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About a year ago, I donated half my salary to charity to fight human trafficking.  I had saved for the entire year to make one check for $10,000.

I don’t say this to brag, at all.

I say this because I’m a selfish person.  I love comfort, my shiny things, the safety of a new gadget and adding things to my wish list.  I am naturally lazy and indulgent and self-absorbed.

But I also believe in a God who humbled Himself to become one of us.  I believe in a God who paid an infinite price to set us free.  I believe in a God who wrote Himself into the story of humanity to enter our struggle, to lead us into life, and to ultimately exchange our brokenness for grace.

Because I believe in a God who has this sort of heart –

I am compelled to have the same heart for others.

The selflessness of God utterly melted my selfishness to pieces.  His grace tenderized my conceited heart.  I gave my life away because God did the same for me.

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Pray, Donate, Help

May 21, 2013 — 1 Comment

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In light of recent disasters, please consider donating to:

http://www.salvationarmy.org/

http://www.okdisasterhelp.com/donate/

http://www.samaritanspurse.org/


I went for the Salvation Army.

– J

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Last year I gave half my salary of $10,000 to One Day’s Wages to fight human trafficking, and I began a campaign to raise $10k more. 

Someone just donated the ENTIRE amount left for the campaign, which was $8,085, to reach the goal of $20,000.

My jaw is all over the floor.

Scroll to the bottom here to check it out.

Whoever you are, thank you.

Thank God for you. 

– J


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How are you doing? I hope that you are doing well and enjoying your day so far! I am a fan of your blog, posts and wisdom and just thought I should pop by and say hi! :) I remember you saying that you were giving half of your salary to charity in a post last year, on February 12th, 2012.

Now that the anniversary of this date is coming up, how do you feel? What is the most significant thing that you learned? Are you looking forward to having access to your full income, or is the thought overwhelming at all? I can’t imagine being brave enough to do the sacrifice that you have done! I would truly love to have more insight regarding your experience, if you have a moment to share your thoughts! Thank you so much, have a fantastic day, and take care!


Can I tell you first: thank you for asking me how I’m doing and how my day was.  Not enough people ask those simple questions and you’re awesome for doing it.  I am well and today is a good day, and thank you for all your kind encouraging words. :)

I did indeed give away half my income at the end of last year to fight human trafficking, and began a campaign with the charity One Day’s Wages to raise more money.  Please allow me to shamelessly plug that campaign here — you can still contribute any amount that you like.  Just scroll to the bottom, and you’ll also see a list of everyone else who’s donated.

Now to answer your questions!

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Birthday Campaign to Fight Human Trafficking

Last year I donated half my salary ($10,000) to fight human trafficking.

Today, March 7th, is my birthday.  Instead of gifts, I’m asking that you consider donating with me to fight for this cause together ..!

You can donate here to my campaign (scroll to the middle of the page), and all proceeds go directly to fighting human trafficking and sex slavery. 

Please consider giving $5, 10, 25, or any amount you’d like!

 

Here’s what your contribution can do:

  • $50 provides one month of education/vocation training for one rescued girl (age ranged from middle school/highschool)
  • $37.50 provides one month of Health + Hygiene (Medication, toiletries, medical visits, water) for a rescued girl 
  • $250 covers the cost of 6 days of aftercare for a trafficked victim
  • $500 covers the cost of 7 days of legal advocacy

Thanks for considering.  Love y’all!


– J.S

The Top Twelve Posts of 2012

December 30, 2012 — 1 Comment

From porn to evolution to flirting to neo-feminism, here are the Top Twelve Posts on this blog for the year.

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The organization One Day’s Wages to which I had donated $10,000 wrote up an interview with me. Check it out here.

You can also help contribute to fight human trafficking with me.


Here’s an excerpt:

You are donating half of your salary. This is crazy and some might say even stupid. Why did you choose to do this?

Earlier in the year, I listened to a sermon in the car by Pastor Eugene Cho (founder of ODW) from the Catalyst 2011 Lab, and I was pretty much struck dead. The main thing that kept rocking my gut was: You can’t ask other people to do what you’re not first doing yourself.

I had been playing it pretty safe for a while — the typical blogging pastor hoping to stir up his little youth group to bigger and better things, and while there was growth, I just knew I was missing it. Every week I thought, “Well next week we’ll be fired up. God is cooking up something.” But Ephesians 2:10 had been pressing me — you know, those good works God prepared in advance for us to do. I just didn’t know how to fulfill the “do.”

I don’t make a lot of money, but I’m filthy stinking rich compared to the world. I’m sure you’ve heard other preachers go bananas on that before. On that night in the car, Pastor Eugene laid this on pretty thick, but that particular night was different: something just tore open raw inside.

By the time I got to my destination, my face was a slobbery mess. I was kind of crying and laughing and shaking my fist at God all at the same time. My level of “radical” was being challenged to become the biblical norm. I knew I’d be called crazy, but I decided: it would be crazy not to go for it either.

Read the full interview


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There’s an estimated 400 lost lives and almost 200,000 stranded.

Please consider donating to the Philippine Red Cross, who are on the ground with hot meals and assisting in medical care and evacuation. 

I just donated.  You can do it easily through text message or Paypal.  If you use Paypal, please keep in mind the currency conversion.  So if you want to donate about USD $10, that’s 400 pesos.

And pray hard!

– J


Check the Philippines Red Cross Facebook page for updates.

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Originally posted here on my Tumblr.

JS Park:

Thanks for posting this, Pastor Eugene!

Originally posted on Eugene Cho:

* UPDATE: Amazing. Not only because Joon donated half of his youth pastor salary ($10,000) but in his attempt to get that matched through family, friends, and strangers…a total anonymous stranger (after reading his story) made a donation of $8,085 to help him reach $20,000 for the Human Trafficking Fund.

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You have to read this email I recently received. Crazy, radical, and an amazing story of courage and generosity.

First, let me set the table:

We all love our stuff. All of us. We all consume. We all get sucked into the lifestyle of  upward mobility. This is most apparent during the festivities that surround Black Friday, Cyberspace Monday, and Christmas shopping.

This isn’t a guilt trip but to simply state that which is obvious. What I do want to state is the importance of us also growing a culture of generosity in our lives. Generosity isn’t just…

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I Made It To $10,000

November 26, 2012 — 2 Comments



Well, I finally did it.  After saving half my income for the year, this is a check I took out from my savings to put in my checking account, which I will then send a check for $10,000 to fight human trafficking.


One Day’s Wages has set up a site to ask for matching contributions, so you can help too!

The holidays are coming and I know you’ll be busy shopping, so please also consider donating even $5 to this awesome charity. 

Here’s what your money can do:

  • $50 provides one month of education/vocation training for one rescued girl (age ranged from middle school/highschool)
  • $37.50 provides one month of Health + Hygiene (Medication, toiletries, medical visits, water) for a rescued girl 
  • $250 covers the cost of 6 days of aftercare for a trafficked victim
  • $500 covers the cost of 7 days of legal advocacy


You can read the story of how I saved up or just scroll to the bottom to donate.

Thanks and love you guys!

– J



Originally posted here on my Tumblr.



One Day’s Wages: Joon’s Holiday Campaign for A Cause


Since I decided to give half my salary this year to charity, I finally chose One Day’s Wages to give $10,000 in order to fight human trafficking.

Pastor Eugene Cho and the wonderful people of One Day’s Wages have graciously decided to set up a site to ask for matching contributions.  We are trying to raise another $10k with your help!

Please feel free to donate any amount you like.  I believe we can raise $10k way faster than I did in time for the holidays!

Here’s what your donation can do:

  • $50 provides one month of education/vocation training for one rescued girl (age ranged from middle school/highschool)
  • $37.50 provides one month of Health + Hygiene (Medication, toiletries, medical visits, water) for a rescued girl 
  • $250 covers the cost of 6 days of aftercare for a trafficked victim
  • $500 covers the cost of 7 days of legal advocacy

Click here to donate.

This charity, by the way, uses every single cent towards its cause and does not use any for overhead cost or themselves. It is truly non-profit.

Thank you and love you guys!

– J



Earlier this year, I pledged to save $10,000 to give away to charity. I had cut my income in half to do so, and my goal was to finish by December.

Currently, I have saved $8500 and I’m still on track (I’m actually ahead). I am considering a specific organization and will contact the leader this week. At this point, I’m also considering a “dollar-for-dollar” matching so that anyone else can add to the $10,000.

Please pray for me so I can finish strong. If you’re interested in helping, please let me know. Love y’all.


The Shoeshine Pastor

April 16, 2012 — 4 Comments



Watch. The room got dusty. Or I’m just getting soft.



When it comes to the sex slave trade — and by that I mean the continual rape of millions of girls forced into abusive slavery — there is a lot of reblogging, misinformation, angry but pointless Facebook statuses, and anti-slave Tweets on Twitter that are more about popularity than action.

So what can we do?

Here’s a list of sites and organizations with real information that can actually do something.

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Today’s blog post is a nine minute podcast: About how the church has withdrawn into a place of moral “be-good” teaching instead of a Spirit-empowered, danger-filled, risk-taking missional people with a heart for the lost and hurting.

Not a new problem here: That we can be a super-spiritual transformed church at the expense of God’s Dirty Discipling Mission. There’s an obvious disconnect between Internal Prayer-Praise-Scripture and External Going-Making-Giving.

Is it any wonder that we are more discouraged, lukewarm, and stagnant than ever before?


How I’m giving away half my income.

To directly download podcast audio, click here.



For the podcast:


$10,000

February 14, 2012 — Leave a comment

Update on this post about donating half of my salary away.

Hello, friends!

First of all, thank you to the dozens of people who have shown support and encouragement.

Thanks to my friend Christine for sending me a $100 Starbucks gift card.

Thanks also to my mom, who is not a Christian, who lovingly understands what I’m trying to do.

After some discussions and ruminating, I thought I would be a little smarter about it.

- Each month I’ll put $900 or more in savings.

- This will accrue at least a little interest.

- At the end of the year, I’ll have at least $10,000.

- Over the year I’ll pray about an awesome charity.

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Ways you can help from Time Magazine.


Excerpt:

“The first thing on most peoples’ minds after they hear the news of a horrific disaster (like the earthquake in Japan) is, what can I do to help?

Even if you’re thousands of miles away, there are various ways that you can offer your support to the earthquake and tsunami relief effort. Here are just a few of them:

The Red Cross: The Japanese Red Cross has already deployed 11 national disaster response teams to respond to the crisis but you can support their efforts by donating money. Similar to their efforts to help Haiti after the earthquake in 2010, Red Cross is accepting donations either online or via text message. Simply text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 from your phone (you’ll be prompted to confirm with a second text reading YES).”

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