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:
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.
10 Replies to “god, i am so amazed by you…”
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!
not that much better… i did the best i could given the timeframe.
next time.. we goin back to basics. pentium 3 laptop and powerpoint 2000 slideshow. music will come from a synchronized CD.
dude. you always say that.
awesome. excited to see the new addition to the leong family.
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
thanks cate for your kind words AND the birthday gift!
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!
Congratulations to 10 years and many blessings