ALPHA Was Just a Beginning!

Even though our Fall season of Bilingual ALPHA ended at the end of November, it was truly just a time of beginning for many people. During the season we had 11 small groups that participated in the course. And, of those groups 9 (!!) are continuing to meet weekly as regular Truth Church small groups. My (Kelley’s) group is one of those 9 groups. For the last 2 weeks on Friday night 4-5 girls have gathered together on the 6th floor of a building, in a teeny-tiny (very cold!) apartment, and we have small group. We sing, share, learn together about Jesus, and pray for one another. It has been such a blessing to watch these girls, who a couple of months ago had no idea who Jesus was, excitedly ask questions with childlike faith, sing praises to God, and pray sweet prayers to our Father. We are reading/studiyng a book entitled, “Begin Your New Life”, and in February 2 of these girls are going to be baptized– Praise God! I thank God for the opportunity to help lead this group and be a part of His Kingdom work in Taiwan!

The picture below is of the girls. The 2 in the front are the ones who are going to be baptized. Small Group Girls

One Busy Weekend….

Tis the Season to be Jolly….

This past weekend was one of the busiest we’ve had in a long time. We were in charge of planning/hosting 3 different events- a Friday night ALPHA reunion/Christmas event, a Saturday afternoon baby dedication/adult membership transfer ceremony for our International Zone, and a Sunday night an Annual Girls’ White Elephant Christmas Party held in our home. All the events were well attended with old and new friends alike, were full of laughter and good memories, and were a testimony in their own respective ways to God’s work here in Taipei. Check out the pictures below for a glimpse into our weekend- Merry Christmas!

Singing at the ALPHA Christmas event

Singing at the ALPHA Christmas event

Angel Kelley with her ALPHA Group

Angel Kelley with her ALPHA Group

Erich praying a prayer of blessing for our housemate, Eden, who was dedicated

Erich praying a prayer of blessing for our housemate, Eden, who was dedicated

Group picture at the dedication/membership transfer ceremony

Group picture at the dedication/membership transfer ceremony

Living Christmas Trees

Living Christmas Trees

 

Friends at the Girls Christmas Party

Friends at the Girls Christmas Party

ALPHA Week 10 Game and Song HD Video

Dear Friends,

We wanted to share some impressions from ALPHA Week 10 with everyone. The first video shows part of a lively game that the ALPHA groups played. The game started with all 10 groups, after which groups that responded too slowly were eliminated. So you’re seeing the final competition between the best groups. Notice our foreigners John, Caty, Kalan, and Joe participating, although they might have no idea what’s going on 😀

Both videos are in High Definition quality, so you might need to let them load for a little while before playing, depending on your internet speed. But then you can play them on “full screen” mode!

This video shows a song that one of the ALPHA groups was leading. About half of the girls on stage are not yet Christians, and it’s neat to see them involved in this way!

Thanks for continuing to pray as the regular ALPHA season ends. From what we can tell, most groups will continue meeting as regular church cell groups even after the season is over!

Blessings,
Erich and Kelley

ALPHA Song: “Oh Happy Day”

Dear Friends,

During this season of ALPHA we teach a new English song each week. Last week’s song was “Oh Happy Day”, connecting with the topic of the night, which was about the death and resurrection of Jesus.

As you can see in the below video, everyone really got into the song 😀 Towards the very end you can see us English co-workers coming around.

Please keep praying for our Lord to open the hearts of our new friends in this season of Bilingual ALPHA!

For His Glory,
Erich and Kelley