|WDW 2012 with my youth!|
Rewind to July of this year. I took 28 high school students from church on a mission trip to Orlando. We spent the first day traveling and the next two days painting houses. On Wednesday, we finally made our way to Pop Century! We checked in around 9:30 and two of our seven rooms were ready. They were adjoining so we piled all the girls baggage in one room and the boys in the other. We stayed in the rooms for a while resting and watching Stacey on TV!
As rooms were becoming available, the youth started splitting up into groups to walk around Pop and Art of Animation, visit the food court and take naps. Three chose to take the bus to Wide World of Sports and take in a Little League World Series Baseball game. I chose to walk around Pop Century and head over to Art of Animation to soak it all in!
Once we were all rested, showered and in our own rooms, we took the bus over to Downtown Disney. We split into groups to walk around, eat dinner and shop. My first stop was to try a “Goofy Glacier” from Goofy’s Candy Shop. If you haven’t had one of these icee/ slushie type treats before, I highly encourage you to try it! I was craving slushie type drinks while I was preggo and this HIT THE SPOT! We ate dinner at Wolfgang Puck Express and spent the rest of the time leisurely walking around and people watching.
This was the quote for last week’s Destination Disney with Heidi’s Head. I know I’m a bit late! When I first read this quote I immediately thought of the Fantasyland Expansion at Walt Disney World and the new Cars Land at California Adventure…. but then I figured a lot of people would think of those things. I wanted to think outside the box. And honestly, right now, with a 1 month old at home, it’s kinda hard for me to think outside the box! 🙂
These are just a few of my favorite photos from our recent trip to Walt Disney World. I took 28 high school students to Orlando on a mission trip and we ended our week with a few days at Epcot, Magic Kingdom and Downtown Disney. After spending the last 9+ years working with the youth at our church, I truly believe the above quote from Walt is accurate! Our children’s minds really are our greatest natural resource and more people need to tap into this resource, give them a chance and let them be heard. Great quote Mr. Disney~ more reasons to love you!
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:
of country The
United Kingdom has historically played a leading role in developing
parliamentary democracy and in advancing literature and science. At its zenith
in the 19th century, the British Empire stretched over one-fourth of the
earth’s surface. The first half of the 20th century saw the UK’s strength
seriously depleted in two world wars and the Irish Republic’s withdrawal from
the union. The second half witnessed the dismantling of the Empire and the UK
rebuilding itself into a modern and prosperous European nation. As one of five
permanent members of the UN Security Council and a founding member of NATO and
the Commonwealth, the UK pursues a global approach to foreign policy. The UK is
also an active member of the EU, although it chose to remain outside the
Economic and Monetary Union. The Scottish Parliament, the National Assembly for
Wales, and the Northern Ireland Assembly were established in 1999. The latter
was suspended until May 2007 due to wrangling over the peace process, but
devolution was fully completed in March 2010.
in 2011 63,047,162
age 0-14 in 2010
expectancy (females and males, years) 82.3/77.8
mortality rate (per 1,000 live births) 4.5
Unemployment in 2011 8.1% of labor force
rates The UK has
one of the highest levels of homelessness in Europe with more than 4 people per
1,000 estimated to be homeless
Source: Homeless Pages, 2004.
The average life expectancy of a Homeless Person in the UK is 42 years,
compared to the national average of 74 for men and 79 for women. This is lower
than the life expectancy of Ethiopia or the Democratic Republic of the Congo)
Source: “Still Dying for a Home” – Crisis, 1996.
In the UK there are 10,459 rough sleepers and 98,750 households in temporary
Source: Department for Communities and Local Government, 2005
Homelessness costs London £38.9 million a year in lost economic development and
costs to its justice and health-care communities, and a much higher toll in
Source: University of Western Ontario, 2003
The estimated cost for one homeless person in the UK to be provided
accommodation and other support services is £15,000 per year
Source: Homeless Link UK, 2008
Statistics indicate that 63% of homeless women in the UK have experienced
domestic violence and 40% have been sexually abused
Source: Homeless Link, 2007
Below Poverty Line
living with HIV/ AIDS 85,000
Religion Christian (Anglican, Roman
Catholic, Presbyterian, Methodist) 71.6%, Muslim 2.7%, Hindu 1%, other 1.6%,
unspecified or none 23.1%
of country A land
of vast distances and rich natural resources, Canada became a self-governing
dominion in 1867 while retaining ties to the British crown. Economically and
technologically, the nation has developed in parallel with the US, its neighbor
to the south across the World’s longest unfortified border. Canada faces the
political challenges of meeting public demands for quality improvements in
health care, education, social services, and economic competitiveness, as well
as responding to the particular concerns of predominantly francophone Quebec.
Canada also aims to develop its diverse energy resources while maintaining its
commitment to the environment.
in 2011- 34,300,083
age 0-14 in 2010
expectancy (females and males, years) 83.6/79.2
mortality rate (per 1,000 live births) 4.6
Unemployment 2011 7.5%
Canada’s homeless population costs Canadian Tax Payers CAD$6 billion a year
Source: International Journal of Psychosocial Rehabilitation, 2008.
Women and Children are the fastest growing group of those who are homeless in
Source: Women’s Housing Advocacy Group, 2003
There are 6,100 homeless people in Ontario
There are 3,365 homeless people in Quebec
There are 200,000 Homeless people in Canada.
Source: International Journal of Psychosocial Rehabilitation, 2008
Below Poverty Line 9.4%
living with HIV/ AIDS 68,000
Religion Roman Catholic 42.6%, Protestant
23.3% (United Church 9.5%, Anglican 6.8%, Baptist 2.4%, Lutheran 2%), other
Christian 4.4%, Muslim 1.9%, other and unspecified 11.8%, none 16%