Schindler Update 2017_02_21

Dear Friends, 

 

Greetings from Taiwan! The past month was a full month for us. Kelley’s parents visited us just in time for us to celebrate the Chinese New Year together. Chinese New Year is the biggest holiday in Taiwan, and this year it lasted for 6 days. We enjoyed the festiveness of the city and spending time with friends. For the Chinese New Year’s Eve meal we celebrated with Pearl (our first landlady from 10 years ago) and her family. The meal did not disappoint – we enjoyed everything from fresh shrimp to Chinese ‘hamburgers’ to three kinds of soup. See pictures below 🙂 

 

Prayer and Praise

  • Family health. Thanks so much to all who prayed for Kelley’s surgery. The surgery (uterine fibroid tumor removal) went smoothly and she is recovering well. We were very blessed to have her mom here during surgery and for 10 days afterwards. She was a huge help with the kids, around the apartment, etc. Kelley is still struggling with post-op nausea and hasn’t been able to eat much since the operation. Please pray her nausea quickly subsides and she can fully recover. Also we’d appreciate prayer for Max. He has had a bad cough for about a month now and it especially flares up at night, which then disrupts his sleep (and ours too!) Please pray for his healing. 
  • Adoption progress. On March 8th we will be having a 2.5 hour interview with a Taiwanese adoption agency. Working through this agency is pretty much our last hope in terms of working with a local agency to adopt from Taiwan. During the past few years the Taiwanese government has been gradually changing their laws to restrict local adoption by foreign families. So we are praying if God wants us to continue pursuing adoption, then this meeting will go well. 
  • Coffee Shop Update. This week Erich will be in meetings with our local partners to discuss questions related to investment, contracts, ownership, ministry focus, etc. of the Gospel Coffee Shop, currently on track to open later this year. Please pray for wisdom and clarity, and follow our progress via the coffee shop’s Facebook page.

Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst.” Jn 6:35.
Our prayer is that our precious Taiwanese friends will come to know the One who gives Living Water – thank you for partnering together with us!

 

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

 

 
A festive Chinese New Year market in North Taipei. In Chinese culture, red is the color of joy & fortune.
So much candy, and the vendors always give free samples!
Erich with Pearl, our very first landlady here in Taiwan. After having moved 5 times since then, we remain good friends!
 

Part of a feast Pearl and her mother cooked for the Chinese New Year’s Eve at her home. 

 

Connie with our former neighbor and good friend, Miss Lin.

Schindler Update 2017_01_17

Dear Friends, 

 

Greetings from Taiwan! We’d like to start by wishing you all a Happy New Year! 2017 marks our 10th year of living and serving in Taipei. It’s incredible how quickly 10 years have passed. We are continually grateful for the privilege of ministering in Taiwan, and are excited to see all that the Lord will do in the coming 10 years!

 

Prayer and Praise

  • Christmas Update. While we miss our families more than usual during the holidays, we are thankful for ‘like family friends’ with whom to celebrate here. During the Christmas season we had the opportunity both at church and in our home to welcome local friends and share together the joy of Jesus’ birth. Christmas Eve was especially fun as we had 5 un-churched Taiwanese friends over for a time of cookie decorating, sharing a meal, gift exchange, and reading the Christmas story.
  • Church and Discipleship. Over the last few weeks we have had several new local friends regularly joining church services. Two students in particular come from difficult home situations and until now have had very little interaction with the church. Pray for Jesus to heal their hurts and for them to open their hearts to Him. On Thursdays we now are caring for a 4-year old girl named Zi Qi. This precious girl also has a very tough home life, and our prayer is that through our times together each week, she’ll learn about the love our Heavenly Father has for her. Also, please pray for her mom to have a desire to consistently join church services on Sundays.
  • Coffee Shop Update. While things are moving slower than we would like, we know that everything is in God’s hands. People are being interviewed in the coming weeks for positions at the shop, and the startup team is busy doing research for locations, restructuring menus, etc. There will still be a good deal of ‘red tape’ we need to go through in terms of licensing and permits, financial details, etc., but we trust that God is going to use this Gospel Coffee House for His glory in Wan Hua. Thank you all for continuing to pray with us through this process!

We press on, believing the words in the beautiful song “Thy Will,” “I know you see me, I know you hear me, Lord, Your plans are for me, Goodness you have in store.”

 

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

 

 
 Kel teaching a girls’ small group about Christian marriage & parenting. 

 

 
 Sam turned 2 on December 17. Lots of his friends helped him celebrate 🙂

 

 
 Erich with Chuck and Xuan Yu, two of the local guys he disciples.

 

 
Kel with our good friend, Piper.

Schindler Update 2016_11_16

Dear Friends and Supporters,

Greetings from Taipei! This is our first update written from our new apartment. Thank you to everyone who prayed for us to find a new place to live. The same day that we wrote our update last month we went to see an apartment that evening and decided to take it. So during the last four weeks we packed up our old apartment, cleaned and painted the new apartment, and moved everything over. We are only about a 10 minute walk away from where we used to live, but have significantly more space and it’s a great location for ministry. We are so thankful!

Please remember to note our updated address:
7-1Fl, No 7, Ln 416, Zhong Hua Rd Sec 2
Wan Hua Dist 108, Taipei.

 

Prayer & Praise

  • Erich’s mom’s visit. Erich’s mom arrived Nov. 4th and has been a tremendous help with our packing, painting, cleaning, and moving! We are very grateful for all her help, and now we have a few days left to do some ‘fun things’ before she flies back to Germany on Monday. The boys love having Oma around too 🙂 
  • Church and Discipleship. Things at church are going very well and we are encouraged how God is opening doors for service and discipleship. Erich is currently teaching a discipling class every Wednesday night with three local guys, and is gearing up to start another discipling group in January. Pray for these groups to bear much fruit. 
  • Health. As we head into the winter months, we would especially appreciate prayers for good health. We seem to battle some sort of respiratory or stomach bug every several weeks, so please pray for strong immune systems and good health! 

 

As Thanksgiving approaches next week, we’d like to once again say how thankful we are for each of you! Thank you for supporting us, praying for us, and loving us so well!

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

 

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We’re all enjoying time with Oma!
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Erich and Chuck working on the new apartment. Chuck is one of the Taiwanese guys Erich’s been discipling.
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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.

 

 

Schindler Update 2016_10_18

Dear Friends and Supporters,

Greetings from Taipei! It’s hard to believe we are nearing the end of October already! Today the high in Taipei City is 32C, or 90F, so it definitely doesn’t feel like Fall around here yet. We’ve been encouraged throughout the past month in many ways; local friends coming to church, opportunities for discipleship, progress with the coffee shop, etc. Praise God for His daily goodness and grace! 

 

Prayer & Praise

  • Encouraging visit from our mission leaders. From September 30th – October 4th two leaders from our US mission agency (Shepherd’s Staff Mission Facilitators) visited us, along with another family serving with SSMF in Taipei County. Their visit was very encouraging, and we are thankful for the time they spent with us, ministry advice they gave, and for all the goodies they brought us from ‘home’! 
  • Church and Discipleship. Sunday evening both Miss Lin and Joe (two friends many have been praying for) were both at church. They each are making steps in knowing Jesus more. Pray for Joe as Erich disciples him, and for Miss Lin’s heart to keep being opened and softened towards trusting Jesus. The decision for our church plant to partner with another local church has been a huge blessing. We are so grateful for how God has led us. 

     

  • New apartment. We are looking to move into a slightly bigger apartment by the end of the year. Our current apartment is just about 700 sq. feet, and having a bit more space would be great! Until now, we haven’t been able to find any that are in decent condition (the apartments in this area of the city can be quite old and run down), but we are trusting that God has the perfect place for our family. Please join us in prayer that a place will open up soon! 

 

Thank you for all your support and prayers! We couldn’t do what we do without you!

For the Glory of God,

Erich, Kelley, Max, and Sam Schindler

 

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The Shepherd’s Staff Taiwan team, along with Ron, our missions director.
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A beautiful rainbow that appeared yesterday over our neighborhood.
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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.

 

 

Schindler Update 2016_09_19

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.

 

 

Schindler Update 2016_07_15

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.

 

 

Schindler Update 2016_06_15

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.

 

 

Schindler Update 2016_04_22

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!

 

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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.

 

 

Schindler Update 2016_03_15

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.

 

 

Schindler Update 2016_02_16

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

 

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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!

 

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

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 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.

 

 

Schindler Update 2016_01_15

Dear Friends and Supporters,

Greetings from Taipei! And Happy New Year! As 2016 begins, we want to once again say how grateful we are to have such a strong network of people supporting us in prayer and finances year after year. Thank you for all the interest, love, and care you show us!

 

Prayer and Praise

  • Church. Praise the Lord that within the last month, our church-planting team has gained 3 new Taiwanese co-workers! We are so grateful for each of them, and are excited to see how God will use them to grow the church among Taipei’s working-class.
  • Friends. Several months ago we asked for prayer regarding our friends who are involved in drug dealing and the Taiwanese mafia. This past week they have been repeatedly asking us to lend them large amounts of money. We need wisdom as we try to show our care for them, while remaining firm about our position not to lend out any money. After saying no to them twice, they have stopped returning our messages and we haven’t had any contact for several days now. Please pray that Jesus will work in this situation and open a door for us to talk with them.

  • Health. As many of you probably remember, last winter was a very difficult time for us health wise. Please pray that we will all stay healthy this winter!

 

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.”

May we all be prayerfully expectant as we wait and see what new things the Lord will do this year! 

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

 

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Our friend Maggie, who sells deep fried duck parts in the night market nearby our house. Please pray that her schedule allows her to join our church activities!

 

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We’re enjoying every day of Erich’s sister, Monica, and her husband Dominik’s visit. Here we’re having a traditional Taiwanese breakfast of leek pancakes, soft egg rolls, sesame pastries, soy milk and more!

 

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Our friends Robin & Cindy visited us during Christmastime. We’re so thankful for such great friends!

 
 
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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.

 

 

Schindler Update 2015_12_16

Dear Friends and Supporters,

Greetings from Taipei! It’s hard to believe that 2016 is only two short weeks away! As we look back on this year, we remember times of great joy and also times of sadness. Closing out this year, we are more thankful than ever for God’s kindness and faithfulness to us. We are expectant to see what He will do in the coming year, and are so grateful for the privilege of serving Him in Taiwan.

 

Prayer and Praise

  • Thanksgiving outreach. The Lord brought around 25 people to our Thanksgiving outreach, and we had a wonderful time giving thanks together, enjoying delicious food, and building relationships. One Taiwanese girl, Emma (English name), left her phone number and expressed interest in our church community. Kelley met with her afterward, and Emma immediately told Kelley she wants to be baptized! So thankful for hearts that are ready to receive Him. Please pray for Emma as we disciple her.
  • Church. The Lord went above and beyond our expectations by providing us with a wonderful new location for our community church gatherings (pictures below). We held our first service there on December 6, and welcomed 36 adults and 5 kids! We had everyone from taxi drivers, to teachers, to prostitutes, to high-schoolers in attendance. Praise the Lord!
  • Health. Thanks to all of you who were praying for us last week as we were sick. The boys and Kelley all contracted hand, foot, and mouth disease. Praise the Lord it was a relatively mild case and we are all much better now!

 

Psalms 95:2-3 “Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. For the LORD is the great God, the great King above all gods.”

Please join us in praying to this end!

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

 

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The foyer of our church’s new gathering space.

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Erich sharing a Christmas message. Very few of our local, non-Christian friends have ever heard the true meaning of Christmas.

 

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It was touching to sing familiar Christmas carols together in Chinese.

 

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Some local artwork depicting the entrance to a local night market. The bottom-right sign says “Papaya Milk” a local delicacy 🙂

 

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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.

 

 

Schindler Update 2015_11_15

Dear Friends and Supporters,

Greetings from Taipei! As we anticipate celebrating Thanksgiving in a few weeks, we are again reminded of God’s abundant goodness in our lives. We pray that the upcoming holidays will present us with more opportunities to share the Good News with our neighbors and friends, and through giving thanks in all things to Him, point them to Jesus.

 

Prayer and Praise

  • Church. During the past month we have seen God clearly working in the lives of our local friends. A Bao (a Taiwanese guy), in particular has shown a growing interest in knowing Jesus. He’s come to our home to pray with us, and has been faithfully attending church services / activities. Pray that he will make a decision to fully follow Jesus soon!

 

  • Thanksgiving outreach. On Sunday, November 22, our house church community is hosting a Thanksgiving lunch & service at a local coffee shop. Altogether our team has invited about 30 non-believing friends, so please pray for many to attend. Pray for open hearts to receive Jesus. 

     

  • Difficult situations.
    In the past 2 weeks we have come to learn that some of our Taiwanese friends are involved in drug dealing and connected to the Taiwanese mafia. We have been building a relationship with this family for 1 ½ years, and now realize much of our relationship has been built on lies. Please pray for us to have wisdom as to how to best help them, and that they would be willing to open up to us and seek help.

    This Tuesday evening, the young man and his wife who are involved in the domestic violence case we asked prayer for before, are coming to our home for dinner. Please pray for good conversations and boldness to share about Jesus. 

Psalms 95:2-3 “Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. For the LORD is the great God, the great King above all gods.”

Please join us in praying to this end!

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

 

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Celebrating our friend Wei Qing’s (center) birthday recently. Our friend A Bao (mentioned above) is second from the right.

 

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Erich picking huge guavas with some local friends. 5 of them are joining the Thanksgiving service mentioned in this update! 

 

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Max clowning around with his friends 🙂 He’s the life of the 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.

 

 

Schindler Update 2015_10_17

Dear Friends and Supporters,

Greetings from Taipei! The past week brought a special treat, with Kel’s mom and aunt visiting us from the US (see pictures below). Connie and Aunt Brenda have been amazingly flexible amidst our crazy Taipei schedule, and a big help with Max & Sam. Since they arrived, we’ve been busy showing them around and introducing them to our neighborhood friends. They are a big attraction in our part of town, and are busy cooking meals as a way to share God’s love with our non-Christian friends. 

 

Prayer and Praise

  • Church. Our October 4 community worship service was probably our best ever in terms of content. The worship and testimony sharing were spot-on, and Erich spoke from the heart, without using his Mandarin notes for parts of the message – a first!

    Several of our local friends who attended last month’s gathering came back, and there were also some new faces. This was encouraging for us. But overall the turnout was lower than expected, with several of our friends canceling at the last minute for different reasons. Please join us in prayer for these dear friends, who face increasing tension as they move towards trusting in Jesus. 

 

  • Neighborhood crisis counseling. Thanks for praying for God to open the (literal) door for Erich to visit a 24-year old, male neighbor, who has been causing his family much trouble. Erich was able to visit for about 1 hour with Zheng Ting and his wife, Fang Fang, and was received very well. Please pray they accept our invitation to have dinner at our home soon, so that we can share the Gospel with them through word and deed! 

     

  • Gospel Coffee Shop. Thanks to the generosity of many of our US supporters, we’ve raised just over 10% of our $65,000 funding goal! This coffee shop will boost our engagement with the local community, and serve as a church planting & missions hub. Please pray that we can raise much of the remaining startup cost through local Taiwanese donations and investment. For more info on this project, please visit our Facebook page.

Acts 2:42-47 really captures our heart for Revival in Taipei.

“And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.”

Please join us in praying to this end!

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

 

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Connie and Aunt Brenda cooling off with some Mango shaved ice.

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Family dinner with our friends Jonny, Bryce, Xiang Ling, Zheng Mei 🙂

 

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A delicious Taiwanese dessert.

 

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Visiting the beautiful East coast of Taiwan.

 

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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.

 

 

Schindler Update 2015_09_15

Dear Friends and Supporters,

Greetings from Taipei! This past month we received a huge answer to prayer, when Kelley finally received her permanent Taiwan residency visa! This is an important step as it legally gives us many of the rights of a Taiwanese citizen, and grants us the security that we can never be deported from Taiwan. Erich’s is still in process, but Lord-willing, will be finalized soon. Thanks to all who prayed that these visas would be granted!

 

Prayer and Praise

  • Church. On Sunday, September 6th, we held a public church service in our neighborhood at a local student center. We had 7 first-time, local, non-Christians attend, as well as some others who returned for the second time. Our church service included dinner, worship singing, hearing a testimony, Bible sharing, and prayer. Tonight our co-workers, Dillon and Caty (American couple) begin an 8-week introductory Bible study, for which several of these new friends have signed up. Please pray for open hearts to receive Jesus!

 

  • Neighborhood crisis counseling. There is currently a situation of domestic violence happening in a home right near our apartment. Erich has been asked by another local pastor to ‘take over’ the situation. He has met once with the family (local, non-Christian Taiwanese) and tonight will be trying for the second time to make contact with their 24-year old son, the one who is causing many problems. Please pray for wisdom, protection, and receptivity. 

     

  • A new language. Our Taiwanese language tutor classes are going well. It’s a whole different challenge from learning Mandarin, as it’s only an oral language, not written. We are providing our neighbors with lots of laughs as we practice on them ☺

Thank you for praying, supporting, and loving us so well!

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

 

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A window into our last public church service. Our good friend Momo (front right) is sharing a powerful testimony of how Jesus saved her from a life of fear. 

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Our 9-month old little explorer 🙂

 

Max at the park
 Max loves the outdoors, and animals of all kinds!

 

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This beautiful rainbow that recently appeared over Taipei reminds us that revival will come to Taiwan!

 

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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.

 

 

Schindler Update 2015_08_16

Dear Friends and Supporters,

Greetings from Taipei! Thank you to all who wrote us last week to see how we were doing as Taiwan was hit with typhoon Soudelor (click for pictures). It was the strongest typhoon we can remember to hit Taipei (in the north of the island). We thank God for His protection over us and our apartment. When we went outside after the storm, there were fallen trees and limbs everywhere, as well as broken signage on the streets. Please continue to pray for those less fortunate, who are now having to rebuild their lives. 

Prayer and Praise

  • Church. On Sunday, August 2nd we held a church service in our neighborhood at a local student center. Our non-Christian friends outnumbered us Christians, and over half of them joined us for the first time. Our church service included dinner, worship singing, hearing a testimony, Bible sharing, and prayer. Three of our new friends signed up on the spot to attend an Introductory Bible Study that our co-workers, Dillon and Caty (Americans) will start in September. Please pray for open hearts!

  • Coffee Shop. Our business plan is currently being translated into Mandarin, after which we can start fundraising. As we share our vision for the Gospel Coffee House with our friends and neighbors, we are encouraged to see their excitement, among Taiwanese Christians and non-believers alike. May God use this new missionary approach for His glory!

  • A New Language. While our local neighbors all speak fluent Mandarin, many still prefer to converse in Taiwanese (language native to Taiwan; not written, only oral). We feel that gaining a basic level of Taiwanese proficiency will open even more doors for evangelism. This week we will meet with a language tutor to begin classes. Please pray for us to pick up this new language quickly, and that it may give us new opportunities to share the good news of Jesus with our local friends! 

 “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.” Ephesians 3:20 

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

 

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A morning walk after the recent typhoon reveals much debris on the roads. Max looks concerned, haha.

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 We love every minute with our boys!

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 Max & Sam love our local grocery store – a favorite place to beat the summer heat!

 

 

Schindler Update 2015_07_15

Dear Friends and Supporters,

Greetings from Taipei! June 27 marked 9 years since we first stepped foot in Taiwan. What started off as a strange place with foreign languages and customs has since become our home. Walking in our neighborhood and talking with our local friends, we almost forget that we’re actually foreigners here. We thank God for calling us to build His Kingdom here in Taipei, and for each one of you who have faithfully upheld us in prayer throughout the years! 

Prayer and Praise

  • Visas. Back in May we had asked prayer regarding our long-term Taiwan resident visas. Praise the Lord all the necessary paperwork is being processed, and we should have our visas in hand within a few weeks!
  • Discipling. Kelley has been meeting weekly with 2 unsaved Taiwanese girls for Bible Study. God has clearly been working in their lives, revealing Himself more and more to them. This past Monday when Kelley asked them where they feel they are at in their relationship with Jesus, the one girl said “To me, becoming a Christian is just like getting married. And right now, Jesus is still my boyfriend.” We are thankful they are on the path to fully knowing Jesus, and pray they’ll soon take that step of faith!
  • Evangelism. On July 24, Erich will begin teaching a 6-week Gospel English class in our neighborhood to local high school kids from poor families. Please pray for the kids to encounter Jesus during each week’s class, and for open doors to visit their families at home.
  • Strategy. Our house church community is diligently working towards opening our Gospel coffee shop in Wan Hua (our local neighborhood). In the meantime, there are many details to cover. Please pray with us for God’s continued clear leading, and for wisdom on how to best use this social platform to reach out to many non-believing local Taiwanese people.

 

 “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.” Ephesians 3:20 

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

 


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 Max has become a big fan of bike rides, which are a great way to cool off during Taiwan’s hot summers.
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 Kel often takes the boys to nearby playgrounds to meet other local moms. This is a typical scene from a few days ago.

 

 

Schindler Update 2015_06_15

Dear Friends and Supporters,

 

Greetings from Taipei! Last month, we shared that our church planting team has been praying about creative new approaches to share God’s love with the broader Taipei society. Here’s how the Lord has been leading us:

The Present

During our past 1-2 years of house-church planting, we have succeeded in creating an inclusive church community, but have also learned that most regular Taiwanese people still feel hesitant about connecting with the Christian church in a private home. This limits our effectiveness in reaching new people beyond our present circle of friends. We need to bring the church even deeper into Taiwanese society. But how?

 

The Plan

Over the past few months, our team has prayerfully weighed different strategies, and determined that the Lord is leading us to start a Gospel coffee shop in our local Taipei neighborhood, providing a friendly space to introduce many of our Taiwanese friends to Jesus through community events, deep relationships, and church life.

Many of our Taiwanese Christian friends from working-class backgrounds are excited about this new church planting approach. Most of their own family and friends refuse to enter a Christian church building for cultural reasons. Our coffee house church plant can finally open a natural pathway for unchurched working-class Taiwanese to encounter Jesus in a neutral setting.

We will begin fundraising for this church planting project in the coming weeks, and would appreciate your prayers as we step out in faith. We will share more details with all of you regarding our fundraising goals, business plan, etc… as they are finalized. In the meantime, please feel free to email us if you have any questions on this project. Thanks!

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

 


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A snapshot of our local area, south Wan Hua.

 

 

Schindler Update 2015_05_15

Dear Friends and Supporters,

Greetings from Taipei! The past month has been full with running after our boys, weathering earthquakes, discipling friends in the Way of Jesus, applying for long-term Taiwan resident visas, sharing meals with our local neighbors, and working hard on even better ways to reach our Taiwanese working-class friends. 

 

Prayer and Praise:

  • Visas. We have completed the lengthy application for our long-term Taiwan resident visas, and would appreciate your prayers for the government to process everything smoothly. Getting these visas will make our life in Taiwan more stable, and open new doors for ministry.
  • Discipling. In our last prayer update we reported that after focused prayer, some of our local Taiwanese friends accepted our invitation to join us for dinner at our home. These conversations have since resulted in Kelley starting a weekly inductive Bible study with 2 Taiwanese girls who want to know Jesus! Just last night over dinner they told us how praying to Jesus gave them inner peace and let them sleep well at night – a big breakthrough! Please pray for these girls to become true followers of Jesus in the near future.
  • Strategy. During the past month our church-planting team has been assessing the impact of our house-church strategy in making disciples among Taiwan’s working class. One main conclusion is that we are strong in creating inclusive community, but that meeting primarily in homes is limiting broader social exposure. Please pray as we process various creative ideas for a more visible community presence.


May we all say with the Apostle Paul:

Though I am free and belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law. To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law), so as to win those not having the law. To the weak I became weak, to win the weak.

I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some.

I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.
~1 Corinthians 9:19-23 (NIV)

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

 

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Kelley with our dear neighbor friend, Miss Lin.

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A typical scene lately – Taipei in the rain.

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Sam always enjoys being passed around among our neighbors 🙂

 

 

Schindler Update 2015_04_15

Dear Friends and Supporters,

Greetings from Taipei! We are thankful to report that we are all in good health! At a recent checkup, the doctor was pleased with how the boys are doing. Once again, many thanks for all the emails, cards, financial gifts, and most importantly all the prayers during our hospital stay and recovery. What a blessing it is to have a family of supporters all around the world lifting you up before the Father!

 

Prayer and Praise:

  • Community Easter Service. On Easter Sunday we held a church outreach at a local community center. It was a great time of painting Easter eggs, sharing a fellowship meal together, and hearing the biblical Easter story. We were most happy that the non-Christians in attendance outnumbered the Christians! We praise the Lord for each person who came, and ask for ongoing prayer for wisdom as we follow up with these friends.
  • Easter Story Sharing. Erich had the opportunity to share the Easter story with over 200 Taiwanese elementary and high school students. It’s amazing that only about 5 out of these 200 kids were Christians! Lord willing, some of these students will filter into a local community center our house church partners with, and we trust God for lasting relationships and more opportunities to share the love of Jesus with these kids and their families.
  • Hospitality. In the past, we have repeatedly invited several of our neighbors, local shop workers, etc. to our home for meals, but they never accepted our invitations. Two weeks ago we committed to pray more fervently for God to work, and within a few days two of these friends invited themselves to our home for meals, and one even brought a friend! How amazing God is! We are thankful for these chances to open our home to them, and pray that they will join our church gathering and meet Jesus!

May this be all of our prayer as we seek to serve the Lord wherever we are: “Above and below me, before and behind me, in every eye that sees me, Christ be all around me.”

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

 


Kelley with friends at the Easter Outreach

Kelley with friends at the Easter Outreach

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Erich and some of the Taiwanese high-school students with whom he shared the Easter story.

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Celebrating Max’s 2nd birthday with friends at the park 🙂

 

 

Schindler Update 2015_03_11

Dear Friends and Supporters,

Greetings from Taipei! As many of you know, our family has experienced some sickness in the beginning months of 2015. Most recently it culminated in a 2-week hospital stay for Max and Sam, where they both received treatments for virus-induced pneumonia. We are back home, but still covet prayers for complete recoveries. With this said, we are unable to adequately express our thanks to all of you who prayed for us during the last two weeks. Your prayers gave us strength through sleepless nights and grace to care for our sick boys. We are blessed to have such a strong network of people caring and praying for us. Thank you!!!

 

Prayer items:

  • Unexpected medical bills. In Taiwan, a foreign child does not become eligible for National Health Care until they are 6 months old. So all of Sam’s medical bills had to be paid out of pocket. Our total bill for the two weeks came to just over 4,000 USD. Over half of that has already been covered by generous giving by friends & family. If you feel led to help cover any of the remaining costs, you can give directly through our mission agency, Shepherd’s Staff. Click here to give via their website. To view offline giving options, click here.
  • Easter Outreach. Please pray for our house church groups as we meet for Easter services. Holidays are always an excellent opportunity to invite non-Christians, so please pray for open hearts. Easter Sunday morning Erich will be going into a local high school to share the Easter story with 150 Taiwanese students. Again, please pray for the hearts of the students to be receptive to the Gospel, and for good follow-up.Baby: 9 days until due date, so baby #2 can come anytime! Please pray for a smooth delivery and good heath for both Kelley and the baby.

“Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow…” this hymn comforted us during our recent hospital stay. Praise the Lord for his unending faithfulness! 

For the Glory of God,
Erich and Kelley Schindler

 


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The medical staff at our hospital took great care of us!

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Our hospital breakfast: rice porridge with sweet potatoes, steamed green veggies, tofu and green beans, and fried pork. Yum!

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Max the day before being discharged – looking better already!
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Max all better again, while dad is visibly tired, haha.

 

 

Schindler Update 2014_12_15

Dear Friends and Supporters,

Greetings from Taipei! It’s hard to believe this is our final update of 2014! When we reflect on this past year, it goes without saying that we are overwhelmed with God’s goodness to us in so many ways. We have experienced His blessings in our ministry, in our family, and in relationships with others. As the year comes to a close, let us once again express our thanks to you for your faithful prayers, support, interest, and love showered on us.

 

Prayer and Praise

  • Thanksgiving Community Service: Our house church network held a combined lunch and church service at a local coffee shop on Sunday, November 23rd. We had 25 people in attendance, including 10 non-Christians. Since then, 3 of these non-Christian friends have joined various house church gatherings. Please pray we’ll continue to see fruit for the Kingdom!

    Christmas Outreach: This coming Sunday, the 21st, we have a Christmas brunch planned at the home of co-workers, with the purpose of reaching out to our non-Christian friends. Please pray for new friends to join, and for all to grow in their understanding of Jesus and what His birth means for all people!

    Baby: 9 days until due date, so baby #2 can come anytime! Please pray for a smooth delivery and good heath for both Kelley and the baby.

Joy to the world! The Lord is come!

For the Glory of God,
Erich and Kelley Schindler

 


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This group of dear friends hosted a baby shower for our baby #2, who should arrive any day now 🙂

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This dish is called “hot pot,” and Taiwanese people especially enjoy it during the winter months. It’s delicious and warming!

 

 

Schindler Update 2014_11_17

Dear Friends and Supporters,

Greetings from Taipei! Although Thanksgiving is not celebrated here, we will take time to gather with other American friends to celebrate and thank God for His goodness to us. And a big part of that goodness comes through people like you! Each day we are thankful to know that people around the world are lifting us up in prayer, supporting, and encouraging us.

 

Prayer and Praise

  • Thanksgiving Community Service: Our house church network is holding a combined lunch and church service at a local coffee shop on Sunday, the 23rd. Lots of our non-Christian friends have been invited, and we are trusting Him for great things! Pei Pei and Qian Ling (the two moms mentioned in past updates; see attached picture) are both coming with their families. Please pray that their attendance will be just the beginning of them finding new life in Christ!
  • House Church Leaders Training: We have been taking the two other couples who help lead our house church groups through a video training series called “How to equip a missional community,” produced by the SOMA network. Please pray that this training will help us all grow in our vision and wisdom for discipling others.
  • Baby: We are in the home stretch! At most we have about 5 weeks to go before baby #2 arrives! Kelley had a check up today and all is looking great. Please pray for a smooth, uncomplicated delivery, and for a healthy new baby ☺

“Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples!” ~Psalms 105:1

For the Glory of God,
Erich and Kelley Schindler

 

Kelley with Pei Pei and Qian Ling

Kelley with Pei Pei (left), and Qian Ling (right) and our boys. Before long us 3 couples will have 6 boys altogether!

Erich and Max on the bus

A common sight these days 🙂 The little guy is sure growing up fast!

 

 

A glimpse into Max’s world- a blond-haired, blue-eyed little boy growing up in Asia

We thought you might enjoy a fun post on what life is like for Max growing up as a missionary kid in Taiwan….

To say Max is quite popular in our neighborhood would be an understatement. For many of our neighbors and people we pass daily on the streets, he is their first glimpse of a ‘white’ child (outside of movies). While pushing him in his stroller we have been repeatedly asked if he is real or a doll. We’ve been asked on numerous occasions if his eyes are the real thing or if he’s wearing contacts, as many have never seen blue eyes before. We have been stopped at intersections for people to come and ‘touch’ his skin or hair, and almost daily have shop owners leave their stores as we pass by in order to get a first-hand look at our ‘doll’, as they call him. We see people trying to ‘secretly’ take his picture on buses, on the streets, at restaurants, and in the park.

While shopping last week for groceries, I heard someone yelling, “Ya Yi!” ,”Ya Yi” (Max’s Chinese name). I didn’t recognize the man, but he said he knew Max from the local breakfast shop. Haha. While we often find it all very humorous, we are also extremely grateful. Because of him, we have opportunities to talk with people that otherwise would probably have no interest in us. We get to invite people over to our apartment so they can play with him. We get invited into street shops and to sit at food vendors while they give him a snack. He is our best little missionary 🙂

Our prayer is that because of standing out in these ways, while people may first be drawn to our family, they will ultimately be drawn to Jesus.

Below are some pictures of Max’s life lately:

 

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Taipei’s pumpkin patch. A bit different than in the USA. The pumpkins were all plastic and flown in from Hong Kong.

 

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The hair salon next door to our apartment recently adopted this dog. Max loves him!

 

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Eating a snack given to him by a lady who lives in our apartment building.

 

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Yes, he fell asleep while riding the scooter coming home the other day. This kid can sleep anywhere!

 

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Max’s fan club!

 

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Max’s favorite seat these days, haha!