Story Time- A Memorial Day Cookout with Teens from Vietnam

One Memorial Day ten years ago, some young people I mentored and taught in my weekend groups invited me to join them for their Memorial Day cookout in a park. I went wondering what it would be like.

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The reason is the December before they asked if we could have a Christmas party instead of studying on a Saturday. I agreed. Then they told me they would bring all of the food. Well the food ended up being chips, candy, and soda.

When I got to the park and joined them, I was pleasantly surprised that they had brought meat to grill. They were happy to share with me and gave me a plate. I cut open the meat and quickly shouted- “Don’t eat this yet. Put it back on the grill.”

They asked me why. I explained to them that pork has to be cooked thoroughly so no pink or blood is showing. They had cooked it like they would a steak they way they liked steak- medium rare.

I explained that if pork is not cooked all of the way that they could get worms. When they heard that, they made sure the meat was cooked completely.

I always had a watchful eye for my young Vietnamese friends. They were and still are important to me. At times I would anticipate their needs such as when they would need to fill out financial aid forms.

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God always has a watchful eye on us to look out for us, protect us, guide us, and let us know he is there for us.

Jesus talked about how much God cares about us in Matthew 6:

“Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life”

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

30 thoughts on “Story Time- A Memorial Day Cookout with Teens from Vietnam

  1. I’m thankful the Lord has a watchful eye on us. He’s always aware of our needs. I like Larnelle Harris. He sang a song with Sandi Patti years ago called “More than Wonderful” that I love.

  2. This was a really nice post. I always enjoy your stories. It’s good that Jesus always has a watchful eye on us and that as He works through us we become protective of the people around us too. ❤

  3. So glad for your friendships with people from around the world. I love reading about them! I like the comparison you drew here as well. Grateful our God is always looking out for us.

      1. I’m good!! Feeling like I’m focusing too much on the things that I need to get accomplished but I need to remember to make time to relax!❤️🙏

  4. And you said you cannot cook? Of course you are a cook! Glad you catch them in time. In Jamaica we cooked fresh pork with plenty ginger. They said it prevent the meat from hurting your stomach. We also jerked pork. It is very delicious.

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