Eugene Cho

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Why Advertisement? // After couple  years of mulling over it, I’ve decided to host advertisements on the blog. As my readers know, my wife and I have launched a non-profit organization called One Day’s Wages. In this pursuit, we’ve chosen to give our 2009 year’s wages and committed to donating an additional $32,000 over the next five years to honor our initial pledge of $100,000.  While not every penny of the advertisement funds will go towards our pledge, it is the driving motivation..

Blog History // I started blogging regularly in the summer of 2006 and am thankful for the blog’s wide, diverse, and growing “audience” and community. My blogging covers numerous topics including Christianity, Religion, Justice Issues, Non-Profits, Global Poverty, Technology, Social Media, Culture, Current News, Politics, Humor, and everything in between. I’m also a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and Sojourners blog.  Some of my blog entries have been expanded, published, or mentioned in several publications including the New York Times, Seattle Times, Seattle Post Intelligencer, and Huffington Post.  In addition, I’ve been written about or mentioned in KUOW/NPR, NBC News, CBS News, ABC World News, Puget Sound Business Journal, Christianity Today, and other local Seattle papers including the Pacific Northwest Magazine. You can learn more about my story here.

This Blog’s Ego:

  • Top 4K in Technorati (out of 112 million tracked blogs)
  • Listed amongst Seattle’s “best blogs.”
  • Ranked in Top 30 in Christian/Faith Blogs by 3 different sources
  • Ranked #2 amongst Urban Ministry blogs
  • Averages about 1200+ visitors/day
  • Averaged nearly 50K+ views/month over the last quarter
  • 1000+ subscribers via Google Reader
  • Average 4+ posts/week
  • Most posts are also shared via Twitter and/or Facebook
  • Posts are occasionally ranked in daily Top 100 entries on WordPress

Advertisement Options (rates are per month):

Sidebar (3rd column) Advertisements // Large & Small

  • Large – 236 (width) x 160 (height) pixel ad. Cost: $300/month
  • Small – 236 (width) x 80 (height) pixel ad. Cost: $200/month
  • Larger ads are always placed on top. Smaller ads ordered on first come, first serve.
  • Number of ads will be limited (depending on number of large & small)
  • Animation OK on large ads

The Big Cheese Advertisement

  • 236 ×320 pixel ad in the center column directly “advertise here” and Top of 3rd column. Animation ok.
  • Contact me for price and customization.

RSS Feed Advertisements (no animations)

  • One sponsor is highlighted at the end of each post.
  • Up to 5 (maximum) RSS feed sponsors will have ads that rotate with each post for even distribution
  • Size – 236 ×80 (Cost – $200). Size – 400 x 80 (Cost $250).
  • Currently there are about 30-40 posts per month, meaning RSS ads will reach subscribers approximately 5 to 6 times per month.
  • This will begin once I have a minimum of three RSS feed advertisers.

Contact // If you have any questions, inquiries about rates, or ready to invest in an advertisement, you can reach me here. Needless to say, I reserve the right to say “No thanks.” Advertisements with 6+ month  paid contract receive discounts.

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One Day’s Wages

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41 years ago today, our family immigrated to the United States from Seoul, South Korea. I was six years old; the youngest of three sons. My father, when he was also six, fled from what is now known as North Korea. Just recently, he shared with me that he and some of his family had been in a refugee camp when war and violence broke out on the Korean peninsula. It's emotional thinking about what my brothers and I went through coming to a completely foreign country. It wasn't easy. And then, I think about what my parents had to go through:

They fled their homes near Pyongyang which also meant leaving some of their extended families.

They experienced unfathomable hunger and poverty.

They experienced the pain of war.

They immigrated again to the United States as adults with minimal resources and a handful of English words.

All in hopes that their children would have the opportunities that were never afforded to them.

I'm thinking of my brothers today. I'm thinking of my parents and honoring them for their sacrifice and tenacity. And finally, I'm thinking of refugees and immigrants all around the world that are yearning for family, peace, hope, and opportunities. Don't reduce Martin Luther King Jr. to a yearly quote on social media. Live out the dream. Seek first the Kingdom of God. Confront evil. Be a truth-teller. Seek justice. Love mercy. Pursue reconciliation. Build bridges. Love your neighbors. Forgive your enemies. Pray unceasingly. Live a committed life of peace, love, and justice.

The God who deposited this dream into MLK is still speaking to us today.

Be brave. "Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." ~ Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Here's the full context of his famous quote: "The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy. Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it. Through violence you may murder the liar, but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth. Through violence you murder the hater, but you do not murder hate. In fact, violence merely increases hate. Returning violence for violence multiplies violence, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate. Only love can do that." An important word for the Church... Oh, how God loves the nations. The Scriptures make this so clear. No one - let alone, the leader of a country - should ever disparage other nations with such a disgusting comment.

To the beautiful people of Haiti, El Salvador, and of the many countries of Africa: We are so sorry. Please accept our apologies on behalf of President Trump.

I've had the privilege of being in Haiti twice and numerous countries in Africa including Kenya where I took this picture during an afternoon drive near Kijabe. In many of these visits, I witnessed such creativity, courage, leadership, hospitality and kindness. To follow Jesus without obedience, repentance, self-denial, and dying to self is an oxymoron. In other words, are we more in love with the idea of following Jesus than actually following Jesus?

Grateful for an incredible Sunday at @seattlequest of beginning our 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting.

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