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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Window seat. For the win. As leaders, we must not see ministry and family as competing commitments.  We must not sacrifice our marriage and kids for the sake of "ministry." How can we? Loving our families IS ministry & good leadership.

And on a side note, we took this goofy photo for Mother's Day last Sunday at @seattlequest. I was shocked! What in the world happened to our kids? Our 13 year old son blocked four of my shots on the basketball court yesterday. He's since been grounded... I fear that we ask God to move mountains, forgetting that God also wants to move us.

In fact, it's possible that we are that mountain. Time flies. The eldest is wrapping up her 1st year in college and the college tours have begun for the 2nd child. The youngest enters high school in the Fall. Can't say enough about how proud Minhee and I are of the kids - not just of their accomplishments but the people they are and are becoming.

But...man...we can't wait to party it up when we're emptynesters. Party at our house. It's going to be epic. Humbled. Grateful. Mindful of God's grace and faithfulness in my life. It's all grace... It's an unexpected honor to be invited back - even with some mini-drama - to @princetonseminary to receive the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award - exactly 25 years after starting my journey there as a student in 1992. Wow.

Princeton isn't necessarily for everyone. And to say that I loved everything about my experience would be misleading but it was very formative. Ir challenged me to examine why I believed in what I believed. It reminded me that God could handle my questions. It prepared me for a post-Christian context where I am not entitled to be heard but I had to earn the right to be heard, and of course, it taught me that all is good with a Philly cheese steak at Hoagie Haven.

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