A glimpse into Max’s world- a blond-haired, blue-eyed little boy growing up in Asia

We thought you might enjoy a fun post on what life is like for Max growing up as a missionary kid in Taiwan….

To say Max is quite popular in our neighborhood would be an understatement. For many of our neighbors and people we pass daily on the streets, he is their first glimpse of a ‘white’ child (outside of movies). While pushing him in his stroller we have been repeatedly asked if he is real or a doll. We’ve been asked on numerous occasions if his eyes are the real thing or if he’s wearing contacts, as many have never seen blue eyes before. We have been stopped at intersections for people to come and ‘touch’ his skin or hair, and almost daily have shop owners leave their stores as we pass by in order to get a first-hand look at our ‘doll’, as they call him. We see people trying to ‘secretly’ take his picture on buses, on the streets, at restaurants, and in the park.

While shopping last week for groceries, I heard someone yelling, “Ya Yi!” ,”Ya Yi” (Max’s Chinese name). I didn’t recognize the man, but he said he knew Max from the local breakfast shop. Haha. While we often find it all very humorous, we are also extremely grateful. Because of him, we have opportunities to talk with people that otherwise would probably have no interest in us. We get to invite people over to our apartment so they can play with him. We get invited into street shops and to sit at food vendors while they give him a snack. He is our best little missionary 🙂

Our prayer is that because of standing out in these ways, while people may first be drawn to our family, they will ultimately be drawn to Jesus.

Below are some pictures of Max’s life lately:

 

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Taipei’s pumpkin patch. A bit different than in the USA. The pumpkins were all plastic and flown in from Hong Kong.

 

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The hair salon next door to our apartment recently adopted this dog. Max loves him!

 

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Eating a snack given to him by a lady who lives in our apartment building.

 

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Yes, he fell asleep while riding the scooter coming home the other day. This kid can sleep anywhere!

 

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Max’s fan club!

 

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Max’s favorite seat these days, haha!

 

Schindler Update 2014_10_15

Dear Friends and Supporters,

Greetings from Taipei! Many thanks to all of you who write us encouraging emails and cards, reminding us that you are praying for what God is doing here in Taiwan! We are so thankful for a strong body of believers around the world with whom we can partner together in ministry. This past month, we saw God at work in different ways: non-Christian friends slowly learning about Jesus, open doors for serving our local community, and growing maturity among our house church members. For all of this and much more, we praise the Lord!

 

Prayer and Praise:

  • Pei Pei and Qian Ling: these are 2 moms in our neighborhood that Kelley sees on a weekly basis. Both come from traditional Buddhist backgrounds. Kelley has had chances to share with them about our house church, why we are in Taiwan, etc. They are both bound by fear in different ways. Pray for them to come to know Jesus – the Prince of Peace!
  • Wan Hua Christian Community Center: Wan Hua (萬華 in Mandarin, click to view in Google maps) is the name of our local neighborhood. Over the past month we have been meeting with the Christians running this community center, seeking opportunities for how our house church can serve there. While we are still working out the details, it looks like our house church will be forming small teams to serve local, underprivileged families at different times through offering various classes: English Bible clubs, sports camps, baking, music, etc.
  • Training future church planters: We host a bi-weekly prayer meeting in our apartment, specifically for the purpose of raising up believers from Truth Church who live in our immediate neighborhood. We are praying for this meeting to birth new house church plants!

The Lord is good all the time! We give Him thanks for allowing us the opportunity to serve Him in these ways. 

For the Glory of God,
Erich and Kelley Schindler

 

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A group photo from a recent house church outing to nearby Yilan county. We’re really growing together as a family in Christ!

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A group shot from our day outing celebrating the 10/10 holiday – Taiwan’s independence day! You can read more about the holiday here.