Thankfulness #21-#30

Things we are grateful for #21-#30

21. Our new apartment. We recently moved into a new apartment, which was clearly God’s provision for us. Although it’s older and the decor has a 70’s feel to it, it’s perfect for us and already feels like home!

22. Healings. We attend a prayer meeting on Wednesdays morning to pray specifically for health needs. We’ve seen God bring healing to many, not only physically but spritually as well. What a mighty God we serve!

23. Conferences. Erich recently attended two conferences, one on church planting and and one on working class ministries. Both were eye-opening and energizing for him, giving him new ideas for future service!

24. Baking. Kelley gets to use her love for baking each week as she goes to a local shelter, and through teaching the women baking lessons, has opportunities to build relationships with them. 

25. New adventures. We recently became approved foster parents by the local orphanage Kelley serves at each week. We kept a little guy 3 nights last week, and loved being able to love on him!

26. Vegeatrian buffets. We live close to a great little vegeatarain buffet where we can get a filling and healthy meal for just $2. 

27. Fresh fruit trucks. About a 2 minute walk from our apartment is a truck that sells fresh pineapples, guavas, and watermelons each day. So delicious!

28. Mosquito nets. The mosquitos are ruthless here, especially now that the weather is getting hot. We are so thankful for our net that covers our bed and protects us while we sleep.

29. Technology. Being so far away from friends and family can be hard at times. Lately we’ve been particurlarly thanfkul for technology that allows us to receive pictures and videos of our nieces and nephews back in Pennsylvania! 

30. Date night. Wednesday nights are our nights. We go out to dinner just the two of us, turn our phones on silent, talk, and just be together. It’s so needed and so good. Thankful today is Wednesday 😀

Liang Sheng meets the Holy Spirit

Dear Friends,

Erich here 🙂 I just wanted to let you know what the Lord is doing in the life of Liang Sheng, the cook from Taipei County I’m leading through the New Life Book (Truth Church’s pre-baptism materials).

Erich and Liang Sheng

Erich and Liang Sheng

Last time I introduced him to the person and work of the Holy Spirit, in particular what it means that the Holy Spirit is our Counselor. While discussing different aspects of this, his face suddenly lit up, and he shared with me how he felt the Lord giving him a deep sense of peace and direction about a certain decision he had been facing. Then he asked: “Is this what the Holy Spirit does?”

How incredible to see the Spirit already working in Liang Sheng’s life even before he even learned about His existence!

Please keep praying for my friend to continue experiencing the Lord’s presence in similar practical ways!

Blessings,
  Erich 

 

Schindler Update 2012_05_16

May 16, 2012

Dear Faithful Friends and Supporters,

Greetings from Taipei! We are all moved and have settled nicely into our new apartment. We couldn’t ask for much more in terms of the location of this apartment, as it’s only a 2-minute walk to our church, surrounded by local food shops, near a small park, and close to many friends. We thank God for His wonderful provision for us! Our prayer is that we may be a light for Him to our neighbors and people around us.

How can you being praying for us?

  • Please continue praying for our housemates, Niall, Hannah, and Edie (1 year old) Dunne. They will be returning to England June 5th, hopefully just temporarily.
  • Please pray their case finds favor in the eyes of the government, and that the band is allowed back into the country to continue serving the Lord through music. 
  • Please pray for a fruitful pre-ALPHA course we are running in a daughter church of Truth. Many non-Christians are taking the 11-week course- pray for hearts to come to know Jesus!

Please pray for God’s wisdom in our various ministries- Erich as he serves at church reaching out to working class families; and Kelley as she serves at Garden of Hope, leading Bible studies and serving at local shelters. 

Let’s praise the Lord together!

  • Praise the Lord for opportunities to learn- Erich is currently attending a conference at a local church on church planting. Pray for new insight and creative ideas.
  • Praise the Lord for wonderful relationships Kelley has been able to build with the women at the shelter. Pray for more opportunities to share about Jesus and His love with these hurting women.
  • Praise the Lord that 2 weeks ago 5 members of our international cell groups were taken into membership at Truth Church. Praise the Lord for the body of Christ!

Thank you for your time in reading this, and for your continued prayers and support! We are so thankful to have such a wonderful ‘team’ standing behind us!

For the Glory of God,
Erich and Kelley Schindler

First-World Problems

Early this week I watched a YouTube video my friend posted called “100 First World Problems”. As the title suggests, this video names 100 of the most common ‘problems’ experienced by people living in first world countries. As I watched it, I found it eye-opening and disheartening at the same time. Eye-opening in the sense of just how fortunate I am that these are the kinds of problems I have, and disheartening to think just how often we live in our little bubbles and become consumed in our ‘problems’, when in comparison to a large majority of our world, they aren’t problems at all.

After watching this video, every time myself, Erich, Niall, or Hannah (our housemates) complained about something, one of us would say “first world problem” and we’d regain a proper perspective on the situation. Well, I definitely think God has a sense of humor as we are in the process of learning things. Two days ago, as I was wrapping up a session at a shelter for teenage girls, my iPhone dropped out of my bag and onto the floor smashing the screen (here I might inject that this is the 2nd time this has happened to me). As I stared at it lying on the ground my immediate thought was, “Again?! You’ve got to be kidding me. I have the worst luck.” But, no more than 2 minutes past until I heard a little voice inside my head saying “first world problem”. Here I was, at a shelter for teenage girls who have suffered lives of abuse, abandonment, pain, and hurt, and I’m upset about my iPhone breaking. Unfortunate? Yes. A problem? I don’t think so.