Friday, February 20, 2009

Summer thoughts . . .

Hey all,

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!

B

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Facebook . . .

Hey all,

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!:)

BBT Reynolds

Sunday, February 01, 2009

Ok, not to seem like self-pity, but here goes . . .

You know it always seems like a break in school and the every day going to school, teaching, and normal routine are the times that are most relaxing, but at the same time the most introspective for me.

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.

BBT Reynolds