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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41 years ago today, our family immigrated to the United States from Seoul, South Korea. I was six years old; the youngest of three sons. My father, when he was also six, fled from what is now known as North Korea. Just recently, he shared with me that he and some of his family had been in a refugee camp when war and violence broke out on the Korean peninsula. It's emotional thinking about what my brothers and I went through coming to a completely foreign country. It wasn't easy. And then, I think about what my parents had to go through:

They fled their homes near Pyongyang which also meant leaving some of their extended families.

They experienced unfathomable hunger and poverty.

They experienced the pain of war.

They immigrated again to the United States as adults with minimal resources and a handful of English words.

All in hopes that their children would have the opportunities that were never afforded to them.

I'm thinking of my brothers today. I'm thinking of my parents and honoring them for their sacrifice and tenacity. And finally, I'm thinking of refugees and immigrants all around the world that are yearning for family, peace, hope, and opportunities. Don't reduce Martin Luther King Jr. to a yearly quote on social media. Live out the dream. Seek first the Kingdom of God. Confront evil. Be a truth-teller. Seek justice. Love mercy. Pursue reconciliation. Build bridges. Love your neighbors. Forgive your enemies. Pray unceasingly. Live a committed life of peace, love, and justice.

The God who deposited this dream into MLK is still speaking to us today.

Be brave. "Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." ~ Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Here's the full context of his famous quote: "The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it. Through violence you may murder the liar, but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth. Through violence you murder the hater, but you do not murder hate. In fact, violence merely increases hate. Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate. Only love can do that." An important word for the Church... Oh, how God loves the nations. The Scriptures make this so clear. No one - let alone, the leader of a country - should ever disparage other nations with such a disgusting comment.

To the beautiful people of Haiti, El Salvador, and of the many countries of Africa: We are so sorry. Please accept our apologies on behalf of President Trump.

I've had the privilege of being in Haiti twice and numerous countries in Africa including Kenya where I took this picture during an afternoon drive near Kijabe. In many of these visits, I witnessed such creativity, courage, leadership, hospitality and kindness. To follow Jesus without obedience, repentance, self-denial, and dying to self is an oxymoron. In other words, are we more in love with the idea of following Jesus than actually following Jesus?

Grateful for an incredible Sunday at @seattlequest of beginning our 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting.

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