Join us for a Week Of Prayer!

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Over the past 5 years we have set aside one week each season to stop.

Actually stop.

Fast, Pray, and Seek God’s Direction.

It is so easy to get caught up in the never-ending onslaught of each day until one day we look back and wonder whether we are actually pursuing God’s direction for our lives. Every season for the past two years we have taken a week of prayer, and we want to invite you to be a part of this week with us from October 28 – November 3.

Annie’s Word From God For The Year: Satisfied (Philippians 4:11-13)

Louis’ Word From God For The Year: Refine (John 15:1-2)

Theme Of The Year: Preparation (Ministry Expansion & Content Development)

Type Of Fast: Daniel Fast (Daniel 10:2-3)

We will be fasting according to the specific recommendations of the fast, but you are welcome to join us by following the theme of the fast which is to separate ourselves from the choice foods in our lives. Annie has decided to fast from coffee, which made me want to reconsider the whole idea (just kidding).

Prayer Week Daily Prayer Topics

The prayer challenge will work the same as in past years, which means that the prayer for the day and main theme will be posted on the blog and facebook, but the in depth prayer needs will only be sent via email to our Prayer Warriors. This is a team of people who have a desire to pray more intimately for us. These emails may include information that cannot be posted publicly, so we ask that you commit to keeping them within your prayer groups.

Thank you for your unbelievable love and support. We couldn’t be here without you.

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The Week of Prayer Begins!

Sunday, October 28: Healing

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Throughout the week those of you signed up for our prayer team will receive in depth prayer requests for this next season of our ministry in Lebanon. If you haven’t signed up yet, what are you waiting for? The first prayer letter goes out at 7:00AM Arizona Time!

If just a quick prayer and topic is best for you, each day on our blog the prayer for that day will be posted. The prayer team will receive in depth, personal, and private prayer requests not meant to be shared on social media. Thanks for praying!

Prayer Week Daily Prayer Topics

Back In Beirut

We just finished a 2 month tour of the states where we spoke at 7 churches in 8 weeks! We want to thank the unbelievable support from the incredible servant hearts of our supporters. It brings us to tears when we think of the countless hours of prayers, e-mails, and events that you have committed to us through the years. Because of you the hungry are being fed, the lost are being found, and the gospel is being preached throughout the world. Thank you.

Baptism

Kyrie Rebekah Liss was baptized on August 18, 2018. The following Sunday when Pastor Dan Valisakos asked her what happened to her. She boldly replied, “My daddy got my dress all wet!” Now every time we read about baptism in our family Bible times she stops the reading to remind us that she got baptized, too!

Discipleship

I remember when we left for a visa trip two years ago and Annie “accidentally” chose a hotel without WiFi. When we returned to Lebanon my phone exploded with over 1,000 missed messages. That was when we began realizing I was doing too much and needed help from the national staff. We hired three people to help with my work load and spent a year helping them transition into their new positions. After returning this summer it was unbelievable to feel missed but no longer the only one holding things together. The staff is thriving and growing in experience every day.

School

Because of all your support, David and Rebekah were able to start school this week. The only struggle was convincing Rebekah that she would have to return home each day. Predictably, she has already made lifelong friends so she doesn’t have to worry about bridesmaids at this point. David showed marked improvement in Arabic last year after one of our high schoolers began coming over each week to tutor him. David will be starting French this year and Annie is going to take an online class in French so we can better help Davey with his trilingual education.

Expansion

Doors have been swinging open with our new ministry center out in the Beqaa Valley where over 500,000 refugees live in camps working as farm laborers. At the beginning of the summer one of our staff, named Yusef, was put in charge of running the daily services and distribution at the center but was still commuting three hours each way every day. I was praying for long term staff to move to the area so Jesus can be shown in more incarnational ways. Over the last six months we have had two families and two single women volunteer to be part of our ministry expansion team to the Beqaa. Stay tuned for news about the exciting growth of our outreach facility.

Prayer Requests

  1. Family: Pray for the kids returning to school, that they would be able to share Jesus with their peers and teachers.
  2. Ministry: Pray for grace filled sound doctrine as we are beginning our year of curriculum development this year.
  3. Future: Pray for the team in the Beqaa Valley to have a singular vision and direction for the long term growth of the gospel.
  4. School: Annie has decided to take a month in France to do a French language intensive. Pray for this month of separation for the family.

Passionate Paradox

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     As we have spent this past few weeks in the States, our family has been so blessed to be surrounded by love and support from our community. Everyone has at some point shared the same sentiment. We are so unbelievably excited to be in the US and simultaneously yearning to return to Lebanon. Expectantly wishing for the time we can once again be amongst our refugees. Desperate to wake up amongst a nation of people who have begun to embrace the hope of Jesus even if this world has nothing left to offer.

     Our life is a paradox, which seems only fitting since we worship a God who makes harmony from conflict. Fully God and fully man. Who wept while never ceasing to rejoice. In my devotional time four years ago I adapted a missionary poem called “Ants in the Sugar Bowl” about the challenges of working cross culturally while embracing the beauty of working in our father’s field. It seemed appropriate to share it now as we continue to live as strangers in a familiar land and prepare to return to our foreign home.

 

So I send you

To long hours and exhausting days

To garbage piled higher and higher every hour

To sweltering summers and frigid winters

To uncomfortable cars, smelly taxis, and crowded buses

To uncertain water and sporadic electricity

To exchange yes and no for maybe and I have no idea

To poverty you didn’t believe existed

To camps of humanity that stretch to the horizon

To abandoned construction sites filled with homeless families

To hundreds of thousands of children without education

To know and work with people who have lost everything

To a country suffocating from smog, refuse, and the invading world

To stare into the eyes of men and women preparing to die after being refused treatment

To buildings still bleeding rubble from decades of bullets and shrapnel

To people trapped living illegally with no hope of a future

So I send you, and I expect you to adjust

 

So I send you

To people desperate to know the God who walks the streets of the slum

To people who will give from their poverty

To finally feel you are worthy of the calling

To learn about yourself and the culture that reared you

To know God and make Him known to those who know Him not

To rooms too crowded to sit with people wanting only to hear the name of Jesus

To streets that only the deity of Christ would walk

To the sound of worship of native people in native languages with national music

To a national church that finally woke up

To songs that get louder when the electricity goes out

To chapels and churches bursting with seas of veiled women

To the cry from the Mosque being drowned out by the sound of praise

To spirits unbroken and hearts unshaken in the face of insurmountable odds

To hearing the voice salvation bursting forth in Arabic, French, Armenian, & Kurdish

To feeling unbelievable joy at the honor of laboring in the field of the true harvest

So I send you

 

Are you going, because I will be with going with you always even unto the very end of the age.

 

 

A Letter from our President

Dear Supporters and Friends of Louis and Annie Liss.
As their director, I can say with full confidence that Lois and Annie’s ministry is significant and worthy of your generous support.
To demonstrate my convictions I will personally pledge $3000 as a matching grant
before the end of this year to their ministry.
So you can tell your friends there is a $3000 matching grant that would double their gift up to $3000.
We hope several of you would participate in this opportunity. Perhaps the Lord will provide 5 times this amount. 050417_1443_ComingBackt1.jpg
Louis has been invaluable to the work of the Kingdom in the Middle East. His passion, dedication and years of experience reaching out to Muslims and serving the short term team and interns, have impacted hundreds if not thousands of lives.
Lois is a world class missionary with knowledge and passion for the gospel and for souls.
I encourage you to invest in the Lisses’ ministry to enable them to focus on their work rather than worry about their support.

Due to increased activities their budget has increased. Yet most of his supporters have not caught up with this increase.

I encourage you to give Louis a raise so he can continue to do the Lord’s work unhindered.

I am trusting the Lord that 3 of you at least would match my gift dollar for dollar. The rest of you may I boldly ask you to prayerfully consider doubling your normal giving. Beirut is a very expensive place to raise a family. Yet it is a most strategic place to reach needy thousands of needy refugees.

Thank you for your support in the past and I am counting on you to continue, even increase your support.

Georges Houssney
President, Horizons International
Thank you, Georges! We are living in faith that God will provide for the goals He has given us. Please consider raising your current amount of giving each month or beginning to give a monthly gift for our ministry here in Lebanon. 

One Month Under Our Belts

Culture shock has been enormous as well as various stages of traveler’s sickness in returning to Lebanon, but here we are!

We had a rough first week, but then the second week was pretty relaxed, followed by an extremely challenging week three, and we have just completed week four, which ended Sunday with a realization that we finally feel like we have returned to Lebanon.

It only took a month to get there, but we did.

And now that we have started to feel regular again I wanted to send out a quick message to all of you.

We are alive and well.

We are in Lebanon.

We love you all.

Thank you for your prayers.

In the coming weeks, please feel free to reach out to us for contact.

We are still getting our heads above water as far as the blog goes, but I will be sending out sporadic updates as I am able.

Halfway Point of Our Summer

Time Has Flown By

Time has been going by so fast! The kids & I (Annie) are halfway through our time in America. If you haven’t seen us yet, please don’t hesitate to call or email, our schedule is pretty flexible and open and we want to see as many of you as possible.

I think the halfway point is a good time to share with you what my strategy for fundraising has been and is on this trip.

The idea to come for the summer without Louis was given to me by God when we were here last December and January. That winter trip was all about our family, getting Kyrie’s surgery accomplished, and celebrating her healing. We spent Christmas with our families, and we did not spend much time visiting with the people who support us, and we did not spend any time finding new partners.

Because of that lack of contact, I was inspired to start planning this trip to America around creating and deepening our partnerships. At the same time, I knew that the security training I would be attending would need a great deal of reflection and prayer. Needing a great deal of time to sit quietly and pray seemed at odds with running around to see every person who might be able to give financially or otherwise.

So, I asked God to give me clear directions that I could obey.

Engage

 

The word God gave me was Engage. Engage is the title of Horizons International’s course to teach people how to engage with Muslims. I have always been able to use the training to engage with basically anyone. It has given me a framework to reach out to non-Christians and Christians alike. Therefore, it was easy for me to hear God say I needed to use this framework in Arizona.

Not only do I want to Engage with people here, but to help people Engage with the ministry in Lebanon. There are so many ways to do this, and the first part is just having a relationship with us.

Also, I want to be an encouragement to people here in the States, to share ways that you have all kept us afloat and the joys of new ministries, stable ministries, growing ministries that I see in our communities here. These ministries that we have seen grow while we have been in Lebanon are such an encouragement to us as well.

Isn’t This a Fundraising Trip?

When I ask Kyrie a yes or no question, her answer is usually, “Yes or No”. While it is confusing when she says it, it is the most appropriate answer for me here.

Yes or no.

I am here hoping to be fully funded, but I am not raising money the way we did our first year of fundraising.

The money I am basically leaving in God’s hands. Yes, we are under funded and need to raise our amount in order to stay in Lebanon, but I believe God wants us in Lebanon, and so that part of the ministry will be taken care of by God.

I do not want to make it hard to give us money, however, so CLICK HERE if you would like to start giving monthly, or a one time gift.

Throughout this post I have linked previous articles that relate, so if you see a link, click on it to find out more of the story. Especially for those new to the blog, this is a great way to work your way back through time to connect with us.

If God is leading you to become a financial partner, CLICK HERE to donate through Horizons. There is a drop-down menu to designate funds for Louis Liss.

Annie will be in the States until August 20! Please sign up to meet with her to encourage each other in all that the Lord is doing! CLICK HERE to make an appointment, or reply to the email when you subscribe to our newsletter.

If the appointment page is confusing, I made a walkthrough HERE.