Eugene Cho

changing the world with peanut butter

If each person does their part, if each person pursues their convictions, if each person lives with kindness and generosity, if each Christian not only believes in Jesus but follows the Way of Christ, can you imagine the difference we can make?   We can do our part to change the world.

The gift of choice and Free Will can be a beautiful thing.  This is the great privilege that we have as the image bearers of God…we can reflect the beauty of God through our lives.  We can make choices to reflect His glory, honor, justice, and beauty.

Below is a brief story of a family at Quest doing their part to make a difference…starting with 29 jars of peanut butter.

So today is June 3rd, Hunger Awareness Day.

 

This year ethan, momma and dada collected items for FamilyWorks food bank.  FamilyWorks is one of our neighbourhood food banks. 

 

We collected 155 jars of baby food, 29 jars of peanut butter, 11 packs of rice cereal, 70+/- diapers, plus some other great items (including adult breakfast cereal).

 

Thank you to everyone who contributed!

 

These items, modest amount though they are, will be used really well.  Think about it: if a living family next door to you or a child beside you on the bus was hungry, wouldn’t you want to do something about it?  It’s the same way with local community food collection.  Every meal is someone’s meal.

 

Some statistics you may not have read before: Nearly 45% of individuals that use a food bank, meal program, or shelter in Western Washington have some form of post-secondary education. Only 15% are homeless.  37% of the hungry people served are children.  60,000 people in the city of Seattle rely on food banks for basic needs. With increases in gas and food, the need is just increasing.

 

If you didn’t have a chance to contribute this year, you can still donate to a local food bank at any time.  If you want help figuring out the information for one local to you, just send me an email and I can send it right back to you.

 

emily, nathan & ethan

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7 Responses

  1. Janet says:

    Thanks for sharing this! I love this quote:

    “Every meal is someone’s meal…”

  2. Teresa says:

    Thanks for sharing this! Makes it very practical and personal that we can all DO someting!

  3. Randall says:

    I love that there’s a baby in the midst of all the food that’s about to be donated. If we could train the next generation to judge themselves not by what they own but by what they give away, what an amazing world this could be.

    Makes me think of this former post of yours.

  4. justin says:

    when i read the title of your post, i thought you were going to talk about this british PSA about saving children w/ peanut butter:
    [video src="http://motionographermedia.com/simonrobson/clever.mp4" /]

  5. Andrea says:

    I’d never seen that British PSA and really didn’t know that about peanut butter. Very interesting. Though, I’m not sure there are many countries that eat it, which would be a barrier to providing it. Kind of like when the government dropped sandwiches on Afghanistan and they didn’t know what to do with them so they fed them to the livestock.

  6. eugenecho says:

    I have confirmed with nathan and emily that they are not donating their son.

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Collaboration.

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the action of working with someone or a group of others  to produce or create something.

May we hold our logos, egos, and tribalism have their place. May we hold them loosely for they too shall pass. May we collaborate for the sake of the greater Kingdom of God ... which endures forever. As we honor Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., don't forget the God behind the man. The one true God who deposited this dream into MLK is still speaking to us today. Are we listening?

Be courageous. Be brave.

Being invited by the King Family to speak at the MLK worship service at Ebenezer Baptist Church in 2016 remains one of the most unexpected honors of my life. On the right is his daughter, Dr. Bernice King and his sister, Dr. Christine King Farris. Walking throughstreet markets in different parts of the world is the best. Soaking in the culture. Listening to the local language and music. Enjoying the amazing cuisine. Meeting new friends. Praying for the Gospel to penetrate. #ChiangRai Blessed be the local, indigenous leaders for it is they who live in the very communities they seek to love. For it is they who understand their context and culture...better than a Westerner ever will. For it is they who will continue to tenaciously pursue a better world with hope, justice and love when visitors like me leave.

Yes, blessed be the local, indigenous leaders. What an honor and privilege to celebrate with the on-the-ground local @thefreedomstory team to celebrate the recent opening of their Education and Resource Center for the local youth in Chiang Rai, Thailanf. This was made possible through a partnership and matching grant by @onedayswages and The Freedom Story.

While it was an honor to be there to cut the cord and say a few words, this is an example of collaboration. Much love to the Freedom Story team including their co-founders Tawee Donchai and @Rachel Goble, to their staff who live in the community, who understand their context and culture, and who tenaciously pursue a better world with hope, justice and love. And of course, much love to the students themselves for they each matter. Finally, to each person that donated to @onedayswages to make this grant possible.

May hundreds and even thousands of youth be impacted, encouraged, and mentored. May they capture a glimpse of God's love for them.

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There's such painful and poignant irony in pursuing justice...unjustly. One way we do this is when we reduce people into projects...and thus, propagating the dangerous power dynamic of US as heroes and THEM as helpless and exclusively as victims. So dangerous.

Human trafficking is not just an issue. It’s ultimately, about people. Depending on the sources of statistics, there are anywhere from 29-40 million people in some form of forced labor and slavery, including sex trafficking.

And one thing I’ve learned, personally, is how easy it is easy to reduce people into projects which is why mutuality, reciprocity, and dignity are so vital. These are critical because God never intended people to be reduced into projects.

We forget this and we indirectly foster a culture and system of victimization or worse, the pornification of the poor or in this case, "the trafficked." And when you start dehumanizing the poor or trafficked, you have no genuine desire to build relationships with them. You believe or build stereotypes in broad strokes, singular, black and white narratives that have been told about them. You believe the lie that they have nothing to teach us and are incapable of contributing to the larger society.

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