Well, it’s that time of year again. The time when you find yourself continually covered in sweat, from when you just step out of the shower to riding your bike to school, the time for eating fresh mangos and all the delicious desserts made from mangos, the time to take day trips with friends to the beach and waterpark, the time to make sure there is no trace of food left in your apartment at the end of the day because of the knowledge that if left there overnight, you will mostly likely have cockroaches in the morning, the time when everyone seems a bit more relaxed, happy, and laid back- it’s summertime! A favorite time of year for us in Taiwan 🙂
So, what does our summer look like this year? Well, the summer months mark the last stretch in our 2+ years of formal Chinese language classes (a huge milestone for us! wohoo!). In addition to studying, this summer will find us holding and caring for babies at a local orphanage, helping to lead several different pre-ALPHA activities in preparation for the fall kick-off in September (activities include everything from going to a sister in the church’s home for movie watching/sharing, to day outings to nearby tea farms, to attending concerts and outdoor markets), leading church cell groups, and welcoming new missionaries / friends to Taiwan.
When you think of us, we’d appreciate you praying for us in the following ways:
- For perseaverance in our final stretch of language school
- For good health and energy, espcially as it is very easy to feel drained due to the heat
- For deepening of old relationships and beginnings of new ones, especially through our Bilingual ALPHA Course – pray that God would be glorified in them all!
Below are a few pictures from beautiful Jiu Fen, where Erich spent a recent weekend on a men’s retreat – enjoy!
June 16, 2011
Dear Faithful Friends and Supporters,
Greetings from Taipei! First off, our apologies for sending this update out 2 weeks later than usual! Kel was in the US visiting her parents as her father, Craig, underwent major heart surgery. We wanted to include an update on Craig’s situation in this prayer update. After a long 6-hour stretch in the operating room, Craig’s surgeon finally emerged to announce that the operation couldn’t have gone any better! It was special for Kel and Connie to receive this wonderful news together. In the following days, Craig has been regaining strength, and is now at home recovering. From what we heard last, he even made a walk to the mailbox on the 4th day following his operation – way to go! 😀 A BIG THANK-YOU to all of you who were praying for Craig during this time. The Lord is truly our best physician, and the Healer of our whole being!
Following Kelley’s safe return to Taipei, she jumped right back into language classes and ministry. Here are some ways you can continue praying for us:
Pray with us for:
- We just began the final 10-week stretch in our Chinese classes. Pray for perseverance and discipline as we study this amazing and intricate language.
- We are preparing several pre-ALPHA activities this summer, to promote our upcoming Fall 2011 Bilingual ALPHA Course. Pray for many Seekers to join us as we go hiking, visiting tea farms, and sharing life together.
Praise God with us for:
- We were able to share about our Fall 2011 Bilingual ALPHA Course in two different university classes in Taipei, and invite 90+ students to join the course. Kel has already made friends with some of them on Facebook, and we’re excited to see them again at ALPHA!
- Reinforcements are on the way! This summer we will be joined by 3 new American missionaries. These new friends will be tentmakers, supporting themselves through English teaching while helping us spread the good news of Jesus to our Taiwanese friends.
Thanks so much for your sustained prayer, according to 1 John 5:14-15, “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.” (TNIV)
Each and every one of the miracles we have seen God work in our lives have been the direct result of prayer. And we believe that the best is yet to come – for the USA and for Taiwan. So let’s press on seeking His presence together!
For His Glory,
Erich and Kelley