Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Disney Traditions

Before anyone can work at Walt Disney World, they go through an orientation class called Disney Traditions. We had a class on the life and history of Walt E. Disney, and learned The Basics:

1. I project a positive image and energy.
2. I am courteous and respectful to all Guests, including children
3. I stay in character and play the part.
4. I go above and beyond.

Then we got our ID's, assignments, and found out what costumes we got. I'm very happy with my assignment. Main Street, USA is going to be awesome.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

The Crusade Experience

Today we visited the Campus Crusade for Christ Headquarters in Orlando. We went on a tour and heard about the how the Jesus Film is traveling around the world- changing people groups, communities, and cumulatively the nations. It was an neat experience to see the organized center of what makes Cru and Summer Projects work. (and by organized, I mean very organized. They process thousands of support checks every day for missions all around the world. That's the place where my support checks were sent for this summer and last (NY) - I was impressed to see how meticulous and careful they are about processing our support dollars)

We had the opportunity to go to the Jesus Film Master Studio to see how the Jesus Film has been changing the world. We saw clips of tribes and communities' reactions to the film and how the powerful message transformed their hearts. Then, they took us to see an example of how they carefully translate and time the dubbing over for each language. Joe (from our Walt Disney World group) got to test out the equipment and try to make his syllables match with a scene from the film.

"No one should have to learn another language to hear about Jesus."

Paul Eshleman, Founding Director
The JESUS Film Project

Here are some of the Soularium Image Surveys being put together and counted individually.

Later, we went to Mark Gauthier's house to have dinner and swim. It was a fun day.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Disney: Day 1

After driving 8 very long hours from SC, I am now in ORLANDO! I had two suitcases: one for dresses and other clothes and the other for art stuff :). Also some bags of clothes, but pencils, books and sketchbooks took first priority in my luggage this year.

Tonight, we had a scavenger hunt through Walt Disney World. As soon as our project director said "GO" we started running off in different directions and the theme song to The Incredibles came on the speakers. It was amazing. I ran faster.

Please continue to be praying for me this summer- for me to be teachable, for my coworkers to have open hearts, and that we all fall more deeply in love with God this summer.

I'm extremely tired, soooo goodnight!

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Counting Down the Days

The final countdown has begun. A week from tomorrow, I will be heading down to beautiful Orlando, Florida! I will be working at Walt Disney World for the next 10 weeks with a group of students from around the country! I've been getting excited about meeting my coworkers and spending time with them.. along with discipleship and Bible studies we will be going through.

Support has really been coming in the past few days. Two days ago, I had about $300 out of $2,800. Now, thanks to generous letters of support, loving grandparents, people who like handbound sketchbooks, lots of praying and surrendering, and the goodness of God, I have a total of $1,790.

I will be updating more very soon, especially once things start rolling with the project. At the moment, I am trying to unload my jeep of the clutter that my room at Winthrop had collected- without making a mess in my parent's house. I am planning to keep up with my sketchbook while I'm at Walt Disney World so keep checking back!