Eugene Cho

Prayer reminds us that we’re not alone so thank you for your prayers.

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve written anything on the blog. I have so many things on my heart and mind. I start but can’t seem to finish. If anything, that’s a sign in itself that I need to be praying and asking others for prayers.

So if I may, I’d like to use today’s post to thank you for your prayers and to ask for your continual prayers.

I don’t know how many or even exactly who but I do know that there are some of you who read this blog that have felt led to pray for me, my ministry, and my larger family – and I want to sincerely thank you. Almost every where I go, someone comes up to me to share that they’re praying for me and I can’t share how much that encourages, convicts, and blesses me.

Sincerely. It means the world to me.

The older I get, I am reminded – more and more – how much prayer matters in my life – not so much as a means of getting what I want but more profoundly, as a way of remaining connected and rooted to the heart of God.

I used to think that prayer was solely a way for me to change God’s heart but I’ve learned that prayer is God’s way of changing me.

So, if you’re the praying type, here’s several ways you can be praying for me, my ministry, and our family:

Minhee launches her private practice.

It’s hard for me to put into words how proud I am of my wife. Not an arrogant kind of proud but, “Wow, God is working through my wife” kind of proud. Exactly a year ago this time, Minhee graduated from her Marriage and Family Therapy program at Seattle Pacific University and recently launched her private practice: Minhee J. Cho Family Counseling.

Please pray for her practice. In light of it just getting started, we’re praying for both an infusion of new clients and connections and for Minhee to be able to really assist people in their circumstance and situation. While she is practicing personal and family counseling, I personally think she’s amazing with children, youth, women, and marriage counseling.

My role (time) at Quest has changed…

Over the past couple years, I’ve engaged in conversations with my church elders board and even with folks at our church about how I can continue to both serve the church and honor the various platforms of leadership and influence. This hasn’t always been an easy conversation but I’m grateful for the humbling privilege of planting and pastoring this church.

After numerous conversations over the past couple years, I finally made the decision (with my Elder Board’s support) to reduce my role at Quest from 100% (50 hours) to 70% and remain in my role as the lead pastor. In this decision, I’ve been asked to relinquish much of the day-t0-day stuff and I’m grateful to be working with other pastors and staff that not only enable me to do that but that allows me to do that in confidence knowing that there are some things I absolutely had to do in the early years of Quest but wasn’t necessarily gifted in those areas.

In my role as the lead pastor, I’ll continue to focus on teaching, visioning, and leading…

With some of this extra time, my hope is to invest more time in my family and marriage, in my other passion at One Day’s Wages, and for outside engagements.

Over the past few years, I’ve limited my speaking and consulting engagements to about 8x/year. With this new schedule, I’ve been given permission to increase that up to about 15x/year. As I turn 42 later this year, my desire – while building up the local church – has also been focused on mentoring, encouraging, and investing in other leaders – especially younger leaders which I hope to do so through my travels and speaking. With my time reduction, I also requested a compensation reduction because that would only seem fair for the church.

The big story is my desire to serve Christ passionately, faithfully, and joyfully.

Huge challenges and opportunities

This is an incredibly exciting season but it’s also one of the most challenging seasons of my life as I’m currently in the middle of navigating some  very important decisions that will have deep impact in my life and leadership for years to come.

While I’m not able to go into detail in all these matters, I am asking for prayer for wisdom and courage. I especially pray for courage because courage is what we often need to navigate through changes and challenges.

Thank you.

Again, thanks for your prayers and your belief in what God is doing in my life. I know that God is good because He used broken and foolish vessels like me. I am proof.

If there are some ways I can be praying for you, please share it as well in the comments.

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13 Responses

  1. Janice says:

    You are living a great story, Eugene. Thanks for encouraging so many people. It is a joy to pray for you.

  2. Elena says:

    Eugene, thank you for living honestly, and sharing that with the world. Do yourself a great service and reduce your stress by not over complicating the details. Keep it simple. Now go out there and be more of Yourself then ever before. I for one am sending prayers for great courage to share confidently the unique reflection of God You were sent here to be.

  3. Andrea says:

    I will continue to pray for your family. I’ve been praying and thinking of you both more. It has been awhile since I’ve prayed for your family like I have recently. Thanks for asking to pray for us. I personally have been down in the dumps and could use prayer. My husband is in his MBA program, and along with his work he has heavy demands. Thanks for praying for the people who you influence. You and Minhee do great things!
    Thank you,
    Andrea

  4. John says:

    Your transparency is refreshing. Bless you. John

  5. Cindy says:

    Praying for you and Minhee, thanks for sharing.

  6. Joonmo says:

    Pastor Eugene,

    I’m praying for you, samonim, and your family. Thank you for everything.

    Jm

  7. Dear Eugene,

    I have never met you, but have been following your blog for a couple months now. Thanks for moving aside, and allowing God to speak through you. “Prayers don’t change the heart of God. They Change mine…” What great words of Hope!

    This is my prayer for you, my brother. May God’s unchanging hand and his always-and-forever love provide insane stability for you and your family as you enter the newness of this season.

  8. Praying that God continue to use your family to touch other.

  9. […] thing but this, too, hasn’t been an easy thing. As some of my readers know, she launched her private counseling practice last year but I’m so proud of her as she invests in herself and her calling through her […]

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It appears I brought a little Seattle to the NYC. Drizzle fest. 24 hour gathering with a small group of leaders from around the country. Learning. Listening. Asking hard questions. Head exploding. Heart trying to have hope. 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.

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