Eugene Cho

I covet your prayers for wisdom, for humility, and for courage to boldly preach the whole Gospel.

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First, let me dispense with some information for those that may be interested.

God’s been gracious in allowing me to visit a few churches and events over the next six weeks as part of a mini book tour for Overrated. Folks can pre-order the book now at your favorite online store and at stores on September 1 but if you’re anywhere around these cities, please be my guest. It’ll be a joy to meet you and to encourage one another in Christ:

August 10 – New Life Fellowship, NYC (Queens)
August 17 – Overlake Church 9am/11am
August 31 – Antioch Church (Bend, Oregon)
September 7 – Engedi Church, (Holland, MI)
September 13-14 – Ecclesia Church (Houston, TX)
September 19 – Collyde Conference (Rockaway, NJ)
September 21 – Metro Church (Englewood/Fort Lee, NJ)
September 28 – The Meeting House (Toronto) *
*still discussing content

Some of you may know but I’m currently on a three month sabbatical. I so deeply appreciate my church, my congregation, my leadership, and my fellow staff – for allowing me to take this time to rest, retreat, and in the middle of this, to prepare for the release of my first book, Overrated.

Since the launch of my sabbatical (since July 1), I’ve been retreating, hiking, resting, fishing, disconnecting and spending much time with trees. It’s been refreshing to say the least. This is also good because I’ll need to do a little juggling as the book releases on September 1 and I’ll soon be traveling (just on weekends) to visit some churches to share the message that I feel God has placed upon my heart in authoring this book.

As a first time publisher, this is all new to me. And I suspect that – by God’s grace – as I write future books, this will always feel a little strange to me.

Which is why I’d really appreciate your prayers.

Prayers for wisdom.

I believe in this book. Rather, I believe in the message of this book. It’s something that God has been working in my life for many years and one of my prayers about the book has nothing to do about the book selling well. Yes, of course, I want folks to read it but for importantly, I just pray that it’ll bless, challenge, convict, and edify the body of Christ…

Overrated is, ultimately, a book about discipleship so it’s my prayer that it helps the believer grow in their discipleship and a non-Christian to be fascinated by the Gospel.

Prayers for humility.

Prayers for balance and humility as I continue to juggle – like all of you – the numerous passions of our lives. What matters to me isn’t being an author, or selling books, being a pastor, or even being a husband or father. I know it sounds almost nonsensical but I simply want to be faithful in response to the Gospel in my life. This is what I pray will continue to inform and transform me as a follower of Christ, husband to Minhee, father to our three children, pastor at Quest, visioneer at One Day’s Wages and QCafe…

As an extreme introvert, I have mixed feelings about this season of my life. I’m encouraged by the opportunity to share more deeply the convictions that God has placed upon my heart. I feel so blessed to be one of the pastors at Quest. I’m floored by God’s grace that I have the opportunity to proclaim and preach the whole Gospel throughout various cities and countries, and I’m wrestling through the other stuff and attention that accompany these things and a new book.

Prayers to boldly preach the whole Gospel.

Pray that I can be about my Father’s business (ref Luke 2:49). Pray that I can be bold in proclaiming and preaching the Gospel of Christ. Pray that I may be sensitive and obedient to the Holy Spirit. Pray for courage.

With opportunities and requests, pray that I may have discernment in knowing when to say, “Yes” and when to say, “No.”

I want to be about my Father’s heart and ‘business.’
This is who I want to be about. This is what I want to be about.


Here’s the official book trailer.

If it resonates with you, please take a minute to share it with your friends, church, or social network:

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11 Responses

  1. Gmail says:

    U not going to 25 yr reunion?

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  2. So excited to see that our church is one of your stops! See you in Toronto! I am looking forward to hearing you teach. This message of doing Biblical justice is one that needs to be preached. I will be praying,

  3. LouAnne Johnson says:

    Please come to Charlotte NC

    Sent from my iPhone

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  4. Elizabeth says:

    Praying the God will give wisdom courage and peace and you speak the truth of the living gospel. God bless you and your family. Your sister in Christ.

  5. Chelan says:

    God will grant you His wisdom, that is His promise (James 1:5). You already have humility for in the simple request for it, He knows your heart – you are “humbling yourself” and His word declares that when you do that He will “lift you up”. His lifting will bring with it boldness for God has already given you a spirit of love, power and self control – not of timidity – to preach with all your heart! You have nothing to fear at all, Eugene. Your God almighty is not only FOR YOU, but GOES BEFORE YOU!

  6. Mike says:

    I’m praying for you buddy. You’re in a dangerous place – a life of far reaching impact with high visibility. Don’t forget that only you can be the husband and father to your family, Any other role/hat your wear can be covered by someone else if needed.

  7. Eugene – Praying for you now. Keep getting in the ring. I wish you all the best.

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Grateful. Still reflecting on the letters that I've received from classmates and students that have come before me and after me. Never imagined all that God would have in store for me. Lots of humbling things but in the midst of them, there were literally thousands upon thousands of daily decisions and choices to be faithful. That's what matters. Seen or unseen. Noticed or unnoticed. You do your best and sometimes you stumble and fumble along but nevertheless, seeking to be faithful.

Also, you know you're getting old when your school honors you with a Distinguished Alumni Award. Lol. 47 is the new 27. Or something like that. Here's to the next 47. In our culture, we can be so obsessed with the "spectacular" or "glamorous." The Church often engagws in thia language and paradigm...but what if God has called many of us to small, ordinary things?

Will we still be faithful?
Will we still go about such things with great love and joy?

I recently came across this picture taken by @mattylew, one of our church staff...and I started tearing up: This is my mother; in her 70s; with realities of some disabilities that make it difficult for her to stand up and sit down...but here she is on her knees and prostate in prayer. She doesn't have any social media accounts, barely knows how to use her smartphone, doesn't have a platform, hasn't written a book, doesn't have any titles in our church, isn't listed as a leader or an expert or a consultant or a guru. But she simply seeks to do her best - by God's grace - to be faithful to God. She prays for hours every day inteceding for our family, our church, and the larger world.

Even if we're not noticed or celebrated or elevated...let's be faithful. Our greatest calling as followers of Christ is to be faithful. Not spectacular. Not glamorous. Not popular. Not relevant. And not even successful in the eyes of the world.

Be faithful. Amen. #notetoself (and maybe helpful for someone else)

At times, we have to say ‘NO’ to good things to say ‘YES’ to the most important things.

We can't do it all.
Pray and choose wisely.
Then invest deeply. May our compassion not just be limited to the West or to those that look like us. Lifting up the people of Iraq, Iran, and Kurdistan in prayer after the 7.3 earthquake - including the many new friends I met on a recent trip to Iraq.

The death toll rises to over 400 and over 7,000 injured in multiple cities and hundreds of villages along the Western border with Iraq.

Lord, in your mercy... We are reminded again and again...that we are Resurrection People living in a Dark Friday world.

It's been a tough, emotional, and painful week - especially as we lament the horrible tragedy of the church shootings at Sutherland Springs. In the midst of this lament, I've been carried by the hope, beauty, and promise of our baptisms last Sunday and the raw and honest testimonies of God's mercy, love, and grace.

Indeed, God is not yet done. May we take heart for Christ has overcome the world. "Without genuine relationships with the poor, we rob them of their dignity and they become mere projects. And God did not intend for anyone to become our projects." Grateful this quote from my book, Overrated, is resonating with so many folks - individuals and  NGOs. / design by @preemptivelove

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