Schindler Update 2015_12_16

Dear Friends and Supporters,

Greetings from Taipei! It’s hard to believe that 2016 is only two short weeks away! As we look back on this year, we remember times of great joy and also times of sadness. Closing out this year, we are more thankful than ever for God’s kindness and faithfulness to us. We are expectant to see what He will do in the coming year, and are so grateful for the privilege of serving Him in Taiwan.

 

Prayer and Praise

  • Thanksgiving outreach. The Lord brought around 25 people to our Thanksgiving outreach, and we had a wonderful time giving thanks together, enjoying delicious food, and building relationships. One Taiwanese girl, Emma (English name), left her phone number and expressed interest in our church community. Kelley met with her afterward, and Emma immediately told Kelley she wants to be baptized! So thankful for hearts that are ready to receive Him. Please pray for Emma as we disciple her.
  • Church. The Lord went above and beyond our expectations by providing us with a wonderful new location for our community church gatherings (pictures below). We held our first service there on December 6, and welcomed 36 adults and 5 kids! We had everyone from taxi drivers, to teachers, to prostitutes, to high-schoolers in attendance. Praise the Lord!
  • Health. Thanks to all of you who were praying for us last week as we were sick. The boys and Kelley all contracted hand, foot, and mouth disease. Praise the Lord it was a relatively mild case and we are all much better now!

 

Psalms 95:2-3 “Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. For the LORD is the great God, the great King above all gods.”

Please join us in praying to this end!

For the Glory of God,
Erich, Kelley, Max, and Sam Schindler

 

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The foyer of our church’s new gathering space.

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Erich sharing a Christmas message. Very few of our local, non-Christian friends have ever heard the true meaning of Christmas.

 

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It was touching to sing familiar Christmas carols together in Chinese.

 

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Some local artwork depicting the entrance to a local night market. The bottom-right sign says “Papaya Milk” a local delicacy 🙂

 

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 Thanks to so many of you who are following and funding our Gospel Coffee House project! Stay updated on our progress via our Facebook Page.

 

 

Schindler Update 2015_11_15

Dear Friends and Supporters,

Greetings from Taipei! As we anticipate celebrating Thanksgiving in a few weeks, we are again reminded of God’s abundant goodness in our lives. We pray that the upcoming holidays will present us with more opportunities to share the Good News with our neighbors and friends, and through giving thanks in all things to Him, point them to Jesus.

 

Prayer and Praise

  • Church. During the past month we have seen God clearly working in the lives of our local friends. A Bao (a Taiwanese guy), in particular has shown a growing interest in knowing Jesus. He’s come to our home to pray with us, and has been faithfully attending church services / activities. Pray that he will make a decision to fully follow Jesus soon!

 

  • Thanksgiving outreach. On Sunday, November 22, our house church community is hosting a Thanksgiving lunch & service at a local coffee shop. Altogether our team has invited about 30 non-believing friends, so please pray for many to attend. Pray for open hearts to receive Jesus. 

     

  • Difficult situations.
    In the past 2 weeks we have come to learn that some of our Taiwanese friends are involved in drug dealing and connected to the Taiwanese mafia. We have been building a relationship with this family for 1 ½ years, and now realize much of our relationship has been built on lies. Please pray for us to have wisdom as to how to best help them, and that they would be willing to open up to us and seek help.

    This Tuesday evening, the young man and his wife who are involved in the domestic violence case we asked prayer for before, are coming to our home for dinner. Please pray for good conversations and boldness to share about Jesus. 

Psalms 95:2-3 “Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. For the LORD is the great God, the great King above all gods.”

Please join us in praying to this end!

For the Glory of God,
Erich, Kelley, Max, and Sam Schindler

 

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Celebrating our friend Wei Qing’s (center) birthday recently. Our friend A Bao (mentioned above) is second from the right.

 

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Erich picking huge guavas with some local friends. 5 of them are joining the Thanksgiving service mentioned in this update! 

 

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Max clowning around with his friends 🙂 He’s the life of the party!

 

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 Thanks to so many of you who are following and funding our Gospel Coffee House project! Stay updated on our progress via our Facebook Page.

 

 

Schindler Update 2015_10_17

Dear Friends and Supporters,

Greetings from Taipei! The past week brought a special treat, with Kel’s mom and aunt visiting us from the US (see pictures below). Connie and Aunt Brenda have been amazingly flexible amidst our crazy Taipei schedule, and a big help with Max & Sam. Since they arrived, we’ve been busy showing them around and introducing them to our neighborhood friends. They are a big attraction in our part of town, and are busy cooking meals as a way to share God’s love with our non-Christian friends. 

 

Prayer and Praise

  • Church. Our October 4 community worship service was probably our best ever in terms of content. The worship and testimony sharing were spot-on, and Erich spoke from the heart, without using his Mandarin notes for parts of the message – a first!

    Several of our local friends who attended last month’s gathering came back, and there were also some new faces. This was encouraging for us. But overall the turnout was lower than expected, with several of our friends canceling at the last minute for different reasons. Please join us in prayer for these dear friends, who face increasing tension as they move towards trusting in Jesus. 

 

  • Neighborhood crisis counseling. Thanks for praying for God to open the (literal) door for Erich to visit a 24-year old, male neighbor, who has been causing his family much trouble. Erich was able to visit for about 1 hour with Zheng Ting and his wife, Fang Fang, and was received very well. Please pray they accept our invitation to have dinner at our home soon, so that we can share the Gospel with them through word and deed! 

     

  • Gospel Coffee Shop. Thanks to the generosity of many of our US supporters, we’ve raised just over 10% of our $65,000 funding goal! This coffee shop will boost our engagement with the local community, and serve as a church planting & missions hub. Please pray that we can raise much of the remaining startup cost through local Taiwanese donations and investment. For more info on this project, please visit our Facebook page.

Acts 2:42-47 really captures our heart for Revival in Taipei.

“And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.”

Please join us in praying to this end!

For the Glory of God,
Erich, Kelley, Max, and Sam Schindler

 

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Connie and Aunt Brenda cooling off with some Mango shaved ice.

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Family dinner with our friends Jonny, Bryce, Xiang Ling, Zheng Mei 🙂

 

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A delicious Taiwanese dessert.

 

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Visiting the beautiful East coast of Taiwan.

 

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 Thanks to so many of you who are following and funding our Gospel Coffee House project! Stay updated on our progress via our Facebook Page.

 

 

Schindler Update 2015_09_15

Dear Friends and Supporters,

Greetings from Taipei! This past month we received a huge answer to prayer, when Kelley finally received her permanent Taiwan residency visa! This is an important step as it legally gives us many of the rights of a Taiwanese citizen, and grants us the security that we can never be deported from Taiwan. Erich’s is still in process, but Lord-willing, will be finalized soon. Thanks to all who prayed that these visas would be granted!

 

Prayer and Praise

  • Church. On Sunday, September 6th, we held a public church service in our neighborhood at a local student center. We had 7 first-time, local, non-Christians attend, as well as some others who returned for the second time. Our church service included dinner, worship singing, hearing a testimony, Bible sharing, and prayer. Tonight our co-workers, Dillon and Caty (American couple) begin an 8-week introductory Bible study, for which several of these new friends have signed up. Please pray for open hearts to receive Jesus!

 

  • Neighborhood crisis counseling. There is currently a situation of domestic violence happening in a home right near our apartment. Erich has been asked by another local pastor to ‘take over’ the situation. He has met once with the family (local, non-Christian Taiwanese) and tonight will be trying for the second time to make contact with their 24-year old son, the one who is causing many problems. Please pray for wisdom, protection, and receptivity. 

     

  • A new language. Our Taiwanese language tutor classes are going well. It’s a whole different challenge from learning Mandarin, as it’s only an oral language, not written. We are providing our neighbors with lots of laughs as we practice on them ☺

Thank you for praying, supporting, and loving us so well!

For the Glory of God,
Erich, Kelley, Max, and Sam Schindler

 

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A window into our last public church service. Our good friend Momo (front right) is sharing a powerful testimony of how Jesus saved her from a life of fear. 

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Our 9-month old little explorer 🙂

 

Max at the park
 Max loves the outdoors, and animals of all kinds!

 

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This beautiful rainbow that recently appeared over Taipei reminds us that revival will come to Taiwan!

 

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 Thanks to so many of you who are following and funding our Gospel Coffee House project! Stay updated on our progress via our Facebook Page.

 

 

Schindler Update 2015_08_16

Dear Friends and Supporters,

Greetings from Taipei! Thank you to all who wrote us last week to see how we were doing as Taiwan was hit with typhoon Soudelor (click for pictures). It was the strongest typhoon we can remember to hit Taipei (in the north of the island). We thank God for His protection over us and our apartment. When we went outside after the storm, there were fallen trees and limbs everywhere, as well as broken signage on the streets. Please continue to pray for those less fortunate, who are now having to rebuild their lives. 

Prayer and Praise

  • Church. On Sunday, August 2nd we held a church service in our neighborhood at a local student center. Our non-Christian friends outnumbered us Christians, and over half of them joined us for the first time. Our church service included dinner, worship singing, hearing a testimony, Bible sharing, and prayer. Three of our new friends signed up on the spot to attend an Introductory Bible Study that our co-workers, Dillon and Caty (Americans) will start in September. Please pray for open hearts!

  • Coffee Shop. Our business plan is currently being translated into Mandarin, after which we can start fundraising. As we share our vision for the Gospel Coffee House with our friends and neighbors, we are encouraged to see their excitement, among Taiwanese Christians and non-believers alike. May God use this new missionary approach for His glory!

  • A New Language. While our local neighbors all speak fluent Mandarin, many still prefer to converse in Taiwanese (language native to Taiwan; not written, only oral). We feel that gaining a basic level of Taiwanese proficiency will open even more doors for evangelism. This week we will meet with a language tutor to begin classes. Please pray for us to pick up this new language quickly, and that it may give us new opportunities to share the good news of Jesus with our local friends! 

 “Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.” Ephesians 3:20 

For the Glory of God,
Erich, Kelley, Max, and Sam Schindler

 

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A morning walk after the recent typhoon reveals much debris on the roads. Max looks concerned, haha.

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 We love every minute with our boys!

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 Max & Sam love our local grocery store – a favorite place to beat the summer heat!

 

 

Schindler Update 2015_07_15

Dear Friends and Supporters,

Greetings from Taipei! June 27 marked 9 years since we first stepped foot in Taiwan. What started off as a strange place with foreign languages and customs has since become our home. Walking in our neighborhood and talking with our local friends, we almost forget that we’re actually foreigners here. We thank God for calling us to build His Kingdom here in Taipei, and for each one of you who have faithfully upheld us in prayer throughout the years! 

Prayer and Praise

  • Visas. Back in May we had asked prayer regarding our long-term Taiwan resident visas. Praise the Lord all the necessary paperwork is being processed, and we should have our visas in hand within a few weeks!
  • Discipling. Kelley has been meeting weekly with 2 unsaved Taiwanese girls for Bible Study. God has clearly been working in their lives, revealing Himself more and more to them. This past Monday when Kelley asked them where they feel they are at in their relationship with Jesus, the one girl said “To me, becoming a Christian is just like getting married. And right now, Jesus is still my boyfriend.” We are thankful they are on the path to fully knowing Jesus, and pray they’ll soon take that step of faith!
  • Evangelism. On July 24, Erich will begin teaching a 6-week Gospel English class in our neighborhood to local high school kids from poor families. Please pray for the kids to encounter Jesus during each week’s class, and for open doors to visit their families at home.
  • Strategy. Our house church community is diligently working towards opening our Gospel coffee shop in Wan Hua (our local neighborhood). In the meantime, there are many details to cover. Please pray with us for God’s continued clear leading, and for wisdom on how to best use this social platform to reach out to many non-believing local Taiwanese people.

 

 “Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.” Ephesians 3:20 

For the Glory of God,
Erich, Kelley, Max, and Sam Schindler

 


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 Max has become a big fan of bike rides, which are a great way to cool off during Taiwan’s hot summers.
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 Kel often takes the boys to nearby playgrounds to meet other local moms. This is a typical scene from a few days ago.

 

 

Schindler Update 2015_06_15

Dear Friends and Supporters,

 

Greetings from Taipei! Last month, we shared that our church planting team has been praying about creative new approaches to share God’s love with the broader Taipei society. Here’s how the Lord has been leading us:

The Present

During our past 1-2 years of house-church planting, we have succeeded in creating an inclusive church community, but have also learned that most regular Taiwanese people still feel hesitant about connecting with the Christian church in a private home. This limits our effectiveness in reaching new people beyond our present circle of friends. We need to bring the church even deeper into Taiwanese society. But how?

 

The Plan

Over the past few months, our team has prayerfully weighed different strategies, and determined that the Lord is leading us to start a Gospel coffee shop in our local Taipei neighborhood, providing a friendly space to introduce many of our Taiwanese friends to Jesus through community events, deep relationships, and church life.

Many of our Taiwanese Christian friends from working-class backgrounds are excited about this new church planting approach. Most of their own family and friends refuse to enter a Christian church building for cultural reasons. Our coffee house church plant can finally open a natural pathway for unchurched working-class Taiwanese to encounter Jesus in a neutral setting.

We will begin fundraising for this church planting project in the coming weeks, and would appreciate your prayers as we step out in faith. We will share more details with all of you regarding our fundraising goals, business plan, etc… as they are finalized. In the meantime, please feel free to email us if you have any questions on this project. Thanks!

For the Glory of God,
Erich, Kelley, Max, and Sam Schindler

 


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A snapshot of our local area, south Wan Hua.

 

 

Schindler Update 2015_05_15

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

 

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Kelley with our dear neighbor friend, Miss Lin.

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A typical scene lately – Taipei in the rain.

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Sam always enjoys being passed around among our neighbors 🙂

 

 

Schindler Update 2015_04_15

Dear Friends and Supporters,

Greetings from Taipei! We are thankful to report that we are all in good health! At a recent checkup, the doctor was pleased with how the boys are doing. Once again, many thanks for all the emails, cards, financial gifts, and most importantly all the prayers during our hospital stay and recovery. What a blessing it is to have a family of supporters all around the world lifting you up before the Father!

 

Prayer and Praise:

  • Community Easter Service. On Easter Sunday we held a church outreach at a local community center. It was a great time of painting Easter eggs, sharing a fellowship meal together, and hearing the biblical Easter story. We were most happy that the non-Christians in attendance outnumbered the Christians! We praise the Lord for each person who came, and ask for ongoing prayer for wisdom as we follow up with these friends.
  • Easter Story Sharing. Erich had the opportunity to share the Easter story with over 200 Taiwanese elementary and high school students. It’s amazing that only about 5 out of these 200 kids were Christians! Lord willing, some of these students will filter into a local community center our house church partners with, and we trust God for lasting relationships and more opportunities to share the love of Jesus with these kids and their families.
  • Hospitality. In the past, we have repeatedly invited several of our neighbors, local shop workers, etc. to our home for meals, but they never accepted our invitations. Two weeks ago we committed to pray more fervently for God to work, and within a few days two of these friends invited themselves to our home for meals, and one even brought a friend! How amazing God is! We are thankful for these chances to open our home to them, and pray that they will join our church gathering and meet Jesus!

May this be all of our prayer as we seek to serve the Lord wherever we are: “Above and below me, before and behind me, in every eye that sees me, Christ be all around me.”

For the Glory of God,
Erich, Kelley, Max, and Sam Schindler

 


Kelley with friends at the Easter Outreach

Kelley with friends at the Easter Outreach

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Erich and some of the Taiwanese high-school students with whom he shared the Easter story.

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Celebrating Max’s 2nd birthday with friends at the park 🙂

 

 

Schindler Update 2015_03_11

Dear Friends and Supporters,

Greetings from Taipei! As many of you know, our family has experienced some sickness in the beginning months of 2015. Most recently it culminated in a 2-week hospital stay for Max and Sam, where they both received treatments for virus-induced pneumonia. We are back home, but still covet prayers for complete recoveries. With this said, we are unable to adequately express our thanks to all of you who prayed for us during the last two weeks. Your prayers gave us strength through sleepless nights and grace to care for our sick boys. We are blessed to have such a strong network of people caring and praying for us. Thank you!!!

 

Prayer items:

  • Unexpected medical bills. In Taiwan, a foreign child does not become eligible for National Health Care until they are 6 months old. So all of Sam’s medical bills had to be paid out of pocket. Our total bill for the two weeks came to just over 4,000 USD. Over half of that has already been covered by generous giving by friends & family. If you feel led to help cover any of the remaining costs, you can give directly through our mission agency, Shepherd’s Staff. Click here to give via their website. To view offline giving options, click here.
  • Easter Outreach. Please pray for our house church groups as we meet for Easter services. Holidays are always an excellent opportunity to invite non-Christians, so please pray for open hearts. Easter Sunday morning Erich will be going into a local high school to share the Easter story with 150 Taiwanese students. Again, please pray for the hearts of the students to be receptive to the Gospel, and for good follow-up.Baby: 9 days until due date, so baby #2 can come anytime! Please pray for a smooth delivery and good heath for both Kelley and the baby.

“Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow…” this hymn comforted us during our recent hospital stay. Praise the Lord for his unending faithfulness! 

For the Glory of God,
Erich and Kelley Schindler

 


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The medical staff at our hospital took great care of us!

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Our hospital breakfast: rice porridge with sweet potatoes, steamed green veggies, tofu and green beans, and fried pork. Yum!

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Max the day before being discharged – looking better already!
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Max all better again, while dad is visibly tired, haha.

 

 

Schindler Update 2014_12_15

Dear Friends and Supporters,

Greetings from Taipei! It’s hard to believe this is our final update of 2014! When we reflect on this past year, it goes without saying that we are overwhelmed with God’s goodness to us in so many ways. We have experienced His blessings in our ministry, in our family, and in relationships with others. As the year comes to a close, let us once again express our thanks to you for your faithful prayers, support, interest, and love showered on us.

 

Prayer and Praise

  • Thanksgiving Community Service: Our house church network held a combined lunch and church service at a local coffee shop on Sunday, November 23rd. We had 25 people in attendance, including 10 non-Christians. Since then, 3 of these non-Christian friends have joined various house church gatherings. Please pray we’ll continue to see fruit for the Kingdom!

    Christmas Outreach: This coming Sunday, the 21st, we have a Christmas brunch planned at the home of co-workers, with the purpose of reaching out to our non-Christian friends. Please pray for new friends to join, and for all to grow in their understanding of Jesus and what His birth means for all people!

    Baby: 9 days until due date, so baby #2 can come anytime! Please pray for a smooth delivery and good heath for both Kelley and the baby.

Joy to the world! The Lord is come!

For the Glory of God,
Erich and Kelley Schindler

 


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This group of dear friends hosted a baby shower for our baby #2, who should arrive any day now 🙂

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This dish is called “hot pot,” and Taiwanese people especially enjoy it during the winter months. It’s delicious and warming!

 

 

Schindler Update 2014_11_17

Dear Friends and Supporters,

Greetings from Taipei! Although Thanksgiving is not celebrated here, we will take time to gather with other American friends to celebrate and thank God for His goodness to us. And a big part of that goodness comes through people like you! Each day we are thankful to know that people around the world are lifting us up in prayer, supporting, and encouraging us.

 

Prayer and Praise

  • Thanksgiving Community Service: Our house church network is holding a combined lunch and church service at a local coffee shop on Sunday, the 23rd. Lots of our non-Christian friends have been invited, and we are trusting Him for great things! Pei Pei and Qian Ling (the two moms mentioned in past updates; see attached picture) are both coming with their families. Please pray that their attendance will be just the beginning of them finding new life in Christ!
  • House Church Leaders Training: We have been taking the two other couples who help lead our house church groups through a video training series called “How to equip a missional community,” produced by the SOMA network. Please pray that this training will help us all grow in our vision and wisdom for discipling others.
  • Baby: We are in the home stretch! At most we have about 5 weeks to go before baby #2 arrives! Kelley had a check up today and all is looking great. Please pray for a smooth, uncomplicated delivery, and for a healthy new baby ☺

“Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples!” ~Psalms 105:1

For the Glory of God,
Erich and Kelley Schindler

 

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Kelley with Pei Pei (left), and Qian Ling (right) and our boys. Before long us 3 couples will have 6 boys altogether!

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A common sight these days 🙂 The little guy is sure growing up fast!

 

 

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.

 

 

Schindler Update 2014_09_15

Dear Friends and Supporters,

Greetings from Taipei! Although we are in mid-September the temps are still in the 90s.  We’re having a very hot summer, most likely due to the fact that we haven’t had any typhoons. So, we thank the Lord for the lack of strong storms, but are definitely looking forward to it cooling down a bit (being 6+ months pregnant might add to the anticipation of cooler weather 😉 We have been seeing the Lord answer prayers on behalf of friends and neighbors, personal needs, and He is clearly working in the lives of those around us – praise Him!

 

Prayer and Praise:

  • Maggie (English name; local Taiwanese woman): We have recently asked you to join us in prayer for Maggie, and want to share an update. She did go through with the abortion and then spent time at home recovering. However, two weeks ago she, along with her son, came to our home for a house church gathering. She responded very well after. May the Lord continue to work in her heart!
  • House Church Update: Our Sunday evening house church group is growing, and we are seeing more local Taiwanese friends attend! We have begun using the “Bible Storytelling” method as a way to share the Gospel, since many local people have a hard time reading the Bible (or any book, for that matter). So far we have received very positive feedback, and are looking forward to how God will continue using this approach.
  • Wan Hua Christian Service Center: Thanks to everyone who prayed for the planned Truth Church community center. In the end, this plan was put on hold for 6 months, while we build a stronger team. But here’s some related news that we need prayer for:
    Wan Hua (萬華 in Mandarin) is the name of our local area (click here to open a map). Ever since our house church network started, our team has been praying about opportunities for our house church groups to serve in our local neighborhood. We recently got in touch with a Christian-run center that serves underprivileged local teens through a variety of free classes (music, English, sports, etc…). These students’ parents are all strong Buddhists, and will not allow their children to attend any local church. However, they are open to any activities our house church group might hold inside the Christian center, including simple church services!
    Our house church leadership team is visiting the center together this coming Saturday to discuss possibilities for joint outreach. Please pray for wisdom!

As always, thank you for praying, supporting, and loving us so well!

For the Glory of God,
Erich and Kelley Schindler

 

Dinner at a local night market with house church co-workers and friends.

At a recent house church outing in northern Taipei.

 

 

Schindler Update 2014_08_15

Dear Friends and Supporters,

Greetings from Taipei! Thanks to all who prayed for us as we traveled to Cambodia several weeks ago. We had a wonderful weeklong vacation there, and returned feeling rested and re-energized for a busy ministry season. We are currently halfway through Ghost Month here in Taiwan, which means more than usual we are seeing food sacrifices being offered on the streets, local people burning paper money to the gods, and temple worship. May we be faithful in sharing the hope of Jesus with a people desperately in need of Him. If you’d like to read more about the Taiwanese Ghost Month, this post on our friends’ blog has more details.

 

Prayer and Praise:

  • Maggie (English name; local Taiwanese woman): We had asked for prayer for Maggie last month, and would like to ask you keep praying for her. Maggie is currently pregnant but planning an abortion next week, as she feels some choices she made before knowing she was pregnant have perhaps harmed the baby. She also has shared with Kelley that her marriage is not good, and she doesn’t know what to do anymore. Kelley has had the opportunity to share about Jesus and the hope she can have in Him. Maggie has asked Kelley to pray for her. Please pray Jesus will work mightily in her heart.
  • House Church Update: We are having more and more local Taiwanese join our church time and weekend activities. We are praising the Lord that one of the students that attend, Bianca (English name), has said she wants to follow Jesus. Pray for wisdom as we follow up and disciple her.
  • Local Community Center: Praise! A location has been found for the community center in our neighborhood. If negotiations with the rent can be worked out, we will most likely start serving there in September. We are currently praying for more Taiwanese co-workers to join our team. Our prayer is that through the community center, we can start more house churches in our neighborhood.
  • Kelley’s Pregnancy: We are over halfway through this pregnancy, and praise God all is going well. We did find out this past month that baby #2 is a brother for Max!! ☺

As always, thank you for praying, supporting, and loving us so well!

For the Glory of God,
Erich and Kelley Schindler

 

Erich and Max in Cambodia

Erich and Max in front of the “Central Market” in downtown Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Kelley and girls from our house church

Kel with two girls from our house church. Bianca is the one in the middle 🙂

 

 

Schindler Update 2014_07_15

Dear Friends and Supporters,

Greetings from Taipei! Thank you to everyone who wrote us in early July for our birthdays (yes, we share a birthday =). We had a fun day celebrating, and are thankful for a new year in which to serve the Lord together! Many exciting things have been happening over the last month. Our Sunday night house church group officially started, we had about 10 new non-Christians join in house church weekend gatherings over the last few weeks, and we have been working hard at developing solid discipleship material for new Christians. God is good all the time, and we are so grateful for the work He is doing!

Prayer and Praise:

Please pray for 3 of our friends:

  • Maggie (English name): Maggie is a Taiwanese woman with whom Kelley has begun meeting. The first time they got together, Kelley was able to share about being a Christian, and our house church. She seems very open. Please pray for fruit to come from this relationship.
  • Dr. Lin: Dr. Lin is a friend of a couple in our house church. He has recently encountered some major difficulties in his life, and is deeply struggling. He has fallen into great debt, his wife is on the verge of divorcing him, and he is suicidal. BUT, praise God, he is willing to meet with us and join a house church meeting. Please pray for him to follow through, and for us to be able to share the hope of Jesus with him.
  • Our neighbor, Mrs. Lin: Over the last couple weeks we have been able to spend more time with Mrs. Lin, who also lives on the 9th floor of our apartment building. She is semi-retired and has a lot of free time. Pray for opportunities to share the love of Jesus with her.
  • Kelley’s pregnancy is going very well and she is feeling so much better! Thanks for praying!
  • July 28th we leave for a one-week vacation in Cambodia. Please pray for safety, protection, rest, and refreshment!

“Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen.” 

For the Glory of God,
Erich and Kelley Schindler

 

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Kelley and Max with some members of our house church family =)

 

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A very typical Taiwanese dessert, shaved ice! Our toppings this time: red bean / green bean combo, and peanut / sweet corn combo. A delicious way to cool off!

 

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.

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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.

Schindler Update 2014_05_18

Dear Friends and Supporters,

Greetings from Taipei! This past month has been busy. Here is a brief summary:

  • We enjoyed a 3 week visit with Erich’s parents and brother.
  • We hosted a birthday party for Max in our apartment, which over 30 people joined! Some of our neighbors we have been building relationships with came to our apartment for the first time to celebrate with Max – an answer to prayer!
  • We were able to clearly share the Gospel during an Easter house church service in our home, with several non-Christians present.
  • We met some new friends living nearby us, several of whom have shown interest in joining our house church.
  • This morning, Erich led a prayer meeting at Truth Church, at which he was able to teach on missional living. 

Each day, we are thankful for the people God is bringing into our lives, for the opportunities to serve others, and for the joy of being a part of His Kingdom work in Taipei!

Prayer and Praise:

  • Our house church has multiplied into two groups this past week! We now have one group that meets Thursday nights, and one on Sunday mornings. Please pray for the new leaders to have wisdom and joy as they shepherd their groups.
  • Please pray for our health – both Erich and Max have been sick with colds and sore throats for the past few days. Max is also wheezing again. Please pray for complete healing soon!
  • Please pray for one member of our house church, who is in the middle of a long battle with drugs. Pray he would find strength in the Lord to overcome these habits, and that we as a community will know best how to support and help him.

The joy of the Lord is our strength – Amen! 

For the Glory of God,
Erich and Kelley Schindler

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Enjoying a Taiwan specialty – the many varieties of teas! The ones we’re drinking in this picture include: green tea powder milk tea with red beans, bubble milk tea, and various fruit teas.

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Taken at Max’s 1st birthday party 🙂

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.

2014_03_15 Schindler Update

Dear Faithful Friends and Supporters,

Greetings from Taipei! It’s hard to believe mid-March is already upon us- 2014 is flying by! The past month has been a busy one, and, as always, we have been humbled by the Lord’s grace and goodness to us. Each day we feel immeasurably blessed that God allows us to serve Him here in Taiwan.

How can you be praying for us?

  • The Lord has been adding to our numbers! Our house church group is growing, and within the next weeks will be multiplying into 2 homes. Please pray for this transition, and for our co-workers who will lead the new group.
  • We have all been sick on-and-off over the last month. Coughing, sore throats, wheezing (Max), etc. Please pray for restored health and physical protection(esp. for Max, as the cause of his wheezing is perhaps the bad pollution in the city).
  • Erich will be traveling to Glasgow, Scotland March 26-April 1, to attend a conference on new church planting methods in urban settings. Through this, we hope to become better equipped at training Taiwanese Christians to take the church into their homes and communities.

Let’s praise the Lord together!

  • God has answered above and beyond our requests! We are moving this weekend to a bigger apartment, located just 50 yards down the street from our current place! The location is perfect, size is good, and price is right in our budget. God is good!
  • The Lord has brought people into our life very unexpectedly this last month, who are great connections in terms of doing ministry in the neighborhood we are living in. We had been praying for these relationships, and in one month God allowed us to meet several people. So thankful!
We trust that each of you are experiencing the joy and love of Christ every day!

For the Glory of God,
Erich and Kelley Schindler


P.S.: Our new address is:

Erich and Kelley Schindler
9Fl., No. 105-2, Section 2, Zhong Hua Rd.
Zhong Zheng District 100
Taipei City, Taiwan
台北市中正區中華路二段105-2號9樓
台灣

We strongly suggest our address being printed out to include the Chinese characters when mailing things. That is the only way to ensure we get them. Thank you!!

 

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The little boy in the picture is our neighbor and also born last April. We are thankful to have gotten to know them this month, and look forward to play dates together!

 

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Max being prayed for during a weekly prayer meeting at Truth Church while he was sick.

Schindler Update 2014_02_17

Dear Faithful Friends and Supporters,

Greetings from Taipei! After what seemed like an eternity of rain and cold, the sky is blue and the sun is shining today. We know you in the USA have had your fair share of snow and cold this year and are probably thinking “Cold? Yeah right, you live on an island!” But with no indoor heating, 45°F outside means 45°F in your apartment, which feels very cold! We are thankful for the joy of the Lord, which we can have rain or shine, hot or cold!

How can you be praying for us?

  • Due to needing more space (we currently live in a 1 room loft-style apartment), we are looking for a new apartment. Ideally we’d like to move by the end of March, so please be praying with us for the right place, Lord willing in our same neighborhood, so we can continue the relationships we’ve been forming over the last 1 ½ years.
  • Pray for our house church group. Several unsaved friends have joined our gatherings over the last month, and we need to split into 2 groups soon. Please pray for wisdom for our co-workers as they begin leading the second house church group, and for smooth multiplication!

Let’s praise the Lord together!

  • We had a wonderful Chinese New Year, full of spending time with friends. We were invited to several people’s homes, and got our fill of delicious Taiwanese food ☺ Praise the Lord for family-like friends here!
  • A Taiwanese friend of Kelley’s from the Garden of Hope joined our house church service for the first time last week. Praise the Lord for this first step, and join us in praying she comes to know Jesus!

What a mighty God we serve! Thank you for supporting us so faithfully!

For the Glory of God,
Erich and Kelley Schindler

Schindler Update 2014_01_15

Dear Friends and Supporters,

 

Greetings from Taipei! 2014 is upon us and we are full of expectation at what we will see God do this year. We are trusting Him for 5 new house church groups to be started, and are praying that many will find new life in Christ! The Lord continues to do above and beyond what we ask or imagine, and we are blessed to be able to serve Him here!

 

How can you being praying for us?

  • We are having increasing opportunities to train other Taiwanese believers on missional living, and starting house churches. Our prayer is for more co-workers to join in our vision, and to see missional communities spring up all across Taipei.
  • Pray for our missional community weekend events. Each Saturday evening we hold different events specifically with the purpose of connecting with non-Christians. Pray for many to join, and experience Jesus’ love.
  • The Chinese New Year is coming in 2 weeks. We have plans to celebrate with un-saved Taiwanese friends. Pray we can be a light to them, and that they will be drawn to Christ. 

 

Let’s praise the Lord together!

  • Our Christmas Eve community church service went very well. Non-Christians outnumbered the Christians present, and we received very positive feedback. Pray for wisdom as we do follow up with our non-Christian friends.
  • We have been able to develop some great relationships with local Taiwanese people in our neighborhood. We regularly have people come out of their stores to take pictures with Max, give us fruit, talk, etc… We are thankful for these open doors!

Thank you for being a blessing and encouragement to us! It’s wonderful to partner in ministry together!

For the Glory of God,
Erich and Kelley Schindler

2013_12_16 Schindler Update

Dear Friends and Supporters,

Greetings from Taipei! As we write this prayer update, it is 70 degrees with clear blue skies, a little contrast to the snow we keep hearing about back in the USA. It has been a full first month of being home in Taiwan. We have gotten back into a good routine and our days are filled with actively building relationships in our neighborhood, visiting women at a local shelter, 2-3 house church events every week, ongoing Chinese study, and eating lots of local foods we missed during our home assignment!

How can you being praying for us?

  • We are busy preparing for our first church service in the community on Christmas Eve. Erich will be sharing the Gospel message in Chinese, and Kelley will be translating. Please pray for good responses as we pass out flyers to friends and neighbors. Our prayer is that from this event, more people will join our house church meetings.

Let’s praise the Lord together!

  • A big praise is that we are not being charged to use the community center for our Christmas Eve service! We expected to have to pay a fee to use the space, and are praising God for His kindness to us in this way.
  • We praise the Lord for so many things in 2013 – the birth of Max, a fruitful home assignment, a new church planting venture, quality co-workers, faithful prayer warriors and supporters, and so much more!

May the joy of the Lord be yours this Christmas season, and may we experience the presence of God every day of 2014!

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

For the Glory of God,
Erich and Kelley Schindler

Schindler Update 2013_11_15

Dear Faithful Friends and Supporters,

 

Greetings from Taipei! It is good to be back ‘home,’ and we thank you all for praying for us as we traveled. We had a wonderful home assignment in the USA, and came back refreshed and ready for ministry.

As many of you know, in February we began our first missional community group (house church). Since returning to Taiwan and meeting with our Taiwanese pastor and his wife, we have been given the official green light to use this missional community as a beginning for what, Lord willing, will grow into a house-church movement across Taipei city. Our vision is to use a “scattered and gathered” style of church. This means groups are meeting in homes during the week for church, and once every month come together in the community for corporate worship as the larger body. We are thankful to have their blessing, allowing us to invest our time into this church plant among the un-churched in Taipei.

How can you being praying for us?

  • Please pray for our co-worker team (6 in total) to have unity and wisdom, as we desire to effectively reach the un-churched around us.
  • We are planning to have our first gathered church service in the community on Christmas Eve. Pray for the preparations, and for openness as we invite people.

Let’s praise the Lord together!

  • Our landlord graciously agreed to let us sign a short 6-month contract, allowing us the chance to move to a bigger place next Spring.
  • Through Max, we have had opportunities to interact with numerous people on the street, neighbors, bus drivers, etc. We are thankful for doors God is opening through our little guy!

Thank you for faithfully standing behind us in prayer and support. We are blessed to serve together with you.

 

For the Glory of God,
Erich and Kelley Schindler

 

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Max loves meeting new people every day, and is opening many doors for us into our local neighborhood. Please continue to pray for ways to share God’s love with our Taiwanese friends!

Schindler Update 2013_10_16

October 16, 2013

Dear Faithful Friends and Supporters,

Greetings from Elizabethtown, PA! We have enjoyed our time here during the past month, and are thankful for the opportunities we’ve had to share about Taiwan, meet together with old and new friends, and participate in a missions conference at a local supporting church. God is good and has truly blessed our time in the USA.

 

How can you being praying for us?

  • We begin our travels back to Taiwan, leaving the USA on October 28th. Please pray especially for Max on the long flights.
  • Please pray for a good re-adjustment to life in Taiwan, with minimal jet lag and good health.
  • Please pray for our Missional Community (house church plant) in Taipei to continue to see growth, and that we will be effective in making disciples for Jesus!

 

Let’s praise the Lord together!

  • The last 4 days we have the privilege to join in the missions conference at Lake View Bible Church. During these days we met many new friends, and felt very loved and cared for by this church.  Praise the Lord for the Body of Christ!
  • We have kept in good touch with friends in Taipei while we’ve been gone, and are thankful for the good ministry reports we’ve received, and for wonderful co-workers we get to serve alongside.

It has been a blessing to see many of you over the last few months. Words cannot express our thanks for your faithful prayers and support of what God is doing in Taiwan.

For the Glory of God,
Erich and Kelley Schindler 

P.S.: Attached is a picture of Max enjoying time with his grandparents 🙂

Max with his grandparents