Arrival in Lebanon

    Louis and David arrived in Beirut, Lebanon only one hour late on 10pm Tuesday. (Noon here in Arizona) They have set up the internet and have begun Skyping, so if you want to start Skyping us just send Louis an email at louisliss@horizonsinternational.org and you can begin Skyping Davy and Louis. There were no stories to report, which is a good thing. Davy did very well traveling. They have major jet lag, and Davy did not sleep at all Thursday night.

    I am in Tucson until May 29th and then I will be in Phoenix for a week. Please let me know if you want to visit or hear about Lebanon. I am happy to see as many people as I can while still in the States. We will hopefully find out this week that the June 8th appointment can be the surgery instead of just a consult. It would give us up to a month less time away from our boys if that was the case so please pray. Our pediatrician is very kind and is hoping to be able to do all the preliminary work for the surgery with Kyrie and I at her 2 month appointment this week.

As Louis gets back into a routine I will have updates on the new school at our center and the teams coming all summer. There are only 3 days in June and July that will not have a team present in Lebanon for Louis to work with. We have people coming from Hong Kong, China; Denver, Colorado; San Francisco, California; and a new staff member from Malibu, California. Pray for all of those and I will let you know how they go.

Thank you for all of your continued prayers as we go forth to share the Good News!

    

Good News! (How often do you get to say that about finances?)

We are over halfway funded for the year!

62% Total of our $57,000 Annual Budget

66% Pledged of our Monthly Budget of $4750

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As we have been in the States fundraising again, several conversations tuned me into an aspect of our accounting that I had not realized could give us a new point of view. Each year there is a total amount we have as a goal as well as hoping to have monthly donors. Therefore, we are adding a new piece to our funding report. Along with our monthly amount we are taking how much we started the year with in the account and adding to it the amount we have gotten from January to the current month. At the end of the year we hope to have raised $57,000 each year to cover ministry expenses and salary. With this new perspective added we are already at 62% of our annual goal. We started the year with $14,816.61 left in our Horizons account, and have added $20,352 total from then until the end of April. We remain at 66% of our monthly pledges needed to fulfill our monthly goal continuously.

If you would like to see how the money is divided up in our projected budget for the year CLICK HERE.

To see how the finances are adding up this year CLICK HERE.

Returning to Lebanon

The time has come to buy plane tickets to return to Lebanon. We have many things to look forward to this summer in Lebanon. Louis and I have been working to prepare three groups who will be visiting. Two teams are coming to run VBS style camps for the kids at the center and a Chinese group coming for a vision trip to see how we can begin hosting teams from China. We are very excited to be finding ways for teams to come and serve at the center, and to see the nations coming together to worship Jesus together and to share him with those who will soon be our brothers and sisters.

Also, we have a new staff member coming from America. We are hoping to help him with his transition and feeling at home and welcomed. Finally, a school has been set up at our center while we have been in the States, and we have great anticipation to see what it looks like and how it is going so we can begin involving the visitors we are in charge of in the work there. Overall, there is great momentum at the center and this summer is key in continuing to move forward, so it is essential that we return and jump right in.

“And [the disciples] were exceedingly astonished, and said to him, “Then who can be saved?” Jesus looked at them and said, “With man it is impossible, but not with God. For all things are possible with God.” Peter began to say to him, “See, we have left everything and followed you.” Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands, for my sake and for the gospel, who will not receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and in the age to come eternal life.” Mark 10:26-30

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A Tough Decision

Louis and I have never been closer or more in love with each other, which is how we are going to be able to live with this next big decision in our family. Kyrie has to have an outpatient surgery, and the soonest we could get a surgical consult is in June. This overlaps with two of the groups coming to Lebanon, so we have decided that we will be splitting up and going back to Lebanon in two groups. Louis and Davy will return to Lebanon the third week of May, and Kyrie and I will follow after the surgery and follow up visits are all completed.

The verses above have been repeatedly coming to us before we knew we would have to make this decision. Jesus has just told the Rich Young Man to sell all his possessions, and his disciples that it is very hard for the wealthy to enter the kingdom of heaven. We have sold everything to go overseas, and we have continued to live under our budget so that we can go. Now we have to make sure that we are not holding our family in the place of God, but that we follow Him even though it means being separate from each other, and this is just as hard, if not harder, than giving up our possessions.

Your prayers, as always, are what we need more than anything. This will be a difficult transition for all of us, and traveling separately will be challenging as well. Please keep us in your prayers over the next few months as we make the needed adjustments.

Packing

Many of you have been asking about our packing arrangements as we return to Lebanon. Thanks to the two baby sprinkles we will have a great start on clothing for Kyrie. When Louis went back to Lebanon in December he took several large baby items with him: a high chair and a swing. We are planning on taking a walker with us and her crib this time. We already have a car seat in Lebanon.

Many people have asked what you can give to us that we would actually be able to take back to Lebanon. Here is a list of items that we will be purchasing. And one of the ways that we have found to get “care packages” is to send them with teams and visitors coming from the States. So anything we cannot take right away our parents can send to the teams or visitors we have in the next year and we can get them that way. Shipping to Lebanon is still way too costly to be worth the expense.

  • Clothes for Kyrie Sizes 6 month – 6T
  • Clothes for Davy Sizes 6-8
  • School Supplies (anything you can think of, but if you would like ideas CLICK HERE This is the list of supplies for next year’s curriculum for Davy)
  • Books (Louis and Annie will be using Amazon to get Kindle books, but Davy and Kyrie can always benefit from real books)

Thank you all for you love and care for us.