Eugene Cho

how this blog community is changing the world…

Please read this as I want to take the time to properly thank all of you for your support, encouragement and prayers. If anyone has ever had doubts about the possibility of world changing impact of blogging…this is proof.

I started blogging about three years ago and eventually grew a rhythm to blogging: Why and How. I initially started blogging, amongst other reasons, to process some of my thoughts, struggles, and dreams. Most of these are just my vomitaceous thoughts but as a recovering extreme introvert, blogging was therapeutic but along the way, the blog not only drew an “audience” (ranked 28th amongst Christian blogs fwiw) but started forming a “community” of sorts.

My blog community is diverse – ranging from folks from my church, friends, curious inquirers from the larger blogosphere, other pastors and leaders, Christians, skeptics, and cynics, fellow Seattlites, and perverts with a fetish for “orientals” that search for “Korean Beauty” on search engines.

And while many of you know that the past 12-18 months were one of the most difficult times of my life, it was also a meaningful time as we heard, experienced, and felt – people encouraging us with letters, emails, prayers, scriptures, and acts of kindness.

In addition, I used this blog to dream, incubate and launch the vision of ODW. It began with this three / part / series on extreme global poverty and shared our pledge of donating our year’s salary. As we geared up for the launch of One Day’s Wages (that took a little longer than we anticipated), I invited (via this blog) people – in faith and trust – to give and help raise funds for the administrative costs of ODW and I was so humbled by the numerous that gave – especially the quiet blog lurkers and stalkers!

Do you know how much you gave and raised?

Approximately $71,797 of which nearly most of those funds came via this blog community. That is simply humbling and amazing!

What’s the impact of your generosity and support?

  • Admin costs of ODW are covered for about 1.5 years and through our boards & future grants, we’ll have future expenses covered and in a position to grow. Part of the investments we’ve made include hiring one full time staff, one website coder, bringing on numerous volunteers and interns, and moving into our little but beautiful office in Fremont. (I volunteer my time…)
  • Your donations allow our commitment to 100% (minus transaction costs) of everyone’s public donations to go entirely to projects around the world.  Our 3 current partnerships: Water Well/Clean Sanitation for an entire school in Ethiopia, 250 Fresh Start Kits for Congolese women who have been victims of war and gender violence, and a Border Outpost in Nepal/India that will help rescue about 300 Nepalese girls from human trafficking.
  • We just awarded our 1st grant to this amazing org in Thailand/Burma. This is the first of many in the future.
  • We get to raise awareness about extreme poverty through our website and get humbled by stories like this one of a young girl who donated her life savings to ODW.
  • In less than three months, we’ve raised over $142,000. All of this and future donations are invested directly in projects via courageous people and organizations. ( In total, we’ve raised over $213,000 so far!
  • Numerous media sources have been fascinated by you, Minhee, me, and our collective effort to start this movement. The NY Times article was really about you: “the everyday donor.”
  • A company (the 1st of many in the future) signed on to donate a portion of their profits to fight global poverty with ODW. More info to come later but they’re projecting $60,000.

Thank you so much.

  • Thank you for being a part of this blog community.
  • Thank you for your comments.
  • Thank you for your prayers and encouragement and pushbacks.
  • Thank you for so graciously seeding the vision and dream of One Day’s Wages.
  • Thank you for using your blogs, Facebook, and Twitter to help spread the word.
  • Thank you for signing up on the ODW website and investing in a project.
  • Thank you for believing!

Thank you for joining Minhee and I in our vision to do our part to change the world and we hope that in the process, you’ll be immensely blessed as well.  As you know, ODW is a non-religious organization meaning that our vision is to change global issues of injustice affecting millions of people, regardless of race, culture, sex, age, or religion but having said that, our faith in Christ is so important and compels us. Through this work, we believe and pray that God is and will be honored…

Thank you.

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15 Responses

  1. Jessica says:

    Wow. I’m new to your blog but am blown away. Congratulations to everyone.

  2. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Eugene Cho and Bryna Jones, Glenn Stanza. Glenn Stanza said: thank you so much for coming alongside us to help change the world … http://bit.ly/7KWr6p […]

  3. RjL says:

    Congrats, Eugene. Glad to be a ‘follower’

  4. gracerules says:

    Congratulations – I’ve been reading your blog and following the journey and it has been exciting to see it come to fruition – you were one of the people I listed in my Year In Review post because you have touched my life in such a way that I am changed because I knew you.

  5. pjchris says:

    Thank you to you both for your faithfulness and sharing this journey with us.

  6. Dan says:

    We’re proud of you and your entire family. Thanks for letting us journey with you.

  7. David says:

    Your story is inspiring. I am a new blogger and find myself experiencing the growing pains of “finding my voice” and becoming the leader God would have me be. Thanks for telling your story.

  8. Once-Reluctuant says:

    “vomitaceous”

    Awesome.

    Yes, blogging is one therapeutic tool to us introverts.

    Just wanted to add that the range of readership you have collected might be one of the most endearing strengths.

    One agnostic here that wanted to say thanks and keep up the work.

  9. Bill Harper says:

    Again, Eugene, thank you for the grace you share. That your whole family shares. Trust that your reach is even deeper than you know. And it’s your humility that is most compelling–and yep, I’m a pastor too and I know how hard fought that virtue is! Give love to your family for the way they keep you grounded.

  10. […] your support, prayers, and encouragement. You’ve journeyed with me for the past couple years. This blog helped raise over $70,000 to help launch One Day’s […]

  11. […] sincere thanks for your prayers, support and encouragement. Your prayers, belief, and generosity in helping “seed” the vision has allowed ODW to move forward. Amazingly, we were able to raise $71,797 (mostly through this […]

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One Day’s Wages

My Instagram

Father, please bless and protect these Iraqi and Syrian "refugee" children that have already endured so much. Protect their hearts and mind from unfathomable trauma. Plant seeds of hope and vision in their lives. And as we pray for them, teach us how to advocate for them. Amen. "We don't call them refugees. We call them relatives. We don't call them camps but centers. Dignity is so important." -  local Iraqi priest whose church has welcomed many "relatives" to their church's property

It's always a privilege to be invited into peoples' home for tea - even if it's a temporary tent. This is an extended Yezidi family that fled the Mosul, Iraq area because of ISIS. It's indeed true that Christians were targeted by ISIS and thatbstory muat be shared but other minority groups like the Yezidis were also targeted. Some of their heartbreaking stories included the kidnapping of their sister. They shared that their father passed away shortly of a "broken heart." The conversation was emotional but afterwards, we asked each other for permission to take photos. Once the selfies came out, the real smiles came out.

So friends: Pray for Iraq. Pray for the persecuted Church. Pray for Christians, minority groups like the Yezidis who fear they will e completely wiped out in the Middle East,, and Muslims alike who are all suffering under ISIS. Friends: I'm traveling in the Middle East this week - Iraq, Lebanon, and Jordan. (Make sure you follow my pics/stories on IG stories). Specifically, I'm here representing @onedayswages to meet, learn, and listen to pastors, local leaders, NGOs, and of course directly from refugees from within these countries - including many from Syria.

For security purposes, I haven't been able to share at all but I'm now able to start sharing some photos and stories. For now, I'll be sharing numerous photos through my IG stories and will be sharing some longer written pieces in couple months when ODW launches another wave of partnerships to come alongside refugees in these areas. Four of us are traveling together also for the purpose of creating a short documentary that we hope to release early next year.

While I'm on my church sabbatical, it's truly a privilege to be able to come to these countries and to meet local pastors and indigenous leaders that tirelessly pursue peace and justice, and to hear directly from refugees. I've read so many various articles and pieces over the years and I thought I was prepared but it has been jarring, heartbreaking,  and gut wrenching. In the midst of such chaos, there's hope but there's also a lot of questions, too.

I hope you follow along as I share photos, stories, and help release this mini-documentary. Please tag friends that might be interested.

Please pray for safety, for empathy, for humility and integrity, for divine meetings. Pray that we listen well; To be present and not just be a consumer of these vulnerable stories. That's my biggest prayer.

Special thanks to @worldvisionusa and @worldrelief for hosting us on this journey. 9/11
Never forget.
And never stop working for peace.

Today, I had some gut wrenching and heart breaking conversations about war, violence, and peacemaking. Mostly, I listened. Never in my wildest imagination did I envision having these conversations on 9/11 of all days. I wish I could share more now but I hope to later after I process them for a few days.

But indeed: Never forget.
And never stop working for peace.
May it be so. Amen. Mount Rainier is simply epic. There's nothing like flying in and out of Seattle.

#mountrainier
#seattle
#northwestisbest Took a train to Busan. Did not encounter any zombies but I was ready just in case.

Busan. First visit to this city (couple weeks ago) and was blown away by its beauty. Also, shocked that it has become the fifth largest containment port city in the world. That's a lot of import and export.

#MyAttemptToBeTheBestSmartphonePhotographer 
#Pusan #SouthKorea

my tweets

  • Every convo with Iraqi/Syrian refugees included: 1 Have tea with us 2 We want peace 3 We hate ISIS 4 We want to go home 5 Don't forget us || 6 hours ago
  • Back safely from Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan to assess @OneDaysWages' partnerships & to film mini-documentary on refugee crisis. So many emotions. || 6 hours ago
  • Pray for Mexico. For those mourning loved ones. For those fighting for life - even under rubbles. For rescue workers. Lord, in your mercy. || 6 hours ago
  • Don't underestimate what God can do through you. God has a very long history of using foolish and broken people for His purposes and glory. || 2 days ago
  • Father, bless these Iraqi and Syrian refugee children that have already endured so much. As we pray, teach us how t… twitter.com/i/web/status/9… || 4 days ago
  • Pray for Iraq. Pray for persecuted Church, minority groups (Yezidis) and Muslims alike who are suffering under ISIS: instagram.com/p/BZF2j6Ngrna/ || 4 days ago