First off, many apologies for letting our blogging slide for a while! In the past we’ve been trying our best to post new content to our blog once a week, and we’ll try hard to get back into this routine!
We just wanted to send out a quick update on how we’ve been doing, and what we’ve been up to. Since we leave to pick up Moni from the airport soon we’ll have to use short bullet points to bring you up to speed:
- Finished our second-to-last quarter of Chinese classes last Friday, with good grades on our final exam. As we have a 1-week break now, we took a trip to Taizhong (Taiwan’s 3rd largest city, located in central Taiwan) over the long weekend to get out of Taipei, relax, and pray about our future after language school. There are several exciting options open to us, but we really want to seek the Lord’s will and guidance before making any decisions. As the Lord clarifies things through prayer, we’ll keep you updated on our future!
- ALPHA is ramping up over the summer, with several pre-ALPHA activities being planned by our Zone. The course fill officially begin in September, when our Western co-workers are back in country. We’ll post new information on our ALPHA Blog (http://www.crossing7.com/taiwan) when we have news!
- The Sunday before last our church went on a march for ‘Family Values’ together. We started downtown and walked to the Taipei City Hall, where our Truth Church head pastor (Pastor Yang) gave a short message, followed by various Taiwanese Christian artists performing and sharing testimonies. Even the president’s wife was on stage! Please pray for the growing fire of Revival to burn more and more brightly in Taiwan!! Below are some pictures from the march. You might recognize John, who is one of our cell group members, and a geology professor at the National Taiwan University.
May 4, 2011
Dear Faithful Friends and Supporters,
Greetings from Taipei! A couple weeks ago we celebrated a favorite day of ours at Truth Church – Easter Sunday. The significance of Easter Sunday is amazing for all believers, but there is something extra special about standing together and singing, “Because He lives I can face tomorrow, because He lives all fear is gone… life is worth the living just because He lives!” with Taiwanese believers, many of whom have come from a dark past of Buddhism, full of fear and superstitions, into a bright and free walk with Jesus. They do not sing the words lightly, and their genuine love and thanks to Jesus is contagious. What a testimony to the resurrection power of Jesus!
How can you being praying for us?
- Pre-Alpha activities will be underway in the following couple weeks. These will include small group interviews, trainings, outings, etc., all in preparation for the next season of Bilingual Alpha. Pray for unity among the co-workers and for many unbelievers to sign up!
- We have three more weeks left in this quarter of language classes, with only one more quarter left to go! Please pray for perseverance and understanding as we desire to use the Mandarin Chinese Language to spread the Kingdom of God in Taiwan.
- May 14th we’ll be having dinner together with our dear friend/co-worker, Cindy’s, father (Cindy visited the States with us in 2008). Her father is not a Christian and very rarely invites people to meet with him. Cindy has been praying for his salvation for a long time and we are touched that he has extended an invitation to eat together. Pray that God would guide our conversation and we could be a blessing to him!
Let’s praise the Lord together!
- We are both feeling much better after struggling with sicknesses the last couple weeks – praise God!
- Kelley loves the mornings she spends at the orphanage taking care of the babies and is thankful for the relationships she is building with the nurses there.
- Our cell group has grown from 5 to 12 people in the last month. Praise God for adding to our numbers!
We hope all of you know how greatly we appreciate your prayers, interest, and support! It’s all worth it Because He Lives!
For the Glory of God,
Erich and Kelley Schindler
Yesterday morning we had a surprise birthday brunch for our housemate and dear friend, Hannah. She thought the plan was that the 5 of us (herself, her husband, Niall, baby Eden, Erich, and I) were going out for brunch at an American diner to celebrate, but little did she know while she was getting baby Eden fed and ready, a house-full of friends showed up to surprise her. It was a great morning of being together with friends and celebrating Hannah’s special day, and not a bad way to start off a new week! You can see her reaction below. Enjoy! 😀
For His Glory,
Erich and Kelley