This past week we escaped into the mountains of Taiwan for a 3 day mini vacation. We had a week off of classes, so we took the opportunity to get out of the city and recharge, both physically and spiritually. It was a much needed time, as our daily life is very busy and extended times of rest are often far and few between. The place we stayed was on top of mountain in a little wooden cottage. It was refreshing to not hear the noisy sounds of the city, and to be completely surrounded by nature. The time away provided us with opportunities to read for pleasure, talk and pray together, and get lots of sleep! Below is a short video we made of our time away- enjoy!!
2010_05_21 Alpha Week 9 Talk 3
2010_05_21 Alpha Week 9 Talk 2
2010_05_21 Alpha Week 9 Talk 1
2010_05_21 Alpha Week 9 Skit
2010_05_21 Alpha Week 9 Game 4
2010_05_21 Alpha Week 9 Game 3
2010_05_21 Alpha Week 9 Game 2
2010_05_21 Alpha Week 9 Game 1
Well, the last 10 weeks have flown by, and it’s hard to believe our Spring 2010 Bilingual ALPHA Season is coming to a close next Friday! The great news is that it’s just the beginning of a life with Christ for many of our new friends. As the ALPHA course ends, our new friends who are spiritually open are invited into Taiwanese cell groups. We are very excited to see how the Lord is going to keep working in many lives over the next weeks and months. Below is sort of a picture story of last week’s Alpha. Enjoy!!
Often our blog posts are centered on recent ministry events or language learning. And, while both are those things are important, this time we wanted our blog post to be a little more personable. So, we thought we write about what a day in our life looks like, giving you a window into our world here in Taiwan.
Yesterday, Monday, marked the beginning of a new and busy week, just like everywhere else around the world. Since our weekends are typically very full, Monday is more of our Sabbath day, although we are often still quite busy! After coffee and breakfast at home, our morning was spent writing reports for Chinese class and reviewing characters. This is typical of most mornings, not just Mondays 🙂 We left on our bicycles for class around 11:40p.m., quickly realizing as we stepped outside that summer is fast approaching (we were both quite sweaty after only a 10 min ride!) We made a quick stop at our language school’s cafeteria to pick up lunch (which we eat everyday during the two 10-min break periods of class). Yesterday’s lunch was from the vegetarian buffet. For $1.20 one can get rice (the healthy purple colored rice!) and their choice of 4 different vegetables or fruit. It is then packed tightly into a paper lunch box, which we then take to class. Our class begins at 12:00p.m. and goes until 3p.m. By the end of the 3hrs., our heads often hurt from all the Chinese!
After class a quick stop was made by the local grocery store to pick up a few items for dinner and to make a dessert for that evening’s English cell group, which is held in our apartment. So, after returning home, Kelley quickly got busy in the kitchen and within a couple hours had made a few dozen Oatmeal Raisin Cookies (all baked in an oven about a foot high and wide, with no mixer!) and prepared an Indonesian dish for dinner called “Rin Dong”. This dish contains potatoes, carrots, snap peas, onions, all stewed in a special Indonesian sauce then eaten over rice. Yum! While Kelley was cooking, Erich was busy studying, and listening to a seminary lecture.
Our cell group begins at 7p.m. on Monday nights, but between the afternoon and 6:40p.m. we learned that over half our group was either sick or unable to come. So, we met with the 3 who came, but rather than following our typical schedule, we enjoyed an evening of fellowship, brainstorming ideas for when several new people arrive this summer to join us in ministry, and munching on cookies.
Around 9:30p.m. our house was once again empty (our house guest is traveling the island this week!), and we used the time to call the States and talk with some family. The later hours of the evening quickly passed by and before we knew it, it was mid-night, way past our usual bed time!
So, that’s what our yesterday was like. Hope it helps give you a better picture of life here!
ALPHA Week 7 Talk
ALPHA Week 7 Skit
ALPHA Week 7 Guys Group
ALPHA Week 7 Guys Group 2
ALPHA Week 7 Girls Group
ALPHA Week 7 Game
ALPHA Week 7 Game 4
ALPHA Week 7 Game 3
ALPHA Week 7 Game 2
ALPHA Week 7 Big Group
ALPHA Week 7 Admin Prayer
We wanted to share some pictures from last Friday’s ALPHA course. The topic for the night was “How Does God Guide Us?“. We enjoyed an excellent dinner, which is specially cooked for our ALPHA by our church’s cooking staff in the basement cafeteria. Eating together is such a great way to get to know our new friends in ALPHA better. After dinner our British co-worker Hannah led us in a version of Catch-Phrase (see pictures below). This lets everyone move around after dinner and have fun together, using English! Following the game, we enjoyed watching a short English skit, put on by our co-workers Julianne (UK), and John (US). The skit was about searching for God’s guidance in making a major life decision. Then our good friend Joanna gave the ALPHA talk for the evening, in which she shared about her personal experience with God’s guidance, and how the Bible teaches us to discern God’s will in different situations. The last 45 minutes were spent in our small groups, discussing how the ALPHA Talk applied to our lives. From the feedback at the co-worker meeting afterwards we heard many exciting things about how our new friends are opening up to the Gospel!
Thanks for your continued prayers for our ALPHA Ministry! A big prayer request right now is that many of our new friends would be willing to continue meeting together with their ALPHA groups once the season ends in just 3 weeks. Our goal is to have each ALPHA discussion group continue meeting as a regular church small group, in which our new friends can be discipled in a deeper way.
Erich and Kelley