $7 million dollars to @seattlequest. We were then only 5 years old.

Quest is an urban, multiethnic churchplant that started in 2001. We rented the facilities at Interbay Covenant Church - a predominantly older, mostly Anglo congregation with a rich 65 years history. After some time, Pastor Ray Bartel (senior pastor, Interbay) approached me with a "crazy idea" of Interbay "dying to itself and giving itself to Quest" for the sake of the greater Kingdom and the coming generations.

This eventually led to three years of many conversations and prayers. On June 3, 2007, the two churches officially came together to become one church. In giving itself, Interbay also shared their leadership, legacy, and stories. They also gave all of their assets without any strings and without any debt.

Their radical generosity and courage is what enabled Quest to grow - not just numerically - but deeper in discipleship, and deeper in missions - to the city of Seattle and beyond. On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of this merger, we created a short film (check my FB page to see the video) to tell the story - so that our church and the next generations may never forget and that the larger Church may be stirred and encouraged by a greater Kingdom vision.

Thank you, Interbay! The NBA season is over but the hustle and grind continues for my daughter. We argue sometimes but I love training my daughter. She's working hard for her senior year next year. Starting point guard. She's improved a lot. She's one of the quickest players on the floor and has a great midrange jumper. But trying to get her to keep working on her handles, using her off hand and shoulder to protect the ball,  staying and dribbling the ball lower to the ground, and playing aggressive and downhill while remaining in control. That's what we're working on this week. #hoopdreams #ChovarBall Reunited with my favorite elephant, Buh'loom. We bonded earlier this year and I'd like to think that she recognized my voice. Also, appreciate learning about ethical and sustainable eco-tourism. Anywhere. Everywhere. Night markets are the best.

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