Difference in Definition

Having lived in Taiwan now for 5+ years, we’ve seen our share of cultural differences, both in action and in thinking. One of those, which always makes us smile, is how the Taiwanese define “Youth”. In the West, when speaking of youth we are predominately referring to individuals in their pre-teen and teenage years. We have youth groups, youth retreats, and youth camps, all which target junior high and high school aged students. Well, the Taiwanese have a much different definition of youth. This past Sunday was “Youth Sunday” at our church and all indiviudals 30 and younger were asked to stand and be recognized as the youth of the church. Yes, it’s true. Here you are not considered an adult until you pass the 30 year old mark. The mindset is that you really can’t know what you are doing in life until you are 30. Perhaps this is because majority of Taiwanese live at home with their families until they marry, which usually happens in early to late 30’s, sometimes into the 40’s. Until they reach that age they are too busy educating themselves, obtaining several degrees, working, etc. to even begin thinking about dating, marriage, starting a family, etc. Most Taiwanese are a bit shocked when they find a Western couple in their 20’s already married. 

So, this is just one example of how Taiwanese thinking and Western thinking are vastly different. But, hey, it’s not a bad thing because on the flip side you aren’t considered old until you’re pushing 90. Haha.

Schindler Update 2012_09_17


September 17, 2012

Dear Faithful Friends and Supporters,

Greetings from Taipei, where the weather is finally cooling off somewhat J

Looking back, we can see the Lord’s blessings throughout the past month, which include: fruitful networking with Taiwanese church-planters, the arrival of 7 new foreigners at Truth Church, and a great kickoff of our Fall Bilingual ALPHA Course!

How can you being praying for us?

  • We recently received confirmation from the Taiwan government that our housemates will not be able to return. Please pray for them during this difficult time of re-focusing.
  • Because of the above point, we will have to move to a smaller apartment in October. Please pray for the Lord to guide us.
  • In order for us to more effectively minister to the Taiwanese working class, we are in the process of raising up new leaders for the internationals at Truth Church. Please pray for a smooth transition by the Spring of 2013.

Let’s praise the Lord together!

  • The annual retreat (9/1-2) we planned for the international community at Truth Church went very well, and we are entering the new school year with a common vision to reach the lost around us with the Good News!
  • The 2012 Fall season of our Bilingual ALPHA course kicked off last Friday night. Many Seekers attended; please pray for them know the Lord throughout the Season!

A challenge for each one of us: Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track. (Prov. 3:5-6 MSG)

For the Glory of God,
Erich and Kelley Schindler