From the Far East to the Middle East

Location: Portland, Oregon
Date: June 24, 2019

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Another school year is completed for the “MK” Meier family living in mainland China. A flurry of selling, discarding, and packing intermingled with as many final goodbye meetings that we could cram into the schedule for the first two weeks of June. As we prepared for our summer break, it was more than just a preparation for summer activities. We were preparing to leave China behind us for good.

Stephen and I have felt for quite some time that this would be our final year living in China.  As we prayed for God to show us where he wanted us to go next year, the opportunity presented itself for Stephen and I to work at an international school in Turkey, and we found our hearts being drawn to that opportunity. Although we do not know very much about Turkey, our research has shown that it is a unique Middle Eastern Country with a mix of European and Asian cultures. Unlike many other countries with a heavy Muslim influence, Turkey operates as a democratic government based on European models rather than an Islamic one.  This will be change from us after living for two years in a strictly communist environment.

Where will we be working?

We will be working at the OASIS International School of Ankara (http://oisankara.org/) which has been established since 2004 and teaches primarily international students living in Turkey with a few Turkish students who hold dual citizenship. We are currently processing all our paperwork in order to get two year working visas for Turkey. Through the OASIS branch of the Network of International Christian Schools (NICS), we will be entering Turkey as educators and staff members for the international school.  The “M” word is generally discouraged when describing what we will be doing in Turkey.

What will we be doing?

After eight years of leading different schools as the headmaster, Stephen has agreed to be the middle school principal at this school and I (Cristina) will be the high school guidance counselor. Although Stephen was offered a headmaster position at more than one school within the U.S. for next year, we felt very strongly that God was sending us to Turkey. Based on that choice, Stephen was willing to accept the position as middle school principal for the next two years. Stephen loves being an administrator and whatever administrative position that he is given, we know he will thrive.  We are excited to see what God will do through him as he becomes part of the secondary administrative team at this school in Turkey.

We are also excited for me (Cristina) to step into this new role in which I will be helping 10th through 12th grade students finish high school well and prepare for college.  I spent several years studying third culture kids (TCKs) in their transition between high school and college and observing how the use of social media either helped or hindered their development from teenager to independent adult. These studies were used to help me earn my doctorate in Communications.  I am excited to be able to interact with students in a similar capacity once again.

Our children have not quite grasped this big move yet, but we are looking forward to what they will learn and experience, as well. Jared will be in middle school as a seventh grader.  Luke will be in fifth grade, Grace will be starting third grade and Seth will be in first grade in the elementary part of the school.

What do we need?

We are looking for both prayer and financial support for the following trips:

1) Praise that our trip from Beijing, China to Portland, Oregon was smooth and we did not lose a single one of our nineteen suitcases and six carry-ons.

2) Prayer for safety as we travel from Portland, Oregon to Gainesville, Florida by car for about 7-10 days of travel across the U.S. (we own a vehicle that we plan to use this summer)
*CLICK HERE: Our summer travel schedule is provided.

3) Prayer for smooth travels and provision for all our travel needs.  We cannot send any of our belongings to Turkey in crates because we’ve been told that large packages get confiscated and/or stolen.  So, the only way to bring everything we need to turkey is to carry it with us on the plane.  We are estimating that we will be carrying an extra six to eight pieces of luggage along with the 12 pieces of luggage that we will already be carrying with us. Each extra piece of luggage will cost us approximately 200 dollars.

If you are interested in becoming part of our financial support team in helping us GET TO TURKEY, please click the link below.  NICS has provided a U.S. tax deductible way for you give both on-line and through the mail.

Follow us on Facebook as we take pictures of our summer road trip across the U.S. Pray with us as we prepare to move to Turkey. Stay connected so that we can continue to communicate as friends and family in body of Christ.

BECOME A PART OF THE MK MEIER FINANCIAL SUPPORT TEAM.

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Marching into April with Grace

Date: April 5, 2011
Location: Quito, Ecuador

It is often said that “time flies,” but it usually doesn’t seem to apply to me when I’m in the last month of my pregnancies.  The month of March seemed to last forever as Stephen and I speculated whether or not our third child would arrive before or after the month’s end.  As each week went by, it became more and more certain that our child did not want to be born in March.

For those of you who received our birth announcement on Sunday, April 3, you will know that our baby did arrive this past Saturday on April 2.  Now that we are home from the hospital, we’d like to share the experience (and some pictures) with you.

Grace Erin Meier

Please browse our blog to find out more about the following:
1) The Birth of Grace Erin Meier (our little GEM) -Family News Link
2) From Texas to Thailand: Which way will the Mk Meier Family be heading for Stephen’s new job next year? -Ministry Link
3) The March Flood of 2011 in the Meier Home -TCK Views Link
4) Financial Challenges and other prayer requests -Home Page Link

Thanks for taking the time to stay in touch with us.  We especially appreciate all the e-mails that were sent after the birth of our daughter.  They were very encouraging and I look forward to responding personally to each one of them soon. Feel free to e-mail us, write a note on Facebook, leave a comment on this blog, give us a call on our Vonage phone or call us up on Skype. We’d love to hear from you.

Blessings in Christ,

Cristina, Stephen, Jared, Luke and….debuing our little GEM (Grace Erin Meier)

Fall Expressions from the Mk Meier Family

Date: November 2, 2010
Location: Quito, Ecuador

The end of another month didn’t exactly bring us fall weather, but it did give us a few days of extra relaxation.  Traditionally, Ecuador celebrates “Dia de los Difuntos” (Day of the Dead) as a federal holiday.  They also decided the day that follows this holiday, which is Cuenca Independence Day (one of the major cities in Ecuador), also deserves to be a holiday.  This year, those two days of November second and third fell on Tuesday and Wednesday.  A couple weeks before prior, the president decided that Monday should also be considered part of that holiday in order to give everyone an extra long weekend.

Fortunately, our school had already planned to take that day off.  So, we were not caught by surprise with the last minute change in holiday scheduling by the government.  I hope to take the extra time to finish up my grading (first quarter grades are due next week) and try to get some more research done on my Ph.D. dissertation while also hoping to get some additional rest now that I’m in my 18th week of pregnancy.

So, please browse our blog links to find out more details about what has been going on in the past month with the Meier Family.  Read about the following items:

1) An Election of Reflection (Ministry)– Cristina has been working with a group of students in the school’s civic club and the senior U.S. Government class to simulate a mock election that reflects the issues in this year’s election in the U.S.

2) Stephen’s Upcoming Recruitment Voyage (Ministry) – as Stephen looks for a new location to serve God in the area of school administration, he is planning on attending a conference in Atlanta, Georgia at the end of this month.

3) Experiencing Dora Live (TCK Views) – read about a birthday party that included a real, live and very Latin Dora.

4) The Nanny with the Chicken Pox (Ministry) – the past two weeks brought an added challenge to Cristina when her boys’ nanny came down with the chicken pox.

5)  Pregnancy Update (Family News)– although we still don’t know the gender of our little “tummy package,” here is a brief update on the developments this month.

6) Meier Boy Accomplishments (Family News)– read a brief update in the lives of our two toddlers

We want to let you know how much it means to us to keep in touch with so many of our family and friends.  Please feel free to send us a message, comment, note, etc.  We are on Facebook, Skype, Word Press, and e-mail.

Sincerely,

Stephen, Cristina, Jared & Luke Meier

Recent Adventures in the Meier Family

Date: October 2, 2010
Location: Quito, Ecuador

Greetings, friends and family,

I was planning on writing another newsletter (and do some updating of this family blog) sometime “soon.”  But with the recent political unrest in the country, I decided I should speed up the process and complete the task this weekend before too many people start wondering if we disappeared among the turmoil you might have been reading about on-line.

Before I go any further, let me assure everyone that the family is doing well and barely affected about what has been going on a few miles away from our home.  We are blessed to live in a bit of a ‘cocoon’ here on the school’s campus.  We were not even close enough to the action to hear any of the rioting or smell any tires burning.

You can visit  the links on this blog  to read more about the following items:

*A 24 hour Upheaval in Ecuador
*A STUCO retreat for the whole family
*Jared’s sharp mind
*Luke’s melodic expressions
*Celebrating 34 Years of Life
*Stephen’s Job Hunt

Thanks for taking the time to stay in touch with us.  E-mail us, Skype us, leave us a message here, call us on our Vonage phone or simply come on over and visit (if physically possible).  We love “visiting” no matter which method of communication used.

Sincerely,

Cristina, Stephen, Jared and Luke (and the little shrimp-t0-be a Meier)

August Update: Another Fall Approaching

Date: August 28, 2010
Location: Quito, Ecuador

It is hard to believe that the summer is already ending and that the fall season (and a new school year) are fast approaching.  I apologize for staying silent these past few months.  The end of the school year and summer busy-ness kept me away from the computer most of the time.  Please go to our blog to get caught up on the recent events and happenings in our family life and our ministry here in Quito, Ecuador.

You will find….

1) Jared’s Milestones (Family News)
It’s hard to believe that our first born is already three years old!  Find out some of the new things he has accomplished recently

2) Stories of a Fearless Luke (Family News)
Watching Luke’s personality develop has been both interesting and a little scary as he launches fearlessly into toddlerhood.

3) Two Plus One Equals Three (Family News)
Find out what will become the new equation of the Meier family

4) Changing Caregivers AGAIN (TCK Views)
After only four months of working for us, Jenny had to resign at the end of July.  However, she did introduce us to her niece, Sonia, who has been working for us for the past three weeks.

5) World Cup Fever (TCK Views)
Our experiences watching the 2010 Fifa World Cup games in Ecuador

6) Summary of our Summer Travels (TCK Views)
Some highlights of what we did during our travels to the U.S.

7) Changes for the new school year (Ministry)
Find out what is new and different about the 2010-2011 school year at AAI

Our prayer request list is also here if you wish to join us in prayer for the items that are most pressing on our hearts.

Sincerely,

The MK Meier Family

Stephen, Cristina, Jared, Luke & “little kidney bean”

May Mentions

Date: June 2, 2009
Location: Quito, Ecuador

I know it seems that we’ve fallen off the face of the earth.  When I sent out the last Meier Wire on the 11th of March, I had no idea that it would be over two months before I would have the chance to write another Meier Wire or update our newly created blog.  I started writing this update at the end of April.  That slowly became the end of May.  And now it is already the first of June.

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Playing at the park

Once my maternity leave ended on March 30th, all my free time disappeared into caring for two infants, teaching three classes, grading papers and trying to keep up with the daily tasks of life.

So, I am very glad to be able to announce that our family blog site (the MkMeier’s Blog) has been updated with the events and happenings for the past few months.

Go to the category links to find out:
Under Ministry
*How Stephen and Cristina were able to decide to stay in Quito one more year
*Their upcoming summer trip to the U.S. (June 23-July 16)
*What keeps students busy after school on Wednesday afternoons
*Why the Meier family skipped a week of school to go to the beach
Under TCK Views
*The results of Ecuador’s recent national elections & some funny signs I’ve only seen in Ecuador
*The uncanny adventures the Meier family has had with their appliances in the past nine months
Under Family News
*What new words Jared can say and how Luke is progressing as he nears 5 months of age
*What is keeping “Mamma” soooo busy these days
*Six signs to look for among those who watch too much “Dora the Explorer”