Dear Friends and Supporters,
Greetings from Taipei! The past month has been full with running after our boys, weathering earthquakes, discipling friends in the Way of Jesus, applying for long-term Taiwan resident visas, sharing meals with our local neighbors, and working hard on even better ways to reach our Taiwanese working-class friends.
Prayer and Praise:
- Visas. We have completed the lengthy application for our long-term Taiwan resident visas, and would appreciate your prayers for the government to process everything smoothly. Getting these visas will make our life in Taiwan more stable, and open new doors for ministry.
- Discipling. In our last prayer update we reported that after focused prayer, some of our local Taiwanese friends accepted our invitation to join us for dinner at our home. These conversations have since resulted in Kelley starting a weekly inductive Bible study with 2 Taiwanese girls who want to know Jesus! Just last night over dinner they told us how praying to Jesus gave them inner peace and let them sleep well at night – a big breakthrough! Please pray for these girls to become true followers of Jesus in the near future.
- Strategy. During the past month our church-planting team has been assessing the impact of our house-church strategy in making disciples among Taiwan’s working class. One main conclusion is that we are strong in creating inclusive community, but that meeting primarily in homes is limiting broader social exposure. Please pray as we process various creative ideas for a more visible community presence.
May we all say with the Apostle Paul:
Though I am free and belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law. To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law), so as to win those not having the law. To the weak I became weak, to win the weak.
I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some.
I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.
~1 Corinthians 9:19-23 (NIV)
For the Glory of God,
Erich, Kelley, Max, and Sam Schindler
Kelley with our dear neighbor friend, Miss Lin.
A typical scene lately – Taipei in the rain.
|Sam always enjoys being passed around among our neighbors 🙂|