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

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