Thankfulness #41-50

We apologize for the silence on the blogging during the recent weeks. Most of our time has been occupied by a precious baby boy, whom we are enjoying very, very much. But, as he is currently taking an afternoon nap on Grandma’s lap, we thought we’d use this time to write a post. It’s been awhile since we’ve done one on ‘Thankfulness”, so here it goes:

Cindy with Kel and Max#41. Friends. With our little guy having arrived two weeks early, our friends here have come together to provide meals and help on quite short notice. They go above and beyond in wanting to serve us. They are truly gifts from God.

#42. Answers to prayer. Just this week the Lord has provided financially towards our Home Assignment travel expenses later this year, as well as a car to use while we are Stateside. Praise God for His provision.

#43. Neighbors. Since moving into this neighborhood a little over half a year ago, we’ve been getting to know the people that live around us. It’s been fun introducing them to our little guy and deepening relationships with them.

Grandma with Max#44. Family. We are so thankful that Connie, Kelley’s mom, is able to be here with us for 3 weeks. She’s been a tremendous help around the apartment cooking and cleaning, and it’s been fun watching her interact with her newest grandson. We are just as thankful for all our family scattered around the globe who have sent cards, gifts, and taken time to Skype with Max. We are blessed.

#45. Great medical care. We had a terrific experience giving birth at a local hospital here in Taipei. The nurses were all very helpful and friendly, the environment was clean and calming, and our doctor was fantastic. And, due to being covered by National Health Care, it was all very affordable.

#46. Exciting ministry.  Our house church plant project is going very well. We’ve been meeting regularly for over a month now, and have one stable non-Christian, Joanne, that meets with us.

#47. Vegetable market. Not too far away from our apartment is a great vegetable market. We frequent it weekly, buying a wide assortment of fresh veggies each time. The ladies that work there are very friendly and are always able to talk us into buying something else we “need.” Haha.

#48. Parks. Three bus stops away from our apartment is a big park called Youth Park. We enjoyed an outing there last week and, with the weather getting nicer, we look forward to spending more time there in the days to come.

#49. New opportunities. Last Saturday morning Erich had the opportunity to hand out over 100 lunch boxes to homeless men and women around the largest temple in Taipei, not far from our home. It was exciting for him to be able and bless them this way, and we hope to have similar chances in the future.

Max#50. Max Thomas. It goes without saying, we are completely in love with our new little bundle. He’s been great baby so far- very chilled out and easy-going and loves to cuddle!

Schindler Update 2013_04_16

April 16, 2013

 

Dear Faithful Friends and Supporters,

Greetings from Taipei! It is with great joy that we share we are now a family of 3! Max Thomas Schindler was born on April 7, 2013 at 2:16p.m. (Taiwan time).  Although born 2 weeks early, he’s a healthy little guy and both he and mom are doing great. While we are only 9 days into the adventure of ‘parenthood’, we already find it a true joy and daily thank the Lord for His gift to us.

How can you being praying for us?

  • Please pray for a continued smooth adjustment to being parents. Pray we’d find the right balance between ministry responsibilities and family life.
  • Our missional community has been meeting weekly and the Lord is already adding to our numbers. Please pray specifically for Joanne, a non-Christian who the Lord has brought into our community and with whom Kelley has connected well. Pray for opportunities to be Jesus to her.
  • Our home assignment is scheduled for July-October 2013. During this time we hope to reconnect with churches and individuals to share what the Lord is doing in Taiwan, and as well to be refreshed through time together with family and friends. Travel expenses will be around $6,000 (including the baby). If you feel led to give a one-time gift towards this cause, we’d be very thankful! Our website details information on how to give. To view our Home Assignment schedule, click here.

Let’s praise the Lord together!

  • Kelley’s mom will be landing in Taipei later tonight! We are excited to have her visit and meet her new grandson.
  • Last Friday night Erich’s cell group had 1 new brother baptized and 3 become members at Truth Church. Erich was active in discipling one of these men (Jason), and we are thankful for what the Lord is doing in their lives!

We praise the Lord for His goodness. Thank you for being a part of our journey! 

For the Glory of God,
Erich and Kelley Schindler

P.S.: Attached are two pictures. One of Max, and one of Erich’s small group.

Schindler Update 2013_03_15

March 15, 2013

Dear Faithful Friends and Supporters,

Greetings from Taipei! We wanted to take this chance to share some more details on the new work the Lord is calling us to begin in our city. During the past 1-2 years, the Lord has increasingly burdened us for the Taiwanese working class people. The Christian population among this people group is only 0.5%, meaning they have virtually no church presence! While the upper- and middle-class church in Taiwan is growing, we are still doing a poor job of engaging our working class friends with the life-giving message of Jesus.

This is why we believe the Lord is calling us to start a house-church movement as a missionary venture of our home church (Taipei Truth Church).

Please check out this page on our website, which contains more details on this new ministry endeavor. This way you can pray for us all the more effectively!

How can you being praying for us?

  • We have a little over 5 weeks until baby Schindler’s due date! Please pray for Kelley as she prepares to take time off from her ministries at The Garden of Hope. Pray for the new co-workers that will step in to fill her roles, and for a smooth transition all around.
  • Our home assignment is scheduled for July-October 2013. During this time we hope to reconnect with churches and individuals to share what the Lord is doing in Taiwan, and as well to be refreshed through time together with family and friends. Travel expenses will be around $6,000 (including the baby). If you feel led to give a one-time gift towards this cause, we’d be very thankful! Our website details information on how to give. To view our Home Assignment schedule, click here.

 

Let’s praise the Lord together!

  • Praise the Lord for giving us continued fluency in Chinese. With God’s help, Erich preached his first wedding sermon for friends of ours this past month.
  • We thank God for an incredible team of co-workers (2 single Taiwanese and 1 American couple) committed to reaching our working class friends together!

“Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” (Mark 2:13-17)


For the Glory of God,
Erich and Kelley Schindler 

Meet Max

We’re so pleased to announce the birth of our first son, Max Thomas Schindler! Max was born on April 7, 2013, weighing in at 5.6 lbs, and 18 inches long. Although he’s just a few days old, he’s a real joy, especially because he already sleeps for regular 3+ hour stretches, usually breastfeeds for over 1/2 hour, and hardly ever cries! Mommy and daddy have been getting enough sleep, despite feeding Max 2-3 times during the night.

Here are some more pictures of Max – enjoy!

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The Monthly Rhythm in our Missional Community

We wanted to share some more details on the life of our new Missional Community. Basically we follow the model laid out by missional leader Hugh Halter in his excellent book, The Tangible Kingdom. Here’s what our group’s missional rhythm looks like each month:

Week 1: Communion – Cell group, focused on the needs of our not-yet-Christian friends)

Week 2: Community – A party, such as cooking together, going bowling, singing Karaoke, etc… This is an excellent environment to get to know each other’s unchurched friends)

Week 3: Communion – Every month has 2 cell group style meetings. They’re always in a home or public place, and should definitely involve eating together! That’s a tradition passed on straight from the Master Himself!)

Week 4: Service – The group serves the local community through practical ways. This might mean de-trashing a park, cleaning an orphanage, or visiting a shut-in.

Last Saturday was our “Community” day, on which we want bowling together. It was a great time for our team to form deeper relationships with each other, and welcome some some unchurched friends. Check out the happy crowd below 🙂

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