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.

What Did I Miss?

What Did I Miss?

Some of you have been receiving our newsletters in your emails, seeing them on facebook, or reading our blogs for a long time. Others are just finding us. All of you are noticing there has been an increased amount of writing being put out. Some of you have been commenting that you feel like you might miss something now.

I Have the Solution

Do not worry! If you have missed a post in the past or noticed that recently we aren’t posting everything to facebook, CLICK HERE! You will have the option of signing up for our Daily, Weekly, or Monthly email update. It takes everything we write for the blog and sends it to you in one beautiful email so you don’t miss a post ever again. CLICK HERE to subscribe.

If you want to know the dirt, the skinny, the low down even beyond what we write on the blog, CLICK HERE! You will be added to our small group of Prayer Warriors. While many people pray for us all the time, this is a group of people committed to covering us in prayer whenever they receive one of our prayer emails. You will receive alerts that cannot be made public on facebook, and you will be asked to pray during our Quarterly Prayer Challenges. Our Summer Prayer Challenge starts in just a few days, so CLICK HERE so you don’t miss out.

Have you been missing out on family stories, updates on our kids, or just wanting to see what Annie is going to do with her blog? CLICK HERE to subscribe to Annie’s blog. As I work on this blog I am seeking God’s direction, and it is sure to be undergoing changes slowly but surely over the next few years. It is the place we post family topics, so CLICK HERE to never miss a story about the kids, parenting, and being a homemaker in Lebanon.

Bonus Points: Share with Others so They Don’t Miss a Thing

At the end of March into the beginning of April we had about a week when staff from all over the world came to Lebanon for our Eastern Staff Summit. One of the biggest revelations for everyone was repeated over and over, “It’s all happening here. Horizons Beirut is the hub.” We have become the center, the catalyst, and the biggest of all the Horizons projects worldwide. The timing, people, and openness has made this a special place to be during this time in history. The only way that our staff outside of Lebanon could fully understand was by seeing it firsthand.

Please pray about making a personal visit to Lebanon.

For most people, travelling to Lebanon is out of the question. But because Louis is in charge of all visitors, coming to Lebanon is far easier than most people are aware of. This is by far the best way to be able to communicate to others what we are doing.

Share our newsletter at your church and small group.

Print our newsletter and put in the narthex or hand it out to your small group. When you receive the letters in your email you can click the button at the top that says View in Browser. This will put the newsletter into a print friendly window and you can print that out to share with people.

These are just a few examples of ways to keep from missing out on our ministry stories. Please pray about committing to share with others around you so we can encourage the worldwide church with the successes happening here in Lebanon.

If God is leading you to become a financial partner, CLICK HERE to donate through Horizons. Write Louis Liss in the designation / memo.

Annie will be in the States in just a few days! 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.

10 Ways to Give Solid-As-A-Rock Support to Your Missionaries

Give Us Solid-As-A-Rock Support

We have not been the best at updates over the years. We have been learning to parent two kids, how to balance language classes and ministry and communication and rest. Now that we have reached the end of our first 3 years in Lebanon, we have taken a step back to reevaluate some of the Moral Support needs we have.

No Money Down

These first 8 ways to give us Solid-As-A-Rock Support living in Lebanon are Absolutely FREE! Nothing feels better than free. The first thing I want to emphasize is that we desperately need the partnerships that are not financially based in addition to the financial partnerships from many of you committing to donate to our ministry. We need relationships, in English, with people who have been there for us, who know our hearts, who we miss desperately, who have the chance to see saguaros right outside their windows, or eat at Eegee’s, or watch football the same day it is being played. We miss this part of our old life, and we miss all of you!

So, here are 10 ideas to give us, your very own missionary family, rock solid moral support:


#1: Download
Whatsapp and/or Skype to stay in communication with the Lisses

#2: Sign up for the Prayer Letter and commit to reply when you get a newsletter in your inbox.

#3: Join our Prayer Warrior Team and commit to reply when you get an alert by writing out your prayer in an email.

#4: Email the family. You can send letters to Louis, Annie, David, or Kyrie through email. You can even write letters to the other people we are working with that God puts on your heart. Don’t have our emails

#5: Share what we are doing with your small group and church. This is something that we cannot do on our own. If we write a blog post every week, we still cannot gain new partners or let new people to churches that support us know what we are doing. The only way we can do this is through people declaring that we are a part of their ministry.

#6: Share a mission moment for us. Please ask your church to let you speak once a month or once every other month for 2 minutes to share about what we are doing.

#7: Share our link to sign up for our prayer letter. Become an advocate for our ministry. Due to limited internet and time, we do not have a great social media presence. But many of you do. Use your network to share our posts and pictures on Pinterest, Instagram, facebook, Twitter, etc. (An extra way you could help would be to help us figure out how to add those links to our blog)

#8: Encourage others to use this list. Ask your small group to come together to write letters or share with their own communities about the ministry you are helping us accomplish in Lebanon.

On The Cheap

Some of you out there want to give money to something tangible, gifts rather than just deposit money into an account. We are happy to share different small gifts that we could use, for those of you who love to give gifts.

Gifts

#9: Clothing for the kids.

This is so fun to buy for many people, and we have been receiving multiple requests for the kids sizes. When we are returning to the States for visits this is a wonderful opportunity to stock up on reasonably priced clothes for the kids. Clothing here in Lebanon is about 3 times what we would pay in America.

Kyrie is ready for size 4T and 5T summer and fall clothes.

David’s only clothing needs are for his school uniform because he is fully stocked with everyday clothing. He is in size 7, moving into 8. His school uniform is currently a white shirt and navy blue or jeans bottoms.

These sizes are subject to change, of course.

#9: Amazon Gift Card / Books

We have an Amazon Prime account, so there are many forms of media we can get for free. You could give toward our Amazon account by buying us a digital gift card. This way we can purchase ebooks such as the kids’ homeschool books, and a few authors not available through our libraries. Louis would be able to get movies as well.

If you read an amazing book and want to recommend it, why not gift it to us via Kindle? We have a Kindle as well as the Kindle app on all of our devices. When you find the book on Amazon ebooks choose the option “Give as Gift” and you can email us the gift!

We do also love holding actual books in our hands, and the kids love reading so buying real books is a wonderful gift as well.

I know there are other gift ideas out there, and we can always use medicine, vitamins, and odds and ends from America, so send us an email if this is the type of support you are interested in offering.

#10: Save this list!

Maybe these things are not all possible for you right now. But in the future, as you want to get more involved, or someone near you wants to know how to stay connected to us and help us, you can pull this list out and share it all over again. Print it out to file, bookmark the page, or save it in your email as important.

A Few Bonus Ideas:

#11: Meet with us. Annie will be in the States in just a few days! 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.

#12: Financial Commitment. If God is leading you to become a financial partner, CLICK HERE to donate through Horizons. Write Louis Liss in the designation / memo.

How To Use Your Pen in the Battle

The Power of Prayer

Many of you really do pray for us, and we are so blessed. We have had a few times in our lives when we went on trips without asking for prayer, and we could always feel the difference. It was not a good feeling to feel that we were spiritually disconnected from our global community, and now we always make prayer the first requirement we tell interns and new staff to gather in their partnership development.

We can go without money. God has ways of providing food and shelter and clothing and supplies when we have a low month. Prayer is something we cannot live without. Especially with the call to prayer from the local mosque coming in through our windows throughout the day.

Join Our New Prayer Chain

If you haven’t already signed up for our quarterly Prayer Week Challenge, please CLICK HERE to sign up. Four times a year we take one week to pray and fast, and we encourage you to join us. On this list you will also be informed of anything urgent or personal that needs immediate prayer but we do not feel comfortable or appropriate to post in the public setting. If you are serious about prayer for us, you have to be on this prayer chain list.

The Pen Is Mightier

I am sure that you have all been there, when you share a prayer request and then go home, but you still feel hopeless or lost. It is so important to pray together, and to be able to share encouragement with each other in our prayer lives. To make prayer an outpouring instead of just a time of filling up.

Although we know many of you are praying for us, and we can feel the love and blessings of those prayers across the ocean, we would be so much more blessed if we could hear from you as well. When you pray for us, it would be wonderful to get a little message from you as simple as: “Just said a prayer for you.”

In our time of living in Lebanon it has been a steep learning curve of how to balance communication home and the work here. It has been especially hard because we are not the most tech-savvy, and we love to live as simply as possible. However, we are turning over a new leaf with a renewed commitment to letting you know our needs, prayers, adventures, and stories.

Please join us in this commitment by recommitting to being in communication with us.

You Can Help

Share our newsletter at your church and small group.

Prepare a place at your church or a time in your small group to share what we post about. Pray with others for our needs. So often we are working through things that many people back home have skills and ideas to help with. We would love to be in conversation with you about the pieces of our ministry you feel invested in or interested in.

Print our newsletter and put in the narthex or hand it out to your small group.

Most churches are willing to put our posts in their own newsletters or as a bulletin insert. However, we have not had the time or energy to figure out how to do this, so it has fallen by the wayside. A person willing to take the blog posts appropriate for these mediums to format them for these places would be so appreciated. Please let me know if this is you!

Please send pictures, video messages via Skype or Whatsapp, news of life.

We are out of touch with our families, Annie doesn’t use facebook or other social media, and we feel like we have lost many of you. Whatsapp is a completely free app on your phone that allows for texting, video and audio messages and calls. Download it to your phone and email us your phone number and we can connect via Whatsapp. Skype is the other way we communicate with people, so share your info with us and set up a weekly or monthly time we can chat with you.

Email

Email is one of the easiest ways to stay in touch with us because you can commit to replying when a new post comes to your inbox. The replies get sent directly to our email. If you do not receive these blog posts in your email CLICK HERE to sign up for the daily, weekly, or monthly email from the blog. Additionally, you can sign up for Annie’s Blog HERE.

Meet With Annie

Sit face to face with Annie and pray with her and talk through how you can commit to communicate with our family, stay in the know about our ministry, and help us stay connected to all of you.

Dates are Posted: Get Your Appointment with Annie

On Our Way Home for the Summer!

Annie and the kids are coming back to the States for the summer to fundraise for our new budget for this next term of missionary work in Lebanon.

CLICK HERE

to set up a time to meet with Annie.

This may be too soon for most of you to be thinking about July and August plans, but for some of you out there reading this you know the dates you will be traveling already. I now have the dates I will be traveling and I want to be able to see as many of you as possible for this summer in the States, so please do not hesitate to sign up.

Ways that you can help out now:

Talk to your pastor about a day and time I could come and share about our work in Lebanon and needs.

Invite a few people who you think may be interested to have a small group sharing instead of one on one with you.

Talk to your Bible study or small group about having me come and share about our missionary adventures.

Set up an appointment with me so I can share with you personally.

Here’s how it works:

First, click the link and it will take you to a Google Calendar. The dates I will be in the States are June 27 – August 21. If you book an appointment early enough you will see a screen that says, “There are no appointment slots available until Jun 6, 2017 with a link to look for appointments further ahead. Click that blue link and it will take you to the dates I am available to meet with people to talk about Lebanon.

Second, scroll through the calendar to the dates you know you are free. Some of the days I already know which city I will be in, but some are entirely open so far.

Select one or multiple slots depending on how long you would like to visit for, or if you want to include a meal in the visit. Once you click on an appointment slot it will ask you to fill in details. Here is where you let me know who you are and which city you are in. This is a planning tool for me, so it can be changed as we get closer and adjusted for real times then. You do not need to use this area to put contact information because the appointmenst are public on this calendar, so just your name and city are enough for me to plan for.

Based on the plans I have made so far, I have given all my free time as appointment slots on this calendar. I do not truly intend on spending every slot meeting with people, but this is a good starting point for me, so please don’t hesitate thinking you will be taking away my time. I am coming to see you! You are an essential piece to what we are doing in Lebanon, and the people willing to take time to hear from me will be doing me a great service. Thank you for your prayers and caring for us!

If you didn’t click already, HERE IS THE LINK to make an appointment with me this summer!

Coming Back to America!

Yikes! You haven’t heard from us since December 30!

Then we were writing to tell you about our extreme excitement about Kyrie Rebekah’s healing. She was completely healed, and is a completely different child now with joy and energy! It is so fun to have her in our lives, and we are so blessed by God that she is well!

We Have Been Keeping Busy

While I feel badly for not keeping you up to date, looking back over the past months, there really hasn’t been any time.

Especially leading up to our trip to America, Kyrie’s surgery put everything on hold for us. When we returned it was a brand new beginning for Annie and has allowed so much ministry to expand from our homes and hearts because of the great healing in our lives.

We need to tell you all the amazing things happening, and we also want to let you know about new opportunities coming! It is an exciting time here in Lebanon.

We are right here in the middle of it, a strategic point of battle for the Kingdom. We are still receiving new believers into the center every week, discipling believers from fifteen or more different backgrounds, and starting some new ventures Beirut and throughout Lebanon.

A Timeline to Summarize 2017 So Far

So many other things have been happening with job changes, our team growing, and getting ready for summer teams and interns. Hopefully you can hear some of these stories more in depth by visiting with Annie when she comes to the States this summer. We bought our tickets for her partnership development trip back to the States for July and August.

May (So Far)

  • Engaging Islam Institute being held in Beirut at our center.
  • Louis got a promotion since it was determined he is doing the equivalent of 3 different full time jobs.
  • We attended a church picnic and had several meaningful and intentional interactions to deepen our engagement with our church here in Lebanon

You Can Help!

Annie and the kids are coming back this summer! I want to see as many of you as possible to share what we have been doing, the goals we have met, and what we are planning on doing with our new term.

In order to best plan my trip, I have a small survey I would like for you to fill out.

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

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.

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.