Eugene Cho

god, i am so amazed by you…

I’ve never been a crying person but the last few years, for whatever reason, I’ve been so easy to cry. I could be watching Dumb and Dumber and I’ll start tearing. So, let me warn you in advance:

This week: I’m going to cry like crazy.

It’s not because of my 41st birthday on Thursday but because Quest Church will be celebrating its 10 year anniversary on Sunday.

Even watching the 5 year Anniversary video above [RSS readers, click here], I couldn’t stop crying. So much has happened out of ‘nothing.’ Certainly out of two people with nothing to boast of ourselves and yet, God created something unique:

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. – 1 Peter 2:9-10

It is surreal to look back and marvel at the journey thus far:

  • Minhee and I (and our 2 year old and 2 week old daughters) ventured forth to start this church. I was only 31 at that time and honestly, not quite sure what I was doing. Minhee had just arrived to the US only three years prior to starting Quest.
  • We had 7 people come to our home for our first ‘info meeting.’
  • I worked as a janitor for the first 6 months trying to make ends meet.
  • From the first few months of our church, two people are still with us know. I will never ever have enough love for George and Jin. From the Sunday we launched the church, 8 people are still with us now. 8. The crazy 8.

The past few weeks, we’ve been going through pictures and stories – as we put together our 10 year video and in preparation for my sermon…

There’s so much to write and share – and hopefully, in the coming weeks, I’ll be able to share some significant “chapters” of Quest and some important lessons I’ve learned about churchplanting and leadership that I hope will be of encouragement to those who are currently or will be planting churches.

But as I reflect upon the past decade, the only words I have:

“God, I am so amazed by you.”

If you’ve ever prayed for us, encouraged us, served with us, worshipped with us,  gave to our ministry, or simply blessed us in any way:

Thank you.

And if you’re anywhere in the larger Seattle area, my wife and I would be so honored and blessed if you joined us for our 10 Year Anniversary Celebration this Sunday at Whittier Elementary School. Service is at 10am and we’ll have a special Feast afterwards.

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10 Responses

  1. david says:

    don’t cry, PE- thankfully, your videos are much better now (for the record, this was made 5 years ago on my slow pc with free software after sorting through hours of footage on those tapes). looking forward to sunday!

  2. Cristina says:

    Congratulations!

  3. wowowow – congrats, Eugene! I’ve only come to know about Quest this past year but still feeling the impact of all that God is doing through you and the church all the way across the country. Here’s to another 10! –cate in ny

  4. gadberry says:

    Wow what a great accomplishment. Being in ministry now for over 23 years full time and at my current church 14 years I fully appreciate pastors who are in it for the long run. It takes courage, strength and determination to do what you do. Congratulations, many blessings!

  5. Jason says:

    Congratulations to 10 years and many blessings

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As I soaked in this breathtaking sunrise this morning above the clouds, I felt compelled to pray for so my places in America and around the world that are experiencing such pain, heartache, injustice, and violence. At times, it feels so overwhelming but in prayer, I was reminded of these words from John 16:33. As we keep striving, working, hoping, preaching, loving, truthtelling, reconciling, repenting, forgiving, dismantling, peacemaking, Kingdom building...may we fix our eyes on Christ: “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” - John 16:33 Grateful for a very full weekend of ministry and preaching in Toronto, Canada (GTA). Such a privilege to partner with @worldvisioncan @wvcollective to advocate for the most vulnerable around the world. God is so gracious. A true honor to meet and encourage local pastors, lecture at Tyndale University & Seminary (photo), and preach at Richmond Hills Community Church, Compass Point Bible Church, and New City Church. Thank you, Lord, that you use broken and imperfect people like me to speak of Your love. Today, Minhee and I dropped off our eldest child at her college. We have been thinking and praying about this day for many years. On some days, we hoped it would never come. On other days, we couldn't wait for it to come. On some days, we prayed for time to stop and other days, we prayed with anticipation. 
After an entire summer of laughing it off, it hit us...hard...this week. Seeing all of her stuff laid out on the basement floor was the catalyst to a load of emotions.

After unloading the car and taking her stuff to her new home for this year and mindful that she might never live with us again; helping sort out her stuff, saying hello to her roommates...I wasn't sure what to do or say.

A flood of thoughts rushed my mind.

Is she ready?
Have we done enough?
Have we taught her enough? 
What if this? What if that?

And so we shared what we have shared with her the moment she began to understand words: "Remember who you are. Remember WHO you belong to. Remember what you're about. God loves you so much. Please hold God's Word and His promises close and dear to your heart. We love you so much and we are so proud of you." And with that, we said goodbye. Even if she may not be thousands of miles away, this is a new chapter for her and even for us. I kept it composed. Her roommate was staring at me. I didn't want to be that father. I have street cred to uphold. Another final hug. 
And I came home.
And I wept.
Forget my street cred.
I miss her. I love her.
She will always be my little baby.

I'm no parenting guru. I just laughed as I wrote that line. No, I'm stumbling and bumbling along but I'd love to share an ephiphany I learned not that long ago. Coming to this realization was incredibly painful but simultaneously, liberating. To be honest, it was the ultimate game-changer in my understanding as a parent seeking after the heart of God.

While there are many methods, tools, philosophies, and biblical principles to parenting, there is – in my opinion – only one purpose or destination.

Our purpose as parents is to eventually…release them. Send forth. For His glory. Met a friend and fellow pastor who I haven't seen in over 20 years. In him, I saw a glimpse of my future. While only 10 years older, his kids are married and he's now a grandfather of 3. His love for his wife and family were so evident and his passion for the Gospel has not wavered. It was so good to see someone a bit older still passionately serving the Lord with such joy and faithfulness. Lord, help me to keep running the race for your Glory. Happy wife.
Happy life. - Eugenius 3:16

I still remember that time, many years ago, when Minhee was pregnant with our first child. She had left her family and friends in Korea just two years before. Her morning sickness was horrible and when she finally had an appetite, she craved her favorite Korean food from certain restaurants in her neighborhood in Seoul, Korea. I had no way of getting that food from those restaurants so I actually said, "How about a Whopper? Big Mac?" Sorry honey. Eat away. You deserve it. I don't care if it sounds mushy but sunsets are one of my love languages. Seoul, Korea was amazing but WOW...what a breathtaking welcome back sunset by Seattle. Not ready to let go of summer.

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