Eugene Cho

relationships, technology, facebook, and fighting poverty

I’ll be posting a more thorough update on our Global Poverty initiative and organization in the next couple days.  I was supposed to be in Haiti this week to visit some orphanages and to learn more abou the global food crisis but had to make some changes due to the increment weather in that area.  Today, I’d like to share about two things that make our goal of creating a grassroots movement to fight extreme global poverty possible:  Human Relationships and Technology.

By sharing a simple vision of compassion and justice, we hope to compel and invite people to join our cause so that 100% of donations to our “Giving Fund” can go towards small NGOs and CBOs [community based organizations] around the world that are already doing some amazing work in the fight against global poverty.  We also envision using some of the funds to help start new initiatives and projects that in turn, can fund and impact more projects to build sustainable enterprises to empower people to lift themselves out of poverty.  You may be shocked what can be done with so little in certain places around the world.  When people scoff at what one person can do, consider this staggering statistic: 3 billion people in the world live on less than $2/day.  The truth is you and I can make a difference and we cannot and must not allow “generosity” to be reserved only for the rock stars, Hollywood A-list, or millionaires. 

We’re banking our vision on the most significant and powerful resource:  You.  Me.  People.  And our relationships.  Both as an “experiment” and in hopes of spreading the word of our vision to start this grassroots movement, we started a Facebook group several months ago asking people to join to help us fight global poverty.  After only 111 days [Sept. 2], we reached our initial goal of gathering 100,000 people and it continues to grow [104,514 as of Sept. 9].  By the end of the year, we are estimating that abougt 250,000 will join the group.  When we’re close to launching our group, we’ll release the beta website, ask folks to consider giving, have people suggest people and orgs that are doing great work, ask them to invite their networks and relationships – all while distributing these funds to sustainable people, projects, and organizations around the world and sharing these stories through every imaginable medium possible.

After checking in with the IRS, we’re speculating that our official 501(c)(3) will be issued to us soon – within the next 30-45 days.   For now, I want to ask you to consider helping us in THREE simple ways:

1.  Join our Facebook group if you haven’t done so.  Invite your friends [think strategically and globally] who might be interested in issues of poverty and justice.  Another simple way to help is to POST the group on your “Posted Items” on your Facebook profile. 

2.  Consider making a small donation towards our organization – any donation. You may have noticed the new DONATE widget on the right hand column of this blog.  Click on the red box or this secure donation link to give [Paypal, Debit, Credit Card].  If you’d prefer mailing in your donation, contact me.  As many of the blog readers already know, my wife and I have personally covenanted $100,000 towards funding this organization which you can learn more about HERE. We are not asking anyone to do what we’re not willing to do.

3.  Help us spread the word by sharing this post and/or sharing our vision video:

Here’s the screenshot to celebrate 100,000 people!

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6 Responses

  1. James says:

    Congratulations on reaching that 100K mark. I sent you an email with some questions about giving.

  2. Tyler says:

    100k that is AMAZING! great job eugene.

  3. Hi Eugene,

    I am the Director of Watoto Wa Baraka, a non-profit dealing with HIV/AIDS orphans and poor communities in Kenya – East Africa. We have discovered that you have the same goals as we have, and we focus on food, water, sanitation, healthcare, shelter, education, information and access to other services. We are very interested working with you as your African partner to expand the fight against global poverty. Would you be interested in establishing a partnership with Watoto Wa Baraka?

    Yours Sincerely
    Geoffrey Watoto

  4. Tom says:

    Very encouraging :^)

  5. eugenecho says:

    @geoffrey: thanks for your note. i’ll respond to your email via the message you sent me via facebook. continue the good work.

  6. […] been only able to share our vision through this blog, Facebook, emails, and word of mouth, but nevertheless, we are excited for the growing momentum.  As of […]

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I'm hoping to share a few stories of people that I met (Jewish, Muslims, and Christians) in the Holy Land in the days to come. One of our Palestinian tour guides said to me, "You will leave with more questions...and that's a good thing." He was absolutely right. We want everything so nicely packaged but if we're honest, it's very rare in a broken, complex world...and I can't think of too many things more complex than the situation in Israel and Palestine.

While I certainly understand and resonate with Israel and its history and its need to protect itself from harm, one can't deny the history and existence of Palestine as well. 
Is peace possible? This was the focus of my trip to the Holy learn more about the conflict and those that are working towards peace. My friend, Scott (and other pastor), Mae (our guide) and I had the privilege of going to a Jewish synagogue this past Friday. We were then hosted by a local rabbi and his family for a Shabbat meal. It was marvelous. Incredible. Illuminating. Delicious. A true honor to be invited to his home with his wife and three children. To pray, learn, share, and ask questions. 
What I loved the most was the story of how Rabbi Daniel and his wife rented a bus to take 15 of their friends to the West Bank ... to see for themselves the impact of the wall and the Israeli policies. Some of their friends had never even entered the West Bank...don't personally know a Palestinian. It's impossible to work towards peace when we don't know anyone from the other side...when we don't understand the other side.

Thank you, Rabbi Daniel. Old Jerusalem. So many stories. So much history. The synagogue in Capernaum (Galilee) where Jesus began his public ministry. He taught with authority... Pray for your pastors and teachers...that they may teach with courage, conviction, humility, and ultimately, directing people to Christ - the Word made flesh.

Speaking of, so excited to be teaching at @Quest Church tomorrow. If you're in the Seattle area, join us. A glimpse of Jordan River where John baptized Jesus. "This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased." What amazes me most about this event is about...timing and patience. For Christ, it wasn't about "if" but about "when." In a world of supersonic pace,  impatience, quick results, hurry and now and NOW...Jesus waited for the Father's timing. He was patient and faithful. I need to learn that waiting on the Lord in itself isn't apathy but rather an act of faith. The town of Bethlehem and at the site of the cave (aka manger) of the birth of Christ.

One of the highlights was a class of Palestinian Muslims and Christian kids in a local public school singing a Christmas carol for us in Bethlehem...just across the Shepherd's Field. Galilee. Surreal to be at the mountainside where Jesus delivered "The Sermon on the Mount" ... aka The Beatitudes. Walking around praying for Paris, Beirut, Istanbul, Nigeria, Mali, Palestine/Israel... This verse is so particularly important in light of all the violence in the world. "Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God." - Matthew 5:9

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