Eugene Cho

No one is a self-made person. Thank you so much for praying, believing, and investing in me.

Thank you.

No person is an island to themselves. There is no such-thing as a self-made person. Someone invested in you and that’s certainly the case with me. Many people invested in me and I hope that I can be a source of encouragement to many as well.

I’ve been blessed by your support, prayers, and encouragements.

I wanted to take a moment to thank you for your prayers for many things but for this post, to thank you for your prayers and support for One Day’s Wages, the organization that my wife and I started almost 3 years ago. Before the organization officially started, I felt like we hit bottom – starting the org was more difficult than I thought, we needed to move out of our home and was couch-surfing for couple months, I had ruptured my Achilles (the other one) and couldn’t afford surgery, and felt my leadership at Quest Church was in disarray.

But God remained faithful. Our friends remained by our side. Strangers – literally – came to our aid.

I just wanted to share a few updates that might encourage you as well – that your prayers and support have not been for naught.

Staff grows by 100%

OK. I’m just playing with numbers and it’s not as impressive as it sounds.🙂

After having only 1 full-time staff for ODW for the first 2.5 years, we finally hired our 2nd full-time employee recently. Grateful for them and grateful for all our interns and volunteer staff.

New Office Space with a Little More Space

We’ve been meeting in a 250 square feet office since the beginning of our organization. You can imagine how tight the space must have been – especially for our monthly all staff meetings. After putting up a note on our social media channels, we were presented with several opportunities and eventually moved to a new office space.

Umm…slightly different:

  • Pioneer Square in downtown Seattle.
  • We went from 250 sq. ft. to about 25,000 square ft. Even if only have a corner of the space, it’s amazing to be in this wide-open space with a cafeteria, game room, and a table tennis room where I’ve crushed and discouraged all our staff and interns.
  • And oh…it’s free.

Iraq. Heart Surgeries. Training. Empowerment.

Yesterday, ODW launched our newest partnership. I believe it’s our 38th. This time, it’s a $10,000 matching grant with Preemptive Love to provide heart surgeries for 20 Iraqi children and 5000 hours of training for Iraqi medical professionals so that they can perform these surgeries in the future.

While I know folks will be critical about why ODW is getting involved with work and people in Iraq. My answer is very simple:

People matter to God

Turning 42. My Birthday Campaign.

Lastly, I’m turning 42 years old this Saturday. Yes, I said 42. Yes, my oldest just entered high school. Yes, I’ve ruptured both of my Achilles. Yes, there’s a a million strands of white hair growing on my face and head. Yes, my basketball playing, ankle breaking days are over.

But I’m grateful for life and for the gift of celebrating another birthday with my wife, children, parents, church, and larger community.

Thank you, anyone and everyone, who’s ever prayed for me, encouraged me, and believed in what God has been doing in my life.

If I’ve encouraged you in some way as well, I want to invite you to consider making a small contribution to my ODW Birthday Campaign. Because ODW donates 100% of all contributions to projects and partners, we raise funds separately for our operations. Thus far, we’ve raised over $1.3 million dollars and any gift you make will help us keep supporting our operations and growing our movement. Because my life philosophy is to never ask people to do something I’m not willing to do, I’m donating a week’s wages this year to the campaign.

Thanks for considering this.

But above all…

thanks for your friendship,prayers, and encouragement.

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7 Responses

  1. God is indeed faithful! Praise the Lord. He never ceases to astound us. Happy early birthday, and thank you for all of your encouragement!

  2. jonathanmontan says:

    Good updates. Keep up the great work.

  3. reJoyce says:

    FYI, when I click the link for your birthday campaign, it just goes to a page on how to create a birthday campaign.

  4. Thankful to call you a bro and friend on the journey. Happy birthday, man!

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As I soaked in this breathtaking sunrise this morning above the clouds, I felt compelled to pray for so my places in America and around the world that are experiencing such pain, heartache, injustice, and violence. At times, it feels so overwhelming but in prayer, I was reminded of these words from John 16:33. As we keep striving, working, hoping, preaching, loving, truthtelling, reconciling, repenting, forgiving, dismantling, peacemaking, Kingdom building...may we fix our eyes on Christ: “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” - John 16:33 Grateful for a very full weekend of ministry and preaching in Toronto, Canada (GTA). Such a privilege to partner with @worldvisioncan @wvcollective to advocate for the most vulnerable around the world. God is so gracious. A true honor to meet and encourage local pastors, lecture at Tyndale University & Seminary (photo), and preach at Richmond Hills Community Church, Compass Point Bible Church, and New City Church. Thank you, Lord, that you use broken and imperfect people like me to speak of Your love. Today, Minhee and I dropped off our eldest child at her college. We have been thinking and praying about this day for many years. On some days, we hoped it would never come. On other days, we couldn't wait for it to come. On some days, we prayed for time to stop and other days, we prayed with anticipation. 
After an entire summer of laughing it off, it hit us...hard...this week. Seeing all of her stuff laid out on the basement floor was the catalyst to a load of emotions.

After unloading the car and taking her stuff to her new home for this year and mindful that she might never live with us again; helping sort out her stuff, saying hello to her roommates...I wasn't sure what to do or say.

A flood of thoughts rushed my mind.

Is she ready?
Have we done enough?
Have we taught her enough? 
What if this? What if that?

And so we shared what we have shared with her the moment she began to understand words: "Remember who you are. Remember WHO you belong to. Remember what you're about. God loves you so much. Please hold God's Word and His promises close and dear to your heart. We love you so much and we are so proud of you." And with that, we said goodbye. Even if she may not be thousands of miles away, this is a new chapter for her and even for us. I kept it composed. Her roommate was staring at me. I didn't want to be that father. I have street cred to uphold. Another final hug. 
And I came home.
And I wept.
Forget my street cred.
I miss her. I love her.
She will always be my little baby.

I'm no parenting guru. I just laughed as I wrote that line. No, I'm stumbling and bumbling along but I'd love to share an ephiphany I learned not that long ago. Coming to this realization was incredibly painful but simultaneously, liberating. To be honest, it was the ultimate game-changer in my understanding as a parent seeking after the heart of God.

While there are many methods, tools, philosophies, and biblical principles to parenting, there is – in my opinion – only one purpose or destination.

Our purpose as parents is to eventually…release them. Send forth. For His glory. Met a friend and fellow pastor who I haven't seen in over 20 years. In him, I saw a glimpse of my future. While only 10 years older, his kids are married and he's now a grandfather of 3. His love for his wife and family were so evident and his passion for the Gospel has not wavered. It was so good to see someone a bit older still passionately serving the Lord with such joy and faithfulness. Lord, help me to keep running the race for your Glory. Happy wife.
Happy life. - Eugenius 3:16

I still remember that time, many years ago, when Minhee was pregnant with our first child. She had left her family and friends in Korea just two years before. Her morning sickness was horrible and when she finally had an appetite, she craved her favorite Korean food from certain restaurants in her neighborhood in Seoul, Korea. I had no way of getting that food from those restaurants so I actually said, "How about a Whopper? Big Mac?" Sorry honey. Eat away. You deserve it. I don't care if it sounds mushy but sunsets are one of my love languages. Seoul, Korea was amazing but WOW...what a breathtaking welcome back sunset by Seattle. Not ready to let go of summer.

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