Eugene Cho

off to south africa

Through the generosity of an anonymous person in New York, I’ll be leaving for South Africa today and returning near the end of the month. This is a great opportunity to continue my research for our global poverty organization/initiative, relationship building with NGOs and CBOs [community based organizations], and personally see and feel both the devastation of extreme global poverty and the hope of people working diligently to uplift themselves out of poverty.

For those that are inclined, I would certainly appreciate your prayers.  Here is my itinerary:

  • Depart for Frankfurt, Germany
  • 10 hours at Frankfurt and might attempt to connect with friends in Frankfurt
  • Depart for Johannesburg, South Africa and then to Durban
  • Depart to Capetown to debrief
  • Depart to Frankfurt and return to Seattle

I’ll be spending the majority of my time in an area called Kwazulu Natal [Swayimane] where over 50% of the people are stricken by the HIV disease.

I’m praying for good health, good attitude, future partnerships, and God to deepen our vision to join others in fighting extreme global poverty.  Please also keep my family in prayer.  It’s been an intense couple weeks with some wacky stuff happening

I’ve got couple stuff pre-published for the blog and I’ll also be attempting to share some reflections and photos during my brief trip.  

Thanks for your friendship and partnership…

And for those that want to contribute to our poverty initiative, just shoot me an email at seattlejediknight[at]gmail.com and I’ll send you a copy of our Vision Letter.

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7 Responses

  1. Tom says:

    Have fun and bless you, Eugene.

    Spent some time there myself and my daughter participated in a research project sponsored by the U of Capetown aimed at recalibrating the health services in the townships.

    Frankfurt airport is no place to do a long layover, though you could probably entertain yourself reading the way aggressive and very funny European health warnings on cigarette cartons in the duty free shops.

    If Mama Africa is still in business in Capetown, fun place get a beer and spend an hour. The murals on the outside of the building are worth a look.

  2. synapticlight says:

    very cool, I hope that the trip is a success as well as enjoyable 🙂
    I lived in Durbs for over 20 years, now I am in Cape Town but I still miss Durban (shh don’t tell).

    Do you know of Metro Kids Africa? Our Church is quite involved with them and we did some work with them together with NPCC, it was awesome – http://metrokidsafrica.org/

    Phill

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  4. Ric Wild says:

    Eugene, I hope your time in SA is rewarding. I was there going on 10 years ago with a Afrikaner friend who immigrated to the States. Looking forward to hearing more about your trip. Blessings!

  5. Tumi says:

    Hi Eugene, you’re in SA!! wow! let’s hook up, would love to chat. Tumi

  6. YK Yea says:

    If you’re interested you should meet with m.nary Young Ohm a first gen korean-canadian who has an amazing network and ministry based in Capetown but all over southern Africa. unlikely, but email me if you have time.

  7. […] most of you know, I’m here in South Africa – at the grace of an anonymous benefactor in New York who also cares about global poverty and […]

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