Hey friends, blog readers, supporters, critics, stalkers, and everyone in between:
This week (October 20), I’ll be turning…43-years-old.
Yes, that’s not a typo. I am indeed turning 43 years old.
Wow, I am turning 43 years old. Someone pinch me. Someone punch me. But not hard.
As I reflect on the 43 years of my life thus far, I am mindful of how blessed I am. So very blessed. I can’t help but give God praise, glory, and honor. As I reflect upon God’s blessings, my hope is to be a blessing to others – to my family, to my church, to my neighborhood, to my city, and to the larger world.
As I ‘celebrate’ my birthday this upcoming week, I am again asking friends and supporters – near and far – to help me continue the passion I have for coming alongside the poorest of the poor in the global community. As most of you know, Minhee and I birthed One Day’s Wages about four years ago and during that time, we have raised over $1.7 million dollars and have funded 51 projects. We’ll be launching several more in the upcoming months. And by projects, we’re not talking about handout but thoroughly vetted projects that involved local leaders, community engagement, and transparency. These projects aren’t about investing in money but rather, investing in people.
But, did you know that 100% of all donations (minus credit card fees) go directly to these projects? My job as the executive director is to help raise resources to help fund our small grassroots operations.
So, here’s my birthday request:
If I’ve been of any encouragement to you or perhaps this blog or perhaps my words of encouragement on Facebook or Twitter, this is a chance to “give back” in a small way. In lieu of any gifts, drinks, cars, flowers, coffee beans, socks, ties, iPhone 5s, or whatever you were planning on getting me, I’d like to humbly ask you to give to my ODW birthday campaign cause. Your donation – whatever amount – will help ODW continue to grow its movement. And I really mean this. Any amount will help.
Because one of my life philosophies is to never ask people to do something I’m not willing to do, my wife and I are donating $4,300 towards this campaign. There’s a lot of toys and stuff we’d like to have but honestly, we don’t really need them. Instead, we’re trying to live a lifestyle of enough.
So would you consider giving up:
- a latte and donating $4.30,
- a movie ticket and donating $10
- $43 in honor of my 43rd birthday
- $1000 because I will kiss you
- or any amount
Thanks for even considering this. If you want to give, you can donate here. If anything, thanks for sharing the campaign with others so that they might be inspired to start their own birthday for a cause.
Thanks for considering a small gift.
Thanks for your support and friendship.
Thanks for journeying along with me.
Thanks for your prayers and for believing in me and more specifically, believing the work that God is doing through me.
Here’s some proof of the amazing work that’s going on right NOW.
[Photo above] We just funded a maternity ward in Mali and got reports that it recently opened. We saw pictures of the first baby born which we’ll show at the upcoming ODW Gala on 10/25. Amazing.
This is from a partnership with an organization called Roots of Development. They worked with the community to assess the need, hire local workers, and helped bring clean water for the first time to a community in La Gonave, Haiti.
We funded a matching grant to enable life saving heart surgeries for 10 Iraqi children and provide about 5000 hours of training for local Iraqi medical professionals…so that they’ll be able to perform these surgeries in the future.
And another example of one of our project partnerships of this past year. This is a perfect example of what we mean by empowering local leaders: