Eugene Cho

we finally did it and excited for the future

We’ve received our share of criticism about our public pledge to donate our 2009 salary to fight extreme poverty. Everything ranging from “Stop boasting” to “You’re lying” and

How about Matthew 6:3 and “…when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing.”

For the record, I have no good response to people rebuking me with that scripture.  I know some of you are sick of me mentioning it but this will be the last time I mention it (although I know that this is what most of the media and bloggers will focus on as we get started).

I need to share it because there were many (mostly anonymous Facebookers) that doubted our pledge. While we weren’t able to honor the pledge by the October 20, 2009 launch date as we had hoped, I went to the bank yesterday and walked out with a cashier’s check for $68,000.

When we made our pledge, we had a plan to make it work but the year proved to be much more difficult than we had anticipated.  But after this past year+ of saving, scrimping, subletting, saving, borrowing, and other creative things, we were finally able to make the donation.

And while it was a difficult year, we learned much; grew more in love and respect for my wife; experienced many teaching moments with our children, and are excited for all that is in store…

There are two main reasons why we did this:

  1. It was a matter of obedience. We felt this was what God was inviting us to do. ODW is a non-religious organization but our faith compels us to do what we do.
  2. We didn’t want to ask you or others to do something we’re not willing to do ourselves

If you choose to partner with us by donating your one day’s wages (and renewing that gift monthly, quarterly, or year), we hope the reason behind it isn’t fear or guilt but because you encouraged by our story or inspired by stories like the one I shared yesterday of a Harvard professor & her fiance who asked people to donate to ODW in lieu of engagement/wedding gifts for them.

Last month, I did a brief interview with a small news source in California.  Take a few minutes to watch it and if you feel compelled, share the video, this blog entry, or the ODW website with others.

Thanks for your patience this past year, for your prayers, for your investment in the startup costs for ODW, and for dreaming with us.

I know it’s not going to be easy but let’s kick ass.

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I am blessed. The three Cho women. Minhee & our two daughters. Glad the girls have my genes. Hello Vancouver, Canada. Sabbathing in one of my favorite cities in the world with my family. Freestyle bagpipes. Santa Monica Pier. Grateful for the 24 hours in Santa Barbara to encourage local churches ... and to enjoy such views. 
Lord, are you calling me to Santa Barbara? :) I hate you, Santa Barbara! About 6 weeks ago, I had the best 10 hour layover in Seoul, Korea. 4 meals, 2 outdoor markets, 2 museums, and some beautiful tourist sites in winter, crisp weather. 
But no visit to the mokyoktang (public bathing sauna).

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  • RT @OverratedBook: Dear global friends: My e-book is on sale in UK (£0.71), Europe (EUR 1,99), Japan (237¥), Canada (1.99), Australia (2.99… || 3 hours ago
  • RT @chelsienoel_: Learning from @aaroncho & @LizVerHage @seattlequest "Faith and Race" class. So thankful for this #church. #Seattle http:/… || 4 hours ago
  • God's grace is amazing. It not only meets & accepts us where we are but also compels us to be transformed into who God is calling us to be. || 14 hours ago
  • So excited to share about the next chapter of Quest Church tomorrow. If you call @SeattleQuest your home church, PLEASE be there. #together || 23 hours ago
  • 11 turnovers ain't bad. Look at it in a positive way. I scored a double-double. Boom! || 1 day ago
  • I still got it. Played in my daughter's HS Parents vs Players game. I dominated: 13pts, 5assists, 4boards, 4steals & 11turnovers. #FreeAgent || 1 day ago
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