Eugene Cho

an update on our global poverty initiative

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I hope that while this entry topic might not be as alluring as your top search engine topics like Britney Spears and Barack Obama, you’ll take a few minutes to read up the progress of our global poverty organization.  This has been one of the most humbling seasons of our life.  When we went public with our vision to give our year’s salary to start this poverty initiative, we had absolutely no idea about what was in store with the financial crisis and meltdown.  Our convictions have been tested but each time we think about how “bad” we have it, we’re reminded of the grave situation for the poorest of the poor – those affected by “extreme global poverty.”

Here’s 5 Updates on our Progress:

  • FACEBOOK.  On Friday, December 5, our Facebook Group – which can be accessed at http://fightglobalpoverty.com – surpassed 200,000 members.  It’s pretty amazing considering we started the group on May 15, 2008.  While there are no guarantees if folks will ultimately support our organization, it confirms our aspiration for our initiative in helping change the world:

Human Relationships + Technology + [Vision] = Movement Read the rest of this entry »

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if [my daughter] had $100,000…

As Minhee and I work towards launching a humanitarian organization later this year [once the 501c3 is officially issued], we’ve been enjoying opportunities to speak to our children about why we’ve made the decision and how it will impact our family.  We share with our kids about our faith in Christ and our desire to be agents of mercy, justice, and humility – both locally and globally.   But in many ways, our children are the ones that often challenge us with their sense of compassion.

[During my current sabbatical, I’ll be reposting some old posts for your reading pleasure.]

My oldest daughter who’s in 4th grade had a homework assignment this week where she was asked to write an essay about how she would help others if she had $100,000.  What a coincidence since that’s the amount we’ve pledged.  Anyways, I read it on Sunday night and was floored.

Read her essay below and check out the “vision plan” that she drew out.  Read the rest of this entry »

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fight poverty 3 – a vision of compassion and redistribution

This is the third and final part of a short series entitled, Fight Poverty.  If interested, you can read Part I [An Introduction] and Part II [A Broken World].  We want to do our part so Minhee and I have decided to give up our annual salary next year to join the fight against global poverty.

Global poverty is a very painful and complex situation.  But, it can also be seen in a simple angle:

  1. There are people and countries around the world that are suffering, dying, and in grave need.
  2. There are people and countries with abundant resources that can benefit the “have nots” around the world.
  3. The solution is simple:  Redistribute resources from us to them [since we are part of the same global community] and in that process, help create sustainability and build up/equip local leaders…

I know it’s too simplistic but we must see ourselves as part of the solution.  There is nothing wrong with enjoying the material goods that most of us have access to but we can easily cross the line into gluttony and overconsumption.  My family and I have everything that we can possibly need but there are times I still struggle with wanting more.  When is enough enough? Read the rest of this entry »

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one day’s wages | video

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Recently, I had a chance to speak at an event in Washington DC and it was particularly special because my 80-year-young father was able to travel with me. 
My Dad had especially wanted to see the Lincoln Memorial with his own eyes. The weather was perfect and while it wasn't part of the plans, we ended up walking 8 miles that day and eventually culminating on the final stretch through the National Mall towards the Lincoln Memorial. But as we made this walk, I had forgotten the presence of the Korean War Memorial that was just a few yards away from the Lincoln Memorial.

I had seen it several times before but I didn't anticipate the impact that it would have on my father. When he realized what it was, he just stood there and I could tell he was deep in thought and memories. Eventually, he began to share some of those memories and stories. My Dad was born in what is now called North Korea and fled south with the rise of dictatorial powers. He was 14 years old when the Korean War broke out. He shared stories of how the bridges connecting Seoul were destroyed and thousands upon thousands of people were stranded. He shared stories of poverty, suffering, and even death.

And then, he just stared at the memorial. And I could tell he was fighting back some tears. He went on to say how grateful he was for the American soldiers who fought another country's war: "I'm here because of them. We're here because of them." He was actually so moved by the memorial that he walked towards the "Park Ranger" on site and kept profusely saying, "Thank you so much for helping us." If you know anything about me, you know that I take seriously the biblical invitation to justice, peacemaking, and reconciliation. So, I'm not here to glorify war or the military. War is utterly brutal & horrible...on everybody. In an ideal world, we would have no need for wars and militaries but unfortunately, we don't live in that world. And so, I continue to do my part to sow peace...but also pause, to also express my deep gratitude to those that have given their service and even their lives for the sake of freedom - even for those they didn't know. I am a recipient of that sacrifice.

Thank you. Say hello to our mesmerizing moon. Recently met an astronomer who had his big toy telescope that allowed us to take photos using the smartphone. Desert hiking. Made it. Barely. But worth it. Such are many of life's challenges. Sabbath. Soaking in a desert sunset. A new experience and interestingly, very spiritual. Happy Earth Day. Enjoyed this epic hike through the woods last weekend with my family. "You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.” - Isaiah 55:12 Soaking in this view and taking a moment to pray for our nation.

my tweets

  • My intent is not to glorify war or the military but to simply join my Dad to express thanks: goo.gl/cwtyl3 https://t.co/RhYBDu7UaD || 12 hours ago
  • Seasons change. Winds blow. Chaos ensues. Yet, Christ is our anchor. Fix your eyes. Keep working for God's Kingdom-on earth as it is heaven. || 2 days ago
  • Everyone take a breath. Breathe in. Breathe out. Whoever becomes president, Jesus will still remain King. || 2 days ago
  • Wow. Recap: Foul on Waiters. Foul on Green. Horrible pass from Green. Manu should have shot the ball. Airball by Mills. Webber goes crazy. || 3 days ago
  • Let's be honest: No single one of us can change the world. The thought, in itself, is ridiculous. But... https://t.co/ZzxDEZeedb || 1 week ago
  • Thrilled to be part of @SEAJusticeMove - a youth driven justice movement in Seattle. HS/College students, check it: seajusticemove.org || 1 week ago

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