We just wanted to update you with some quick prayer requests for the next 1-2 weeks:
Our new Chinese classes begin on March 2nd. While we are excited to get back into classes, we still have quite a bit of self-study to do before then. Please pray for good time management and retention of Chinese characters!
By God’s grace our 2 cell groups will hopefully soon become 4, with the two new cell groups being conducted bilingually (English and Chinese)! Please pray for wisdom as we train new cell group leaders!
As always, thanks so much for lifting us up to the Father! We can’t say enough how much we appreciate each one of you praying for us!
Drop us an email to let us know how we can be praying for you as well 😀
Today Taiwan celebrates The Lantern Festival or Yuan Xiao Festival. “It is a festival celebrated on the fifteenth day of the first month in the lunisolar year in the Chinese calendar, and officially ends the Chinese New Year celebrations. During the Lantern Festival, children go out at night to temples carrying paper lanterns and solve riddles on the lanterns. According to Chinese tradition, at the very beginning of a new year, when there is a bright full moon hanging in the sky, there should be thousands of colorful lanterns hung out for people to appreciate. At this time, people eat tang yuan (glutinous rice ball soup) and enjoy a family reunion.” (copied from Wikipedia)
Well, we obviously don’t have any family here to have a reunion with but we do have friends. And, tonight we will get together with our former landlady and dear friend, Pearl, to eat tang yuan soup. She makes a point of celebrating Taiwanese holidays with us, and will come to our home tonight to cook the soup for us. We are thankful for these ‘special days’ that are opportunities for us to learn more about Taiwanese culture, while at the same time deepening relationships with those who have become our family here.
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Love, Erich and Kelley
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After our last email update which mentioned us eating a favorite Taiwanese dish called Hot Pot, several people wrote us back inquiring just what exactly Hot Pot is anyways. Some were asking if it includes fish, others asking if it includes meat, and others asking if it includes noodles. Well, the answer to all three is- yes. That is if you choose to put it in. Hot Pot is a great dish because it is up to the consumer to put in whatever they fancy. You normally have several plates of prepared vegetables including: cabbage, brocoli, sweet potato, tofu, tomatoes, bamboo, leafy green vegetables, mushrooms, and corn among others. Then there are also plates that include: fish balls, taro, dumplings, clams, noodles, and fish eggs. Lastly, you will have your meat including- beef, chicken, lamb, pork, shrimp, and fish. To make Hot Pot you boil a broth of your choosing (we like seafood flavored and tomato flavored a lot!) and then once it is boiling you begin adding whatever you’d like to eat and let it all boil and simmer together. But, perhaps the best part of eating Hot Pot is the sauce. We love the sauce you dip all your food into. Ours usually includes a combination of soy sauce, vinegar, garlic, onions, and a special Chinese paste.
Hot Pot is a wonderful meal to eat with friends, as you can leisurely cook your food and talk at the same time. Usually a hot pot meals takes around 2 hours to eat. Here are some of our favorite Hot Pot pictures- enjoy!!
Greetings from Taipei! And Happy New Year! Chinese New Year that is. Today is the first day of the New Year and celebrations abounded last night as the Taiwanese rang in the New Year with big family dinners and lots of fireworks! Tonight we’ll be gathering together with many friends to enjoy a favorite Taiwanese dish – hot pot!
How can you be praying for us?
Last week the leaders of our Bilingual Alpha Course met together for prayer and planning of the next season. Before each season begins, we have several training sessions, prayer times, and group meetings. So, in order to have adequate time to prepare and plan, the next season will begin the first week of April. Please be praying as we form groups, train new co-workers, and invite our non-believing friends to join our Spring 2011 season.
We are thankful for new doors the Lord is opening to us. One new opportunity for ministry is that Kelley has begun volunteering at a local orphanage in Taipei. Pray for good health as the children are often sick, and that she will be a blessing there.
Let’s praise the Lord together!
Two weekends ago we watched with delight as two friends, both of whom went through our Bilingual Alpha Courses, were baptized. What a joy it is to see our friends turn from their old life and enter into a new life with Jesus!
Our housemates, Niall, Hannah, and baby Eden, have returned from England. It’s been wonderful catching up together and we are all looking forward to sharing life and living in community together as we all seek to serve the Lord in Taiwan.
We once again thank each and every one of you for your interest in our life and ministry here, and for all the prayers prayed on our behalf!