Fall 2011 Bilingual ALPHA Starts in Minutes!

Dear Friends,

As the title says, we’re only minutes away from the start of our new Bilingual ALPHA Course season at Taipei Truth Church! While I (Erich) am posting this from my iPhone in Germany, the final ALPHA preparations are being made, co-workers are gathering for prayer, the church cafeteria is cooking dinner for the 100+ Taiwanese Seekers we are expecting, Kelley and a new tentmaking missionary friend, Caty, are going over tonight’s game one last time, and some of our new course participants will already be arriving early.

While there’s so much going on, we fully believe that the only way ALPHA can be a success is if the Spirit of the living God is among us, drawing his lost children back to Himself.

So if you are tracking with ALPHA live right now, we’d appteciate your prayers for God’s presence to be experienced by all who come! We’ll keep you updated on the amazing things God will accomplish by writing new blog posts, with pictures and video. It’s an honor to partner with each one of you!

– Erich, for Kelley too 🙂

Moon Festival 2011

This past weekend was a 3-day weekend for us here in Taiwan. It was the Mid-Autumn Festival holiday, more commonly known as the Moon Festival. This holiday is celebrated on the 15th day of the eighth month in the Chinese calendar, which is in September or early October. The Government of the People’s Republic of China listed the festival as an “intangible cultural heritage” in 2006, and it was made a Chinese public holiday in 2008.

Since the mid-1980’s Taiwanese have started the trend of holiding outdoor barbeques to celebrate this day. Mooncakes are also eaten around this holiday and come in different shapes and sizes, as well as have a variety of fillings. Fillings can include green bean paste, shaved pork, and egg yolk to name a few. Below is a picture of a mooncake to help you get a better idea of what they look like. Taipei’s weather was beautiful over this Mid-Autumn Holiday weekend, and lots of time was spent with friends talking, having fun, and, of course, eating!!
Mooncake

Girls at the Moon Festival BBQ
View of Taipei during the Moon Festival