A Taiwanese Taboo

Taiwan is a land full of superstitions. Some are heard often and are common knowledge, others you don’t find out about until a certain situation arises. The most recent one had to do with moving apartments and being pregnant. In Taiwanese culture moving house while pregnant is a major taboo. As we were recently apartment hunting we’d casually mention to the landlord/landlady that we were expecting a baby next Spring and you could immediately see the concern in their eyes- “You’re pregnant? And, you’re looking to move now?” Even friends (who are not believers) shared that a Taiwanese woman wouldn’t move while pregnant as it is thought to disrupt the ‘home’ the baby is in and will cause complications to the pregnancy. One concerned landlord, after realizing we had no choice but to move at this time replied, “Well, at least on moving day you (Kelley) need to be out the apartment to avoid seeing any boxes being moved.”

As we hear these superstitions, our immediate reaction may be to laugh or just dismiss it, but really it should be a reminder of just how deep seated superstitions are here and how we are living among a people bound by fear. The Taiwanese people desperately need to know the freedom and joy a relationship with Christ brings. May we use every opportunity, even moving while being pregnant, to share the Good News with them.

And, just for the record. I did help pack boxes, I saw boxes being lifted, and the little one is doing just great 🙂

Just in case you’re interested, here’s a link listing out some other Chinese Pregnancy Traditions and Taboos.

Lastly, here are two pictures that go along with this post. One of the new apartment and one of Kel 15 1/2 weeks pregnant- enjoy!

Erich in the new apartment

 

Kelley 15 weeks pregnant

 

Schindler Update 2012_10_17

 October 17, 2012

Dear Faithful Friends and Supporters, 

 Greetings from Taipei! A week ago today Taiwan celebrated its 101st birthday. That day the city was full of flags waving about, parades on the street, and people enjoying a day off of work to be with family and friends. We continue to thank God for leading us to live and serve Him here, and we pray with perseverance for the hearts of the Taiwanese people to be turned to the One Living and True God.

How can you being praying for us?

  • This weekend is our annual Bilingual ALPHA retreat. Pray for the hearts of the Seekers to be opened, and for a mighty work of the Lord. Please pray for Erich to have peace and wisdom as he shares a message on “The Work of the Holy Spirit” (all in Chinese!).
  • We are moving out of our current apartment to a smaller apartment next Monday. Pray for the final packing up of this place and a smooth transition to the new apartment.
  • Starting in November Kelley and another co-worker will begin teaching a new class at the shelter for teen girls. Please pray for the final preparation and for discernment as they teach.

Let’s praise the Lord together!

  • Many of you have heard by now that our family is expanding! We are expecting a little one in April 2013 and are very excited about this new adventure J
  • A former co-worker and dear friend here has suffered with severe scoliosis for many years, and was recently told her only option for treatment is major back surgery. We’ve been praying for her healing for months, and last week as we were praying she said she “felt something” in her back. She scheduled and an appointment with her doctor for x-rays. The x-rays showed her spine curvature miraculously improving and already at the point where surgery isn’t needed! To God be all the Glory!

We have been greatly encouraged recently and reminded that there is truly great power in prayer! Thank you for standing behind us as our prayer warriors.

For the Glory of God,
Erich and Kelley Schindler

 

P.S. – We have attached two pictures. The first one is of Kelley and one on the ladies she serves at a local shelter. The second picture was taken by a visitor from our home church, who was in Taipei for business and came to our church. Enjoy!

 

Kelley and Henrita_an Indonesian Migrant Worker

 

Erich and Kelley