Wednesday, August 15, 2007

The Lord sure knows what He's doing . . . .

Hey again everybody.

One thing has been on my mind alot lately. Just about how must I really don't get anything with out Jesus' help. I really have no idea what I am doing and the only way that I will end this school year with my sanity in check still is if I continue to turn to Him for understanding and answers to everything. He is the one who knows my heart best, and as a result knows me the best. I feel it is a great honor to be serving Him and through this all He is surely molding me into the vessel that He wants to carry His word of life.

As some of you might know we as VCS staff are now going through our week and a half "orientation" of sorts. Much of it is the same as it was this time last year, but a few key changes have made it really really different. One of those main changes is the fact that we only really have a director and 1, thats right, 1 principal. VCS consists of 3 schools, Elementary, Middle, and High, and we have an amazing man in place now mainly for high school, but he has assumed the role of Principal of all three schools. Nels has graciously taken on the really strenuous role of principal of the entirety of Vienna Christian School. That stress mentioned, I feel really good about this coming school year. even though I really have no idea what it must be like to be a principal of three schools, I do know that NELS WILL NEED OUR PRAYERS THIS YEAR. Please join with me in prayer as he takes on this Gignormous (sp?) task. I feel that there is an amazing amount of unity this year so far and we can seriously use prayers that it would continue that way so that we can reach the students as effectively as possible.

I am also excited about this year for a few new reasons. Firstly, because we have no band teacher the 6th and 8th graders will all be required to take art for a half year. That means that I will have the entire 6th and 8th grades this year in art, the 8th graders this first part and 6th graders the second. I have also volunteered to be the 6th grade homeroom teacher. Not knowing it at the time I volunteered, but this person is very important to the students' settling in to the life and routines here at VCS. This also means that I will have an excellent opportunity to hang out with the kids doing things like announcements, report cards, etc. really, it is 7 minutes each day after first block that I will have to get to know these students and build relationships with them. I am excited to see how the Lord will use me in the lives of these, our youngest middle schoolers.

I also wanted to mention here really quickly the value of the Aldersgate Renewal Ministries' conference every year. Betka and I had a chance to go and attend the workshops available there this past summer and it was a really awesome experience. Instead of explain everything about it here I will connect you to their webpage
The Holy Spirit showed up there in a really big way. We really enjoy going there every year. This year it was held in Rogers, Arkansas and Betka and I drove down there with my grandparents. My grandparents got involved with this organization a few years back and then took my little brother and he was saved 4 years ago at the conference. I had my first Aldersgate experience in Overland Park, Kansas 3 years ago and have been blessed to be able to go back each year, usually with my grandparents. I know that for me personally I would not be able to minister as a missionary with out this yearly "fill-up" of the Holy Spirit. It has become a huge part of Betka and my life as she has been to the last 2 Aldersgate conferences. Please feel free to email me or comment with any questions as to what in detail happens at each conference and what the ministry there is all about. I would be overjoyed to share with you.

Anyway . . . I must get going . . . I have alot to plan and not alot of time to plan it, so until next time . . . do be blessed and walk in the Spirit daily. Blessings and love.

In His grip,
B & B

Monday, August 13, 2007

It's been a long time and for that I am very sorry. . .

Hey there again everyone. Again I am very sorry for how long it has been since our last post. Its been almost an entire month and no update and there is no excuse for that other than I was extremely busy this past month, but then again who isn't right? Anyway I just wanted to post this newest entry to let y'all know that Betka and I are still alive and kicking and safely back in Austria from after our wonderful visit to the USA.

This past month we had a wonderfully blessed time visiting many of our faithful supporters and other friends and family. Betka and I were still whirling from our recent wedding that happened in her hometown, Lednice on June 9th but were able to spend a very restful and splendid time "back home" in the States. Now we have been married for a little over 2 months and it hasn't even seemed like that long! :) I think I shared a few pictures online a while back and those of you that we had the blessing of seeing on this US trip got to see some, but here are some more pics from our wedding as well as from our honeymoon.

Above are two pics from our wedding. The three guys are me and my brothers, Chris on the left and Matthew on the right. Notice the flower on my lapel and the little greenery on the guys' shirts? Czech tradition. The flower signifies the groom while the greenery signifies each member of the "wedding party" meaning everyone that is invited to the reception. The czechs do this as sort of a discreet way to let people know whether or not they should stick around afterward. Kind of neat I think.

My dad made it to Europe and got to see where I work each day. It was a blessing to share "my "European world" firsthand with them.

To the left is a favorite picture of mine. I like how it almost portrays Betka and I "starting the steps of life together". Oh so romantic . . . (insert sarcastic cough here.) :)
The picture on the right is after our reception when we hurriedly got changed and were swept to the train station headed to Vienna, then a couple days later we headed off for Northern Slovakia on our honeymoon. Wow, our wedding day was a wonderful whirlwind of busy-ness. A really blessed time. We will have pictures of our honeymoon later just haven't uploaded them yet. Some of you saw them because we had some printed just haven't "blogged" them yet.

Above,Grace Community United Methodist Church's hospitality committee and my parents organized a "state-side reception" for myself and my new bride. We enjoyed it very much as it gave us a chance to see people we had not seen in a long time and it gave them a chance to celebrate with us. Grace, we really appreciated your effort in making that event a success.

Our summer was pretty busy but very restful at the same time. Our objective was to relax and get ready for the upcoming school year first and foremost but to also spread the word about Vienna Christian School and the need that Betka and I have as missionaries here. I believe that we succeeded in that goal. We have been blessed with the addition of a few more individual supporters as well as finally adding a church congregation to our support base. Betka and I would like to thank Calvary Bible Church in Bradley, IL for its wonderful hospitality and desire to reach the nations with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We thank God for your dedication to not only feeding and nurturing your flock back in Bradley, but also supporting others that are doing the Lord's work in Vienna. We look forward to sharing our ministry with you.

We have been pretty busy this summer. In addition to talking about VCS and looking for people that are ready, willing, and able to support us in missions at VCS, we were also blessed with a great amount of time to devote to visiting my family, immediate and extended. My brother Chris moved out to California at the beginning of July but we were able to spend some time with him before he left. Thanks Chris for hanging out with us. For that matter we really spent some quality time with many members of my family. Matthew, mom, dad, grandma, grandpa, Paula, Jessica, Christine, Reynolds clan, thank you all you guys for making this summer most memorable for us. We look forward to it every year or as much as the Lord makes it possible.

The first week back we really just relaxed and got used to being back in America. It was a great time to get caught up with family again. Betka had a chance to play a couple of songs with my dad at church. This was greatly appreciated and enjoyed by the church members and was truly blessed for all present.

We also went up to Glen Ellyn, Illinois for their Independance day parade and fireworks. This is an event that we really look forward to each year and, though the weather was incredibly hot and humid, we enjoyed our time with my dad's side of the family immensely.

Above: we met up with my uncle Ed, my mom's brother, and his family at the Glen Ellyn parade. It had been way too long since we had last seen each other so it was a huge blessing to see each other again even if only for a short time. Can you believe that the tall guy next to grandma is only 14!? Crazy! :) Anyway it was awesome to see you guys and we hope to see you again soon!

Well, I knew that there were way too many things to mention in this entry but I figured to give you an over view this was the best I could do right now. So, yeah, that was our summer in a nutshell. Right now I am getting geared up for a new school year and have to get back to organizing my classroom. Betka is busy studying for her exams that she will be traveling back to Brno for come this September. It is only a one day thing but she has to stand in front of her professors and they randomly pick a topic and she has to expound on whatever she knows about it. Please remember her in prayer as this transition is much more difficult for her than me seeing as how this is her first year ever without school save the year she spent in England. Life changes and we all need the Grace of God to keep on going.

Thank you each and every one of you that keep checking on this blog. Without your prayers and support I am almost certain that we would not be serving here in Vienna or any other place for that matter. God bless you all and until next time. Peace, Love, and . . . . mullets? Anywho, have a really blessed day in the word and be blessed walking with our Lord.

In His grip,

Brian & Betka