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Big Prayer Requests for November

It’s been a while since we’ve asked for specific prayer for our lives. Right now, we have two big prayer requests that feel a little overwhelming to us.

CRISTINA’S PH.D. WORK
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#1: Cristina has been sruggling to finish her Ph.D. for the past few years.  She passed her qualifying exams in the fall of 2009, but was unable to write any of her dissertation for the following year and a half.  She made a decision to try to finish the dissertation this year and graduate in May of 2012.  So far, she has completed a rough draft of her first chapter and has been working on her second chapter for almost seven weeks.  Now, she three weeks left to finish the first three chapters of her dissertation so that she can defend her dissertation proposal by Thanksgiving vacation. She needs to be able to concentrate on her writing and not get distracted during the hours that Stephen is home to take care of the kids.

THE MK MEIER BUDGET
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#2: Stephen and Cristina are finally settled down into their home in Lake Jackson.  Their debts and payments are also settling into a monthly routine as well.  They finally went through their budget together last week and found that they are $700 underbudget.  That means, they have to figure out how to cut that much money out of their spending and still be able to pay back their debts, bills, health insurance premium and still be able to tithe and put some money into a savings account each month. Please pray for wisdom, especially since we are now coming into the holiday season and there is no extra money for holiday trimmings or gifts.

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Financial Challenges and other prayer requests

It has been an amazing three years living in the faith that God will provide for all our needs.  We knew that moving into this ministry in Ecuador meant a huge drop in pay and a huge leap of faith in trusting that God would provide the money we would need for living here.  One of our biggest challenges has been keeping renters in our townhouse in West Virginia.

Our first year in Ecuador, we continued to pay our mortgage for an empty home for eight months before a renter was willing to sign a contract.  That renter stayed in the apartment for a year and four months before she left.  That brought us to a big financial burden at the end of our second year in Ecuador.  This burden was made greater as our financial supporters found it difficult to continue to support us at the same level.  Fewer and few donations have come in this year than the other two years.

Fortunately, we went only one month without renters that summer.  However, the renter only stayed for two months before leaving unexpectedly.  Between the months of October 2010 and February 2011, we had no news of renters interested in home.  Finally, we received word that someone was interested in moving into our townhouse, but that she wanted to wait until April to move in.  She gave a deposit to our realtors in order to insure that our home would not be rented to someone else until she was able to move into the townhouse in April. 

In spite of the financial burden we’ve had since then, we’ve been able to pay our bills in the past six months without any renters, but our debt has been increasing instead of decreasing ever since. 

We are now looking at the same level of debt that we had when we first moved to Ecuador and it is hard not to be concerned about the next few months of our future.  Please pray for us to continue to stay at peace with God’s provision during this time.

Homecoming Flowers for Baby Grace

Some other prayer requests for our family include:

1) Stephen’s grandfather (his dad’s father) passed away last month.  Pray for God’s joy and peace for the Meier family as they grieve the loss of this loved one.

2) Cristina’s brother and sister in law started the process of trying to adopt a child from Ethiopia.  However, the entire process has come to a standstill and it appears that they may not be able to adopt a child after all and will not be reimbursed for the money they have put into the adoption program thus far.

3) Kurt Meier (Stephen’s brother) continues to heal from his accident last month.  Keep praying that he will return to full health and be able to go back to work. 

4) Cristina’s quick recovery from giving birth and for the entire family as they adjust to being a family of five.

Meier Prayer Requests for September

Meier Family (August 2010)

As we begin the new 2010-2011 school year, please keep us in prayer for the following needs:

1) Financial – We had a tough summer this year.  Our renter moved out of the townhouse we own in West Virginia at the end of June, just as we were needing the extra money for our summer trip to the U.S.  Fortunately, we only went one month without renters.  Our new West Virginia real estate agency found renters to move into the home on the first of August.  However, we are still recovering from the deficit created for the month of July. 

2) Future prospects – Stephen and I are looking at making this our final year ministering at the Alliance Academy International of Quito, Ecuador.  We are looking at other international schools where we can continue to minister or to a Christian school in the United States.  Please join us in prayer for wisdom and discernment as we make a decision as to where we will move after this school year is finished.

3) New pregnancy – After two pregnancies without any complications, Cristina is trying not to worry about anything going wrong with this third pregnancy.  Keep this new child in prayer that he/she will develop to be a healthy new addition to their family.  Their first doctor’s appointment is scheduled for next Tuesday, August 31 and they believe she is about eight weeks (roughly two months) pregnant.

4) Raising godly sons – Be in prayer with us as we are raising our sons, Jared and Luke, to be godly examples to those around them as they learn about the world around them and the God who created it all.

5) New school year – Be in prayer with us for the new teachers as they start a new year in a new school and learning a new system.  We have around 30 new teachers for middle and high school alone.   Also be with the returning teachers that they will find new passion for their classes and their ministry to the students they will teach this year.

Support and Financial Update

We have been very blessed this school year to have free housing in one of the apartments available on the Alliance Academy International campus.  We live in the basement level of the back wing of the Alliance dorm.  We share this basement level with the AAI Dining Commons that provides lunches for high school students.  A few dorm students live in the floors above and other wings have been rented out to other AAI teachers. 

We have also been able to keep up with our mortgage payments, because we had a renter staying in our townhouse since last March.

We have also been blessed with the additional financial support of different friends and family throughout the past few months.  Thank you so much for those who have prayed for us and those who have given of their finances to help us continue our ministry here.

We recently heard from our realtor that our renter is interested in moving out of the townhouse.  Our realtor also suggested that we find someone else to manage the renting of our home, because his business is moving more toward the leasing of business property as opposed to private property.

However, when we called him to discuss our options, he told us that the renter was not ready to leave the townhouse at the end of her lease (beginning of March).  She has requested to stay in our townhouse on a month to month basis until she finds the new job and new home that she is looking for.  It appears that our realtor will continue to take care of the rental until she leaves.

Therefore, our financial situation will remain steady until the end of March.  We will just have to wait and see what God brings us at that point.