Schindler Update 2014_06_16

Dear Friends and Supporters,

Greetings from Taipei! The past month has been no exception in being busy and blessed. During the past month we’ve been able to make significant steps in deepening relationships with the people in our neighborhood.

We’ve…

  • been invited into homes
  • spent time sitting and chatting in local shops and hair salons
  • had a neighborhood girl join our house church meeting for the first time
  • been praying weekly with like-minded Christians for ways to reach out to our local community
  • been a part of a team looking for a location to set up a community center in our neighborhood
  • and had the opportunity to connect with another missionary family living nearby us.

We’re thankful!

Prayer and Praise:

  • We regularly have non-Christians joining our house church meetings. Most have no previous knowledge of Jesus. Pray for insight into what we share and how we share it. Pray for wisdom as we teach and disciple those in our church.
  • Taipei Truth Church (our mother church) has asked us to partner with them in starting a community center in our neighborhood to serve the local people. We are currently praying for the right location to open up that would be suitable for the various services we want to offer. Our hope is to have locked in a location by August.
  • We are thrilled to announce that Max is going to be a big brother! Kelley is 3 months pregnant and due in December. Please pray for a healthy pregnancy, and for Kelley as she has been quite sick with this pregnancy.

As always, many thanks for your prayers, support, interest, and love. We appreciate each and every one of you!

For the Glory of God,
Erich and Kelley Schindler

 

Kel eating a Taiwanese delicacy





Kelley with a bowl of dry noodles at a shop nearby our house. The noodles have a tasty sauce, but are called “dry” because they’re not swimming in a hot broth.

 Max getting his first haircut

Max getting his first haircut at a salon in the 1st floor of our apartment building. We see these kind ladies several times a week, and are praying how to share Jesus with them.

Article: Reimagining Disciple Making

I (Erich) recently came across an insightful article, which lays out the failure of the Western church to make reproducing disciples. I believe that more than anything in the church (sermons, classes, programs, Bible studies, prayer meetings, etc…), there is a desperate need for men and women of God to invest significant time into the lives of younger / less mature Christians. This idea is fleshed out in the linked article, entitled

 

Reimagining Disciple Making
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Here are a few key quotes from the article:

 

[quote]Nondiscipleship is the elephant in the church. It is not the much discussed moral failures, financial abuses, or the amazing general similarity between Christians and non-Christians. These are only effects of the underlying problem. The fundamental negative reality among Christian believers now is their failure to be constantly learning how to live their lives in The Kingdom Among Us.1

~ Dallas Willard[/quote] [quote]Jesus’ words are commissioning his followers not merely to make converts to or to give lectures on a belief system but to do with others what he had done with them, following his pattern and model. There is no substitute for this. [/quote]

 

[quote]C. S. Lewis was on target when he said that the paramount purpose of the church was to create little Christs. He said, “If the Church is not doing this, then all the cathedrals, clergy, missions, sermons, even the Bible, are a waste of time.”2[/quote]

 

The central question every Christian needs to be able to answer is:

 

“Who are you discipling?”

 

If you cannot answer with the name of at least 1 individual, you need to start obeying Jesus.

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1. Dallas Willard, The Divine Conspiracy (San Francisco: Harper- SanFrancisco, 1997), 301.

2. Will Vaus, Mere Theology: A Guide to the Thought of C. S. Lewis (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2004), 167.