January Prayer Letter: Updates Galore! Baby Pictures, Middle East Update, and Funding Updates.

Funding Update

Monthly Pledges: $140
Total In Account: $1032
(These amounts place us at almost 3% of our goal) 

We need about $5000 per month in order to do all the discipleship, Bible studies, evangelism and other activities we are hoping to do. This will allow us to be full-time in ministry without having to find a job in Lebanon. Unlike our trips to Michigan in the past where we had a set amount needed by a certain date, we are in need of a salary based on our supporters.

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If you have been with us from the beginning you may notice that we are struggling to bring our funding numbers up. You are our prayer support and our family, so we need to be transparently honest with you. Fundraising has been very difficult for us. We have repeatedly said that we are beginning, but were truly more invested in preparing for the baby. Now that David is here we have begun meeting with people and looking toward going to Lebanon. Please lift us up in prayer. We need your support now more than ever.

Christmas Baby

An Open Door

In an honest effort to help America grasp Christian persecution in the world, a terminology was developed describing countries as either “Open Countries” or “Closed Countries.” The former describes areas where the gospel can be openly proclaimed in public and the latter are those in which it cannot. Noam Chomsky posed this question: “Do our thoughts create our language or does our language create our thoughts?” As a linguist Chomsky was noticing that our words and rhetoric dramatically affect the lens through which we view the world. The problem with these terms is when we hear closed country it is subconsciously drawing our minds toward the belief that this location is without access. Yet God says in Revelation 3:8, “Behold, I have set before you an open door, which no one is able to shut.” Though missionaries may be hindered physically, legislatively, or financially from preaching the Gospel amongst a certain people, God beckons us, “If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land” (2 Chr 7:14). The prayers of the people have been penetrating the hearts of the lost for millenia and it persists today. 30% of Christians with a Muslim background profess to being visited by Jesus in a dream or vision. We are so thankful that in Lebanon we are able to stand in the streets and openly preach the gospel, but we are aware this could change any time. The prayers of the saints are rising up to God and He is responding to these humble cries of intersession. Remember, if God opens a door to a nation, to a people group, or to a person’s heart no one can close is, and the door to the hearts of Muslims around the world is swinging wide. Please persist in your prayers.

Happy New Year!

David Ezekiel Liss

Baby David is almost two months old now and is smiling all the time. He also can roll over half way, which is exciting and nerve-wracking. He is an amazing baby and we are thrilled to have him. We are reading to him a chapter of the Bible each night, and are now into Exodus. Every week he has gotten to hear his daddy preach since he was born, which is an amazing blessing.

Still, the most often asked question is if we are still planning on going to Lebanon with this little guy. People who have held him and seen him fall desperately in love with him and, understandably, become protective. You have heard us say that God sent his only son into the mission field as a baby. You have read Louis’ Middle East updates, which are full of hope for these people. But then you flip on the news and see the wars literally surrounding our little country. As the mom I would be lying if I said that I wasn’t concerned for my baby; however, I am not concerned to take him to Lebanon.

I was asked while 8 1/2 months pregnant what was the most important thing I wanted my baby to learn. My answer. “I want him to love Jesus.” Upon further questioning about schooling and other mental and academic goals I had for him, my answer remained the same. Jesus is what is most important to us, and we need our son to know that first. No matter where we are, that is our focus. We don’t want to protect him from God’s calling, and that is what is truly scary. We know he can change the world, and as much as people are concerned for us and our future we know that God will call him even further than we take him. Your fears are noted by us and by God. We are following God’s calling, and as we are raising money we are fully aware of the fragility of our plans. That is why we repeat to ourselves and to you, our supporters, God has a plan. When you are concerned for us, just pray that God makes his plans clear step by step and that we may remain in His will at all times.