Schindler Update 2016_09_19

Posted by on Sep 19, 2016 | 0 comments

Dear Friends and Supporters,

Greetings from Taipei! Thank you to all who prayed for and wrote to us while the boys were sick last week. They both contracted a virus, which led to severe diarrhea, vomiting, and loss of appetite. We spent two different days in the hospital where Sam needed an IV to help with dehydration. We are happy to report both boys are better now and are back to their playful, energetic little selves 🙂 

 

Prayer & Praise

  • Local Mom’s Group. On Tuesday mornings, Kelley serves together with 2 other  missionary moms in leading a play group/small group as an outreach for local moms and kids. They play, sing songs, and tell Bible stories. Pray for the seeds that have been planted to grow and bear fruit for the Kingdom!
  • Church and Coffee Shop. “God’s ways are not our ways”. We have all said that before, but this past month we have experienced it first-hand. Through a series of events and prayers, God has opened the door for both our church and future Gospel Coffee Shop to partner together with another local church. This is very exciting and an answer to prayer, as working together we will have a stronger team, more experience, and access to more resources. We hope to be able and launch the coffee shop in the Spring of 2017.
  • Preschool for Max. We’d like to start Max in a half-day local preschool. Things run very differently here than in the US, and availability is based on a lottery drawing. We have a few leads for suitable schools, but hope to find the best fit for Max. Please pray for the right door to open up!

 

Isaiah 55:8 ”For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD.”  Praise the Lord His ways are ALWAYS best! 

For the Glory of God,

Erich, Kelley, Max, and Sam Schindler

 

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 The group for local moms where Kelley has been serving.
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 Relaxing at the beach!

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 A peek into a popular local restaurant.
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 Thanks to so many of you who are following and funding our Gospel Coffee House project! Stay updated on our progress via our Facebook Page.

 

 

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Schindler Update 2016_07_15

Posted by on Jul 14, 2016 | 0 comments

Dear Friends and Supporters,

Greetings from Taipei! We have now been back in Taipei for a little over one month, and a full month it has been! It’s been a blessing to be back at church and fellowship once again with our co-workers and friends. We have had several non-Christians attending our services the last couple weeks, and are praying for open hearts to receive Jesus. Additionally, we have had several meetings with Evangeline, our future Gospel coffee shop manager, and are so grateful for her hard-working spirit and committment to doing the best job possible. Family wise, the boys are doing great and are having fun seeing all their friends they missed while we were in the USA.

Prayer & Praise:

  • Seekers’ Class. Erich is starting an 8-week class for those seeking and interested in learning more about Jesus. There are 3 guys that have signed up. Please pray for good discussions and for the Lord to work in their hearts.
  • Saying goodbye. Two of our American co-workers are returning to the USA next week. They have been with us since the beginning of our house church 3+ years ago all the way until now. Not only have they been instrumental in our church planting project, but have become dear friends. Please pray for all of us as we say goodbye.

  • Coffee Shop. We, along with Evangeline, are being trained 2 days a week in the “ins and outs” of running of coffee shop. Please pray for quick learning! 

Isaiah 43:19, “See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”

For the Glory of God,

Erich, Kelley, Max, and Sam Schindler

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A recent rainbow over Taipei – God’s promise for Revival!

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 Thanks to so many of you who are following and funding our Gospel Coffee House project! Stay updated on our progress via our Facebook Page.

 

 

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Schindler Update 2016_06_15

Posted by on Jun 15, 2016 | 0 comments

Dear Friends and Supporters,

Greetings from Taipei! First of all, thank you to each one who prayed for us as we traveled back to Taiwan last week. The trip was long, but praise God, all our flights went smoothly and the boys did very well! We were happy to land back on Taiwan soil, and it was fun to be greeted at the airport by two friends from church. It was a blessing to see many of you while we were in the USA, and we thank God for orchestrating our 8 weeks there.

 

Prayer & Praise:

  • Re-adjusting. Jet lag has been tough for us coming back. We are slowly getting back into a normal sleep pattern, but would appreciate prayers for our bodies to quickly re-adjust, and for us to have the energy we need to get things done.

  • Church. We will be meeting with our church co-workers this Sunday before our service for a time of processing the last two months and re-connecting as a team. We are so thankful for these brothers and sisters and for their hard work while we were gone. Please pray for continued church growth, and for new friends to find a relationship with Jesus.
     
  • Gospel Coffee Shop. We are grateful that while in the USA we were able to raise close to $10,000 towards the opening of our Gospel Coffee Shop! We praise God for Evangeline, a Taiwanese sister, who will be serving as our coffee shop manager. Please continue to pray for wisdom and unity in decision making.

“Behold our God seated on His throne, Come let us adore Him, Behold our King nothing can compare, Come let us adore Him!” 

For the Glory of God,

Erich, Kelley, Max, and Sam Schindler

 

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Enjoying a special treat on the boardwalk at Ocean City, MD.

 

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Spending time at a park in Wheaton, IL, with Erich’s family.
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 Thanks to so many of you who are following and funding our Gospel Coffee House project! Stay updated on our progress via our Facebook Page.

 

 

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Schindler Update 2016_04_22

Posted by on Apr 22, 2016 | 0 comments

Dear Friends and Supporters,

Greetings from Elizabethtown, PA! We apologize for our delay in sending out this month’s prayer update. We arrived in the USA on April 4th, and hit the ground running. We are currently living with Kelley’s parents in Elizabethtown, PA, and are enjoying being with family, as well as re-connecting with supporting churches in the area. 

 

Praises:

  • Our journey to the States went very well! All three flights were on time and the boys were real troopers. Thank you so much for praying for our travels!
  • April 10-13 we had the opportunity to participate in the annual missions conference of our sending church, Mt. Calvary. It was a joy to see old friends, as well as meet new people. Thanks to all who came out!

 

Prayer requests:

  • May 3rd we will fly to Wheaton, IL. We will spend the month of May between Wheaton and Milwaukee, WI, where we will be with Erich’s family, as well as visiting a supporting church. Please pray for safe travels!
  • Please keep our church plant in Taipei in your prayers. We are so thankful for our co-workers who are stepping up in our absence. Please pray for the church to grow and people to continue to meet Jesus!

Thank you for all your prayers on our behalf!

For the Glory of God,
Erich, Kelley, Max, and Sam Schindler

 

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 Just landed in Harrisburg, and still smiling!

 

Max with Chucky

Max had an all-American 3rd birthday party 🙂
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 Thanks to so many of you who are following and funding our Gospel Coffee House project! Stay updated on our progress via our Facebook Page.

 

 

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Schindler Update 2016_03_15

Posted by on Mar 15, 2016 | 0 comments

Dear Friends and Supporters,

Greetings from Taipei! 

“I was a day away from committing a terrible mistake that most likely would have landed me in prison for the rest of my life. But, when you took my hands and prayed for me, I felt a power that I had never felt before. In that moment I realized how wrong I was and decided that from now on I want to live my life for Jesus.”

These are the words from Zheng Hong, a guy who passed by the door of the building where we hold church services, and because he saw a white face, out of curiosity decided to go in. He met Jesus that night and Erich is now actively discipling him. Praise God!

 

Prayer and Praise

  • Church. Since starting weekly church services in our new location, we have seen the power of God firsthand. From stories like the one above, to having some of our unsaved Taiwanese friends attend church for the first time ever, God is working and we are grateful. We are currently planning our Easter outreach & church service on the 27th. Please continue to pray for the church to grow in Wan Hua!
  • Gospel Coffee Shop. We are still in the process of raising funds for our Gospel Coffee Shop, as well as doing some necessary research as to where the exact location should be. We have currently raised 23% of our needed startup funds. As well, we are praying for a Taiwanese who would be able to work with us full time as our coffee shop manager. Please continue to pray for us to have wisdom in making key decisions.
  • Travel. We leave Taiwan in 3 weeks for our 8-week home assignment in the USA. To say the next few weeks will be busy is an understatement. Please pray for us and our team as we prepare for our departure.

Ephesians 3:20- “Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.”

See you soon!

For the Glory of God,
Erich, Kelley, Max, and Sam Schindler

 

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A peek into a recent church service

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Spending time with one of our good friends, Pei Pei.

 

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 Thanks to so many of you who are following and funding our Gospel Coffee House project! Stay updated on our progress via our Facebook Page.

 

 

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Schindler Update 2016_02_16

Posted by on Feb 16, 2016 | 0 comments

Dear Friends and Supporters,

Greetings from Taipei! Last week we celebrated the biggest holiday of the year here, Chinese New Year. We ate the New Year’s Eve meal with Pearl, our former landlady, and some of her extended family. The holiday spanned 8 days, and for much of it shops, restaurants, etc. around the city were closed. It was a wonderful week of being with friends, catching up on rest, and enjoying the sunshine!

 

Prayer and Praise

  • Church. Beginning this Sunday (2/21) we will begin holding weekly church services in our new location! Praise the Lord that we are ready to take this next step. Please pray for our co-worker team as we prepare all the details and for many friends to come. But, most importantly please pray that the love of Jesus is felt by all.
  • Outreach. Starting March 12th, we will be holding a weekly outreach on Saturday mornings for local kids. We are busy preparing all the details and would appreciate wisdom as we plan. Our prayer is that through reaching out to local children, we will have more opportunities to meet whole families and share about Jesus and our church with them.
  • Looking ahead. We will be doing a brief 8-week home assignment in the USA from early April – early June. During this time, we will participate in a missions conference at our sending church, as well as visiting other supporting churches and individuals, and spending time with family and friends. We will primarily be in the Elizabethtown, PA area (April), Wheaton, IL / Milwaukee WI area (May) and back in Elizabethtown for a few days in June. We look forward to seeing many of you while we are Stateside!

As always, thank you for your faithful prayers and support on our behalf! We are so blessed to have such a strong network of people standing with us!

For the Glory of God,
Erich, Kelley, Max, and Sam Schindler

 

Chinese New Year

Spending the Chinese New Year’s Eve with good friends.

 

Chinese New Year Dinner

 

A typical spread for the Chinese New Year, including: fish eggs with radish & green onion, roasted pork, abalone (a kind of seafood), steamed shrimps, Taiwanese fatty pork hamburger with pickled cabbage & peanut powder, and hot pot!

 

Chinese New Year Market

Visiting the Chinese New Year market – only open at this time of the year.

 Chinese New Year Market Candy Store
 Just one of the many candy vendors at the Chinese New Year market – as you can tell, they’ve got quite the selection!

 

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 Thanks to so many of you who are following and funding our Gospel Coffee House project! Stay updated on our progress via our Facebook Page.

 

 

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