Thank You For Everything: The Procedure Was Successful! Kyrie Rebekah Is All Better!

Dear Friends and Family,

    We cannot express with words how overwhelmed we have been from the outpouring of support, prayers, and encouragement from our sending community. Let me give a quick summary of the issue and then an update on Kyrie’s improvement:

For an in depth timeline of the past 21 months CLICK HERE

  • March 28th, 2015: Kyrie was born with an imperforate hymen that blocked fluids necessary for menses. Shortly after being diagnosed, a cist appeared in the area of the hymen causing sores, puss, and continual pain.
  • We applied for the procedure to be covered with our insurance at the time and was denied.
  • We attempted a painful out-patient procedure without anesthesia which was unsuccessful.
  • We applied for two international insurance companies and were denied because of a pre-existing condition requiring a surgery they wouldn’t cover anyway.
  • We attempted the painful out-patient procedure again without result.
  • November 2015: Our family returned to Lebanon
  • The pain grew steadily worse and Kyrie began sleeping 15-20 hours a day to manage the pain.
  • We attempted to get the surgery done in Lebanon but there was no one at our Lebanese hospital who was equipped to perform this uncommon procedure on a child so young.
  • December 2016: We returned to America to have the pediatric urological surgery with a specialist.
  • One week prior to the procedure the bulge from the cist subsided.
  • Prior to inducing the general anesthesia we attempted the painful out-patient procedure one last time and this time it was successful!!!
  • We asked our specialist how it was possible for the cist to subside enough for the procedure to be successful and he answered, “You must have had a lot of people praying for you. God must not have wanted her to be put to sleep.”

Kyrie did not have to go under and she has made a 180% change. She is bubbly, laughing, and awake all the time.

She is ALL better!

This is possible because of God’s response to all of your prayers and support. God has shown a sign of His provision in the wilderness. Though our sorrow and struggle has lasted for countless nights, His joy has come in the morning. We could not have gotten through this period of our lives without you all being an ever present comfort to us. We can’t wait for you to meet our joyful little delighted daughter that has been encased in pain for so long. Thank you, thank you, thank you. God is good all the time and all the time God is good.

With Deepest Affection,

Louis, Annie, David, & Kyrie Liss

Leaving on a Jet Plane

Today is the day. While you are reading this we are either sitting in an airport or a plane. Please keep us in your prayers.

Just a few more days left to send money through the Surgery Giving Site.

If you want to fix food for us or meet up with us to eat a meal, please CLICK HERE. If an appointment slot isn’t open and you want to send some food over to our house, shoot us an email or leave a comment.

Consider joining our Prayer Team or Financial Team.

Annie’s FREE 21 Day Writing Challenge begins on December 15th! Want to pray for Annie like you have been for our family the last two weeks, with a daily update? Want to learn to write a journal, prayer journal, blog, or just want to finish that Christmas letter to send out? CLICK HERE

Good Grief


Good Goodbyes

As we walked out of church last Sunday, Davy suddenly stopped and ran back to start hugging everyone and kissing them. He was in tears saying he was going to miss them. While we hadn’t made mention of it, he figured out this was the last week, and he didn’t know if we would be back the following Sunday. Since Louis is preaching at a big event today, we didn’t know if we would make it to both either. Such a smart kid.

And he was able to say his good goodbyes. In addition we made sure to make plans to see the friends we have here to say good goodbyes even though it is only for a month.

Grieving Well

While we are gone, however, progress will be made on our Syrian family, the one with the two boys we have “adopted” into our lives. The whole family (4 kids and their mom and dad) are being sponsored to emigrate to either Argentina or Canada. While we are thrilled for this opportunity, which will mean the oldest and youngest boy can return to school, we are also broken hearted. To be in America during this pivotal transition is extremely painful. We are in a time of bargaining with God, “Please let them stay until we get back. At least one day so we can see them again.”

Please pray for us as we grieve this move simultaneously rejoicing simultaneously trying to figure out how we could ever see them if they do go to Argentina. Also, for all of you who have been praying for us for a long time. You will remember this boy, Rizan. You have been praying for Rizan and his brother Ivan for the past 4 years, too. So this loss affects you, too. Your prayers have been answered in so many ways. And the answer to prayer is to lose these two high school boys we have poured our lives into. We have to give them up to God that in Argentina or Canada they will have people who love them as much as we do to disciple and tutor them and bring them into their families.

WE CREATED APPOINTMENT SLOTS FOR MEETING WITH US FOR MEALS, EITHER TO HAND OFF A FREEZER MEAL FOR OUR FAMILY OR TO TAKE US OUT TO EAT DURING OUR TIME IN AMERICA. CLICK HERE. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO FEED US, BUT CAN’T FIT THOSE TIMES, CONSIDER DONATING THAT MEAL AMOUNT TO OUR FUNDRAISER FOR KYRIE’S SURGERY OR MAILING IT TO OUR HOUSE.

School Choice Report

One of our summer interns, Christian, doing a Bible study with some refugees.

An Educational Legacy

Louis and I have a huge passion for curriculum development, training, and education. Our parents were all involved in education, and my sister and I have both become teachers in school, and Louis in religion as a pastor. It is a huge piece of our hearts, culture, and family legacy.

Being in charge of the internship program here has been one way that we have been able to engage with that passion. Two of the interns we had this year (one of our summer interns is pictured above) are considering coming on staff with Horizons since returning home after their summer internship. Two others have gotten jobs working with refugees in California. We are so excited to be a part of something bearing fruit, and it also fills us with joy to be a part of their lives while they are here. When we return from the States we have three interns coming for an internship that will begin in February. This will continue to be a part of what we do moving forward, helping train and execute an internship program that is about learning to create your own personal ministry so that you can learn how to do ministry anywhere and with anyone.

Perhaps you are interested, or you know someone interested, in refugee work. Please consider coming to our center in Beirut. The work being done here is miraculous. People who have fought since the beginning of fighting are getting along in order to share the gospel. I also want to share the blog of our first intern who has since joined us on staff. She has beautiful stories of what we are doing here, and I would love for you to see! Her name is also Annie!

One of our summer interns, Michael, with some of the refugee children.

#lostgeneration

Unicef has put out several heart wrenching commercials alongside famous Hollywood stars sharing about the soon to be lost generation here. The war in Syria has gone on longer than five years now. This means there are children displaced, out of school, traumatized, whose lives have been interrupted for some to all of that five year period. When I was in training to be a teacher the stat they taught us was that if a kid moves, his parents get a divorce, or some other huge stress occurs in his life, that child will lose a year even if we work with him and he is present for class. Now compound that with the things these kids have seen, the immense trauma and strain and lives these children have already lived before the age of 10.

I refuse to believe this is a hopeless situation. War has happened before. People have been displaced before. And we have capabilities like never before. God is doing a new thing, and we know that He cares for the children in that.

This is an Arabic expression meaning Little by Little.

Louis and Annie

This is another one of those reports where we don’t have full clarity yet, but we want to share with you where our hearts are at. Part of the reason that we ended up putting Davy into school here was so that I would have more opportunity to go down to the center to tutor Ivan. In the future we hope that can remain a possibility. Our hearts are for the middle school and high school aged children. Opportunities are beginning to peek out like new buds on a flower, but we haven’t had a clear call.

Then, there is Kyrie Rebekah. She can start school here next year, at 2. Since she isn’t even talking yet, we are a little hesitant, but at the same time we are loving Davy’s school. Putting her in would help us get residencies and longer visas, but we are waiting on God to see His plan.

Finally, Annie. Me. I was told by God when pregnant with Davy to take five years to be a stay at home mom. Every year I try to bargain with God to see if He meant something different. This year was no different. As I have been helping Louis in more of a Personal Assistant role, I wanted to start to ask if I could get some benefits or have an actual HR role. God said no. I can volunteer. In my prayers this past week God was bringing to my mind the different steps He has asked me to take and told me that this next year I would be a student. Louis and I need another boost in Arabic, so we are planning on increasing our hours with our tutor.

WE CREATED APPOINTMENT SLOTS FOR MEETING WITH US FOR MEALS, EITHER TO HAND OFF A FREEZER MEAL FOR OUR FAMILY OR TO TAKE US OUT TO EAT DURING OUR TIME IN AMERICA. CLICK HERE. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO FEED US, BUT CAN’T FIT THOSE TIMES, CONSIDER DONATING THAT MEAL AMOUNT TO OUR FUNDRAISER FOR KYRIE’S SURGERY OR MAILING IT TO OUR HOUSE.

Financial Prayer Report

A $5000 Blessing!

Last night I wrote this report, filled in the tables, but did not have the internet to schedule the post. Since our income and expense reports come about 2 months behind, I only had through September to use. Today I opened my email to find October’s report in my inbox. I decided to add the numbers from October and reformat the first table. When I opened the form, I found that we had received a one time donation of $5000 in October! This is a huge answer to prayer! For October our income was 149% of our monthly goal. Yay God!!! This is a perfect example of God giving us what we need, like the birds of the air and the flowers of the field. There have been months that our Horizons account has ended the month at $0 this year, but God provides. It is His cash flow we are working with.

Louis and I pride ourselves on being transparent with people about our ministry. We want to share our ministry with you on all levels, including financial. Especially since we are always hoping to gain new financial partners. We are always looking for God’s provision through you all so we can invest even more into the ministries we have a passion for: high schoolers, training and curriculum development, church relations, parenting, and education, to name a few.

As this year draws to a close and we look toward those opportunities we want to focus in on, big projects we need to start saving up for, and regular cost of living and inflation raises, we have to raise our budget. Today’s report is a financial report, so it isn’t as fun to read as others, but we believe it to be a very important piece to share with you all.

This first table is a quick look at our financial situation throughout the year so far.

2016

Monthly Average Contributions Contributions Total Explanation

2015

$5,041.22

85% Throughout 2015

$7,289.83 to start 2016

11% of 2016 Total

In 2015 our Monthly Budget was $5,502.50.

In September 2015 we were at 111% for our annual goal.

1st Quarter January – March

$2,680.17

54% of goal

$15,330.35

26%

The large drop in our average monthly percent is in part because of raising our budget for 2016, but in part because we have had donors begin to drop off who have completed their initial commitment to us.

2nd Quarter April – June

$5,094.41

118%

$32,776.54

55%

Half way through the year we were pleased to be also half way funded for the year.

3rd Quarter July – September

$2,718.73

55%

$40,932.73

%69

October

$7,308.55
149%
$48,248.28
81%
This leaves us with $11,056.68 still needed to meet our goal for the year.

Looking forward, the following two tables are the budget sheets for 2017.

Expense Monthly Amount Change from 2016 Explanation
Living Expenses We have added Health Insurance (which under the ACA is no longer reimbursable for nonprofits) and the Minister’s Housing Allowance in addition to our salary. While the money comes to us in one paycheck, we want to be clear about the expenses we plan on having, so we added these two as separate categories.
Salary $3,642 This is a 13% raise. Our Member Care told us that we should be raising our salary about 5%-10% each year. We have never raised our salary above the minimum allowed by the board until this year. All of our budget raises in the past have related solely to ministry expenses.
Health Insurance $600 This is a new category. We have been paying for health insurance for Louis and David this year, but in 2017 Annie and Kyrie will also be eligible, finally. We are getting international health insurance that will cover us in any country.
Minister’s Housing Allowance $1195.70 This is a new category. Louis is ordained and commissioned, but we had not filed the paperwork to officially be able to take the tax deduction at the time we wrote our 2016 budget. We used what we actually spent this year to create this part of the budget. Beneath this Staff Budget we have included the Annual Estimated Expenses for the Minister’s Housing Allowance for you all as well.
Social Security & Medicare $415.98
Total Living Expenses $5,853.68 We only receive this amount after taxes, and if there is money in our Horizons account, so our salary is approved by the people giving in support of our ministry and time here in Lebanon.
Reimbursable Ministry Expenses These are the expenses for which we are able to receive a reimbursement from our Horizons account.
Visa Trips $828 We combined the categories that equal up to visa trips. We have increased the budget for Kyrie who will be required to purchase a seat in 2017 and to account for an annual trip to America. While the paperwork will hopefully one day work out for us to be able to stay in country for longer than three months at a time, currently we have to leave every three months. We do not take vacation days in Lebanon, but use 3 trips for family retreats and 1 trip for partnership development.
Conferences & Meetings $50 Same as 2016 This monthly plan of $50 allows us to attend a conference each year and the Horizons Staff Summit every other year.
Postage & Printing $25 Lower than 2016 Mostly we use this for receiving care packages and mailing out prayer cards during our partnership development month.
Ministry Meals & Gifts $85 Lower than 2016 While this culture is one of gifts, and we do take people out to eat often, we prefer to use our salary and not try to keep reimbursement files of what business was discussed.
Supplies & Materials $15 Lower than 2016 Mostly we use this to buy supplies for administrating the three guest houses here in Lebanon.
Total Reimbursable Ministry Expenses $1,003 Lower than 2016
Administration Fee $685.66 10% of the Total This is the overhead fee Horizons takes out automatically when someone donates to our account.
Total Monthly Staff Budget $7,542.34 This is $2,600 more per month than in 2016 We decreased our reimbursable budget significantly because the way our taxes work out now it is much easier to get paid in our paycheck for a great many of the ministry jobs we have instead of turning in reimbursement forms every few days. So much of our regular day to day life is reimbursable that we have been unable to manage the paperwork it would take. By taking the appropriate steps we are making decisions that are good for our donors.
Worksheet for Estimating Housing Expenses for the Minister’s Housing Allowance Annual Estimated Expenses Explanation
Housing Rental Payments $8,400 This is our rent, but the owner could raise it any time he wants to, or charge us a renewal fee.
Generator $574 Generator electricity. We currently pay for the 5amp generator, which is the lowest and cheapest available.
EDL $621 Government “good” electricity. This is the only electricity we can wash clothes, heat water, or run A/C and heaters with.
Garbage, Common area electricity, etc. $492 We pay for several services in one lump sum each month, which we have finally begun to grasp the full range of with the Arabic we now know. Feel free to ask for more information.
Water $457
Internet $750 Our internet is not unlimited, but is not the worst (although that is a matter of debate between the two of us at times).
Skype $45 We refill our minutes as needed and now can use Skype to call American phones.
Phone $360 We keep this cost down by using WhatsApp instead of minutes the majority of the time.
Structural Repairs & Maintenance $200 We do not get to choose what gets repaired or maintained outside of our apartment, so we were blessed that these were only $200 in the year we used to pick these numbers. However, in the time since we turned in this form we have received the bill for elevator maintenance done in our building, and that alone cost $220 due before we leave for the States.
Gardening, Landscaping, & Pest Control $575 This year we spent $500 creating a garden space on our balcony and pest control costs $75 each year to get our apartment sprayed. We were blessed they have stopped using the pesticides that force us to stay in a hotel for the night, and we were able to stay home during and after the spraying. This is a new thing for Lebanon to have safer pesticides.
Furnishings, Decorations, & Cleaning $570 Bringing Kyrie meant that we had to buy her furniture. We plan on upgrading the kids to beds in the next few years as well. Davy sleeps on a fold out couch right now and Kyrie in a crib still.
10% Allowance for Unplanned Expenses $1,304.40 So smart that the tax form includes this. Hopefully we will not have to use it.
Total $14,348.40

Please feel free to ask us any questions about our budget. Annie is our budgeting queen and is ready to clarify and help you understand our budget. Just because we write the budget does not put that money into our account. Horizons does not pay us unless our partners put the money in our account. You are our partners, our shareholders. You are the ones that make this budget possible or not.

We need more people joining with us financially all the time. We want to share this ministry with you. Please Give by CLICKING HERE. Put Louis Liss in the memo.

For those of you still reading, perhaps because you skipped past all those tables, we are fully relying on God for this budget. We know He will make it all possible. If the opportunities we are getting most excited about start to become realities there will be a great increase in work and it will be self-starter, entrepreneurial work which will require a strong support team backing our passions. Join our Prayer Team, Annie’s Blog (for moral support and accountability for her), and our Surgery Fundraiser Team (to help us cover the expenses of this surgery and the trip surrounding it). 

WE CREATED APPOINTMENT SLOTS FOR MEETING WITH US FOR MEALS, EITHER TO HAND OFF A FREEZER MEAL FOR OUR FAMILY OR TO TAKE US OUT TO EAT DURING OUR TIME IN AMERICA. CLICK HERE. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO FEED US, BUT CAN’T FIT THOSE TIMES, CONSIDER DONATING THAT MEAL AMOUNT TO OUR FUNDRAISER FOR KYRIE’S SURGERY OR MAILING IT TO OUR HOUSE.

Prayer Report on Timing


Last Wednesday, we asked our prayer team (Join by CLICKING HERE) to pray for timing. With so many things in transition right now, as we focus on one thing at a time, the plan will become apparent in God’s timing. Like we shared yesterday about the new ministry opportunities and jobs here in Lebanon, we are learning peace and patience in this quest for God’s Plan and God’s Timing.

For our prayer report today we want to share about God’s provision in timing already this year. For the first two years of being here, choosing a school for Davy was of concern and stress. Annie was uncomfortable putting him in school so young, and there were so many new pieces different from America. When we returned to Lebanon last November, God provided several people right in a row in conversations sitting next to Annie, which led her to look into the school CTI. This school is where Davy goes now for Kindergarten Year 1.

Davy was struggling with fine motor skills, as many boys his age do, because he loves to run and talk. But within this first semester he has gone from no more than scribbles to drawing self-portraits! He loves having friends, riding the bus, and his teachers are exactly the ones I would pick for him. Everything has come together so beautifully, so obviously Providentially, and as we try to put words to it, the words escape us! God is so amazing, and we can’t wait to see how He guides us beyond the surgery.

Annie has been able to tutor one of my two last high schoolers from my original group of 15, and that was in perfect timing. 9th Grade in Lebanon, the grade Ivan entered this year is the most important grade for tests, and if he does not pass this year it basically means he cannot continue in school here. Additionally, as we began planning this trip to America, disrupting this tutoring plan, Ivan’s family began preparations to leave the country. Yay!

All throughout the year, we have been adjusting little by little in life here and really are right in the middle of something new! This is the time to be in the Middle East, and more specifically in Lebanon. The harvest is ripe, and we are so excited to be a part of the workers. Thank you for sending us here!

God is doing some great things in our hearts, in Lebanon, in our families, and we are really excited to see what is coming!

WE CREATED APPOINTMENT SLOTS FOR MEETING WITH US FOR MEALS, EITHER TO HAND OFF A FREEZER MEAL FOR OUR FAMILY OR TO TAKE US OUT TO EAT DURING OUR TIME IN AMERICA. CLICK HERE. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO FEED US, BUT CAN’T FIT THOSE TIMES, CONSIDER DONATING THAT MEAL AMOUNT TO OUR FUNDRAISER FOR KYRIE’S SURGERY OR MAILING IT TO OUR HOUSE.

New Opportunities Prayer Report

Last Tuesday, we shared with our prayer team (Join by CLICKING HERE) some about the opportunities ahead, and we asked for prayers for clarity from God. We are hearing from God about a great many things, but the pieces are not aligned quite yet. We prayed all day on Tuesday, and really did not get any more clarity. Wednesday, however, receiving the emails from people on our prayer team and even one person here in Lebanon who receives our prayer letters was when we really felt at peace about the lack of clarity. We don’t know what the next step is after Kyrie’s surgery, but we have faith that God will tell us. With so many things in transition right now, as we focus on one thing at a time, the plan will become apparent in God’s timing.

As we report this week on answers to prayer, that peace and calm is an answer for this one. It just isn’t the poetic wonderful answer that will help us cast vision with all of you praying for us. That just means we’ll all have to keep praying. We have scheduled a prayer and fasting week for each quarter of the coming year, all set around what we are calling “hinge” moments. Kyrie’s surgery is the first hinge, something that the trajectory of our lives pivots around. When we return we will have a fresh start to the way in which we are accepting vision trips, and several new interns, providing the second hinge, where we test out some things making us more autonomous and increasing our authority in the vision of teams visiting Beirut. The third hinge is the upcoming Horizons Eastern Staff Summit here in Beirut. The fourth hinge is this summer fundraising trip. With those placeholders already on the calendar we know that God will provide the details in between those big moments.

As always, thank you for replying, sharing your prayers, and being present in our community.

WE CREATED APPOINTMENT SLOTS FOR MEETING WITH US FOR MEALS, EITHER TO HAND OFF A FREEZER MEAL FOR OUR FAMILY OR TO TAKE US OUT TO EAT DURING OUR TIME IN AMERICA. CLICK HERE. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO FEED US, BUT CAN’T FIT THOSE TIMES, CONSIDER DONATING THAT MEAL AMOUNT TO OUR FUNDRAISER FOR KYRIE’S SURGERY OR MAILING IT TO OUR HOUSE.

Prayer Report & EDIT-Share a Meal with the Lisses!

EDIT: We created appointment slots for meeting with us for meals, either to hand off a freezer meal for our family or to take us out to eat. CLICK HERE. If you would like to feed us, but can’t fit those times, consider donating that meal amount to our Fundraiser for Kyrie’s surgery or mailing it to our house.

7 Days and Counting: America is 1 Week Away!

Thank you to all of you who joined us last week in our Prayer and Fasting. If you did not receive the details emailed to you each day and would like to receive such updates in the future CLICK HERE and select monthly, weekly, or daily updates as you wish.

While we are in America we are not able to truly make the rounds to share with everyone about the past year in Lebanon. Therefore, this week we are going to share a little each day about the same seven topics to let you all know a little taste about ministry and life here and the future moving forward in 2017.

This past week, the very day you were all joining us in praying for our trip, we called the surgeon to confirm that all plans are go. We scheduled a pre-surgery appointment for Kyrie on December 15th.

On December 28th she will have the hymenotomy performed at Tucson Medical Center.

Ways to See Us:

On January 1st Louis will be preaching at Streams in the Desert Lutheran Church at 10:45am. After the service we will be hanging around to share about our ministry and to hand out prayer cards.

On January 8th Louis and Annie will be presenting a missions moment at Mt. Zion Lutheran’s three services and staying in between and after services to share about our ministry in Lebanon and to hand out prayer cards.

Please come by one of those services to hear a ministry report. On the Surgery Fundraising site, we have posted the dates we are in Phoenix or Tucson. This trip is going to be focused on the surgery and family, but we hope to see many of you as well. Please let us know if our dates align with yours. A few people have said the button to give a meal on the GiveForward site is not working, so please CLICK HERE to choose a time to meet up or bring over a meal over for our family if you have not been able to contact us.

This coming June, Annie and the kids will be returning to America for the purpose of sharing our story, our plans, and partnership development. If you are not able to connect with us this winter, please contact us to connect with Annie this summer. CLICK HERE if you are interested in being in touch this coming summer.

Please join us in prayer this week again. We will be posting a short report on each topic that we prayed about last week. God provided quite a bit of clarity on some things, so we want to let you know.

Today is Monday, and we have several God moments to report from our own prayer time on Monday for the trip to America.

Kathy, the woman here in Lebanon on a vision/project trip currently has had to change her flight, and is now going to be flying out with us! This is exciting news since that first leg is going to be a little rushed and stressful, and having the extra pair of hands to help with the kids is such a blessing!

Also, as we prayed over fears and anxieties, they fell away throughout the day on Monday. We are feeling a great sense of peace about this trip to America in a week!

The biggest stress we discovered that we were both struggling with is feeling that we might disappoint others’ expectations. To be coming home for this surgery, to not really take a tour of all the supporters we have and give personal updates and raise the money we need to really invest in the ministry here, all feels stressful. But it is taking care of our family first, this surgery being taken care of, that is most important. While we love all of you, bending to what we think you might think about us, but not taking care of our daughter’s health would be a terrible choice. So we were able to take the week and in every day turn away from the temptation to worry over what others will think, and make choices that are best for our family.

10 Days & Counting! America, Here We Come!

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I really love this picture of Davy looking out over Lebanon and seeing the song he made up, “Our City”! What a beautiful moment.

If you want to receive our contact information when we get American phone numbers for the month we are in the States, make sure you are on our email list by CLICKING HERE!

This week we so appreciate those of you praying with us. If you are on our prayer team (which you can join by CLICKING HERE) you have been receiving detailed prayer requests straight to your email each day. Next week we are going to continue praying about these same 7 topics, and I will report a little bit on what we prayed about this current week. If you would like to receive our prayer letters in your email, please CLICK HERE!

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Our fundraising site for Kyrie has been such a success! Because we budget to travel every 3 months and this trip comes after only 2 months, and it is much more expensive to fly to America than Cyprus, our budget is struggling to manage this lurch in timing. On the site we asked for people to provide meals by either having us over to eat or by bringng a freezer meal to one of our parents’ houses. However, the link has not been working for people. Please don’t despair. You can just send us an email or comment below and we can coordinate with you. If you would like to give toward the travel costs and appointments surrounding the surgery, there is still time to donate on the GiveForward site (you can give on the site up until the day of the surgery, December 28th).

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Of course, if God is putting it on your heart in these times of prayer to join with us financially for a one time or repeat donation to support our ministry here in Lebanon, the high schoolers and visitors we hope to increase our time with and curriculum for and the expenses of life, you can always become one of our financial partners through the Horizons Donation Page, which has many options for joining with us as well. Just put Louis Liss in the memo. This will go towards our future here in Lebanon.

The final plug I have for today is about an upcoming Writing Challenge Annie is putting on. The purpose is to kickstart the blogging habit in the New Year. If you would like to Join this FREE 21 Day Writing Challenge, CLICK HERE! If you want to follow Annie’s blogs through this challenge so you can pray and stay up to date during our month in America, or if you are hoping to finish that Christmas letter by February, or if you also want to kickstart a writing habit for a journal, prayer life, or blog, this Challenge is for you, too! Please join Annie. You will only get the Prompts if you CLICK HERE! The Challenge begins December 15th!