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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One Day’s Wages

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Made it to 47 years old this psst week. Grateful for God's grace and all those who believed in me, prayed for me, encouraged me, invested in me, forgave me, fed me, loved me, and _____ me.

I've come a long way since my first school picture  at the age of 6 - the age I immigrated to the United States. And long way to go. You can do it, sun. Break through the clouds. I love her. Saturday morning date at Pike Market with @minheejcho. Enjoying the final day of sun before 6 months of rain and gray. Not lol'ing. Some of my moat memorable travels have been to Myanmar (otherwise known as Burma). In fact, the vision of @onedayswages began on my first visit to this country in 2006. On a recent visit, I began learning about the Rohingya people. Sadly, it has escalated to horrendous, genocidal proportions.

Thus far, about 500,000 people have been driven out from Myanmar through violence...with most going to Bangledesh...regulated to a massive refugee camp. Stateless. Undocumented. Minority groups. Dehumanized. Homes and villages destroyed. And so much more unspeakable atrocities.

Yes, it's complex and messy. It always is. But the root of this injustice as the case for so much brokeness in the world is the sin of dehumanizing one anotber as..."the other." May we see each person, including the Rohingya people, as one who is created in the image of God. It's the truth and the remedy to the incessant dehumanization that goes on in our world.

Lord, in your mercy. The obedience of discipleship which includes the work of justice is a marathon. It's long, arduous, and emotional. Be tenacious. But also take care of yourself. Create healthy rhythms. Don't burn out. We need you for the marathon. Friends, don't give up. Press on. In the midst of so much chaos in the world, may we continue to cling to the hope of the whole Gospel. May we cling unto Jesus:

Way maker!
Miracle worker!
Promise keeper!
Light in the darkness!
That is who You are!

What an encounter with the Holy Spirit at @seattlequest today. Grateful for our worship team, the gospel choir, and the Audio/Visual team. Thank you Matt, Teresita, and Chris. Please thank all the volunteers for us.

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