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Saturday, 20 August 2011
It's H Time at Destination Disney!
Mood:  happy
Topic: Blog Carnivals!

Last week I joined the Destination Disney Meme that was started by a good friend of mine. She's been going through the alphabet and having folks write (or take pictures) of things that they enjoy about Disney that begins with the letter of the week. This weeks letter is H. At first I didn't think I would have a whole lot of "H" things to write about, but after I got to thinking about it I realized how wrong I was. So, without further ado. Here are my favorite "H" things about Disney.

The Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Review - I have been to a lot of the shows at Disney World. Each one of them has it's own flavor and it's own appeal. The Hoop-Dee-Doo has to be one of my favorites. I can't remember the first time I saw this show. It was years ago with my family. Good family memories are always special to me, and The Hoop-Dee-Doo will bring good family memories. There is something for all ages in this musical comedy, which includes a lot of audience participation. Seeing it is always a lot of fun, no matter how many times you've been there.

But, family memories are only one reason that I enjoy the Hoop-Dee-Doo. I've blogged many times about working in Adventureland in the Magic Kingdom and about working at the Polynesian Village Hotel. What most folks don't know is that I worked for one summer at Fort Wilderness Campground which is where the Hoop-Dee-Doo is located. I have many, many fond memories of working there. Fort Wilderness and the Hoop-Dee-Doo are special places for me.

The Holidays at Walt Disney World - Now, this isn't a particular attraction or place at Disney, but a time of year. And, the time between Thanksgiving and New Years is a special time at all of the theme parks and hotels at Disney. It is something that everyone should experience at least once in their lifetime.

The decorations are beautiful, the special shows are fantastic, the fireworks are awesome, the parades are spectacular...there is really nothing like it. But, the thing that makes this time of year special for me is yet another family memory. I'm not sure if they still do it, but when I worked there, Disney put on a special "Cast Christmas Party" where they shut down the Magic Kingdom early and allowed only employees to come into the park. They treated us like royalty. Each year they gave us a special ornament or other Christmas decoration, and there was a place where we could go to get a free holiday family portrait made. There would be free snacks, the merchandise was discounted, and, there would be special restaurants open that served their food at special prices. Of course, there were several days to choose from. On the days that you didn't attend, you usually had to work. After all, someone had to "put on the show" Laughing. Again, I have special memories of going to the cast Christmas party with my dad and mom and my brother. Later, after my brother, David, got married and moved away and I got married, Sarah would attend with us. We still have the ornaments and pictures. More, special, special memories.

My final "H" memory is kind of a cheat - Disney's Hollywood Studios. I say "kind of a cheat", because I remember Disney's Hollywood Studios as Disney-MGM Studios. In fact, when Hollywood Studios first opened, we got to go through it before it even opened to the public. Before any big park or attraction opens at Disney, they allow the employees to go through it first so that they can work out all of the kinks. Well, that's what they did with Hollywood Studios (Disney-MGM). This time, it was Mom, Dad, my nephew, Chris, and I (this was before marriage).

It was all new and fascinating to us. The restaurant concepts were/are really different and neat. From the Prime Time Cafe where "mom" actually serves you great home style meals in a 1950's style kitchen - complete with a TV showing '50's shows to the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater where your table is a convertable and you are served by waitresses on roller skates while you watch hilarious clips from B-rated 50's sci-fi movies.

The new shows and shops were also amazing to us. Really, Hollywood Studios is a place and park of it's own.

But, as usual, my best memories of Hollywood Studios is with - you guessed it - family. When the park first opened, there used to be a place where you could "star" in your own movie. They would dress you up, you would rehearse a few times, then they would film it and you would buy the video. We still watch the "roll on the floor laughing" western that Mom, Dad, my nephew Chris and I put on.

A good friend of ours, PJ Finster, worked at "The Great Movie Ride" when the park first opened. The Great Movie Ride is a really neat concept where your guide actually becomes part of the show. It was fun to see PJ do some acting and brag to folks that we actually knew him.

Later, taking Sarah to Hollywood Studios was also special. We would have "date days" where we would go to the park for the whole day, eat at special restaurants and explore the park together. More special memories.

Well, those are a few of my favorite "H" places at Disney. You can see why they hold a place in my heart. Now, why don't you head over to the main Destination Disney site and check out some more "H" favorites by clicking on the websites of other folks who have joined in the fun. Just click on the banner at the top to get to the main site. I hope that all of the stories bring back special memories for you if you have been to Disney, and, if you haven't, I hope that they inspire you to go. It really is worth it. Happy Reading. 

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Updated: Saturday, 20 August 2011 11:40 PM CDT
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Friday, 19 August 2011
A Fantastic Blog about a Fantastic Place
Mood:  happy
Topic: General
Most of you know by now that I am a big fan of Disney. AND, if you have been reading my blog for a while, you also know that I am a big fan of Jeff Dixon. Jeff Dixon is a fantastic preacher, author, and, also, a Disney aficionado. He writes a great blog that gives some really neat tid-bits of the life of Disney and his great theme parks and mixes in some life lessons that we can all learn from. It's one of those blogs where you crave a new post. It makes my day when I open my email and find a notice that Jeff has written something new. His blog must be a well kept secret, because it only has six fans so far, but I'm hoping that I can boost his day and hopefully the days to come of some of you by introducing you to each other. Just click here to find out what all of the excitement is about. I'm also including Jeff's blog in my favorite blog section in the left hand column. If you like his blog, why not leave him a comment. I know he'd be glad you stopped by. Happy Reading!

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Updated: Friday, 19 August 2011 8:59 AM CDT
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Ever Think About Starting A Blog...

Training Children Up For Christ 

Did you ever think about starting a blog but wondered how you would do? Maybe you thought that no one would read it or that you weren't a very good writer. Did you ever wonder how other bloggers started and what they had to say in their very first blog post? Well, wonder no more! A blogging friend of mine from "Training Children Up For Christ" came up with a fun idea. Why not do a "First Post Link Up". And have some experienced bloggers post links to the very first post that they ever wrote?

Well, I thought this sounded like a fun idea, but when I went back to look at what I had written I cringed! Of course, I haven't gotten much better, so I thought, "Why Not", so I posted the link. Wonder what is says? You'll have to head on over to the "Training Children Up For Christ" blog by clicking on any one of the hi-lighted links above. Have fun reading, and...please be nice to me after you read it!

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Wednesday, 17 August 2011
Our End of the Summer Prayer Letter
Mood:  a-ok
Topic: Ministry

For those of you who may be new to my blog, we are full time missionaries that work with low-income folks in the town that we live in. We have a ministry building called "Good News Mission" that has the small house that we live in attached and we are located right across the street from the projects. My wife, Sarah, tries to keep our prayer and financial supporters up to date with what's going on by putting out a prayer letter every couple of months or so. I also blog, from time to time, about our ministry as well, but she does a much better job at communicating our ministry than I do. Below is the latest news letter that she wrote. If you wish to read some of our older prayer letters, just click on the prayer letter tab in the left column of my blog. Thanks for all of your prayers!

Tinkel 2011 summer ministry newsletter

When we walk with the Lord in the light of His word what a glory He sheds on our way...when we do His good will He abides with us still and with all who will trust and obey...trust and obey for there's no other way to be happy in Jesus but to trust and obey.

What a summer it has been. In June we started our day camps at the Mission. I prayed for 40 children and adults and we averaged about 32!! God did amazing things this summer! He brought back families who had not been here in a while and one of John Allen's friends accepted Christ as his Savior. Please pray for him as he is struggling right now with things that are going on at home...Satan is already attacking. This year we had some teen aged volunteers who got to experience what ministry is like here at the Mission. They were such blessings and were such a great help. My ladies loved them and were impressed by the patience and love they had for the children...especially the very young ones. My prayer for these young teen aged volunteers is that God would bless them in their future endeavors in serving Him. They had such sweet hearts. You don't see to many young teenagers giving up their summer to volunteer their time being in charge of games, listening and teaching verses to at times, very rambunctious children. They were such a light of Jesus to children who are hurting and just needing someone to take the time to love them. The Bible lessons that Tim taught this summer were from our Mission BCM's (Bible Centered Ministries) God Gives us Victory. It talks about the Giants that we face as children of God such as Fear, Unbelief, Disobedience, Discouragement, Revenge, Pride, My Own Way, Self, Selfishness just to name a few. The kids soaked it up!! One Sunday Tim did a review and had the kids tell the adults about the different giants that they had studied about over the summer. With little prompting they were able to quote the corresponding verse that went with each story/giant!! I was very impressed as were the adults. When it came to singing songs there were two that the kids really loved. They were Faith is Just Believing and Trust and obey. I cried while the kids were singing...to hear their sweet voices raised to God and knowing what they are going home to blessed me so much. Its funny because I was wondering "God are they getting it." Is the getting up early in the morning, buying stuff out of our own pocket and not sure if we will get reimbursed because of lack of donations coming in, is it really worth it? God showed me in a very humbling way that yes this is where I need you to be....stay faithful and keep your eyes on the prize. It has been a very good summer of blessings and growth. On July 22nd our oldest turned 15!! Where did the time go?? Just yesterday he was a baby in my arms and now he is growing into a very neat young man. He has been such a sweet blessing to me and his dad. The love that he has for his brothers and the concern that he is getting for his friends and others to know Jesus is so precious to me. When John Allen was born Tim and I prayed over him...that God would use him for His glory and that he would become a mighty man of faith. My prayer for all of our boys is that God would use each of them for His glory and that God would give Tim and I the wisdom and discernment to raise them to love, obey, serve and worship God with all their heart soul and mind. There have been a lot of bumps along the way but to see the fruit when you least expect it has been precious.
Please pray for:
1. Our support
2. That God would give Tim and I discernment for our children and for Good News Mission
3. The people we minister to
4. Good News Mission
5. Our extended family

1. Salvation of John Allen's friend
2. A good summer of ministry
3. The volunteers we had this summer who were such blessings
4. Unexpected donations of items and financial
5. His provision in all areas of our family and ministry

Thank you so much for your support and for being our Mission partners. The prayer and financial support have blessed us to no end and we praise God for your faithfulness. The fruit that we are seeing is a testament of God's blessing over this ministry. May God richly bless you in your endeavors of furthering the kingdom.

Hearts greatly blessed,
Sarah & Tim Tinkel

Sarah & Tim Tinkel
829 Hi Tech Drive
Livingston, TN 38570

BCM International
201 Granite Run Drive Suite 260
Lancaster, PA 17601
Account #0642

When making a donation make checks payable to bcm intl. On a separate sheet of paper put our name and account number and amount.

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Saturday, 13 August 2011
I'm Blog Hoppin' to Walt Disney World
Mood:  happy
Topic: Blog Carnivals!


If you read my post yesterday, you know I've been blog hoppin' with "Destination Disney". This week's theme was the letter "G" and I wrote about four "G" things at Walt Disney World that were special to me. Well, I submitted my link into the Destination Disney blog hop page, but I forgot to share their link with you all! There's a bunch of folks that have already submitted their links to the Destination Disney page. Why don't you hop on over there and see what some of their favorite "G" things are at Disney. Just click on the Destination Disney banner above. BUT...not until you read my article first if you haven't already!

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