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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#TamirRice Incredible news: @onedayswages is projecting to have our most impactful year as we grant out $1.3 million dollars! Thank you so much for your prayers and support...please read on to learn how you can join in our work.

As you gather with family, friends, and loved ones for Thanksgiving and the holidays, I wanted to share an opportunity. Often times, when I speak to people about the privilege of generosity, I remind them, "You don't have to but you get to." It's so true.

My wife and I (and our three kids) started ODW in 2009. We felt the Holy Spirit convicting us to give up our year's salary. It wasn't an easy thing to say "Yes" or "Amen" to but we made the decision to obey. As a result, it took us about three years to save, simplify, and sell off things we didn't need.

It's been an incredible journey as we've learned so much about the heart of God and God's love for the hurting and vulnerable around the world - particularly those living in extreme poverty. ODW is a small, scrappy, grassroots organization (with just 3 full-time employees) but since our launch, we've raised nearly $6 million dollars to help those living in extreme poverty: clean water and sanitation, education, maternal health, human trafficking, refugee crisis, hunger, and the list goes on and on.

So, here's my humble ask: As we do this work, would you consider making a pledge to support our work...so that we can keep doing this work with integrity and excellence?
You can make a one time gift or make monthly pledge of just $25 (or more). Thanks so much for considering this: http://onedayswages.org/give (link in bio, too) Don't just count your blessings. Bless others with your blessings. Here, there, everywhere. Be a blessing for this blesses our Father in Heaven and builds the Kingdom of God.

#ReThinkRegugees #WeWelcomeRefugees
@onedayswages Grateful. Still reflecting on the letters that I've received from classmates and students that have come before me and after me. Never imagined all that God would have in store for me. Lots of humbling things but in the midst of them, there were literally thousands upon thousands of daily decisions and choices to be faithful. That's what matters. Seen or unseen. Noticed or unnoticed. You do your best and sometimes you stumble and fumble along but nevertheless, seeking to be faithful.

Also, you know you're getting old when your school honors you with a Distinguished Alumni Award. Lol. 47 is the new 27. Or something like that. Here's to the next 47. In our culture, we can be so obsessed with the "spectacular" or "glamorous." The Church often engagws in thia language and paradigm...but what if God has called many of us to small, ordinary things?

Will we still be faithful?
Will we still go about such things with great love and joy?

I recently came across this picture taken by @mattylew, one of our church staff...and I started tearing up: This is my mother; in her 70s; with realities of some disabilities that make it difficult for her to stand up and sit down...but here she is on her knees and prostate in prayer. She doesn't have any social media accounts, barely knows how to use her smartphone, doesn't have a platform, hasn't written a book, doesn't have any titles in our church, isn't listed as a leader or an expert or a consultant or a guru. But she simply seeks to do her best - by God's grace - to be faithful to God. She prays for hours every day inteceding for our family, our church, and the larger world.

Even if we're not noticed or celebrated or elevated...let's be faithful. Our greatest calling as followers of Christ is to be faithful. Not spectacular. Not glamorous. Not popular. Not relevant. And not even successful in the eyes of the world.

Be faithful. Amen. #notetoself (and maybe helpful for someone else)

At times, we have to say ‘NO’ to good things to say ‘YES’ to the most important things.

We can't do it all.
Pray and choose wisely.
Then invest deeply.

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