2014_04_15 Schindler Update

Dear Friends,

Greetings from Taipei! Much has happened in the last month…

  • We’ve settled into our new apartment
  • We’ve had around 20+ people in said apartment at various times, whether for house church meetings, tea, or meals
  • Erich attended a church planting conference in Scotland for 6 days
  • Kelley’s mom gave us a huge surprise and visited us for 10 days
  • We’ve deepened relationships with neighborhood friends by regularly visiting their shops, going to one of their homes, and eating at their stands
  • And….our little boy celebrated his 1st birthday!!

How can you be praying for us?

  • Easter Sunday we will be having a service in our home, for which we are expecting around 30 people. Please pray for the hearts of the non-Christians that will join us – for some this will be the very first time they hear the Easter story!
  • Kelley will be sharing the Easter story at the women’s shelter on Friday. Recently, due to a death, the environment there has been very down. Pray through her sharing, these women will be moved to know Jesus and the hope He offers!
  • Our house church group is multiplying into 2 groups after Easter (praise the Lord for adding to our numbers!) Please pray for this multiplication, for the leaders of the new group, and for wisdom as we make disciples of Jesus.

Let’s praise the Lord together!

  • Thank you to all who prayed for our health. We have been better this past month, Max’s wheezing seems to be gone, and overall we are all feeling well (we say overall, because always having a slight cold, allergies, etc. is very common living in the city due to pollution, etc.)
  • Tomorrow we welcome Erich’s parents, Diet and Jan Schindler (TEAM missionaries to Germany) to Taiwan for a 2 ½ week visit! We are excited to have them here ☺

“He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said.” Praise the Lord we serve a risen Savior!

For the Glory of God,
Erich and Kelley Schindler

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On a day trip to Taiwan’s East coast with Connie, and our good friend, Pearl.

Our Taipei House Church Strategy

Dear Friends,

We thought it might be helpful to outline the simple strategy we are using to make disciples among our many unchurched friends in Taipei. This graph makes clear how our house church works:

Taipei House Church Newcomer Flow

 

We have 3 regular gatherings each week. They are:

1. Regular weekend events. Every weekend, our house church family gets together to have fun, and meet each other’s friends. We visit new restaurants or night markets, cook together, go bowling, hang out at the park, etc… This creates a comfortable space for us to get to know new people, and introduce them to our group in a non-threatening way. Once new friends have joined us for several weekend events, it is really easy to invite them to our house church gathering.

2. Thursday night house church. Right now we have one house church group (soon to multiply!), that meets every Thursday night. We share dinner together every week, spend time digging into the Scriptures, and pray for each other. Since there is a mix of Christians and not-yet-Christians attending, we work hard at creating an inclusive atmosphere. This means we avoid “Christian-ese” or theological language, using plain English or Chinese instead. We show respect and listen to people with alternate views, always praying for the Holy Spirit to bring God’s love and truth into their lives.

3. Weekly Life Transformation Groups. Once a new friend is ready to become a true disciple of Jesus, we invite them to join our LTG groups, which meet at various times during the week, usually for 1 hour. These are groups of 2-3 women / men, who commit to meeting for regular peer-discipleship. The format is very simple, in that we only discuss 3 topics together:

  1. What is God speaking to you this week?
  2. What sins do we need to confess to each other?
  3. How are we sharing the Gospel with unsaved friends this week?

Read more about LTGs here.

We thought that sharing our basic house church strategy would be helpful to those blog readers who are currently involved in pioneering new forms of church, or others who have a heart to reach out to their non-Christian friends. If you would like to know more, or have questions, we invite you to leave a comment below. We promise to respond to every comment!

Blessings,
Erich and Kelley