Eugene Cho

haiti on our hearts

Minhee and I are marking our 14th anniversary and while it’s not the tropical island we had in mind, the upside is that we’re headed to a tropical island. 😉

We’re taking some “vacation time” this week and are en route to Haiti as part of our work with One Day’s Wages. We’re here to connect with some friends and partner organizations including World Concern. This past year, ODW raised over $100,000 and we’ll launch another Haiti campaign tomorrow in light of the fact that the rebuilding efforts in Haiti will not be a one year fix. Add to this the impact of the cholera epidemic…

Haiti is on our hearts.

Couple years ago, Minhee and I made a pledge that we’d try our best to go to a developing country. Together. Every year. Since we try our best to be aligned with our local expressions through our church and the traveling to a developing country helps us to keep grounded and connected with our vision for ODW.

But if I’m honest, I kind of regret that decision. As much as I enjoy exploring and traveling with Minhee:

  • I dislike leaving the kids.
  • I dislike having to update our will. It’s morbid thinking about stuff like that but we need to do it.
  • I dislike having Minhee in “unsafe” places – even if they’re not entirely all that unsafe but you know what I mean…

Yes, it doesn’t feel right…

We’re just trying to live our lives faithfully, humbly, and joyfully.

Here, there, and everywhere, may God use all of us to reflect His love for the world…

If you’re interested in giving towards ODW’s newest Haiti campaign, click the image below and/or help us spread the word tomorrow…

top photo: taken during an earlier trip to Haiti in February 2010

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Thank you, Brooklyn, for the reminder. Umm, @jlin7 is a Christian but he wasn't very Christlike with me on the basketball court. He muscled me into the paint, dunked on me, mentioned my momma, and then said, "Stick with preaching." Just kidding. Kind of.

If you haven't heard, Jeremy Lin is donating his one games wages (approximately $140,000) and an additional $100 for every 3 pointer made to support Girls' Empowerment and Education through @onedayswages. That game is this Friday vs the Boston Celtics!

Join his campaign as he's inviting his fans to donate just $7. - http://onedayswages.org/jlin

Did you know that 32 million girls of lower secondary school age are not enrolled in school.

Did you know that every year of secondary school increases a girl’s future earning power by 20 percent.

Did you know that if all girls in Sub-Saharan Africa, South and West Asia had a secondary education, child marriage would fall by 64 percent.

We can't change the entire world but we can impact the lives of one, few, and in some cases...many.

#jeremylin #jlin #linsanity #onedayswages Don't be held captive to either praise or criticism.

Know who you are.
Know what you're about.
Know WHO you serve.

The answer to who you serve makes all the difference... It's the day after International Women's Day - and it's still important to celebrate the contribution of women in our lives, society, and world. As we honor women all around the world, I'm also reminded of how women and children are those who are most deeply impacted by injustice - especially poverty.

Sadly, I have witnessed this reality in too many places. ​In 2012, I traveled to a remote area in Eastern Kenya as part of a @onedayswages response to a famine that struck the Horn of Africa region. This famine impacted nearly 13 million people and according to some sources, took the lives of about 250,000 people. During my trip there, I had the chance of meeting many people but the person that still remains in my memory was a Muslim woman named Sahara.

She was so hospitable in inviting us to her small and temporary home. During our conversation, I learned that ​Sahara traveled 300 kilometers (a little under 200 miles) – some by cart and some by foot – as they sought to escape the worst drought that has impacted East Africa (Kenya, Somalia, and Ethiopia) in the past 60 years.

This is not a misprint.
200.

She traveled about 200 miles on cart and foot. ​And all along, she was ill. If you look closely ​at the photo, you might notice the large lump in her throat - likely a large cancerous tumor.​ She did not travel alone. She traveled with her husband who I was not able to meet because he was staying with one of his five other wives in this polygamist community.  She did not travel alone. She also traveled with her six children – the youngest being about 1 and the oldest being around 8. She had just given birth to her sixth child when they began her journey. Her youngest was severely malnourished when they arrived to this new settlement in a town called Benane. 
Sahara and her children all survived this journey. They survived because she persisted. 
In honor of Sahara...and so many other women who keep...keeping on. I have to remind myself of this every day...because I can forget every day:

Don't be lazy and make assumptions about people. Ask about their story. Then listen. Be humble. Be teachable. Be human. Be a good neighbor. It's a sad reality but our society runs on the currency of fear. Don't feed into this frenzy.

Rather, invest in faith, hope, and love.

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