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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One of my goals in life (aka bucket list). Visit 100 global cities, soak in some of their museums, learn their stories, meet local folks, visit local churches, and hear stories of how God is at work there. Let's fully welcome refugees. Remember, refugees aren't terrorists...they're the ones fleeing away from violence, war, and terrorism. 
Afraid? Me too. It's ok to acknowledge we're afraid since it confirms we're all...just...human. We're all afraid on some level especially when our culture seems to run on the currency of fear but as we live out our faith in Christ and more deeply embody compassion and love, fear begins to dissipate. It's also incredibly critical to know that agencies are implementing some of the most rigorous and thorough vetting ever. 
My family hosted a Somalian Muslim family from a refugee camp years ago through @WorldRelief. It was eye opening, challenging (especially with language realities), and yet, encouraging...and we hope to host families again in the future as they resettle in a completely new and foreign city and country. It's a terrifying experience. And while not a refugee, I remember the first few months as an immigrant when I was six years old. To this day, I remember the kindness of folks that helped us through that transition. Lift a prayer for me as I'm privileged to collaborate in ministry here in Melbourne, Australia. Meeting with local pastors, teaching at the Justice Conference (10/21-22). Then, preaching at the Bridge Church on Sunday  Pray that in preaching the whole Gospel from the Scriptures, I may honor God, point people to Jesus, and be sensitive to the presence and power of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Interesting. The holy bench. Wow. And in a blink of an eye, this happened. The nights might be long but the years go by fast. #ParentProverbs #WhatHappenedToMy13YearOldSon This past week, @seattlequest celebrated its 15th Anniversary. In many ways, it feels like forever and in other ways, it just seemed like we just started yesterday.

Around May 2000, Minhee and I found out we were expecting a 2nd child. Then, we got another surprise. We felt a calling and stirring to plant a church. We told God, "This is horrible timing!" We left a thriving ministry that we started in the Seattle surburbs and felt compelled to move into the city to plant a new multiethnic church called Quest. To be honest, we were so scared. Minhee was pregnant. Our insurance was about to run out. But we ventured forth. Once I resigned from this church, I had plans, goals, strategies...and none of them materialized. Only bills and payments. I quickly found out that a Masters of Divinity degree - as cool as it may sound - is actually useless in society. No one wanted to hire me. I was unemployed for months. We were eventually on food stamps and DSHS insurance.

In December 2000, we welcomed our 2nd child to the world. When "T" was born, we cried more than the baby. Couple days later, I finally landed a job as the janitor at a Barnes & Noble store. It wasn't quite what I was envisioning but God really worked through this "valley season." And we finally felt peace about starting Quest. Seven people gathered in our living room and several months later on October 2001, Quest Church was officially launched. 
It has not been easy. We've been hurt and worse, we learned we hurt people. More accurately, I hurt people. We've heard our share of criticisms and sometimes, even worse. I've been called my share of names. Too many to list. I've been too liberal, too conservative, too edgy, too rigid, too blunt, too passive. We spent many nights crying out to the Lord...for direction, for peace, for answers. We usually never got the answers we were wanting...but we always felt His presence - even during our valleys. To be honest, we still have many restless nights. In fact, I think we have had more restless nights these past two years than we did in the first two years. 
But through it all. God has been so faithful and gracious. Thank you, Lord.

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