Eugene Cho is the pastor of Quest Church in Seattle and the founder of One Day’s Wages, a nonprofit that seeks solutions to extreme poverty. Jeremy Lin is an NBA superstar responsible for spreading a dangerous strain of Linsanity a few years back. The two have little in common besides this: a shared love and concern for the less fortunate.
That led Lin to reach out to Cho, asking how he could get involved with One Day’s Wages and learn more about the blight of sex trafficking, maybe even heading over to Thailand where Cho often works to get some hands-on experience with combatting sex slavery. Cho obliged, and has detailed the whole trip on Instagram.
When @jlin7 and @onedayswages began our partnership this past year, I was taken back that he didn't just want to make a financial donation but shared that he and his team also wanted to genuinely learn more about the various issues of global justice – both challenges and hopeful aspects. We talked about taking a trip together but I honestly didn't think his team would follow through. Not that I questioned their heart but his schedule is crazy and he's constantly training. Add my schedule – even without training. But by God's grace, it happened. We've been traveling throughout Thailand this past week and learning the various nuances, challenges and complexities around girls' empowerment … patriarchy, poverty, trafficking, education, government, law enforcement, and the list goes on. Earlier this week, we walked through one of the red light districts in Bangkok where on any given night, there are 10,000 sex workers. I've been here several times before but it's still as heavy and painful. Many of these sex workers are from rural areas, the hill tribes, and migrants from neigboring countries. I'm deeply appreciative of Jeremy and his team for joining me this week. Grateful for the various NGOs that hosted us to share their passion and heartaches. Can't wait to share more as I make my way back home. #jlin7 #jeremylin #onedayswages #ODWandJLIN
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One Day’s Wages has done a lot of great work when it comes to combatting poverty and sex slavery over the past few years. You may not have the sort of life where you can just hop overseas with Eugene Cho for a trip to see their work firsthand, but there are plenty of ways you can (and should) get involved. Learn more here.