Eugene Cho

A story of courage and generosity: Youth Pastor donates half of his salary to fight human trafficking.

* UPDATE: Amazing. Not only because Joon donated half of his youth pastor salary ($10,000) but in his attempt to get that matched through family, friends, and strangers…a total anonymous stranger (after reading his story) made a donation of $8,085 to help him reach $20,000 for the Human Trafficking Fund.

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You have to read this email I recently received. Crazy, radical, and an amazing story of courage and generosity.

First, let me set the table:

We all love our stuff. All of us. We all consume. We all get sucked into the lifestyle of  upward mobility. This is most apparent during the festivities that surround Black Friday, Cyberspace Monday, and Christmas shopping.

This isn’t a guilt trip but to simply state that which is obvious. What I do want to state is the importance of us also growing a culture of generosity in our lives. Generosity isn’t just for others…but also for us:

Generosity isn’t just merely for the sake of blessing OTHERS. Even more so, it’s to rescue US from the abyss of our greed.

Generosity is what keeps the things I own from owning me.

Let me share a crazy story of generosity and a reminder – once more – that you don’t have to be a rock star, a billionaire, or a celebrity to make an impact.

Recently, I received an email from a youth pastor named Joon Park  from Florida. I’ve never met him, don’t know him, and never heard of him. In his blog, he describes himself as:

I am a former atheist/agnostic, fifth degree black belt, recovered porn addict, and currently a youth pastor at New Light Church in Tampa, FL. Like every other dude with a laptop, I blog regularly. I can eat five lbs. of steak in one sitting. I have a German shepherd named Rosco. Read the rest of this entry »

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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. 
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my tweets

  • When I'm tempted to be significant, I have to remind myself that I'm nothing apart from the grace of God...and that becomes my significance. || 8 hours ago
  • Time flies. College tour with my oldest kid (HS junior). We checked out UCLA, Azusa, & Westmont (and In-N-Out). http://t.co/gCmQeDr3XC || 9 hours ago
  • Kenji Goto: Mourning your loss. Grieving for your family. Moved by your courage. Honored to call you a brother-in-Christ. Rest in peace. || 13 hours ago
  • RT @WorldVisionUSA: For the #childrenofSyria, “Let's do what we can. Let's do it with love.” –@EugeneCho bit.ly/1ynUhS6 http://t.co… || 1 day ago
  • RT @OneDaysWages: "We know we can't change the entire situation in Iraq & Syria but that's not an excuse to do nothing..." -@eugenecho http… || 2 days ago
  • Even scars can be redemptive. They are a testament to God's grace & our fortitude. Our scars can even serve as encouragement/wisdom to many. || 2 days ago
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