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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People often ask, "How does one stand all that rain in Seattle?" Actually, it doesn't rain that much. I like the rain. Keeps everything "evergreen" and clean. Keeps our air fresh. What's challenging is the gray weather. Give me a few more sunny days. 99 more days to be specific. 
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Again, thank you so much for your support for @onedayswages! My wife, Minhee, and I stand on the shoulders of praying mothers. I'd like to take a moment to honor my mother-in-law. It's hard to put words together to embody her life but she is a very special, anointed person. I'm so blessed to have her as a mother in my life.

She was a devoted wife until she lost her husband to cancer, mother to three daughters, and later became a pastor. She became a follower of Christ as an adult and as such, led her her family to Christ. In her late 50s, she obeyed God's calling to go to seminary and be a leader in the church. She graduated #1 in her class and reminded us that it's never too late to follow a new dream or calling.

As she'll soon celebrate her 80th birthday, I'm especially grateful for the ways that she poured into and prayed over Minhee and her other children.  Even though she's officially retired, I'm inspired that the concept of retirement is not in her vocabulary.  She continues to serve the local church, evangelize and bear witness to Christ, and goes to the early morning prayer meeting at 5am everyday to pray for our family, our church, and for others. 
Jangmonim, we love and honor you. 어머니, 사랑합니다.

Someday, I hope that when my kids speak of Minhee and I...above all, they would say with integrity that their parents prayed for them and kept pointing them to Christ. On this Mother's Day, I want to take a few words to honor mother.

There’s a moment from a few years ago that will stick with me until the day I die. It’s regarding Sung Wha, my mother.

Minhee and I were at a point of transition, between working at an ethnic Korean church in the northern suburbs of Seattle called Lynnwood and launching Quest in urban Seattle. As I shared earlier, I was in desperate need of a job. I had a mortgage to pay. A pregnant wife. A kid at home. 
Then, praise God, after months without work, I finally landed a job.

My mom was in between jobs at this point in her life. She was in her late fifties, but she had such bad knees and degenerative hips that it was, and is, difficult for her to walk. My mom is like a human barometer—when a storm is coming and when it rains, her hips throb. Although my parents lived in San Francisco, she was visiting us in Seattle to encourage us in this difficult season.

As I prepared to go to work one early morning, I walked downstairs to put on my jacket and shoes, and forgot that my mother woke up early every morning to pray. In fact, she had been praying for months that I would find a job. “Eugene, where are you going?” she said when she saw me.

I hadn’t told my mother the news that I had just recently been hired for the janitorial gig at Barnes and Noble. I chose not to because I thought she and my father would be devastated. I didn’t want them to think that after laboring, sacrificing, and doing so much for us over all those years that their son had failed them.

But I couldn’t lie to her, so eventually I told my mom that I got a job and was going to work. “Great! What job? What are you doing?” “Um, I’m working at Barnes and Noble as their custodian,” I said finally.

Without asking another question, my mother got up from the dining table where she had been reading her Bible and praying. She slowly walked slowly toward me.

She approached me, then walked past me without saying a word, and I realized she was headed toward the closet. She opened the closet door, put on her jacket, turned around and said to me (in Korean), “Eugene, let’s go together. I will help you.” This is my mother.

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