Wednesday, September 23, 2009
OUR BLOG HAS MOVED AND CAN BE FOUND HERE
Our new blog is linked to facebook so you can read our posts on there. Wordpress works better for what we want to do. We will have the option on our new blog to upload our newsletters every month that we do one and then you can download them from the blog. Should be a good move.
WE WILL NOT UPDATE THIS BLOGSPOT BLOG ANYMORE . . . good bye BLOGSPOT!!! :)
Monday, April 27, 2009
We are very grateful for your support over this past school year . . . as the year comes to a close we are still looking for willing people to fill some positions in our school. The opportunities are as follows:
If you know of anyone that might like one of these positions please refer them either to us or they can go to the Vienna Christian School website on the opportunities page.
Please join with us in praying for the staff that is coming for the 2009-2010 school year and the staff that have yet to hear about VCS. Thanks in advance for standing with us in prayer.
B, B, & T
Saturday, April 25, 2009
I finally got it done. Our brand new cork board made entirely out of old wine corks cut in half. It took a while to find enough corks to make this happen, but after getting some from my father-in-law, our friends, some lying on the Merkur parking lot, and using some of our own we made this wonderful board that is now on the wall in our entryway hallway.
It was a very fun project, one that I would recommend anyone with corks to try. You will need alot of corks, but its worth it.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
We are currently running another blog as well as this one with the intention to switch once I figure out the system that wordpress uses. You can visit the "new" one and see what you think . . . let us know your thoughts. http://thereynoldsinwien.wordpress.com/
The new blog has multiple pages with information about us and the ministry the Lord has us involved in. I really like wordpress because we can make extra pages. Its basically just like blogger but it offers better options. Let us know what you think!:)
B, B, & T
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Its been a while since I have been on here . . . for those of you that are only following us on here I am sorry, I am posting more photos and things on facebook. Just sign up for a facebook account and then add me as a friend and you will then have access to all of our pictures. Its just way easier to upload them on facebook.
As for my current interest . . . I am very interested in how the Hebrew language looks and have been experementing with the google translator online and translating bits and pieces of the Bible and other phrases into Hebrew. Granted it probably isn't too accurate, but it sure looks cool. Here is our blog title in Hebrew:
I think my interest in this came out of our recent trip to Krakow, Poland, and the visit we had to the Auschwitz concentration camp museum and the jewish quarter of Krakow. I am just fascinated at how the Lord has brought this people through such terrible times. I mean it is a shame that they have missed the point of the fact that Jesus is the Messiah that they have been waiting on for centuries, but their culture is really fascinating and one that we all can trace our western ways of thinking back to. There is a great book by Thomas Cahill called The Gifts of the Jews. In his book Cahill writes about how the ways we think and things that are engrained into our western way of thinking, our worldview, go back to the time of the books of the old testament and the Hebrew people. Abraham, instead of just going about life in the ancient circle of birth, growth, reproduction, and death like mostly all other civilizations of that time, decided to follow "his Lord" and just go, to start to lead a life that is in a sense looking towards a future that was not there under the other civilizations' worldviews. So basically I am oming to a greater appreciation of Jewish culture and their history which is really shared. If I am unclear about what Cahill wrote, it was a fantastic book and one I would urge you to pick up and read sometime.
Thats pretty much all for this post . . . I hope to update as soon as I can.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Today our Kindergarten-2nd graders put on a musical play called The Little Red Hen and Betka and I put together the wonderful mask/hats that the kids are wearing for it. Enjoy the pictures below!:)
Friday, March 13, 2009
I thought I would post another video on here . . . I am really sorry that we haven't been keeping this up as much.
If you aren't on facebook you definitely need to be and then you can see more pictures of Tobi and our life here in Wien.
The video below captures a little bit of the, at the time frustration, but now in hindsight a little bit of humor, of our trip to the Neusiedler Lake south of Vienna on the border with Hungary. We thought we would take the train to a little village that, by the map showed as being right on the edge of the lake. Turns out it is right on the edge of a butt load of marshland. A wonderful place to visit if you want to get away from the city of Vienna but not if you want to see the actually Neusiedler See. Enjoy the video!:)
Monday, March 02, 2009
About a week ago my wife went to a baby shower, one of the ladies there was coughing and now our little boy has a horrible cough and a virus the doctor said as of last Tuesday. It has been almost a week since the doctor visit and Tobi isn't really getting better. We talked to some friends of ours and they said that it just takes time to get over it. The doctor actually said that there is really nothing he can do. It is pretty rough at home now. Please pray that he will get rid of this thing soon so we can resume life as usual. Thanks in advance for your prayers.
Friday, February 20, 2009
Its been a while again . .. again this is due to my schedule being so different.
This evening we are going to have our annual International Family Fun Night. This is a wonderful event in which we sort of celebrate the fact that the Lord has blessed us as a school by bringing us students from so many nations, 34+ nations at that. It is a fun evening of song, dance, performances of cultural nature, and a great evening to get to know the parents of our kids. Betka and I will be preparing and running "the Czech Room", one of many rooms that teachers and parents are putting on to teach the kids about different countries. The kids take their "passports" around and get a stamp for each country only after they demonstrate that they learned about the country. We are very excited about our Czech room and hope that the kids will learn alot about a country that is my wife's home country and is slowly becoming my second mother land. Please pray that this evening will be a big impact towards the parents and our students' families for Christ.
On another note, I thought I would write very generally about a student that I have in one of my art classes right now. This boy seems to be very rough around the edges and tries to get attention from others during class. Unfortunately his ways of doing so have gotten him suspended from school twice already and his attitude seems to not be changing much at all so far. Sometimes hearing this guy talk during my class I get a sense that he really wants to know the Truth, but his life experiences to this point have not been helpul in leading him to Christ. I will call this student Akbar for this and all the other posts that I write about him. Please pray for him, the Lord knows his real name, and I believe that being here at VCS among other believers will be excellent for him. Please pray that I, as his teacher, would have a ginormous amount of patience with him and that the Lord might use me to get through to him with His Truth. until next time . . . Tschuss!
Thursday, February 12, 2009
I thought I would just put a little plug in for facebook on here.
You might have noticed recently that we are posting less and less pictures on the blog here and this is mainly due to it being way easier for us to upload them to facebook.
For those of you not in on the facebook phenomenon it is an extremely useful online database of networking tools that can be used for everything from photo and video sharing to online chat, messaging, and blogging. It is all for free and it is AMAZING. The way it works is you can sign up for free by going to www.facebook.com and you set up your profile and add some basic information about yourself, its totally customizable to what you prefer. The security on it is excellent, it lets you make yourself as public as you prefer. Betka and I are both on there individually and once you are on facebook people can add you as a friend, then you either choose to confirm their friendship on facebook or not. It has been excellent for us to be connected to peple this way. They even have a set up where you can have new comments and messages on facebook sent to your email address. This is definitely becoming something that is bridging the generation gap as both my mother-in-law and mother hae facebook pages. All of Betka's and my friends from the States and Czech are on and we can message and share pictures and video . . . it really makes you feel more connected to those that you know and aren't able to be with at the moment.
Anyway thats the end of my rant on facebok and I end it with a very strong recomendation that you go and get a facebook page if you have not already. Its all free and you can do as much with it as you want. Add me and Betka and you will then have access to all the pictures hat we upload of Tobi and our time here in Europe. Thats all, get a facebook and we'll see you on there!
The crazy world of facebook does not mean that we are abandoning this blog, some of you might have thought so what with only 2 posts in 2 months. I have been thinking about why it is that I (Brian) have been so terrible about writing on here and really it comes down to this: I am much, much more busy with actual teaching time and that has meant less blogging time . . . so, I am truly sorry and will try to blog more, but it just will not be happening during school hours.
Until next time . . . Tschuss!:)
Sunday, February 01, 2009
Please do not feel that I am self pitying myself here or anything, but I have been thinking alot about the recent past (The last 3-4 years, since I graduated from college in May 2005 anyway) and it is amazing how the Lord has brought me to this place. College was an awesome time for me. I had alot of close friends, many that I felt really close to and could share anything and then May 2005 came and I was seemingly ripped out of that place with such good friendships and they have been reduced to facebooks friends. Don't getme wrong, I am glad that I have been sent on the journey of life that I am currently on, it is the Lord's will, but I regret not having been able to cultivate some of the relationships that I had in college. If you are one of my good college buddies reading this right now . . . I am missing you all right now.
After college I embarked on what I see in retrospect as a naive conquest to "follow the Lord". What I thought then to be a year to "Do the Lord's will, serve Him and the people of South Czech" turned into 11 months of being a burden to the very people that I came to serve, meeting my future wife, and stumbling upon the next stage in my life. In the process I realized that while God seemed to have used my naivete for his own work (what I have no idea) it is better for us to go into missions knowing full well that a.) we are going to serve a real need, not a misperceived need. b.) To go where we are called and to know in our hearts why we are there. I know for certain that the Lord has brought us here to Austria to minister to international students in a Christian school setting. How do I know this? Well, mainly due to how at home we both feel amongst the students. It truly is like a big family and we have a huge desire to care for these family members, our students. There are days believe you me that we feel like we are in the wrong place, but thats just Satan whispering in our ears when we are tired and a bit down trodden.
So to wrap this post up . . . . (I actually finished this a week or so after starting) I guess I come to the point that we do feel a sense of peace here. It is a really strange but wonderful thing to know that we are smack dab in the middle of the Lord's ever loving and caring, all-knowing hand. Until next time take care and live victorious.
Saturday, January 17, 2009
As I write this post from Czech, visiting Betkaś parents I notice the date of our last post . . . that is terrible, I can´t believe that it has been a month since we wrote last!
So, where to start . . . letś see. The holidays were a great time for us despite not being able to share them with all of our family back in the States. School got out on the 19th of December and we went to Czech to spend Christmas with Betka´s family. Her parents had a full house as we were there as were Betkaś grandparents. Thats a total of 9 people sleeping over in a house with only 3 bedrooms. Betka, Tobi, and I slept in her old room. Babinka, Betka´s grandma slept on the other single bed in her brother Stepan´s room, and Dedo, her grandpa slept on the couch in the living room. It was a crowded house, but the crowdedness of close family that really cared for us ministered to our hearts. It was a great Christmas celebrated by 3 generations present. Holding with Czech tradition we celebrated Christmas with gifts on the evening of the 24th after the Christmas dinner which is usually carp, but this year it was not (Praise the Lord!). This Christmas, Tobi´s first was great for him although I do not believe that he will remember anything about it. he did dress up for the occasion . . . see the pictures that I posted to facebook
New Year´s Eve or Sylvestr as Austrians and Czechs call it was celebrated in Vienna this year, a first for our family. Tobi´s first New year´s was also a memorable one. My mother was with us from December 26th until january 3rd and even she will tell you that on New Year´s Eve the Viennese turn their city into a veritable warzone as it is the tradition for individuals and families to shoot off fireworks to ring in the New Year. The view from our seventh floor balcony facing downtown was AMAZING! I will try to post a video later . . . pictures do not do the pandemonium justice. Try to imagine a city of 1.6 million people shooting professional grade fireworks off from wherever they happen to be at midnight. For us that meant that people were dropping firecrackers from the balconies above us and shooting massive fireworks off of the roof. There was a couple of guys in the apartment building 150 feet off of our balcony shooting from their window. The apartment complexes across the way were amazing, the people were shooting fireworks off of 11th or 12th floor balconies . . . it was incredible. We invited VCs staff to our place for New Year´s so we rang in the New Year with a nice little group of friends, board games, Taboo, and firework displays. Happy New Year Vienna style! :)
On January 7th we started school again. The rest of that week and this past week have been us finishing up the first semester and getting ready for the next one. This next semester I (Brian) will be teaching two more blocks of secondary classes. One is going to be called "Creative Art Media" where I will have 6-8th graders for a mixed media semester where we will study everything from Book art, paper making, to macrame and sculpture. The other class I will be teaching, I will be supervising a senior in his self-study of Photography. I will be much much busier, for example where I used to have all afternoon off on Tuesdays I will now only have an hour and a half off from teaching time. Its a big change but it should be rgeat. I will have a whole hour and a half with the middle school kids in an art class, so that will be cool.
Other than that things are just business as usual. One thing that we do have to announce is that the school will open as usual this coming fall. Our director met earlier this week with our school´s inspector from the Austrian school district who dropped by for a surprise visit. The inspector said that even though our staff´s visa situation is something that needs to be solved soon there is hardly a chance that the offices need to close us down would be able to act quick enough to do so to close our school for next year. So we have one more year, but keep praying for us and our administration that we might somehow find a solution to our current visa problem.
Again thank you so much for our prayers and we will hopefully update again very soon, sorry for such time between posts, its been a very busy ¨month. God bless you all! :)
Blessings and peace from Wien,
Brian, Betka, and Tobi