This summer, I got the chance to go on the Walt Disney World Summer Project. This was an opportunity for college students like me to spread God’s love to others in a wonderful, happy place. While there, I worked at the park, and went all around Orlando. I also made lots of new friends, and learned more about how much God loves me. As a result, the Summer Project showed me how I can spread God’s love to others just by doing what honors him.
HOW IT ALL BEGAN
Two years ago, I first heard about the Walt Disney World Summer Project. I thought it would be a good opportunity for me. Not only would I get the chance to go to the park, but I would also get to be part of a missions retreat. I enjoyed the opportunity, and decided this summer that I wanted to go again.
I stayed with about 20 or 30 other college students at the Calypso Cay Resort, not too far a drive away from Walt Disney World.
WALT DISNEY WORLD SUMMER PROJECT
The majority of the trip was work at Walt Disney World and sharing God’s Word with people around Orlando. I worked at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café in Tomorrowland. That’s a space themed burger and fries restaurant. I went back and forth between a lot of jobs there from food preparation, to standard clean-up.
When we didn’t have to work, we went to parks and malls around Orlando. We talked with people about problems going on in their lives, and taught them about how God can help them in their times of need. We told them not to be afraid, because God could help them. Plus, we gave them little Bibles, so they could get a start on learning God’s word. Thanks to what we did, more people came to know God!
Of course we had fun while we were in Orlando. I got to visit all four theme parks of Walt Disney World: Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom. I also got to go to the beach, shopping at Downtown Disney, and hung out at Calypso.
In all the fun I had, I didn’t forget about my family. I called, e-mailed and texted them whenever I could, and got some good Disney related stuff for them.
WHAT I LEARNED
It’s been 45 years since Walt Disney World first opened, and it’s still well-loved today. And, we all know it would not have been possible without the man who started it all, Walt Disney.
What I learned on the trip was that real Disney magic isn’t just in the stories and characters we hear and see, but in the people who made them a reality.
I also learned how important it is to make new friends, which establishes teamwork to make Disney magic great.
And finally, I learned that no matter what happens, God is taking care of us, and when we trust in him, we can do anything.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do and he will direct your paths.” – Proverbs 3:5 & 6