In 2006 our family visited Cinderella’s Royal Table. Honestly, we didn’t have an outstanding experience. The food was decent, the atmosphere was excellent, the character interaction was minimal. We had a quick photo with Cinderella as we entered and while we were dining The Fairy Godmother, Suzy and Perla (the mice) made quick appearances as they “danced” by while the music was playing. That was it. I might give it a second chance, just because I’ve heard it’s changed a bit in the past 7 years.
|This was the best picture we could get with the characters at
dinner because they flitted by so quickly in 2006!
- Snow White
- Princess Aurora
- Mary Poppins
Our youth group from church is in Orlando this week doing mission work. We’ll end our week at Walt Disney World touring the World Showcase at Epcot and learning a bit of “missions & outreach” information about each country. This is what we’ll be learning:
In 2006, almost eight percent of all children under eighteen years old living in Norway (85,000 children), were living in households defined as “poor” by the European Union’s poverty measurement standard.
Statistics show that of Norway’s population of 4.4 million, there are 1.4 homeless people per 1,000 people. It would be better to consider the majority of these people to be categorized as “living in poverty,” because there are very few that are actually homeless. The majority of people living in poverty stay with friends or family, live in institutions, prisons, hostels, or shelters. The government has established facilities to lodge all whom are unable to manage and protect for themselves
Norway has an official Protestant State Church based on the Evangelical-Lutheran religion. Although there is no separation of Church and State, all inhabitants have the right to exercise their religion freely in accordance with a 1964 amendment to the Constitution. Eight out of ten ethnic Norwegians are members of the State Church of Norway.
Some 5.9% of the population are members of other religious communities, while 6.2% do not belong to any religious community at all. The largest religious and life-stance communities outside the Church of Norway are the Humanist Movement, represented by the Norwegian Humanist Association (63 000), Islam (60 000), the Pentecostal Movement (45 000), the Roman Catholic Church (40 000 or more), the Evangelical-Lutheran free church (20 000), Methodists (13 000) and several lesser free churches.
of country For
centuries China stood as a leading civilization, outpacing the rest of the
world in the arts and sciences, but in the 19th and early 20th centuries, the
country was beset by civil unrest, major famines, military defeats, and foreign
occupation. After World War II, the Communists under MAO Zedong established an
autocratic socialist system that, while ensuring China’s sovereignty, imposed
strict controls over everyday life and cost the lives of tens of millions of
people. After 1978, MAO’s successor DENG Xiaoping and other leaders focused on
market-oriented economic development and by 2000 output had quadrupled. For
much of the population, living standards have improved dramatically and the
room for personal choice has expanded, yet political controls remain tight.
China since the early 1990s has increased its global outreach and participation
in international organizations.
age 0-14 in 2010
expectancy (females and males, years) 75.9/ 72.3
mortality rate (per 1,000 live births) 20.4
Unemployment in 2011 6.5% of labor force
rates 2.8% (estimated 150,000 children)
Below Poverty Line 13.4%
128 million Chinese are now considered below the poverty line (2011)
living with HIV/ AIDS 740,000
Religion Daoist (Taoist), Buddhist,
Christian 3%-4%, Muslim 1%-2% note:officially atheist (2002 est.)
Wieck is a United Methodist missionary with the General Board of Global
Ministries serving in Longzhou (“Long Joe”), in southern China near the
Vietnam border, under the auspices of the Amity Foundation.