What’s happening on Wen Zhou St?

Well, it’s been awhile since we last wrote a blog post. Not sure where the time goes to, but it sure flies by fast! Hard to believe April is almost coming to an end and the start of summer is right around the corner. We’ve asked people before what they most enjoy reading on our blog and by far most people answered they enjoy reading about our daily life and what our days typically look like. Oh, and if you are wondering about the title of this blog post, Wen Zhou St. is the name of our street 🙂

Well, let me try and give you a picture. Right now there are 7 people living in our apartment. Besides us, there are our housemates and their almost 4-month old little girl, and two brothers of a friend, who, for most of the month of April, are sleeping on our sofas as they are here shooting a documentary film. 7 people in a not very large space makes for a lot of….fun. Yes, it is great living in community with brothers and sisters and trying to live out what Acts 2 talks about when it says, “All the believers were together and had everything in common”.

Besides this we are still plugging our way through Mandarin Chinese language classes. Each day we sit for 3 hours in a classroom trying to grasp the funny, but more and more familiar, sounds our teacher makes. Also sitting in our class are a French guy, a British guy, and a fellow American, all, who for various reasons are studying this fascniating language as well.

Mornings find us either studying, meeting with people for discipleship or coffee chats, or serving at the local orphanage. Evenings take us from house cell groups to classes at church to our weekly date night. 

That in a nutshell is our life. We wouldn’t trade it for anything- we are truly blessed.

 

 

Schindler Update 2011_04_07

April 7, 2011

Dear Faithful Friends and Supporters,

Greetings from Taipei! The weather is getting warmer each day, thus making us more aware that Taiwan’s roasting summer is right around the corner. We are thoroughly enjoying this semester of language study, which we are finding challenging and useful at the same time. Each day we read and study magazine and newspaper articles, which provide us with a much broader real-life vocabulary. Additionally, this past month we were a part of a team translating a book from Chinese into English for use at our church. What good practice for our language skills!

How can you being praying for us?

  • Due to the fact that many Alpha co-workers are still involved with the Seekers from our last course, we, along with the Taiwanese leaders, have decided to postpone our spring season of Bilingual Alpha until the summer. This way follow-up with last season’s Seekers will not be cut short, and co-workers can have the needed time to pray and prepare.
  • Erich has recently begun discipiling two young men, one a new believer and one struggling in his marriage and walk with Christ. Please pray for him to have wisdom and discernment as he meets with these men.
  • Please pray for good health as our schedules can be quite busy, especially for Kelley, as she suffers a lot from headaches.

Let’s praise the Lord together!

  • We are thankful for the recent partnership in ministry with Lake View Bible Church in Manheim, PA. 
  • We praise the Lord for opportunities to use our Chinese language in ministry– whether in church small groups, meeting new friends, or with our non-Christian teacher and classmates. 
  • We recently enjoyed a four-day getaway with friends and co-workers in the Eastern part of Taiwan. It was a wonderful time of refreshment and being together with other believers.

As always, we are so grateful for your prayers, interest, and support. What a mighty God we serve!

For the Glory of God,
Erich and Kelley Schindler