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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One Day’s Wages

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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 || 13 hours ago
  • Back safely from Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan to assess @OneDaysWages' partnerships & to film mini-documentary on refugee crisis. So many emotions. || 13 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. || 13 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