Friday, September 26, 2008

Tobi video and poll . . .

We have a couple things to put up today . . . hope you enjoy them . . .

First a video . . . Tobi has really been looking around and been intrigued with things now. Betka took advantage of this and we took this video. Our little boy is growing by leaps and bounds . . .

Secondly if you would be interested . . . we will have a new poll for you to express your opinion. In the following picture which one is Tobi and which one is me (Brian) as a baby? This will be fun for us as well as you. Feel free to comment as you wish. We're looking forward to reading your responses . . .

Blessings from Wien,

Brian, Betka, and Tobi

Monday, September 22, 2008

Student stuff . . .

Hey a student of ours in 7th grade, the class president added a neat map to the seventh grade website. Here it is.



Friday, September 19, 2008

2008 Staff Retreat . . .Lindabrunn, Austria

Hey all,

Just thought I would let you know that our annual staff retreat will be this weekend. We have a half day after which we head out ASAP to get away to the small town of Lindabrunn. There is a sports retreat center there that we have had the retreat at the past 3 years. It is a great time of relaxation, recuperation and . . .can't come up with another -ation, but it is a really good time. It is forcasted to be a little bit cold and possibly rainy, but hey, we'll make due.

Please be praying that this retreat would be a huge blessig to everyone involved and that we would come back re-energized to be in ministry at Vienna Christian School. Blessings everybody!:)


Thursday, September 18, 2008

Please remember our family in prayer . . .

Hey all,

This day started out with very sad news from my dad's side of the family. My cousin Bill Reynolds, my dad's brother's only son, lost his newborn son Conner this past Monday. Their email was as follows:

Our son, Connor Charles was diagnosed with a genetic disorder called Congenital Myotonic Dystrophy a couple of weeks ago. This affected his ability to suck, swallow, and breathe on his own. He needed ventilator support from the day he was born as his lungs were just not strong enough to independently support himself. I am sad to say that Connor passed away on Monday, September 15th.

Please, please, please keep the Reynolds die of our family in your prayers. Connor was going to be my uncle's first grandson. It seems that the Lord wanted to be with him sooner than usual. Betka and I are really heartbroken for my cousin and his wife. Please help us remember them in prayer the coming days as they come to grips with the reality of losing a loved one. Thanks in advance for all your prayers. Be blessed!:)

Brian, Betka, and Tobi

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Father and son pics . . .

Hey all,

When my mom was visiting she brought my baby pictures which I was able to scan and now have electronic copies of. Sooooo . . . . I had this idea to post baby pictures of me so you can compare how much he looks like me . . . . I think I will add a poll later to see what you all think or you can just email or comment on the blog. Enjoy! :)

Monday, September 15, 2008

Over the weekend . . . .

Hey all,

We really enjoyed this weekend. It was very relaxing for us after a long week. I am so grateful to our Lord that He helped me to form the good habit of leaving school work to be done at school and not to be taken home to work on it. It is serving us well and I highly recommend it to anyone that can afford to do so. It gives Betka, me and Tobi so much quality time that we otherwise might not have. Enjoy the pics and video!:)

Friday, September 12, 2008

7th Grade news . . .

Hey all,

Thought you might be up for checking up on another blog. We elected officers in 7th grade homeroom yesterday and the president has already set up a blog to keep the other 7th graders up-to-date. Here it is!

Enjoy keeping up on the best class ever . . .the VCS high school class of 2014!


Thursday, September 11, 2008

7th Grade class

Below is the 7th grade class of Vienna Christian School for 2008 of which I (Brian) am the homeroom teacher. They represent India, Austria, Egypt, Nigeria, Sweden, USA, Phillipines, Japan, Namibia, Zambia, and South Korea. Thank you in advance for your prayers!:)

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Another follower of Christ . . .

Hey all,

Just thought we would share a bit of a praise. One of our 7th grade boys Luke was baptized a couple weeks ago and he sent me the video of it on youtube. You can see it at

His parents are missionaries and are here serving other missionaries on the field by doing member care/counseling-type activities. It is so wonderful to see a kid, whose parents are doing such great things here in Vienna, be such an influence to those around him. He is truly wise beyond his years.

The girl that is baptized is also one of our 7th graders. Emily is a great leader and Christian examle to those around her. We really love this class and hope that you will praise the Lord to hear news like this. He is sooo good!!!:)


The Reynolds

Monday, September 08, 2008

Whats on the horizon . . .

Hey there dearest support family!

I thought I'd take a chance to share whats on the horizon for us, The Reynolds, here in Vienna.

First off, we would like to really thank all of you for your continued support and prayer through the last year and some months as Betka and I have started sharing our life together, and for the two years before that when I was a missionary by myself. It has been relayed to us that many people read this and aren't commenting . . .this is wonderful though we would love to read more comments from all of you "readers". Our blog is meant not only as a way for us to relay whats happening in our life here in Vienna, but also as a sounding board to voice what you think about what we're going through, what the Lord is currently teaching you, and a way of encouraging us and whomever might read our blog among other things.

So what is on the horizon? . . . Well, first of all, we are not planning on returning to the States for the coming holidays. I know that we have said we would, but it turns out that a trip for Betka, me, and the little one will run us upwards of $3000 and it seems to us to be a much better investment to wait until summer 2009 to return and visit all of you that I am sure are dying to see us, Tobi and catch up on things. So the way it stands now, short of someone making it possible for us to financially be able to travel back for the holidays, is that we will stay here in Europe for Christmas and New Year's. Please know that this was a very hard decision to come to because we really want Tobi to meet all of you, but it makes a whole lot more sense to wait until we will have the money. I hope you will all understand. So that being said . . .please plan on us being Stateside in June and July of next summer, 2009. We are alreaady making plans . . .sort of!:)

As far as things go here we are getting back into the swing of things. Betka will resume teaching her lessons, most of them, this week. She will drop the morning lessons and will only have 5 or 6 students this year as opposed to 11 last year. We really want her to have time with me and Tobi and not completely burn out just for some extra cash. As far as financial things go . . .we are hopefully going to do much better this school year. The school, as part of a plan to extend the longevity of staff has offered a small incentive program to those of us committing to 4 years. We have made this commitment to stay at VCS for another 4 years so every month Vienna Christian School will contribute the money that we usually pay for health insurance, plus a small portion for the main staff member, their spouse and up to three children. For us this has greatly affected how we are financially. We are not fully supported still, but we are definitely getting by with a wider margin at the end of the month. please continue to pray that the school would continue to be blessed that they will be able to continue to bless us in this way.

One thing you might be asking yourself . . "Do they still need my donations?" The answer is yes we do. Ideally, in a perfect worl, missionaries would have no problems getting airfare to go back once a year or to have enough extra money to go on a family vacation or to even support other missionaries that are in need. We are nowhere near that level so please please please continue to send in what you do. Every little bit matters. We pray for all of you. God blessyou folks!:)

Brian, betka, and Tobi Reynolds

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Tobi Videos . . .

Hey all,

The last couple of weeks have been relatively routine . . .trying to get used to being on "baby time". It has been really hard for us to adapt but we know that the Lord has been growing us in so many ways, most of which are unnoticeable by us, during this time. Anyway we just wanted to post a couple videos that we thought were really neat. let us know what you think . . .

Excercise with Tobias. . .

Zonked before bath time . . .