I can't even begin to describe all the wonderful things that have been happening on the bone marrow front. Special thanks to all of you that have taken the personal step of registering! This small step could save a life!
For those that have chosen to go even further and pick up a weapon and join the fight in a bigger way the events that have transpired over the last couple weeks have been breath-taking and inspiring. A few examples:
- My good friend David (along with several friends from Calvary) ran a great drive at Calvary a couple Sundays ago and got over 200 registrants in ~3 hours work. Great job! Not only that they are working with other leaders in Chicago. I also know they were involved with a drive in Hinsdale (last Sunday) and drives in Evanston and Naperville are being set up as we speak! They've also contacted family in Baltimore who has committed to helping set up a drive at their several thousand member Korean church. Drives in Tampa, FL and the West Coast are in the works as well.
-KBC tv (Korean new channel) has agreed to do a profile story on Andrew Park to raise awareness in the Korean community around Chicagoland. If you have Korean-speaking only friends that you'd like to inform please direct them to this news story in the Korean Daily at this link HERE for a recent story on Andrew Park done by a Christian reporter, Grace Lee
- My company (GE) is moving forward in a big way. After sharing my story there are now several senior leaders in the company that are very focused on raising awareness on a national level and working on sponsoring bone marrow drives on a local level across the country - especially among APA employees (Asian-Pacific Americans). I love you GE!!! (p.s. if my HR guys are reading this and I should not be mentioning GE - then please let me know asap and I'll delete this)
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- I just got an email this morning from one of my good pastor friends (Eddie B) in Seoul who just agreed to answer the call and is moving things forward with his church. Eddie is the lead pastor of one of the largest English ministries in one of the largest churches in Korea (Onnuri Church) with thousands of members and with powerful influence among the spiritual and political leaders across the nation. He has been fighting the good fight internationally against sex trafficking and despite his busyness has agreed to take on the fight against bone marrow cancer as well!
- I also got a FB message recently from a pastor friend in Australia who has also agreed to reach out to his church along with other pastors in Australia to join the fight!
We are all playing a small part of something that is much bigger than all of us, and God is most definitely "at work"....
"Be a part of something so big, that if God is not in it - it's destined to fail."It's mind boggling what has transpired in about two weeks time. God is so good and there is no doubt in my mind that HE is moving in a powerful way in the hearts of His children. Things are happening quickly - please pray that the momentum doesn't die and many lives are saved (physically and more importantly spiritually) as so many witness the face of Christ through the body of Christ.
"By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” -John 13:35
“And this wise man asked me to stop. He said, “Stop asking God to bless what you’re doing. Get involved in what God is doing — because it’s already blessed.” –BonoDO YOUR PART
It's not too late to join the fight! Registering your bone marrow is not enough....run a drive at your church or your village, ask your company to get involved financially and with company-sponsored drives, raise awareness by spreading the word on Facebook and Twitter (redeem that cursed social media!) and tell the story!!
Too many lives are at stake and time is of the essence....
Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. - John 15:13
Awed by Grace,
Peter & Kim
UPDATE: If you are near the Evanston area a drive will be held at Soapie's Cleaners (516 Dempster Ave, Evanston, IL) from 9am-2pm. If you are in the Northern Virginia area a drive will be held on 2/19/12 at Open Door Church (3001 Centreville Rd Herndon, VA 20171-3709 (703)318-8972. If you're in the area - please get the word out and help if you can. If you are not near either of these locations go to www.marrow.org to see how you can get your own registration and swab kit via mail free of charge.