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.
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.