Eugene Cho

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eugene cho

Yesterday, this blog passed a milestone of sorts. It reached 1,000,000 hits. While I don’t know how many “unique visitors” have visited the blog, all I know is that I’m thankful for those that:

  • read & share this blog w/ others
  • comment and engage in conversation
  • pray for me, my family, & ministry
  • contributed to the vision of One Day’s Wages
  • and – generally – journeyed with me.

It still amazes me how many folks I’ve randomly met through my travels that walk up and say, “Thanks for your blog.”  Well, thank y’all for reading my vomitaceous reflections of this one person seeking understanding in God’s larger narrative.

I started blogging regularly in the summer of 2006 and am thankful for the blog’s wide, diverse, and growing “audience” and community. My blogging covers numerous topics including Christianity, Religion, Justice Issues, Non-Profits, Global Poverty, Technology, Social Media, Culture, Current News, Politics, Humor, and everything in between.

If you haven’t read this already, here are the reasons WHY I BLOG.

People often ask me, “How I blog?”

I have two guiding principle in blogging: Topical Tiers & Time.

I have three Tiers of Topics:

  1. Faith, Christianity, Leadership, Ministry, Social Justice
  2. Cultural Exegesis (incl. Pop Culture, Politics, Music, Films, Technology), Social Media, Humanitarian Efforts
  3. Family and Random Stuff

So, I know that most folks read my blog regularly because of Tier 1 and the majority of my writing focuses on those topics. However, I think it’s good and healthy to write about other stuff so Tier 2 focuses on other things I enjoy and care about.  Even though I’m a pastor, my interests go beyond what others assume pastors only care about. And while I’m discerningly guarded about Tier 3, I also enjoy sharing about my family life, dreams and struggles, and the occasional awkward expression of my humor.

Asides from topical tiers, my blogging has a TIME rhythm.  I attempt to blog nearly every day except Sunday. Because time is an important commodity in my life and there are other things that demand my attention and affection, I give myself “time limits” on my blogging. If I write six entries a week, I devote 1 hour to one post, 30 minutes to 2 posts, 15 minutes to 3 posts, and the occasional post that just takes 5-10 minutes. Interestingly, I’ve learned to write very quickly! And while I  read every single comment, I probably respond to a handful of comments. While I like to stay engaged, I find that what I very much enjoy is setting the table…and seeing who comes to eat and the conversation/dialogue that takes place.

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8 Responses

  1. Jim Chen says:

    Congratulations! It’s a joy to participate. Thanks for blogging, PE.

  2. Andy M says:

    My first experience with having conversations on the internet (a forum board), was a disaster with bickering and fighting and everything that makes me cringe because I got caught up in it. So I left it.

    That was about 7 years ago, and only this last year have I eased back into it, and I am very glad that I have found a few blogs such as this one where people are allowed to have different opinions, and still talk about things that matter (and a few that don’t). I’ve even considered lately, the idea of creating my own blog so that I can start writing, which interests me greatly, though I’ve never known where to start (still don’t, honestly).

    So, thanks Eugene, because if I would have come back to find the same thing I left, then I would have probably never tried it again.

  3. Jim Gray says:

    i enjoy commenting on a local blog in Washington State…

  4. Jason says:

    I blog for a couple reasons: 1) It acts as a daily diary for me. It helps me sort my thoughts out, and keeps me accountable for spending time in the Word. 2) As a church planter, I use it to generate support, keep people up to date, and continually cast the vision/mission I believe God has entrusted me with.

    Time wise, I do my best to put something up every day, knowing that 3-4 times a week is probably more accurate. And like you, I try to limit the amount of time spent blogging to about an hour. But sometimes things get away and I spend a little more than that. A lot of it depends on what’s rolling around in my head.

    Peace, PE!

  5. Frank Kim says:

    You have a gift with blogging, a great style.

  6. ME says:

    Thank you right back! I’ve been poking around the emergent-ish blogosphere for a while, and yours is one of my favorites to read. I really appreciate you telling us about your own blogging process–it always helps me to get a picture in my head. Makes it seem more doable. Actually, I’ve been thinking about resurrecting my defunct blog for a while now, and your post finally got me to scribble out a new entry. So again, thanks!

  7. Jessie says:

    Thanks for taking the time to blog Pastor Eugene. I attended Quest when I lived in Seattle and have been a silent lurkerer on your blog for months. I thought it was finally time to thank you for the encouragement and inspiration that you are. Along with so many others, I appriciate that you share your thoughts. My prayers are with you and your family.

  8. Eugene Cho says:

    thanks for the kind words, folks.

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The answer to who you serve makes all the difference... It's the day after International Women's Day - and it's still important to celebrate the contribution of women in our lives, society, and world. As we honor women all around the world, I'm also reminded of how women and children are those who are most deeply impacted by injustice - especially poverty.

Sadly, I have witnessed this reality in too many places. ​In 2012, I traveled to a remote area in Eastern Kenya as part of a @onedayswages response to a famine that struck the Horn of Africa region. This famine impacted nearly 13 million people and according to some sources, took the lives of about 250,000 people. During my trip there, I had the chance of meeting many people but the person that still remains in my memory was a Muslim woman named Sahara.

She was so hospitable in inviting us to her small and temporary home. During our conversation, I learned that ​Sahara traveled 300 kilometers (a little under 200 miles) – some by cart and some by foot – as they sought to escape the worst drought that has impacted East Africa (Kenya, Somalia, and Ethiopia) in the past 60 years.

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200.

She traveled about 200 miles on cart and foot. ​And all along, she was ill. If you look closely ​at the photo, you might notice the large lump in her throat - likely a large cancerous tumor.​ She did not travel alone. She traveled with her husband who I was not able to meet because he was staying with one of his five other wives in this polygamist community.  She did not travel alone. She also traveled with her six children – the youngest being about 1 and the oldest being around 8. She had just given birth to her sixth child when they began her journey. Her youngest was severely malnourished when they arrived to this new settlement in a town called Benane. 
Sahara and her children all survived this journey. They survived because she persisted. 
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