Just in case the post prior to the previous one wasn't clear enough, Betka and I are preparing to welcome our first child in late July or early August.
So many questions are probably going through your head right now . . .where will we have the baby? Is the health system in Austria good? Did we find a good doctor? What citizenship will the baby have when it enters this world? These are all very good questions and we were asking the same questions. Here is what we know as of right now and our plans as resulting from the new news (Which isn't really new news to us, we have known since the beginning of December).
Our decision to stay in Vienna for another 4 years has not and, Lord-willing, will not change. This means that we will be experiencing the miracle of birth here in Austria with doctors and nurses that are some of the best in the world. Our gynecologist is wonderful and we really are pleased with his work thus far. As for what citizenship our baby will have when he/she is born . . . we are not for certain. We have it on a good source that our baby will receive Austria citizenship from birth. This runs contrary to what we first believed to be true. We are also pretty certain that the baby will be an American and Czech citizen, so that brings the grand total to three citizenships. I am not sure if thats legal or not but that too we shall find out I am sure.
Obviously with our decision to stay here in Vienna with a family of 3 we will need to increase our support base. Please continue in prayer with us as to how the Lord might use you in this, our increasing family. The community here in Vienna is wonderful but the main reason why we are still here serving the Lord and not even considering returning to the States is because we have you all back "home" praying for us and supporting us financially. Please continue to ask the Lord how you can help us stay here in Vienna. We are very grateful for your continued support and we thank the Lord for you everyday.
Please be blessed by our news and celebrate with us this gift that our Lord has chosen to send our way. Psalm 127: 3-5 says it best:
"Don't you see that children are God's best gift? The fruit of the womb his generous legacy? Like a warrior's fistful of arrows are the children of a vigorous youth. Oh, how blessed are you parents, with your quivers full of children! Your enemies don't stand a chance against you; you'll sweep them right off your doorstep."
Don't forget to be a blessing to those around you this day! :)
Brian & Betka