Joe's Table: A Place Where Disabilities Become Gifts
Joe's Table: A Place Where Disabilities Become Gifts   -     By: Stephanie Chung
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Joe's Table: A Place Where Disabilities Become Gifts

Broadstreet Publishing Group / 2018 / Paperback

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* The inspiring story of raising an autistic child! Because Chung's son, Joseph, was gifted at socializing, she envisioned him working at a coffee shop---until he unexpectedly passed away. She describes facing her grief, meeting God, and opening a one-of-a-kind cafe that serves the community while creating employment opportunities for those with different abilities. 151 pages, softcover from Broadstreet.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 151
Vendor: Broadstreet Publishing Group
Publication Date: 2018
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 X 0.38 (inches)
ISBN: 1424556007
ISBN-13: 9781424556007

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Hi, my name is Joe.
What is your name?

You will see these words on the wall inside a unique café called Joe’s Table, named after Joseph Chung. Joseph was diagnosed with autism at a young age and was also afflicted with a seizure disorder. Because Joseph loved to socialize in his own loving and harmless way, Dr. Stephanie Chung and her husband envisioned a job where Joseph could experience the joy and self-esteem that come from having meaningful work. Joe had a talent for engaging people by greeting them. A coffee shop seemed like the perfect place for that gift.

In Joe’s Table, Stephanie shares her story of:
  • a son birthed in joy and later diagnosed with autism.
  • a long battle raising an autistic son, and the journey that made her understand God’s providence and compassion.
  • heaven’s comfort for mothers who struggle and grieve because their children are different than they expected.
  • a disability that became a blessing to teach God’s love.

Joseph passed away unexpectedly in September 2012. Stephanie had to face despair and frustration once again as she sent her child to heaven before her. In that moment, she met the heart of God. Joe’s Table continued to evolve and had its grand opening on June 24, 2013. Now it is a one-of-a-kind coffee shop that serves the community and opens employment opportunities for those with different abilities.

Author Bio

Dr. Stephanie Chung obtained her bachelor of music degree at the Seoul National University. She continued her studies in the master’s program in piano at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. Recently she had an honorary doctorate degree in humanities conferred on her by Trinity Western University.

Stephanie’s contributions through music and philanthropy are evident in the numerous charitable events, fundraisers, and concerts she has organized and at which she has performed. She is currently the director and conductor of the Vancouver Zion Mission Choir, a group of 160 Korean Canadians who have dedicated their lives to spreading joy and harmony globally through music. Stephanie has led the choir at the Palace of the Korean President in the Blue House in 2010. She was also featured as the main pianist at the Canadian Parliament Prayer Breakfast in 2010. In October 2011, the Zion Choir was honored to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York.

While Stephanie has been passionately pursuing her love for music, she has also been actively involved in the diplomatic community. Her credentials include her post as a former vice president of the Vancouver Consular Circle. Stephanie is also the ambassador of GAiN (Global Aid Network), "demonstrating the love of God, in word and deed." Through these posts, she always seeks ways to improve the welfare of people around the globe by demonstrating harmony and love.

In addition, Stephanie serves on numerous educational boards. In 2008, she became a board member for the Vancouver International Song Institute (VISI). She is also the founder of Bethesda Parents Society, a support group for Korean mothers and fathers of mentally handicapped children. Through the Bethesda Parents Society, Stephanie supports and educates women and men who have autistic children. She also served on the board of directors of the Vancouver Opera.

Stephanie is the founding director of Amenida Seniors’ Community, which provides affordable, independent, and assisted living services to seniors in a truly multicultural environment. Amenida Seniors’ Community is the only facility in British Columbia that fulfills the unique needs of Korean seniors by providing culturally specific meals and activities and bilingual staffing. It is filled with more than sixty Korean seniors and sixty Canadian seniors. Every day, there is a wide variety of opportunities for everyone to enjoy individual or shared activities and events.

Stephanie’s most recent accomplishment is the establishment of Joe’s Table Cafe, which is staffed with people with different abilities. Her vision for this venture came from her desire to find meaningful employment for her late son, Joseph Chung. Joseph was diagnosed at a young age with autism and was also afflicted with seizure disorder. Since he always loved to socialize in his own loving and harmless way, Stephanie envisioned a job for him as a greeter to the patrons. In September 2012, however, Joseph passed away unexpectedly in a drowning accident. Nevertheless, Joe’s Table continued to evolve and had its grand opening on June 23, 2013. Now it is a one-of-a-kind coffee shop that serves the community with the main focus of offering employment opportunities to those with different abilities. With the current location in Vancouver and two locations in South Korea, there are plans to open Joe’s
Tables across British Columbia and Canada in the months and years to come.

In 2014, Stephanie received the "Widen our World" award from Community Living BC for her work with Joe’s Table Cafe. The award recognizes outstanding contributions toward creating environments that promote inclusiveness for people with differing abilities. Stephanie also received a service award from US President Barack Obama in 2013 and received the Order of Civil Merit "Dongbaek Medal" from South Korean President Geun-hye Park in 2015 for her contribution to promoting the rights and interests of Koreans abroad. Stephanie Chung, a wife and mother of five, is a philanthropist at heart, an accomplished musician, a true diplomat, and an educator. She lives to generously give back to the world through her talents and loving heart.

Editorial Reviews

My friends, Peter and Stephanie Chung, are faithful servants of the Lord. They have held on to their faith in times of suffering and hard times. They are the true definition of what good parents are. The couple brought up Joseph, who had autism, with love and strong faith in God. When God called Joseph home, Peter and Stephanie did not remain in grief over their son’s tragic acci­dent. They transformed it into a God-given vision to establish a social enterprise called Joe’s Table. By hiring people with handi­caps at the café, the couple opened windows of opportunities for them to take part as members of society. The story of their son, Joseph, in Joe’s Table will provide deep comfort and healing to other parents around the globe.
- Billy Kim, chairman, Far East Broadcasting Company

Stephanie Chung’s Joe’s Table, which is about her and Peter’s first son, Joseph, is a testimony to the love of a mother for a son who had attributes and gifts that surpassed those of others—gifts of love, joy, and encouragement—that far exceeded his capacities in other areas of life. What a joy to see how the Chung family was enhanced by each of their children! The truths of this life story will encourage and touch many families who share in this special pilgrimage of challenge and comfort, knowing that God loves them and in his special grace fulfills his loving plan and purpose.
- Will Graham, vice president, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

This deeply spiritual memoir about an extraordinary boy and a resilient and remarkable mother will offer hope to all who read this truly remarkable story. Stephanie’s late son, Joseph, suffered from autism and seizure disorder throughout his life. Readers will experience Stephanie’s heart-wrenching yet beautiful jour­ney as a mother of a child with complicated health needs and be inspired by her profound spiritual transformation.
- Jim Pattison, CEO and chairman of Jim Pattison Group

The Psalmist reminds us that God "prepares a table before us," even though we may be surrounded with formidable challenges. The words of Stephanie Chung in Joe’s Table encourage our hearts as she shares with us how God can use the challenges of the challenged to bring light and hope to the shadows of our times. Her son, Joseph, was a shining example of the surprises God has in store if we allow Him to set the tables of our lives.
- Honorable Stockwell Day, PC, ICDD

No mother in the world should have to bury her child. It is against the laws of nature. But such unspeakable tragedies happen. As a friend and spiritual sister of Dr. Stephanie Chung, I have come to understand the source of her strength and resilience to rise above the immeasurable pain of the loss of her first-born son. It is her faith in God, our Creator, who made Joseph in his own image and sent him into this world. Joseph is her angel and her inspiration in death as he was in life. By the grace of God, Joseph lived a life of joy and devotion while challenged with autism and seizures. Stephanie’s courage, deep faith, and unbounded love for Joseph gave birth to this book, Joe’s Table. And this book is her gift to you. May this book touch you deeply and bless you with the grace of God.
- The Honorable Yonah Martin, Canadian senator

As a child I sang the hymn "Faith Is the Victory," and I could not help but be reminded of that truth after reading Dr. Stepha­nie Chung’s Joe’s Table—a personal and touching story of sweet Joseph. This intimate history of a family’s love and devotion to one so innocent and good is nothing short of inspirational. It is a must-read for parents in need of encouragement and for anyone else whose journey has left them lonely and even afraid. Stepha­nie Chung and her husband, Peter, shine a light for the rest of us.
- Andrew K. Benton, president and CEO, Pepperdine University, Malibu, California

It has been a great honor for me to meet Stephanie and to have fellowship with her. When I see her encourage others and care for them as a wife, a mother, or a friend, I see Jesus. The love that she extends to everyone, even when she is going through a difficult time, gives us a glimpse of God’s character. Her evident courage and passion has made a deep impression on me. Joseph’s life has left us with beautiful and unforgettable memories that will remain with us and all who know this admirable family. Joe’s Table will be a comfort and encouragement to those experiencing adversities in life, and it will bring all readers hope and peace. This book is like a beautiful song to our Lord who is vast and good.
- Maria Gloria Penayo de Duarte, the former first lady of Paraguay

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