Eugene Cho (@eugenecho)

Christ Follower. Husband. Father. Pastor. Activist. Humanitarian. Author of #OverratedBook. Founder of @OneDaysWages, @QCafe, @SeattleQuest

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Portraits of Courage 
Portraits of Vulnerability.
Portraits of Humanity.
Portraits of Forgiveness and Grace.

I’m still processing what I’ve experienced and learned in Rwanda and I suspect that it’ll be an ongoing process. But having said that, I’m reminded of the human capacity - for both good and evil. Such beauty and such evil. Yet, one doesn’t have to go to a distant country to be reminded of this truth. All we have to do is to simply look...within. Each of us. You, me, us, and them.

I’m grateful that our ultimate identity isn’t rooted in our best behavior and especially our worst. We’re not defined by our sin. By God’s grace, there’s hope, mercy, and grace to confess, repent, forgive, and pursue reconciliation - certain with our Creator and also with one another. This is the good news we desperately need. This is the good news we always needed.
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Portraits of Courage
Portraits of Vulnerability.
Portraits of Humanity.
Portraits of Forgiveness and Grace.

I’m still processing what I’ve experienced and learned in Rwanda and I suspect that it’ll be an ongoing process. But having said that, I’m reminded of the human capacity - for both good and evil. Such beauty and such evil. Yet, one doesn’t have to go to a distant country to be reminded of this truth. All we have to do is to simply look...within. Each of us. You, me, us, and them.

I’m grateful that our ultimate identity isn’t rooted in our best behavior and especially our worst. We’re not defined by our sin. By God’s grace, there’s hope, mercy, and grace to confess, repent, forgive, and pursue reconciliation - certain with our Creator and also with one another. This is the good news we desperately need. This is the good news we always needed.
This week, I had the somber opportunity to slowly walk through the Kigali Genocide Memorial in Rwanda - particularly poignant in light of the 25 year mark of the Genocide in 1994 that killed about 1 million people (mostly Tutsis). These are a sample of the images from the memorial (please carefully review them). One of the things that I recall in going through this memorial and also studying the history of violence and genocide around the world is that at the root, one group begins to dehumanize another group. For example, Hutus called Tutsis cockroaches, Nazis called Jews, slaveowners called African human beings animals, and the list goes on. 
Despite what some may say, words matter. They matter a lot. For example, one historian writes that “the Holocaust didn’t begin in the gas chamber. It began with words.” Words can uplift and dignify. They can also isolate, dehumanize, otherize, and demonize. Yes, words matter.

It’s ironic that as I’ve traveled to Rwanda along with other pastors this past week to learn about truthtelling, confession, repentance, forgiveness, and reconciliation...insulting and dehumanizing words have been spewed and justified by those in political authority and crowds of people.

Words can uplift or words can dehumanize. May our words be the former. May our words speak life. May our words speak truth. May our words pursue justice. May our words embrace hope and speak love. May our words bring honor to Christ.
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This week, I had the somber opportunity to slowly walk through the Kigali Genocide Memorial in Rwanda - particularly poignant in light of the 25 year mark of the Genocide in 1994 that killed about 1 million people (mostly Tutsis). These are a sample of the images from the memorial (please carefully review them). One of the things that I recall in going through this memorial and also studying the history of violence and genocide around the world is that at the root, one group begins to dehumanize another group. For example, Hutus called Tutsis cockroaches, Nazis called Jews, slaveowners called African human beings animals, and the list goes on.
Despite what some may say, words matter. They matter a lot. For example, one historian writes that “the Holocaust didn’t begin in the gas chamber. It began with words.” Words can uplift and dignify. They can also isolate, dehumanize, otherize, and demonize. Yes, words matter.

It’s ironic that as I’ve traveled to Rwanda along with other pastors this past week to learn about truthtelling, confession, repentance, forgiveness, and reconciliation...insulting and dehumanizing words have been spewed and justified by those in political authority and crowds of people.

Words can uplift or words can dehumanize. May our words be the former. May our words speak life. May our words speak truth. May our words pursue justice. May our words embrace hope and speak love. May our words bring honor to Christ.
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At last year's @One Day's Wages Gala, our staff convinced me to offer a "Fishing With Eugene" for our auction. I was reticent if but folks were so generous to even bid a few bucks but it got a little crazy. In fact two groups bid $1600 each. They didn't have to but we're so grateful nevertheless because everything that we raise at our gala goes to support our work.

Well, I finally took the two groups fishing and unfortunately, they didn't catch anything and I feel horrible about it. But we had so much fun, enjoyed the sun, chatted, and bonded.

I felt even worse that while.others didn't catch anything, I got some monsters. And...I didn't feel too bad. 😁

Don't forget this year's gala on Saturday, September 21. Visit http://onedayswages.org/gala to join and bid for that fishing trip with me. #GuaranteedFish

And shout out to @cascades1989 for hosting us on their incredible camp. Best camp in the Northwest!
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At last year's @One Day's Wages Gala, our staff convinced me to offer a "Fishing With Eugene" for our auction. I was reticent if but folks were so generous to even bid a few bucks but it got a little crazy. In fact two groups bid $1600 each. They didn't have to but we're so grateful nevertheless because everything that we raise at our gala goes to support our work.

Well, I finally took the two groups fishing and unfortunately, they didn't catch anything and I feel horrible about it. But we had so much fun, enjoyed the sun, chatted, and bonded.

I felt even worse that while.others didn't catch anything, I got some monsters. And...I didn't feel too bad. 😁

Don't forget this year's gala on Saturday, September 21. Visit http://onedayswages.org/gala to join and bid for that fishing trip with me. #GuaranteedFish

And shout out to @cascades1989 for hosting us on their incredible camp. Best camp in the Northwest!
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Let's go! Date night at the gym.

Micro guns.
Micro gains.

Minhee putting in work. Me, on the other hand, still need Mr. Cute Panda"s photoshopping help.
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Let's go! Date night at the gym.

Micro guns.
Micro gains.

Minhee putting in work. Me, on the other hand, still need Mr. Cute Panda"s photoshopping help.
It's getting difficult to get the whole family together for trips as we consider kids and their jobs, school, internships, driving school, church vision trips, make-up snow days that put a wrench in your plans, etc.

But nevertheless, time together with whoever can join Minhee and I are special. Never gonna take these moments for granted. Thank you, Mount Hermon for inviting us to be a part of Family Camp. It's becoming one of my favorite places to go - not just to preach but to also rest and listen. Even the trees declare the glory and majesty of God.
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It's getting difficult to get the whole family together for trips as we consider kids and their jobs, school, internships, driving school, church vision trips, make-up snow days that put a wrench in your plans, etc.

But nevertheless, time together with whoever can join Minhee and I are special. Never gonna take these moments for granted. Thank you, Mount Hermon for inviting us to be a part of Family Camp. It's becoming one of my favorite places to go - not just to preach but to also rest and listen. Even the trees declare the glory and majesty of God.
It's been special to be in the Santa Cruz mountains and among the Redwood trees at Mount Hermon this past week. Memorable road trip with my parents - which happens to be one of their love languages.

Minhee and I are trying our best to love, honor, and care for our respective parents - my parents and her mother. We love them all dearly and sometimes, it feels like we just don't have enough hours or days in the week to do what we want to do but we we'll keep trying, keep praying, keep visiting, keep calling, keep taking them on these road trips.

One of the best parts of this trip was to see the joy in my mother's spirit as she walked around with her cane. She had total knee replacement surgery several months ago and she did so well around our short hike at Pebble Beach and Henry Cowell State Park. She'll be having another surgery on the other knee and hopefully, I can take her to the Holy Lands in the future.

Honor your father and mother, as the Lord your God commanded you. Then you will live a long, full life in the land the Lord your God is giving you. - Deuteronomy 5:16
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It's been special to be in the Santa Cruz mountains and among the Redwood trees at Mount Hermon this past week. Memorable road trip with my parents - which happens to be one of their love languages.

Minhee and I are trying our best to love, honor, and care for our respective parents - my parents and her mother. We love them all dearly and sometimes, it feels like we just don't have enough hours or days in the week to do what we want to do but we we'll keep trying, keep praying, keep visiting, keep calling, keep taking them on these road trips.

One of the best parts of this trip was to see the joy in my mother's spirit as she walked around with her cane. She had total knee replacement surgery several months ago and she did so well around our short hike at Pebble Beach and Henry Cowell State Park. She'll be having another surgery on the other knee and hopefully, I can take her to the Holy Lands in the future.

Honor your father and mother, as the Lord your God commanded you. Then you will live a long, full life in the land the Lord your God is giving you. - Deuteronomy 5:16
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Dancing with some trees. Taking a much needed breather after an intense few weeks.

Then shall the trees of the forest sing for joy before the Lord... - 1 Chron 16:33
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Dancing with some trees. Taking a much needed breather after an intense few weeks.

Then shall the trees of the forest sing for joy before the Lord... - 1 Chron 16:33
Lord, give us joy for the things that give You joy and break our hearts for the things that break Your heart. Amen.
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Lord, give us joy for the things that give You joy and break our hearts for the things that break Your heart. Amen.
16!!! That went by so fast. Our baby. First pic is the last time I could pick him up and that was last year. Now, he towers over everyone in our family. But how about that second pic. Lol.

Happy Birthday, son. We love you so much.
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16!!! That went by so fast. Our baby. First pic is the last time I could pick him up and that was last year. Now, he towers over everyone in our family. But how about that second pic. Lol.

Happy Birthday, son. We love you so much.
Tired but so grateful. After submitting my first draft of my 2nd book, I got couple hours of sleep and headed off to New Jersey to hang with friends and preach at Christ Church.

Special Highlight: my friend @pahn309 took me on a 24 miles bike ride from NJ to Brooklyn, New York - which included a ride through the Brooklyn Bridge and some incredible NY pizza before we came back. Considering my longest ride before this was 9 miles, I'm pretty proud I finished this ride. I'm ready for sponsors now. #TourDeBrooklyn
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Tired but so grateful. After submitting my first draft of my 2nd book, I got couple hours of sleep and headed off to New Jersey to hang with friends and preach at Christ Church.

Special Highlight: my friend @pahn309 took me on a 24 miles bike ride from NJ to Brooklyn, New York - which included a ride through the Brooklyn Bridge and some incredible NY pizza before we came back. Considering my longest ride before this was 9 miles, I'm pretty proud I finished this ride. I'm ready for sponsors now. #TourDeBrooklyn
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Big news. Today at 5:48 am, I clicked send and officially submitted my first draft of my manuscript. A whole 12 minutes before the deadline.

I'm exhausted. Also, feeling pretty insecure about the book. All 72,000 words of it - especially since the proposal was for 55,000 words. My head is spinning.

Lift a prayer for the book. I'm not ready to disclose the title yet since it hasn't been officially accepted but it's a book written out of burden and I pray that it would honor Jesus and challenge the Church.

And finally, pray for my editor. She needs to do some major surgery on the manuscript. Scalpels, retractors, forceps...the works. Here's to the process of rewrites and revisions leading up to the release date on March 1, 2020.

And finally, I took a shower today and changed my clothes. I'm sorry to my family for the smell over the last few weeks. Lol.
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Big news. Today at 5:48 am, I clicked send and officially submitted my first draft of my manuscript. A whole 12 minutes before the deadline.

I'm exhausted. Also, feeling pretty insecure about the book. All 72,000 words of it - especially since the proposal was for 55,000 words. My head is spinning.

Lift a prayer for the book. I'm not ready to disclose the title yet since it hasn't been officially accepted but it's a book written out of burden and I pray that it would honor Jesus and challenge the Church.

And finally, pray for my editor. She needs to do some major surgery on the manuscript. Scalpels, retractors, forceps...the works. Here's to the process of rewrites and revisions leading up to the release date on March 1, 2020.

And finally, I took a shower today and changed my clothes. I'm sorry to my family for the smell over the last few weeks. Lol.
A wise person prays, "God, how can I be a part of what You are doing?" rather than, "God, be a part of what I'm doing." Remember, it's not about us.
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A wise person prays, "God, how can I be a part of what You are doing?" rather than, "God, be a part of what I'm doing." Remember, it's not about us.
Happy Father's Day, Dad. For a man of few words, you've taught me so much about life by the way you live. You've endured through so much poverty and war growing up...and you've always wanted more for your kids...and it's now come to fruition. I catch more fish than you. Bigger ones, too.
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Happy Father's Day, Dad. For a man of few words, you've taught me so much about life by the way you live. You've endured through so much poverty and war growing up...and you've always wanted more for your kids...and it's now come to fruition. I catch more fish than you. Bigger ones, too.
Huge shout-out to @jlin7 and congrats to the Toronto Raptors. And all of Canada. And everyone that lives up North. As a Warriors fan, this series hurt...but can't be more excited for Jeremy. Most folks don't know the depths of the trials and valleys this brother went through but he kept faith, persevering, working and grinding. Now, Jeremy can put NBA champ on his resume AND becomes the first Asian-American to win NBA title!

Thanks for being such an honest and incredible role model for so many people, including my own kids. Thanks for paving the way for others and being an advocate for the vulnerable. Jeremy's been a dear friend and partner for @onedayswages. This year, he again donated the equivalent of "one game's wages" and $100 for every single assist. We're grateful for his generosity and the impact it will make on so many.

And Jeremy, thanks for letting me score one bucket on you in our 1v1. Dream come true. Lol.

#linsanity #jeremylin #jlin7
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Huge shout-out to @jlin7 and congrats to the Toronto Raptors. And all of Canada. And everyone that lives up North. As a Warriors fan, this series hurt...but can't be more excited for Jeremy. Most folks don't know the depths of the trials and valleys this brother went through but he kept faith, persevering, working and grinding. Now, Jeremy can put NBA champ on his resume AND becomes the first Asian-American to win NBA title!

Thanks for being such an honest and incredible role model for so many people, including my own kids. Thanks for paving the way for others and being an advocate for the vulnerable. Jeremy's been a dear friend and partner for @onedayswages. This year, he again donated the equivalent of "one game's wages" and $100 for every single assist. We're grateful for his generosity and the impact it will make on so many.

And Jeremy, thanks for letting me score one bucket on you in our 1v1. Dream come true. Lol.

#linsanity #jeremylin #jlin7

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