In Korea

Yesterday I flew to Korea. I’m hear to speak for the weekend. So far we’ve had a great time.

I think the highlight was when my buddy Lorin, who traveled with me, asked our host (a U.S. civilian who runs a youth ministry on the Yongsan military base over here), “So is it true that they eat dog over here?”

More on that hilarious conversation in a minute.

We flew over here yesterday on a direct flight from San Francisco (2 hours from my house) to South Korea (near Seoul). The flight left at 11:30 am and was about 12 hours. So we landed about midnight California time, but it was 4PM the next day in Korea.

I didn’t sleep on the plane for two reasons:
1. It’s uncomfortable anyway in coach!  🙂
2. I figured that I wanted to sleep a good night’s sleep when I arrived… so I didn’t want to mess with my sleep.

Mission successful. I stayed awake for the whole flight, reading, watching the in flight movies, etc. then met the people I’m going to minister with for the weekend, went to my hotel and slept a good 8 hours right away!

So it was on our ride from the airport that my friend Lorin asked, “So do they eat dog over here?”

Randy, our host, says, “Yes, but it’s not like they just kill dogs on the street. They raise then like cattle.”

Lorin says, “What!!!”

I’m laughing. So I ask, “What kind of dog?”

Randy says, “I don’t know what kind of dog it is. They kind of look like Old Yeller.”

Lorin and I both say in perfect unison, “They raise Labradors for food?!!!”

“Yes, it’s not bad.”

To which Lorin says, “You’ve had it!!!”

I can’t even talk at this point because I’m laughing at Lorin. Plus, I’m trying to figure out how to tell my daughter that they raise and eat yellow labs. I’m sure they aren’t really yellow labs. I think I’m going to have to research that one. But it sure was a humorous conversation.

We eventually got on the military base and met some of the workers for the ministry here reaching out to the teenagers that have parents in the military. Great group of people. I look forward to ministering with them for the weekend (I speak to the kids Saturday, then preach Sunday and doing a parenting workshop)


PLEASE PRAY:
Today I speak three times to the kids here at the ministry here on the US Military base. Pray for this time. There are going to be about 200 that I’m speaking to. Most of what I’ll be doing today is outreach. So pray as I share the Gospel and invite the kids to respond.

Also pray that I don’t eat Old Yeller!

About Jonathan McKee

president of The Source for Youth Ministry, is the author of over twenty books including the brand new If I Had a Parenting Do Over, 52 Ways to Connect with Your Smartphone Obsessed Kid; Sex Matters; The Amazon Best Seller - The Guy's Guide to God, Girls and the Phone in Your Pocket; and youth ministry books like Ministry By Teenagers; Connect; and the 10-Minute Talks series. He has over 20 years youth ministry experience and speaks to parents and leaders worldwide, all while providing free resources for youth workers and parents on his websites, TheSource4YM.com and TheSource4Parents.com. You can follow Jonathan on his blog, getting a regular dose of youth culture and parenting help. Jonathan, his wife Lori, and their three kids live in California.
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5 Responses to In Korea

  1. ron says:

    Hysterical…the dog thing. You guys are so sheltered! Praying for you both. God’s plan is beyond amazing…Korea! Two No Ca boys. Buy dental floss before you return. God Bless!

  2. Already flossed, thanks Ron. 😉

    Had some authentic Korean food yesterday. Liked the meats (no, it wasn’t dog), didn’t care for the noodles so much. They were clear and see through. (gag)

    On the ministry side, I spoke three times to the kids yesterday, a bunch of them made commitments. God is awesome. Thanks all for your prayers!

  3. Michelle says:

    My brother was stationed in Korea while in the military, and he had “dog” without knowing it at first. He liked it…until he knew what it was!

    We have family from Korea, and the food is quite amazing! They don’t serve dog though.

    Glad to hear you had a good trip. I am doing Connect training on Saturday! Thanks for the links you sent.

    Blessings!

  4. Randy says:

    The dog is not a labradore though. They are smaller. They are just yellow in color. Thanks to Jonathan and Lorin for your time and ministering to our youth. It has been amazing to see some facebook posts after Saturday. Your message on temparary things has hit home to MANY of them!! May you be blessed friend!!

  5. Thanks Michelle. We avoided eating dog while we were there. My daughter Ashley would have killed me! 🙂

    Randy… thanks for the encouragement. We had a great time while we were there. It was fun ministering alongside of you. I’m glad the teenagers responded so well to my talks. I had a great time with the parents at my parenting workshop as well.

    Keep up the good work!