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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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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  • Hope arrived. Not in a politician, system or "great" nation. Rather, hope arrived in the person of Jesus Christ. Place your hope in Christ. || 1 day ago
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