Over a year after an accident that almost took the life of Eugene Choi, a video in which Choi shares his testimony of the ways he has been encountering God throughout the recovery process has been touching the hearts of many people.
In May of 2015, Choi was receiving training as a new staff of SOON Movement (also known as Korea Campus Crusade for Christ), and was near the ministry's previous Los Angeles office location, when a stranger came up behind him and asked, "Are you Korean?" and stabbed Choi five times. Choi, whose lung was punctured and spinal cord was lacerated, told the stranger, "Believe in Jesus." Since then, Choi's life was never the same. But he has been carving out a path of even greater hopes and dreams than before.
Choi (26), who has been serving as a staff with SOON Movement for about one year, has also been serving on the ministry's worship team, playing electric guitar. I spoke with Choi on the Internet on July 28, and through his responses, I was able to feel the powerful work of the Holy Spirit.
Choi was born into a Christian family, but he says that it was seven years ago as a 19-year-old that he personally received Christ, at a church winter retreat.
"As much as it was painful, it was an opportunity for me to experience God's love toward me, and I think I was able to experience his grace and blessings that much more," said Choi, referring to the recovery process. "It has been hard, but I've been crying to God and depending on Him a lot, telling Him how I honestly feel."
Choi, who said his favorite verse in the Bible is Hebrews 12:2 ("Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God."), said that he will continue to focus on physical recovery, and to serve on college campuses as a staff.
Currently, Choi is serving at California State University, Fullerton (CSUF), sharing the gospel and leading students in discipleship training.
"I'm ready to go wherever God leads," said Choi. His words in the video testimony are powerful.
"I feel very useless, sometimes abandoned. Many times it seems like I have no future. So I resent the perpetrator, but I know that God loves him too. And I was thinking, there might be nobody who can pray for him, except me."
"So there's always sinful nature versus heavenly nature versing each other. I want to hate him, versus I want to love him. Nowadays, I ask God a lot of questions, but one of the questions I asked is, 'God, what can I do?' And God asked me back, 'Eugene, what do you have?' And I looked down, and I looked at my body, and I told God, 'God this body is the only thing I have right now. Broken, disabled, and it's useless, but will you still take it and use it? The only thing I have right now is brokenness. Broken life, broken body. But will you still use it?'"
This article has been translated and edited. For the original in Korean, visit kr.christianitydaily.com.