Food for Thought

This past week a missionary couple from Uganda visited our church. They run Watoto Children’s Ministries in the capital city of Uganda, and hearing them speak was a mix of being inspiried, challenged, and moved deep within the heart. They told numerous stories of the journey God had taken them on over the past 30 years of ministry, and as well shared personal stories of the people they live among and serve. What struck me most was the emphasis they place on “holistic ministry,” believing the spiritual and physical needs of a person cannot be separated. You cannot try to minister to the spiritual needs of a person while ignoring their physical needs. They emphasized that none of us have a ‘job’ per se, but rather as Christians we all have ‘callings’. Whether that ‘calling’ finds us in an office behind a desk, in a classroom in front of students, or in an orphanage holding babies, we are the Church called to reach out to the people right around us.

As we are praying and seeking God’s will for planting a non-traditional church among Taiwanese working class, these truths were excellent reminders for us. Our primary focus shouldn’t be on bringing these people into the walls of a church building, but rather intentionally bringing the Church to them every single day. It was good food for thought for us, and we hope challenging for you as well. I think the Christmas season is a perfect time to look around our communities and in our neighborhoods to find someone that we can be Jesus to. 🙂

And, to end this little post here is Baby Schindler at 20 weeks. Half-way there!!

20 Weeks

 

The Garden of Hope

The Garden of Hope is an organization offering help, care, and hope for women and girls who are under-privileged, who are victims of abuse, who have been trafficked, and/or who have been abandoned. It’s here where God has opened up many doors for me (Kelley) to serve through Bible studies, shelter ministry, teaching, and translation. Our church, Taipei Truth Church, has had a relationship with the Garden of Hope for some time, as others from the congregation have served there before, or are currently serving there. I feel extremely blessed to have been led here, and can already see myself growing as I get to serve, minister to, and love these needing people. Last week as I was visiting one of the shelters set up for teens coming from domestic violence, abuse, and abandoned backgrounds, I had the chance to talk one-on-one with a 17 year old girl, and share with her about the gift of prayer. I shared how God is listening to her too, and wants to be her help. At the end, I got to pray for her as well. It was a sweet time, and I trust the Lord is going to keep working not only in her heart, but the others as well.

Thanks be to God, for He is our Hope and ever present help in times of trouble! May these precious ones know that truth as well!

The Garden of Hope