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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.

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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.

February Prayer Requests

“God is good all the time.” 

That is an easy quote to throw around.  However the words sometimes get choked in the middle of our throats when we are faced with deep sadness and pain. These days, tragedy seems to be spelled “H-A-I-T-I,” and it is hard to compare other hardships and sadness with the amount of devastation facing the people who live in and around Port-au-Prince. However, we ask that you keep the following prayer requests in mind.

1) Those working in Haiti to help the victims of the recent earthquake. We begin our list of prayer requests with a small international school in Port au Prince, Haiti, called Quisqueya Christian School (http://quisqueya.org/). Their story hits close to home as our school’s director has been communicating with the director at their school.  Fortunately, all the teachers survived the earthquake and their school experienced less damage than other locations.  However, many families and students have lost loved ones.  Their school has become a temporary home for many displaced staff members and has also become one of the major centers from which international relief efforts are currently being made. 

Here is an excerpt from their website, posted in early February. 

“Here at the Quisqueya earthquake relief center, more doctors are arriving daily to assist with medical needs. We have welcomed new teams from Long Island, Mercyworks (Seattle), Christian Medical Network, Colorado Springs,  One Heart Ministries (Kansas), University of Maryland, Catholic Relief Services, Aimer Haiti, Delta International (Oregon), Jesus in Haiti (Indiana), and Comprehensive Disaster Response Services. The 175 – 200 medical relief workers staying on our campus include firefighters, chaplains, paramedics, doctors, nurses, physical therapists, and midwives.”

The school provides a link where people can donate directly to these efforts at their website: http://quisqueya.org/

 2) A Fifth Grade student who recently lost her entire immediate family in a tragic car accident.  Just this past weekend, a family of four was traveling out of Quito to begin their vacation when they were involved in a car accident.  Both parents and one of the children died.  However, the older child, a 10 year old girl, survived the accident without any major injury.  The girl is currently staying with extended family (as her parents were Ecuadorian) as plans are being made for the funerals of her family members.  You can read more about this story in “A Missionary Family goes ‘home’.”

3) A Korean 12th grade student was forced to graduate early only to get an extended visa a couple days later. Please pray for her as she decides whether to follow through with her family’s decision to leave the country and return to South Korea.  She has officially graduated from high school, but has recently been given an extended visa to stay in Ecuador through the end of the school year.  More about this story can be found in “An Emergency Graduation.”

4) Praise reports concerning our new nephews. For those of you who have been following the progress of little Joshua Alexander Cobb (son of Philip and Chrissy Cobb), he is slowly but surely progressing toward his release date from the hospital.  He is currently over 5 lbs and transitioning from the “preemie” stage to the “new born” stage.  His due date would have been March 6 if he had stayed in “the oven.”  (RECENT UPDATE: Hold everything, folks! I just heard that they were able to take little Josh home today (February 16). To find out how to pray for them best as they continue to care for their son’s needs at home, check out their web blog at: http://joshuacobb.blogspot.com/

We are also excited to report that Cristina’s sister, Anita, and her husband, Nick, gave birth to their first son, Noah William Gamblin on February 2.  He was nearly a week past his due date and put his mother through approximately 22 hours of labor.  However, he was born without any complications at nearly 8 and ½ lbs and is currently blessing his parents’ lives with his presence.  Look for Anita Gamblin on Facebook if you’re interested in seeing pictures of their precious bundle.