Wednesday, October 22, 2008

New apartment thoughts . . .

Hey all,

Just thought I would update as to how the moving process is going and what we can use prayer for.

On Sunday Betka and I took down our nice an comfortable bed and for the past three nights and the rest of the time until we move we will be sleeping on mattresses on the floor of our living room. It sure isn't comfortable and it is a constant reminder of how badly I can't wait to finally move. We have started packing various things that we will not be using in the next week. Our final moving plan goes as follows . . . Friday, October 24, we will "inspect" the apartment as it is being repainted and fixed up this week and we will get the keys from our landlord. That same day we will head to CZ for our fall break. We will have Monday the 27th and Tuesday the 28th off for our fall break and then we will return to Vienna on Tuesday evening to really start the actual physical moving of our stuff, starting Wednesday the 29th after school with the actual physical move. So if all goes according to plan we should be entirely moved in by Thursday the 30th of October. Our landlord will sign the lease with us in the first week of November and is really laid back as to how to proceed with that.

Our one concern with this all is that we need to put three month's rent down as a deposit. That means we need to come up with 2400Euro/$3100 to deposit. Our landlord is again very understanding of our situation and has offered to spread that out along 3 months. So basically we will be paying twice the amount of rent for the first 3 months with the possibility of getting the deposit back after we are finished with the apartment. amazingly we are seeing how the Lord is going to provide us with the needed funds. If you are feeling the Lord leading you to help us out with moving expenses please send your contribution in to RCE. Contact us for more details.

Be blessed all!

B, B, & T in Wien

Monday, October 20, 2008

Hey all,

The following are clips that a friend of ours shot with our camera on Tobi's dedication Sunday at the International Chapel of Vienna where we have ended up attending here in Wien. Enjoy the videos!

Tobi was wonderful and hardly made a sound. The screaming that you hear is the pastor's youngest son Eli who happened to be the unhappy baby in the congregation that morning. Sorry these are a week late, but they are finally on here!:)

Love you guys,
B, B, & T

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

9 days until operation "new home" initiates . . . .

Hey all,

As you can tell there are only 9 days until we are able to start moving in to our new apartment. 9 days? You might ask, well, on the 24th the landlord is going to show us as one final inspection before we would sign the contract. For this landlord however, this means that we can have the keys and begin moving in even before the contract is signed. So . . . a week from this Friday we will be able to start moving things in.

This means that we are now really starting to pack things up. It is strange contemplating moving from the place that has been all you have known in a particular place. I lived in Vienna as a single man in our current apartment, I was a newlywed in this current apartment. Betka and I went though preparations of having a little one and then welcoming him home to our apartment. It has truly been like home for us. It will be sad to say good bye to it. Where we are moving though is so much better, its just going to be very different!:) We will be within an easy walking distance from school, we will have every shop imaginable within 10 or 15 minutes walking and we are going to be around many of our friends.

Please remember us in prayer as we try to figure out all the details of this move. A specific prayer would be how the finances are going to work out. We can afford the monthly rent and we think after roughly guestimating, that with the deposit we will be able to afford that too, but we are a bit nervous. Also you can be in prayer that we would get all of our deposit back from our current landlord. Over the last 2 years there have been some damages that could lead them to keep some or all of the deposit . . .please pray that we would get all 960 Euro back and that there would be no hurt feelings between us and our landlord. Thank you in advance for praying. Bless you all.

B, B, & T

Friday, October 03, 2008

The results are in . . .the winner is . . .

The poll showed that 9 people of 12 thought the one on the right was me and they are right. 3 of you though . . . . come on! :) have a good one ya'll!:)

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Tobi's Dedication Czech Style

Hey all,

As some of you may know we went to Czech last weekend and had our son Tobias dedicated to the Lord. We have decided to do this twice, once in English and once in Czech to accommodate our dual language relationship/family. Our reason for dedication and not infant baptism is this:

"God in His goodness gives children as gifts to parents. They not only have the awesome responsibility of caring, protecting this gift, but the privilege of enjoying this gift. Children belong to God, and by grace given as gifts to us, therefore we dedicate our children back to God.

Hannah presented Samuel to the Lord.

Luke 2:22: And when the time came for their purification according to the Law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord.

In the same way Brian and Betka today bring Tobias Martin, presenting themselves first and then Tobi before the Lord." This was taken from the text that our pastor will go by for Tobi's dedication in English.

Betka and I both have different backgrounds, as I was baptized as an infant and she wasn't. This is our compromise. Tobi will be baptized when he makes a personal decision to follow Jesus Christ.

Eventually we will have video of both dedications on this blog or linked to this blog. due to the fact that the video size is a bit larger there will only be bits of the dedications on here in the blog, the rest will be able to be found on I will make sure that I put a link on here when they are accessible. please be patient . . .we could not wait to share this with you all, but know that figuring out how to do this is taking some time for me. Thanks for your patience and here is a teaser for the whole version that should be on youtube as soon as possible.

Our date for Tobi's dedication in English at our Vienna church, the International Chapel of Vienna, is October 12th. We are very excited about this and will share the video and/or pictures as soon as we have them.

God bless you guys!:)

Brian, Betka, and Tobi