Eugene Cho

we need your help!

Friends, Supporters, & Blog Readers:

Thanks so much for journeying with my family this past year since I shared about our vision for One Day’s Wages:

“an international grassroots movement dedicated to ending extreme global poverty.”

It’s been such an intense year but we’re finally launching the organization tomorrow.  We’re excited, nervous, and everything in between..  The website will go live late tonight and we’ll be sharing with as many folks as possible in hopes that people will visit the website, read about ODW’s vision, and join our movement by simply donating one day’s wages and joining our online community.

Here are 5 ways you can help and we really need your help. Would you consider assisting us in getting the word out over the next few weeks?

  1. Visit the website and donate one day’s wages. That’s only 0.4% of your annual salary.
  2. Share tomorrow’s blog entry with anyone & everyone: Blog, Twitter, Facebook, etc.
  3. Share the website – http://onedayswages.org – on your Facebook profile. The site will go live late Monday night.
  4. If you use Twitter, retweet some of the tweets you’ll receive via my account or odw’s twitter account.
  5. Email your friends and ask them to check out the organization & website. Just a simple note will be so helpful.

Doing couple of the things above will only take you couple minutes but it’ll be immensely helpful to us especially because our strategy involves:

Human Relationships + Technology/Social Media + Vision = ODW Movement

Over the next few weeks and months, can you partner with us and spend a few minutes each day or week to help spread the word?

And if you’re interested in, here’s some logos you can use as widgets or images for your blog, facebook, etc.

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ODW logo

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10 Responses

  1. david says:

    Very exciting, PE. I’ve got my ODW pledge ready.

  2. Jeff Lam says:

    you are a stud. congratulations man, we’re looking forward to partnering with you.

  3. Terri says:

    I’m excited for the launch, and look forward to journeying with ODW!

  4. Laura says:

    I’m in! Best wishes with the launch!

  5. charlestlee says:

    Sweet! I’ll be blogging about it tomorrow 🙂

  6. d-day tomorrow. virtual world ready. waiting. will post. will RT. will give. will blog.

  7. Kyle Reed says:

    I am on it, love the idea and cannot help but share this with others.

  8. […] Tweets about this great post on TwittLink.com […]

  9. Eugene Cho says:

    thanks so much everyone. encouraging.

    if this falls flat, it’ll sure make a good blog post.

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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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