Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Its really amazing that Christmas is just around the corner. This year is definitely not the usual in that I might not have gifts for everyone that I want to give gifts to. I have been trying to make my gifts cheaper and thriftier this year. Mainly being because I am a little short on money this year what with the wedding coming up and all, plus not having any income other than support.

Other than lack of funds, life is really good. The simple fact that having so little money affects me so much has really made me think alot about where my faith truly lies. Sometimes I think I find my joy and contentment in money or the stability that it brings. I didn't know this about myself until I started trusting the Lord to truly bring in all that I live on. It is a pretty difficult lesson that the Lord is teaching me right now, but I know that it isn't more than He knows I can handle, and it is for a better good. He has "plans to prosper me and not to harm me." I might feel sometimes like He is really not pleased with me, but then again is it really my job to please Him, should that be my only aim? If I am aiming to please Him and do everything for Him, then there is no room for accepting His grace. I have been reading True Faced by Bill Thrall, Bruce McNicol, and John Lynch. We're going through it in our small group and its really thought provoking. The synopsis on the back cover describes it best,
"Truefaced draws a clear distinction between two very different motives: my determination to please God or to trust Him. The resulting difference from these two starting points could not be more profound. One results in a striving that never feels it has done enough to please Him. The other results in a trust that experiences His full pleasure. Our motives as followers of Christ will either keep us in unresolved sin and immaturity or free us into God's astonishing dream for our life.
I am really enjoying it. Great discussions also.

The following picture is quite funny I think. They are clockwise from top left: Phil Seimer, Chad Elwell, John Householder, and Matt Klein. This might need some explaining. I will start by saying that this was their Christmas card for this year, of which I took the picture. The explanation is that some of the girls they know made it known that they think mustaches, tank tops on guys, and ugly sweaters are not cool. So in protest and just to get on a nerve or two the guys have always, for the last few years, dressed up weird like this for Christmas. I am proud to call these four men my friends.



I mustache (must-ask) you to have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Love you guys!
B

Friday, December 15, 2006

This weekend . . .

Hey there everybody! Thought I would update you as to the activities that I am up to this weekend.

But first I must do a bit of venting. For the past month and a half I have had to go elsewhere other than my apartment to wash my clothing due to the fact that my 2 month old washer that I bought brand new decided to dump water on my kitchen floor and then stop working entirely. To make a really long story short. BD, our librarian was a wonderful Deutsch liason throughout the process. My machine had been checked out by the service company which is entirely different from the company I bought it from. The service co checked it out a month ago for the first time and then they said that there was an electrical defect and they would call me to make another appointment sometime the next week. Well, two weeks went by and they still had not even called me. At this point BD called again for me and the earliest that they could come was 2 weeks later still! At this point Barbara got ticked at Cosmos the company and she looked up a government funded consumer rights bureau. Turns out I have consumer rights here in Austria and we sent the manager of cosmos a letter stating that they would make sure that my machine got fixed or replaced ASAP or they would be required by law to give me a full refund on my purchase and they would collect the defunct machine.

So in the mean time during the time all of this was happening, M our tech guy, was getting rid of his machine, the same one that was in my apartment with the previous family. I asked him to hold on to it and he did. I though that if I could get my money back from the broken machine and get his for free then things would be ok. Turns out they fixed mine and his is chilling on his balcony. So I am thinking oh, we need to junk his then. I had promised to do this for him if I didn't end up using his. So another teacher's machine breaks after 5 years. same brand as my new one. Just remember Indesit is indecent as far as washing machines go. Anyway she decides that she wants it so Sunday we are going to M's to get the machine that I might have needed and deliver it to the other teacher's place. Should be a fun Sunday, washing machines are dang heavy! :) (Just in case anyone reads this particular post thinking that I wrote about someone, they can try to prove it, I dare you! :) Also I want to make sure that everyone that cares knows that I never actually helped move the machine because of a slight miscommunication between the other teacher and myself. Consider this the fine print.)

Tonight should be a wonderful time as well because Betka and her mom are coming for a visit to Vienna. They will be arriving tonight in time for the Christmas concert. VCS has an amazing jazz band I would like you to know. Hopefully I will have some more pictures to post soon.

So all in all it should turn out to be a good weekend. Then next week we are finishing this semester and go on Christmas break Thursday the 21st until January 8th. I think Thursday evening I will head to Brno to visit Betka and then we'll head south to Lednice to spend time with her family for the holidays. After Christmas I will go back to Vienna and spend a couple of days with my brother Matthew as he gets here to Europe, then we will both be going back to CZ to hang out with Betka and her family. For New Year's hopefully B, M, and I will be going to the Sumava mountains. We will see how it looks logistically and all but I think it would be really cool! :)

Love all you guys. take care this holiday season, God's blessings to you all! :)

In His grip,
Brian

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

December Update . . .

I wanted to include the text from my most recent newsletter that I sent out in an email yesterday. Enjoy! :)


Brothers and sisters in Christ,

In the building at Wagramerstrasse 175/Panethgasse 6a teachers
and staff are all busy getting ready for the holiday season. Some of my
colleagues are going home to the United States for the Holidays, some
have family coming here to visit, but we all are busy getting things
ready for these next couple of weeks. The first semester of school will
finish at VCS on December 22nd. With the end of this semester comes
two musicals, one for the high school and one for elementary. I
helped with the sets for the elementary so I personally am excited
about that one.

Another thing that always happens at the end of the first se-
mester every year with a school as international as ours is that some
students leave our community, usually for good. This is never easy
and we want to make sure that the students that have to leave do so
on a good note. It’s not easy to leave your friends and go towards an
unknown. I have been privileged to have many of these students.
Please pray for them and their families during their transitions. Some
names that you can pray for specifically are my students in ESL, In
Kwon, Da Som, and Akhona. They will return to their respective
countries with their families at the end of this semester, Akhona will
be flying out on December 12th. We will definitely miss those three as
well as their brothers and sisters that I have not had the pleasure of
teaching personally, but have been a part of our community here.
Another person that you can keep in your prayers is Michael. His
sister Natalie is in my 8th grade art class. Michael decided to drop
out of school and join the military. Please pray for the Lord to take
care of him and grant him wisdom to choose the path the Lord has
for him.

Just a quick note in regards to what my support situation is
currently at. Right now my constant every month support is at
about $650. God has been really amazing in that He has moved cer-
tain people to give very big and I am extremely grateful for their
generosity.

I have really been used here at VCS and I am hoping to
continue to serve here for the remainder of the two year commit-
ment that I am serving. To successfully remain debt free from being here serving I need to have around $1400 monthly
coming in. I as well as the rest of the staff and the administration are constantly looking for ways that I can reach more people to let them know about the ministry at VCS and how they can help support me in the work I am doing there. That is also another way where you, my current supporters can help me If you know of anyone that might be interested in supporting me,
please tell them about what I am doing and how they can get involved
and get their contact information to me and we will let the Lord take it
from there. I am so blessed to have you all, not only for the prayer and
support that you are to me, but also for the possibility of new supporters
that just might lie in the form of your friends and family. Please spread
the word.
As the weather gets a little cooler (it still isn’t equal to Chicago
cold) and the lights go up and people are buying their Christmas trees I
would ask again for your prayers this holiday season. Christmas is the
day our Lord Jesus Christ was born starting a path that would lead Him
to the cross to die for all of us. So for us as Christians it is sometimes
easy to remember what the real meaning of Christmas is. Please pray for
the students at VCS that haven’t heard the real reason for the season.
Pray that Jesus would enter their hearts this Christmas and they would
understand that Christmas is really CHRISTmas. I would ask also
for your prayers for healing, that the staff at VCS would be healthy
and ready to minister to these kids at such a wonderful time of the
year. Many of us are sick, including yours truly, and we need to be
healthy to minister most effectively.

That about wraps up this edition of the Reynolds Wrap, but let
me say once again that I am truly blessed that all of you are my faith-
ful financial supporters and prayer warriors. I pray that this newslet-
ter finds you and yours well . . . Oh one more thing . . . sometimes a
person can get lonely here in a city like this and it helps to get an in-
spiring note or care package sometimes. I am not saying that you have to
do this, but it really does pick me up. I received a postcard from a sup-
porter the other day and it literally was the highlight of my day! In my
journal online I am trying to depict the way Vienna looks this time of the
year. No snow yet, but it sure is beautiful. Check it out at http://
brianreynolds.blogspot.com
You can also check out the school’s website
at www.viennachristianschool.org

Betka would love email and letters too. If you want to send a letter via snail mail to her go ahead and send it to me and I will make sure that she gets it. Also make sure that if you send anything to us here in Europe that you mark the customs form as “gift” and that its value is $40 or less. That way we don’t get charged for a gift by the Austrian government.

Please feel free to contact us to see how things are going, what
you can do, how you can pray for us better, or even just to even share
your own prayer requests. We look forward to hearing from you all!

May God bless you all for your continued support,
Brian Reynolds

Hope you enjoyed it. If you didn't receive the email and would like to be on the mailing list please send me an email or comment asking so and I will make sure that you get it next time.

God bless!
B

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Good times courtesy of the daily news again . . .

Todays quote of the day was really neat and I thought I would share it. Enjoy!:)

Everything I need to know about life, I learned from Noah's Ark:

  • 1.) Don't miss the boat.
  • 2.) Remember that we are all in the same boat.
  • 3.) Plan ahead. It wasn't raining when Noah built the ark.
  • 4.) Stay fit. When you're 600 years old, someone may ask you to do something really big.
  • 5.) Don't listen to critics; just get on with the job that needs to be done.
  • 6.) Build your future on high ground.
  • 7.) For safety's sake, travel in pairs.
  • 8.) Speed isn't always an advantage. The snails were on board with the cheetahs.
  • 9.) When you're stressed, float awhile.
  • 10.) Remember, the Ark was built by amateurs, the Titanic by professionals.
  • 11.) No matter the storm, when you are with God, there's always a rainbow waiting.
Have a great day guys! :)

B

Monday, November 27, 2006

Our God's grace is sufficient . . .

You know those days when you feel like nobody wants you around, or maybe it is that you don't want t0 be around anyone? Those days when you feel that God wouldn't even be able to love you because you screw up so much and are so unworthy of everything that He has ever promised us.

This past weekend for me was alright. Thats what most people hear from me. What it really has been is one big weekend like I described above. Yes, Happy Thanksgiving. I did have a fairly good time with people at the Williams' for the feast and I am sooo very thankful for their hospitality and willingness to accept Betka and me as part of their family that day. The rest of the weekend for me was spent reflecting on how much I need God's grace just to function in this world.

I don't know if it is by my fault or others, and I do not mean to place blame, but here in Vienna I feel like I belong in the sense that I have a job to do, but as far as relationships go I really have no really solid friendships in place. I am not trying to belittle the friends that the Lord has put in my life, all of you at VCS are wonderful and are so willing to be there. The fact of the matter is that I have nobody that really really seems to care about me as a person, no one that I can truly be real with. It has been my prayer ever since I moved to Vienna that I would have at least one person that I connect with on a spiritual level, someone to keep me accountable. Why? I guess because I know that I am not all that spiritually mature even though I have been walking with the Lord now for the better part of half my life.

One thing that God has beeen teaching me, and I am not one to learn lessons easily, is that I place too much faith in man, and not in Him alone. Through all of the occurrences of the past few months I have realized just how much I rely on man. I was looking forward to being in Vienna before coming here because there would be many more PEOPLE there to care for the needs that I would have. I have been praying for a PERSON to show up and connect with me in a very reall and spiritual way. Sometimes I only think that if I could be in a Bible study with PEOPLE, things would be better. Well, at this point in time I am in a small group that has actually met twice. It doesn't seem to me that there is a bond there yet. I went on a men's retreat and nothing has really happened so far. I guess I don't really know if it is my problem, or just circumstances. I am not asking that this be solved, I am just really trying to learn what the Lord might possibly be trying to teach me here.

So far all I can come up with is that I need to trust Him in times when I feel alone and that nobody cares. That's a really hard thing, for some one that gets energized from being around people, to do. Slowly though I am finding that His grace is sufficient, that He is enough for me in these times. Sure it would be nice to have a small group to really be real in, to share the hurts that I have attained in life, but for now and really always God's Grace is sufficient.

I didn't mean for this post to sound too traumatic, but it is where I am now. As Betka said just yesterday when I was describing this to her, "Well, guess you're really in the second year of God's school." Amen sister. Sometimes I wish I could get a report card to see how I am doing in this course of life, but I guess we only get that when we finish the race and are with Him in glory. God bless you guys.

B

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Finances . . .

Hey there everyone!,

Just thought I would let all of you know what it looks like right now as far as the financial aspect of things goes. By the grace of God and the immense support of certain individuals the past few months the needed support was provided with a couple exceptions. My "salary" from RCE is about $1100 a month. Thats what I take home to pay for rent, utilities, food, etc.
The inflow and outflow from my RCE account is as follows by month:

August
Inflow $2,191
Outflow $1,519



September
Inflow $1,305
Outflow $1,448

October

Inflow $2,805
Outflow $1,471

November
(To date, not all of it yet.)
Inflow $555

Outflow $121

Year to date
Inflow $6,856
Outflow $4,561

So as these numbers show it is very much up to the Lord and what He decides I need that month. Thank you so much guys for your support and prayers. Without them I really would not be here. Those figures are really amazing to me that I can continue to be here. Just keep in mind that my salary is supposed to be about $1600 monthly to uphold the new visa laws, which I have come to find out are very inconsistent. I hope for you money people out there this will suffice for now. I am not a money man of Christ. I know that in order to do the Lord's work you must have money and that the Lord provides it to those that yearn to serve Him. Thanks again everyone. God's blessings on you all that have stepped out in faith with me to reach these kids' lives for Jesus.

In His grip,
Brian

Monday, November 20, 2006

American visitor!!!!! :) Its been a while ok? :)

The following pictures are from a weekend that was alot of fun for me. Basically I had a house invader for a weekend, just kidding. Ray Wilck visited with me all weekend and we had a blast! :) We watched as the city workers put up Christmas decaorations on the Graben, a popular walk downtown. We walked by and under the balcony where Hitler stood to give one of his crowd riling speeches. It is the balcony in Vienna where he did this with Ray standing in front of the building that it is part of, now the national library. How's that for irony? We also saw all of the statues and different architecture that there is to see in Wien.

This time of year there city is putting up the Advent Markets. These are special markets where the Christmas spirit of things is very prevailent. We went to the markets at Schonbrunn, Rathaus, and Spittelberg. Next weekend the one at Museums Quartier. The shops and huts at these markets sell everything from cheese, to wine, mittens, and children's toys. It was a great time. Ray, you will be missed . . . until next time! :)











Friday, November 17, 2006

Alles ist gut . . .All is good for you non-deutsch sprechers.

Yesterday was a day that was extremely interesting in that it was really long and I was stressed out for which, in hindsight, was nothing to be worried about at all.

I asked for your prayers yesterday and the Lord must have heard them because when I went to turn in my visa application things went smooth as silk! :) God is good! :) I left school a bit early with my packet of papers for my visa that Geraldine had prepared for me and my bank statements preparing for the most interrogative moment of my life in Austria, or so I thought. I figured I would wait for hours and I did for one hour. When it was my turn to go into the office the scary looking man beckoned me in with the German equivalent of "ok, next, what do you want?" The he rattled something off in German that I didn't understand so I replied, "tschudigung, sprechen sie englisch. Sorry Sir, do you speak english?" To which he replied sternly, "Nein, kein englisch. Nur deutsch. Nope, no english, only German." At this point I was really worried because my German isn't that great so I continued to explain why I was there in mixed German and english. I gave him my application, but before looking at it he said, "Ach so, du bist Amerikaner, no problam." I guess the visa thing is much easier than I have been told. Anyway, praise God that it is all worked out now and I am praying that it will continue to work out.

A friend of mine, Ray Wilck will be visiting me in Vienna this weekend. It will be good to have someone visit me here because it seems that I haven't shared this part of my life in person to anyone except Betka so far. I hope we have a good time. We should because the advent markets in Wien are opening this weekend and they are supposed to be really neat.

Tahts all for now guys. Thanks for being so faithful in your prayers and support as well as your continued reading of whats happening in my life here. Love you guys alot! :)

Brian

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Prayers please!!!!

Please be in prayer today around 3:30 my time thats 7 hours ahead of Chicago time. I will be going to the visa office at that time to submit my visa application. I am really praying for a miracle because my income is not high enough to fulfill the new law of $1600 a month. Please pray that they would allow me to stay in Austria even with a slightly lower income. I am really nervous. Thanks guys! :)

B

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Stone sculpture. . . .

The above picture brings me to talk about something that I do not have, a hobby. The rocks in this picture were painted so that they appear to be a woman and child praying. I think that as a missionary I tend to feel somewhat burnt out. Not that I feel that what I am doing is not worthy, because it is, more so than I will ever know, but I get tired of just the teaching aspect of life. Sometimes I just want to have something that I can go back home to, something to do that doesn't require me to be entirely organized or together in my thinking. I want to go home and chip away at rocks. I would very much like to resume my study of stone sculpture. I did some in college and realy loved the process and how close to our Lord it made me feel. I guess I just miss the ability to go and create. Yes, I can draw, and I do, but there is just something about creating out of solid stone that is magnificent. Unfortunately stone carving and sculpture is very expensive. Not only for the stone itself, but also for the tools. I know that some day I will be able to take part in this art form that I have a passion for. Please ask the Lord how you might be able to help me with this. I cannot afford to do something like this at the present time and maybe God will move one of you, my faithful supporters to make this possible. Maybe, but also maybe not, we will see.

Its funny how I revert back to the way I was in college when I get really busy. If I have something to do at home when I am really busy at school I tend to stay busy at school and I stay on task. If I don't have any outlet for my creativity, some way to stay close to Jesus through what I am physically doing, I feel distant from Him. I guess that has been my problem of late. I haven't found ample outlet for my creativity. Please pray that He would show me a way. Thank you guys so much for your interest in reading my blog and I pray that it might uplift you at times and inspire you too, to live by faith and not by sight. Thanks for your prayers and financial support. I miss you all. God's blessings! :)

B

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Continuation of pictures . . .



The pictures above are from fall festival. It is kind of like a celebration of the harvest, Thanksgiving, and Halloween all rolled into one night of fun with teachers, parents, and students alike. Those of you that are supporters of this ministry at any level, prayer, financial, etc. you all have help impact these children's lives in ways that we all can't even imagine. Thank you on behalf of the students at VCS.




The above pictures are just a sampling of what chapel is like here at VCS. The praise band is student run, but supervised by the high school music teacher. We also have a teacher that serves as the chaplain and arranges guest speakers and so forth for the chapel schedule.


Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Pictures from fall break, chapel, etc. . . . .


These pictures were taken by Andrea Javurkova in Valtice during our visit with them last Thursday over fall break. That was before my professional hair styling for 55 Korun.


These pictures are my home away from home away from home. My classroom and desk. I share this space with Natalie Bernhardt, the high school art teacher, but it suits our purposes just fine. The entrance is to the right in the picture on the right.

Above: My beloved bicycle I named old blue or Miles as is inscribed on the frame. Amazing how the Lord provides something even as trivial as a bicycle. Only 20 Euro mind you! :) Tremendous deal! :)


Below: My attempt at creativity.





Not to seem narcissisistic (sp?) but when I get bored I try out some self-portrait poses. What do you guys think? Below.

Monday, October 30, 2006

Some recent pictures and thoughts . . .

Hey guys,

Just some thoughts on things as live keeps on going here in Vienna. The verse of the day . . .

Philippians 2:14-15

In everything you do, stay away from complaining and arguing, so that no one can speak a word of blame against you. You are to live clean, innocent lives as children of God in a dark world full of crooked and perverse people. Let your lives shine brightly before them.

This past weekend was one that really hit home with me. I realized that God is so much bigger than the trivial feelings that we have each day. I remember back to when I was really feeling that everyone didn't want me in the Czech Republic. It was like I wanted to be there because at first they wanted me to be there, but towards the end of my service there it was like I wasn't even wanted. Turns out that as I know now I am working for the Lord and not for people. Yeah my bosses might be human along the way but my ultimate boss and master is our Lord Jesus Christ. I labor for Him and it is never in vain even if the human boss I work for doesn't want me there. So what I realized this past weekend as I spent my fall break in the Czech Republic is that it really didn't matter what everyone thought towards the end of my service there. Yes, input of co-workers is very important and needed to grow, but it really doesn't matter what others think as long as you are doing the Lord's will.

This past weekend I really got a sense that people have peace about why I was there and what they thought about it. I am also coming to grips with the fact that the Lord really had me there to form relationships with people that would continue through my life. I got to spend some quality time with very beloved persons in south Moravia this weekend and really was blessed by it. Please be in prayer for Irena Hajekova. Her father is elderly, 88, and he is having trouble walking and the burden of taking care of him has fallen on her. She could let him go to the hospital, but that would be bad because the care system is kind of messed up there. As it is the nurses are left to do everything in the hospital, cleaning, medication, food, etc. They do not spend time making sure that the mental health of the patients is good. Irena could not stand to submit her father to that. She is an amazing example of what it means to live your faith when it comes to us as Christians.

I will update pictures as soon as I have some time. It will for sure be in the next post. Thanks guys for continuing to be in touch and reading. Love ya all! :)

In Him,
Brian

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

I really do care about my supporters!

Hey one big thank you is in order for all of you guys that have taken on the burden of my financial support while I have been here. I am constantly in prayer for you guys, but I would love to show my appreciation in other ways, so I would like to ask you this.

Are there things that any of you collect that I could find here, anything preferably smaller. I want to send all of you guys something at some point and I guess it would just be better if I knew what you guys collect if anything. Guess I am fishing for ideas. How are you all? Leave some comments. The way it works is I get them in an email after you post them and then I decide whether or not to post them to the journal. This is great for those of you that might have not commented before because you didn't want anyone to read them. Just make a note for me not to post your comment and I will most certainly not post it if thats what you prefer. Have an excellent day guys! :)

Brian

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Touching the Nations hits the mark again!

Hey guys just thought I would share another story from those emails that I get. It kinda deals with what I am going through, not literally, but it was inspirational to me. Hope it is for you as well.

THREE BULLETS

There once was a man who had nothing for his family to eat. He had an
old rifle and three bullets. So, he decided that he would go out hunting
and kill some wild game for dinner.

As he went down the road, he saw a rabbit. He shot at the rabbit and
missed it. The rabbit ran away.

Then he saw a squirrel and fired a shot at the squirrel and missed it.
The squirrel disappeared into a hole in a cottonwood tree.

As he went further, he saw a large wild turkey up in a tree, but he had
only one bullet remaining. A voice spoke to him and said, "Pray first,
aim high and stay focused." However, at the same time, he saw a deer
which would provide more meat than the turkey. He brought the gun down
and aimed at the deer. But, then he saw a rattlesnake between his legs
about to bite him, so he naturally brought the gun down further to shoot
the rattlesnake. Still, the voice again said to him, "Pray first, aim high and stay focused."

So, the man decided to listen to God's voice. He prayed, then aimed the
gun high up in the tree, and shot the wild turkey. The bullet went into
the turkey, deflected off a bone and hit the deer, killing it. When the
gun fired, it knocked the man off balance, he stepped on the
rattlesnake's head which killed it and fell backwards into a pond. When
he stood up to look around, he had fish in all his pockets, a deer and a
turkey with which to feed his family. The snake was dead simply because
the man listened to God.

Moral of the story:
Keep God first and everything else will follow.

Pray first before you do anything. Aim high in your goals, and stay
focused on God. Never let people or things discourage you concerning
your past. Do not look to man for your blessings, but look only to God.

-- Author Unknown --

Monday, October 16, 2006

This past weekend . . . what a blessing! :) God's creation is amazing!


The above pictures are from Fall Festival. It was such a good time to hang out with the students and to get to know their parents. Some of these people heard the name of Jesus much more that night than they ever would or ever have before. The Fall Festival is mainly to celebrate fall and the harvest and Halloween time, though we don't celebrate Halloween specifically. The middle school choirs had their first performances as did the bands. It was a great time for me because I was burdened with an unusual amount of responsibility. For the night I took Ervin's place as building manager. That meant that I was responsible to get people moving on clean up and also for any building related things that happened during the event. I truly felt needed and though it was a huge responsibility I felt like I was able to fall into the role fairly easily. It also helped that the staff helped enormously. All of those guys and gals are great!

Below are pictures from the men's retreat that I went on this past weekend. We stayed at the Hotel Payersbacherhof in Payerbach, south of Vienna. It is the nearest to the Alps that I have been so far. The lighting was great before the hike and into the first quarter, but nearer to the top of Mount Rax, the mountain we climbed, it got foggier and harder to see. Beautiful day and awesome weekend but man am I sore from hiking. I definitely need better hinking shoes! :) Enjoy guys! :)





I hope you all enjoy these entries and I am ready and willing to answer any questions that you might have. Please comment and leave any questions that you might have. God bless! :)

In His grip,

Brian

This past weekend . . . what a blessing! :) God's creation is amazing!


The above pictures are from Fall Festival. It was such a good time to hang out with the students and to get to know their parents. Some of these people heard the name of Jesus much more that night than they ever would or ever have before. The Fall Festival is mainly to celebrate fall and the harvest and Halloween time, though we don't celebrate Halloween specifically. The middle school choirs had their first performances as did the bands. It was a great time for me because I was burdened with an unusual amount of responsibility. For the night I took Ervin's place as building manager. That meant that I was responsible to get people moving on clean up and also for any building related things that happened during the event. I truly felt needed and though it was a huge responsibility I felt like I was able to fall into the role fairly easily. It also helped that the staff helped enormously. All of those guys and gals are great!

Below are pictures from the men's retreat that I went on this past weekend. We stayed at the Hotel Payersbacherhof in Payerbach, south of Vienna. It is the nearest to the Alps that I have been so far. The lighting was great before the hike and into the first quarter, but nearer to the top of Mount Rax, the mountain we climbed, it got foggier and harder to see. Beautiful day and awesome weekend but man am I sore from hiking. I definitely need better hinking shoes! :) Enjoy guys! :)





I hope you all enjoy these entries and I am ready and willing to answer any questions that you might have. Please comment and leave any questions that you might have. God bless! :)

In His grip,

Brian