Eugene Cho

happy birthday to me & one day’s wages

Bam. Just like that, I am now 39 years old. Still looking young albeit with two dysfunctional Achilles.  Since it’s my birthday today, I’m cashing in your graces and all those favors and ask that you not only read this blog entry but take 5 minutes to help spread the word about One Day’s Wages.

As most of you know, my wife and I and a small but growing group of team members are excited to announce the launch of One Day’s Wages – an international grassroots movement dedicated to ending extreme global poverty. There are approximately 1.4 billion people living in extreme global poverty (those who live on less than US$1.25/day).

Here are 4 simple ways you can help:

1. Visit the website and create an account.

2. Think about making a donation. Calculate your day’s wages on the website or make another donation. You can choose to invest in one of the organizations/projects highlighted on the website.  I know some of you are sick of hearing about it but we’re not asking you to do something we’re not willing to do ourselves. We’ve chosen to donate our 2009 salary to the fight against extreme global poverty and invite you to join us by donating one days’ wages = approximately 0.4% of your annual salary.  100% of your donations (minus transaction costs) go directly to projects.

3. Be a FAN on Facebook.

4. Spread the word. Use the tools on our website to spread the movement with your friends and network. You can follow us on Twitter.

We know that the issues are very complex but it’s also very simple:

It shouldn’t be this way and doesn’t have to be this way. The world has the capacity to end extreme global povert.

The good news is that there are individuals and orgs that are doing some wonderful work. Our goal isn’t to re-invent the wheel but rather to partner and collaborate.

You in?

With gratitude,
eugene, minhee, & the ODW team

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5 Responses

  1. charlestlee says:

    Happy Birthday Eugene!

  2. Young Lee says:

    Congratulations on the launch of OneDaysWages! We will be following along… Oh, and Happy B-Day!

  3. georgesong says:

    happy belated bday and congrats, pe + family. we’ll continue to follow and spread the word!

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Today, Minhee and I dropped off our eldest child at her college. We have been thinking and praying about this day for many years. On some days, we hoped it would never come. On other days, we couldn't wait for it to come. On some days, we prayed for time to stop and other days, we prayed with anticipation. 
After an entire summer of laughing it off, it hit us...hard...this week. Seeing all of her stuff laid out on the basement floor was the catalyst to a load of emotions.

After unloading the car and taking her stuff to her new home for this year and mindful that she might never live with us again; helping sort out her stuff, saying hello to her roommates...I wasn't sure what to do or say.

A flood of thoughts rushed my mind.

Is she ready?
Have we done enough?
Have we taught her enough? 
What if this? What if that?

And so we shared what we have shared with her the moment she began to understand words: "Remember who you are. Remember WHO you belong to. Remember what you're about. God loves you so much. Please hold God's Word and His promises close and dear to your heart. We love you so much and we are so proud of you." And with that, we said goodbye. Even if she may not be thousands of miles away, this is a new chapter for her and even for us. I kept it composed. Her roommate was staring at me. I didn't want to be that father. I have street cred to uphold. Another final hug. 
And I came home.
And I wept.
Forget my street cred.
I miss her. I love her.
She will always be my little baby.

I'm no parenting guru. I just laughed as I wrote that line. No, I'm stumbling and bumbling along but I'd love to share an ephiphany I learned not that long ago. Coming to this realization was incredibly painful but simultaneously, liberating. To be honest, it was the ultimate game-changer in my understanding as a parent seeking after the heart of God.

While there are many methods, tools, philosophies, and biblical principles to parenting, there is – in my opinion – only one purpose or destination.

Our purpose as parents is to eventually…release them. Send forth. For His glory. Met a friend and fellow pastor who I haven't seen in over 20 years. In him, I saw a glimpse of my future. While only 10 years older, his kids are married and he's now a grandfather of 3. His love for his wife and family were so evident and his passion for the Gospel has not wavered. It was so good to see someone a bit older still passionately serving the Lord with such joy and faithfulness. Lord, help me to keep running the race for your Glory. Happy wife.
Happy life. - Eugenius 3:16

I still remember that time, many years ago, when Minhee was pregnant with our first child. She had left her family and friends in Korea just two years before. Her morning sickness was horrible and when she finally had an appetite, she craved her favorite Korean food from certain restaurants in her neighborhood in Seoul, Korea. I had no way of getting that food from those restaurants so I actually said, "How about a Whopper? Big Mac?" Sorry honey. Eat away. You deserve it. I don't care if it sounds mushy but sunsets are one of my love languages. Seoul, Korea was amazing but WOW...what a breathtaking welcome back sunset by Seattle. Not ready to let go of summer. Seattle. 7:00pm. Desperately holding on to summer. #goldengardenpark #nofilter Happy Birthday, Minhee! I'm so grateful for you. You radiate faith, hope, and love.  No...you don't complete me. That would be silly and simply humanly impossible but you keep pointing me and our family to Christ who informs and transforms our lives, marriage, family, and ministry. Thanks for being so faithful. I love you so much. (* And what a gift to be in Korea together.)

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