It has been so hard to keep up with blogging since our internet connection is never a sure thing...so it is easier to just give you all an overview of what our week has looked like...here goes...
Monday- Participated in "Serve the City", an event that brought together ministries and churches from Vienna and throughout Europe to serve in various ways, such as cleaning out the YMCA attic, prayer walks, random acts of kindness, and more.
Tuesday- I (Brad) had an appointment at the University and was given an acceptance letter into the PhD program in Sociology. Interestingly, as I was unpacking boxes, I came across a book "One New People: Models for Developing a Multiethnic Church", and just happened to read on p.73 "Sociology by itself can describe what is happening but cannot provide direction for change. Theology can provide purpose but by itself does not connect very well with the real world in which the church is living. Together they make a strong partnership." That is our hope for Vienna: connection with the culture with hope and direction for change.
Wednesday- Dali came to babysit and bring her cute puppy Dolce for the kids to play with while we actually had a date night, our first in Vienna! We went out to celebrate our 10th Wedding Anniversary at a Mozart concert in the Musikverein and then at TGIF's for a little Oreo Madness.
Thursday- Unpacked boxes, tried to get organized, went to the market as per usual and probably did a few loads of laundry...boring everyday stuff.
Friday- We had some American girls over for dinner who teach at the Vienna Christian School. The kids loved having people over, so they could show off their new rooms and play games with. Anne and Cindy were good sports, as it was evident that the kids were wanting some fellowship!...It was also fun to ask them about things to do in the city, where they liked to shop and fun events to attend etc...
Saturday- We discovered Bobby's! (thanks to the girls) It is a British/American shop that imports Oreos, A&W Rootbeer, cake mixes, vanilla, chocolate chips, and even American brown sugar! All the staples we Americans think we can't live without:) It is walking distance from our apartment!
Sunday- Went to church at CIG and Tabea shared with us the FANTASTIC news that she and Daniel got engaged! We are sooo happy for them! Then this afternoon, we had a knock at the door and it was our neighbors from downstairs inviting us over! We had a great afternoon of getting to know each other better and letting the kids just play with their 2 small boys (3 & 1). We are so thankful for very nice neighbors!
So, as you can see, a week full of activity and full of blessings. Thank you for your faithful prayers for us!