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“Spoke to Coast”: two FJVs make an epic trip home

Eunjey Cho and John McGuin are two recent FJVs who served in Spokane, Washington. After finishing up their JV year a few weeks ago, they embarked on a cross-country bike trip that will take them over 3,000 miles, from Spokane to Princeton, New Jersey.

Their bike ride is more than just an end of service adventure, though. The core purpose of their trip is to experience the different parts of the country firsthand and be present to the land and the people that inhabit it. But, they are also using their trip as a unique opportunity to raise support for JVC Northwest!

Their goal is to raise $2,400 – enough to cover the cost of a personal stipend for two JVs for one year. They are already over 80% of the way to reaching their goal, but they need your help to finish strong! To read more about their story and support their cause, click HERE.

Pictured below: Eunjey Cho (left) and John McGuin (right) –

Eunjey                 john mcguin


1 thought on ““Spoke to Coast”: two FJVs make an epic trip home”

  1. Eunjey’s death on this ride is devastating news. What a life of promise and joy Eunjey was! I am overwhelmed by the tragedy of this particular life being senselessly, albeit accidentally, ended — and feel deeply with so many in the JVC Northwest family that his loss leaves a hole that will never be filled. We were so blessed with his gifts as he planned for such a rich and life-giving future. He was so much FUN…and had great hair which he shamelessly shaved for the big ride. I so looked forward to hearing how he would work out his personal plan for the future. As I listened to him in April and August, I anticipated that his would be a compellingly interesting path of joy, creativity, enthusiasm, deep reflection and presence.
    Prayers for his family whom he loved so richly and seemed to understand so well and for the community he added so much life to in Spokane, Santa Clara, Korea and on the streets. John too who shared this last adventure with Eunjey. We are grateful John was with him at the end. Eunjey is missed desperately now and will be remembered forever. I wish him peace in the full measure of the joy he brought to all wherever he was.
    With love and tears, Mary Doherty FJV (Alaska 1968-69)


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Zayna Abusada (Ashland, MT ’17-18, Anchorage, AK ’18-19) was most recently a JV in south-central Alaska serving with immigrant and refugee English-Language learners as the Academy for Citizenship and Civics Support Specialist with the Alaska Literacy Program (ALP) in Anchorage. Zayna first served with Indigenous students on the Northern Cheyenne and Crow Reservations. Originally from Iowa City, Iowa, Zayna went on to earn her undergraduate degree in History and Theological Studies with a minor in Middle Eastern Studies at Saint Louis University.

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