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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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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