The Unexpected

**UPDATE: Our lunch together with the JW’s went very well. We enjoyed getting to know them a bit and our time never lacked in good conversation. We asked them many questions about their faith, and were able to share some of our background with them as well. After about 1 1/2 hours we had to part ways, but agreed it would be good to meet together again for further discussion. It turns out that two of them (a young married couple) live just down the street from us, actually in the same apartment building as our Pastor! We’ll keep you posted on what happens next. Thanks for praying for us!**

Sometimes God gives us ministry opportunities when we least expect it. On Saturday morning, shortly before we were leaving for church, the buzzer in our apartment went off meaning that someone was outside our apartment building wanting to talk to us. So I, Kelley, went down and there were two white faces, an unusual site, standing outside the door. They asked if I was Erich’s wife and, after I said yes, they said that they were Jehovah Witnesses who had come to our place a few weeks earlier and had talked with Erich. I went and got Erich and then as the four of us were talking, a Taiwanese man who lives on the 4th floor of our building came down to see his father, who lives on the 1st floor. He started talking with us and asked who the two other women were, as he already had talked to Erich and I on several occasions. They introduced themselves and then within seconds the man directly asked them, “What is the difference between what you believe and what they (Erich and I) believe. The one woman answered him with “We don’t believe in the Trinity” and that was about it. But, to make a long story short, we kept talking with the man and before the man had to leave we had an opportunity to invite him to church with us the next day and he accepted! So, while the JW’s were making there rounds trying to “convert people” the Lord saw fit to bring our neighbor out and gave us a chance to invite him to church- how neat!

As far as the JW’s….we’re having lunch together tomorrow, as we want to hear how they became JW’s, what their beliefs are etc. Pray that God will give us wisdom and that this may be the beginning of the Lord doing something great in these women’s lives. Also, you can pray for our neighbor, whose English name is Vincent. He said that he used to go to our church before his son was born (his son is now 10), but that now he is usually too busy. Pray the Lord will use us to be a good testimony to him and his family!

Why are we here?

Sometimes we are asked, “Why do you want to live and serve in Taiwan?”, or “Isn’t is hard to be so far away from family all the time?” When we share with people that the love we have for this country isn’t something we produced on our own, but that it’s a desire the Lord has given us, they are often quite surprised.

But, there are days when we ask ourselves similiar questions. When we are frustrated with the language and can’t seem to say the right tone or when family is gathered together and we’re unable to be with them, it’s hard to always stay happy. But, we don’t serve in Taiwan because it makes us happy.

No, today I was reminded again of the reason why we are here.  From where we were sitting in church this morning I could see 6 friends who were first introduced to the Church and the Christian faith in our 3E Fellowship. Before they attended 3E they didn’t know who Jesus was, what it meant to be a Christian, or how much Jesus loves them.  But, the Lord used 3E to open their eyes and show the the truth of His Word. I was so touched as one of the guys stood during worship with his hands raised praising and worshipping our Lord. As I saw him standing there, I knew this is exactly why we are here! To God be the Glory- GREAT things He has done!

Below is a picture that was taken on Saturday night during a birthday party at our apartment for our dear friend, Beatrice. All together we had around 20 people and we all enjoyed a fun night together!

 

Birthday Party Fun

(from L-R: Judy, Mia (3E friend), Pastor Moses, Raymond (3E friend from 3 years ago!), Geoff (from England), Joyce (Pastor Moses’ wife), Beatrice, Erich, and Christine (3E friend)

Schindler Update 2009_07_03

July 3, 2009

Dear faithful supporters,

Greetings from Taipei! Happy 4th of July weekend! We’re sure many of you are gearing up for picnics, BBQ’s, and fireworks with friends and family. It obviously isn’t a celebrated holiday here, but we are taking Saturday evening and all day Sunday to have a little celebration of our own. We, along with 2 good American friends, are heading to a beach in the very North of Taiwan. We plan to enjoy the time playing games, reading, swimming, and just taking a break from the responsibilities of normal life.  The last month has been a busy one, but full of God’s blessings and provisions.

Prayer Requests:

  • The Alpha course at church is going very well. So far each weekend about 60 Seekers have attended. Since it is all in Chinese, we are only helpers in groups, but it has been a great experience. Continue to pray for hearts to be open!
  • From July 2-11 (except the 4th and 5th) we are teaching a Bible summer camp to junior high and high school students. We have about 20 kids attending and are praying that many of them can understand more about Jesus through this camp. One girl, Fabiana, is especially interested in being a Christian so pray for wisdom as we talk with her.
  • We continue to need monthly support. Please pray for our remaining need of $580/month.

Praises:

  • Our Chinese language study is going very well. We have a wonderful teacher and are enjoying the challenges learning this language brings. Praise God for the strength and understanding He gives us.
  • Praise the Lord for the wonderful friends He has provided for us here. As we both celebrated birthdays this last Wednesday (yes, we were both born on July 1st), we were humbled again at the love and kindness of our Taiwanese friends. They truly are like family to us and are a consistent source of encouragement.

Thank you for your emails, cards, and prayers on our behalf. We thank the Lord for faithful people like you who are our strong support thousands of miles away. Remember to keep checking www.crossing7.com/reactaiwan for pictures and more frequent updates!

For the Glory of God,
Erich and Kelley Schindler

2009_07_11 Yong He Bible Club

Dear Friends,

The last two weeks were more busy than usual for us, since we were teaching an English Bible Club to unchurched junior high-school students in a small TEAM church in a nearby suburb of Taipei. Our topic was “Making a Difference”, based on the biblical story of Esther. We had a lot of fun getting to know the kids, practicing English with them, playing games, singing, rehearsing a drama, and just hanging out.

One of the goals of this camp is to invite the kids’ parents to watch a performance on the final day of camp, and get to know Christians in the church. The following video shows part of that performance – enjoy!

Please pray for Fabiana and Liz, two 13-year old girls who are willing to accept Christ, but are facing opposition from their parents.

 

Dinner with Pearl

For those of you that have been tracking with us since our first year in Taiwan (2006-’07) you will probably remember our friend, Pearl. We rented an apartment from her during our first year here, and throughout the year developed a sweet friendship with her. We shared many meals, conversations, and she even began attending our 3E English Outreach at church from time to time. We’ve been praying for her to come to know Jesus and continue to invite her to church events.

We don’t see each other as often anymore because we are no longer renting from her, but we keep in touch through e-mail and phone calls quite regularly. But, for the past 3 years she has always remembered that July 1st is both of our birthdays. And, if we are in Taiwan at the time, she insists on taking us out for dinner- always to a very nice place. So, this week we enjoyed a delicious meal together, consisting mostly of seafood and a lot of hot tea. Here are two pictures of us together with Pearl celebrating our birthdays. The first one was in 2007 and the second one was taken this year. Enjoy!

Kelley, Pearl, Erich_2007

Erich, Pearl, and Kelley