Eugene Cho

496 posts, 7204 comments, 33604 spam, and $20,400 raised

I’ve been encouraged by the number of folks that read my blog.  I had no idea that people had nothing better to do.  According to the blog’s statistics since its inception in 2006, I’ve written 496 posts, received about 517,300+ hits and 7219 comments, and 33,746 pieces of spam.  The blog averages about 900 visitors each day although a good handful are from weirdos that google “beautiful depraved Asian cuties.”  What a huge disappointment it must be for them to stumble onto a pastor’s blog!

I want to thank you for reading my blog and I do hope that the blog is a source of encouragement to you in some way or another.  I have certainly enjoyed the opportunity to share my vomitaceous thoughts and through this blog, connecting with people both in Seattle and around the world, Christians and non-Christians, bloggers and non-bloggers, and people that share some of my convictions and others that don’t.

Now that I’ve kissed your arse and buttered you up, I am inviting my blog subscribers, readers, supporters, antagonists, surfers, and stalkers to show some love for this blog by making a small donation to help us fight global poverty through the newly formed secure link [via Paypal].

We’ve 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 today, we’ve already raised $20,400 in donations and pledgesOur hope is to raise an additional $79,600 to total $200,000 [incl. our pledge] before we officially launch the poverty organization in January 2009 [tentatively].  Through the vision of the org, we know we can help make a  significant difference in the world.

If you enjoy this blog, would you support our vision by making a donation and sharing this vision with others?  If you’d rather mail in your donation, simply contact me at seattlejediknight@gmail.com

* If you want your donations to be tax-deductible, you’ll need to wait another 30-45 days before our official issuance.  If you mail in a check, we can also hold your check until then.

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10 Responses

  1. Sue says:

    Eugene,

    You have a great blog and I’m excited to support you and your vision…And your new crush on the color RED. 🙂

  2. Joel says:

    awwwwww… and I was so looking for depraved asian cuties…..

    My personal vices aside, it has been a good read. Thought I should finally say something and stop lurking.

  3. Dan says:

    PE, I am not sure if I can keep up! I checked my stats the other day, 8 visitors, 3 comments and one restraining order…

  4. ben says:

    loving this blog!

    another one I find great is pomomusings.com. It is this great combination of a young pastor’s experiences entering the ministry and his reflections on theology, technology, culture, the PCUSA, and life.

  5. Pete Wilson says:

    Wow! I love what’s going on here Eugene.

  6. Yonas says:

    Out of curiousity, with that many comments to read, emails to answer, how do you prioritize which one to answer relatively quickly or will some of them remain unanswered?

  7. eugenecho says:

    @yonas: i remember seeing your email last week and will try to respond at some point. i’m not able to respond to the majority of the emails that come to me via this blog.

    i read the majority of the comments unless they are novels. and most comments aren’t directed to me. they are part of the dialogue and i respond if i have something worth saying. if there is a comment directed towards me…i try.

  8. doesn’t this web site has other languages support??

  9. chalklette says:

    Hi there! Apparently I’m one of the people who have nothing better to do than read your blog — but consider that a compliment to you and not a criticism of myself. I love what you’re doing… with the small exception perhaps of the overuse of the word vomitaceous… but that’s probably just me. 😉

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Collaboration.

col·lab·o·ra·tion
kəˌlabəˈrāSH(ə)n/
noun

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.

Photo: @benjaminedwards Part 2 on my wrestling with the complex issue of human trafficking. In part, documenting my trip to Thailand for @onedayswages...to listen, learn, and visit one of our partner orgs @thefreedomstory. More to come.

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.

Lord, break our hearts for the things that break your heart. Give us eyes to see others through your eyes. Give us humility so that we acknowledge our own need to learn and grow. (Photo via @thefreedomstory)

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