Jeremy Lin has always been one of the NBA’s most worldly and socially conscious players. But the Nets point guard admits his “perspective” has been changed after a trip to Asia, where he saw the impact of human trafficking firsthand.
Lin had teamed up with charities One Day’s Wages (which raises awareness about girls’ education) and the Hug Project in Thailand. Before his latest trip to Asia, he emailed his fans, saying, “I’m praying for an awesome trip where I expand my perspective/view on the world and find convictions from the Holy Spirit on where and with who to partner with for my foundation.”
Apparently Lin got just that.
The Brooklyn point guard flew to Asia and connected with Eugene Cho, a pastor and leader for One Day’s Wages. And on Tuesday, Cho posted a photo of himself and Lin on Instagram. The photo showed them walking through one of the red-light districts of the city, where an estimated 10,000 sex workers — many of the kids — are exploited daily.
Lin shared the photo on Twitter, with the caption, “This trip changed my perspective foreal.”
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Lin already had donated his game check from the Nets’ March 17 game at Boston to One Day’s Wages, and plans to do so again next season.
“Millions of girls across the globe are unable to get the education they need to provide for themselves and their families. This is due to unaffordable school fees, forced child marriage, lack of sanitary products when they reach puberty, and many other barriers,” Lin wrote on the charity’s website. “My hope is to shed some light on these issues, and invite you to join me in taking action.”
Still, Lin went above and beyond what Cho and his charity could have hoped.
“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,” Cho said on his post.
“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.”
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