Saturday Prayer Challenge

Thank you for praying for us this week as Annie prepares to bring the kids back to the States for the summer.

If you would like to join our Prayer Warrior team, CLICK HERE. Once you are signed up for our team you will receive in depth prayer requests and prayer alerts when we have an urgent prayer request. It is the best way to stay in the know about what’s going on with our hearts.

Travelling

Annie will be travelling for the first time with the kids without Louis. This is going to be a big adventure as well as a big challenge. Please pray for the travels, for the peace and patience we need to get along, and also for details that are usually handled by one adult while the other wrangles the kids can be handled easily with just me.

To Get More of the Story

There is so much more to say about this and we would love to share it with you if you will commit to being a Prayer Warrior for us.

Meet with Annie

If you are interested in finding out more, helping from the States, or praying with Annie while she is in the States, CLICK HERE to sign up for an appointment while she is in Arizona.

Lord, bless our missionaries as they travel. Give them your abundant peace. Provide for their needs in new situations and give them wisdom to make decisions along the way. Help them to share love and patience in excess throughout the trip. Surround them with the joy we feel for them returning to us as they arrive. Amen.

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:34-35

 

Friday Prayer Challenge

Thank you for praying for us this week as Annie prepares to bring the kids back to the States for the summer.

If you would like to join our Prayer Warrior team, CLICK HERE. Once you are signed up for our team you will receive in depth prayer requests and prayer alerts when we have an urgent prayer request. It is the best way to stay in the know about what’s going on with our hearts.

Discipleship

Louis worked with 15 young men, discipling them in good times and bad (mostly bad and hard times actually). As the last of those boys are leaving soon, we have been looking around for the upcoming discipleship opportunities God is putting in our path. Our local church has a group of youth that could use discipleship and the young couple who had been working with them is moving to America this July. Please pray that this summer Louis can dive in with these new youth. Pray also for God to prepare the way for Annie when she returns to work with the young women.

To Get More of the Story

There is so much more to say about this and we would love to share it with you if you will commit to being a Prayer Warrior for us.

Meet with Annie

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Jesus, You had 12 disciples close to You in your time here on earth. Continue to place our missionaries in places with people in need of discipleship. Also bring people into their lives in order for them to be disciples as well. You are good, God. Amen.

The Lord God has given me the tongue of those who are taught, that I may know how to sustain with a word him who is weary. Morning by morning he awakens; he awakens my ear to hear as those who are taught.

Isaiah 50:4

Thursday Prayer Challenge

Thank you for praying for us this week as Annie prepares to bring the kids back to the States for the summer.

If you would like to join our Prayer Warrior team, CLICK HERE. Once you are signed up for our team you will receive in depth prayer requests and prayer alerts when we have an urgent prayer request. It is the best way to stay in the know about what’s going on with our hearts.

Curriculum Development

Louis and I both have a passion for curriculum development, and are working on several curriculum projects. We are involved in many different aspects of training and orientation here, and as we get more involved in our local church we hope to use some of the curriculum we have been working on to raise up the Lebanese, Syrians, and even the missionaries already here to share our resources and do even better work for the Lord together moving forward.

To Get More of the Story

There is so much more to say about this and we would love to share it with you if you will commit to being a Prayer Warrior for us.

Meet with Annie

If you are interested in finding out more, helping from the States, or praying with Annie while she is in the States, CLICK HERE to sign up for an appointment while she is in Arizona.

Lord, you have given our missionaries wisdom, skills, and experience unique to their lives. Help them to take those lessons and write them down in a way that can be useful to the greater community of Christians seeking to engage with other cultures. Amen.

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. James 1:5

Wednesday Prayer Challenge

Thank you for praying for us this week as Annie prepares to bring the kids back to the States for the summer.

If you would like to join our Prayer Warrior team, CLICK HERE. Once you are signed up for our team you will receive in depth prayer requests and prayer alerts when we have an urgent prayer request. It is the best way to stay in the know about what’s going on with our hearts.

Language Learning

Louis and Annie are both learning Arabic, which is an extremely hard language to learn. We are taking private classes, living in immersion situations, and ministering to people who speak only Arabic.

At the same time we are surrounded by people speaking Kurdish, Armenian, French, and a few who speak or are learning English. Language is a constant ministry opportunity or hurdle, depending on the situation. We are always in need of prayers in this area.

To Get More of the Story

There is so much more to say about this and we would love to share it with you if you will commit to being a Prayer Warrior for us.

Meet with Annie

If you are interested in finding out more, helping from the States, or praying with Annie while she is in the States, CLICK HERE to sign up for an appointment while she is in Arizona.

Lord, You speak every language on earth. You created every language. You are a master teacher. Please bring our missionaries Your wisdom and perseverance to learn the languages of the people around them. You speak to our hearts in person, and many people in the world do not know that you will speak to them in their own heart language. Help our missionaries to speak those heart languages to share Your love with people in need. Amen.

Revelation 5:9 –

And they sang a new song, saying,

“Worthy are you to take the scroll

    and to open its seals,

for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God

    from every tribe and language and people and nation,

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.

Tuesday Prayer Challenge

Thank you for praying for us this week as Annie prepares to bring the kids back to the States for the summer.

If you would like to join our Prayer Warrior team, CLICK HERE. Once you are signed up for our team you will receive in depth prayer requests and prayer alerts when we have an urgent prayer request. It is the best way to stay in the know about what’s going on with our hearts.

Visas

We are still living in Lebanon on visas that require us to leave the country every 3 months. This July Louis will have to take a visa trip, and Horizons is working to see if they can get him a religious worker’s visa while he is on that trip. Please be praying for wisdom and guidance for all the people responsible for paperwork.

To Get More of the Story

There is so much more to say about this and we would love to share it with you if you will commit to being a Prayer Warrior for us.

Meet with Annie

If you are interested in finding out more, helping from the States, or praying with Annie while she is in the States, CLICK HERE to sign up for an appointment while she is in Arizona.

God, Your plan is perfect and wonderful. Please share that plan for paperwork with our missionaries. Give them the correct path to be able to receive visas in order to make their time overseas more fruitful. Give them fruit in their ministry. Amen.

But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.

Philippians 3:20

Monday Prayer Challenge

Thank you for praying for us this week as Annie prepares to bring the kids back to the States for the summer.

If you would like to join our Prayer Warrior team, CLICK HERE. Once you are signed up for our team you will receive in depth prayer requests and prayer alerts when we have an urgent prayer request. It is the best way to stay in the know about what’s going on with our hearts.

Fundraising

This summer trip Annie is taking with the kids is due to our funding level. We have dropped below 40% of our monthly support coming in. This severely limits our ministry because we are only able to cover our living expenses. God has called us here and so we know that He has a plan for funding that mission. First and foremost is our need for prayer. Without prayer we will not be able to continue to do ministry in Lebanon or anywhere. Secondly, we hope that you will pray today and this week about becoming a partner financially. This may be $25 per month, or a one time gift of $300. Whatever the Lord leads you to give we would be blessed.

Perhaps the Lord is not leading you to give. What we hope that you can do for us is share our ministry with others, to give us referrals to find people who are interested in what we do so we can connect with them.

If you are interested in joining our ministry financially, CLICK HERE. Write Louis Liss in the designation / memo.

We are fully supported by our sending team, and we are excited to increase the size of that time so that we can expand our ministry here in Lebanon. Please share our good news and prayer requests with your friends, family, church, and small group.

To Get More of the Story

There is so much more to say about this and we would love to share it with you if you will commit to being a Prayer Warrior for us.

Meet with Annie

If you are interested in finding out more, helping from the States, or praying with Annie while she is in the States, CLICK HERE to sign up for an appointment while she is in Arizona.

Father, You are in charge of all of the resources in this world. Please show us where we can be more generous in our giving. Bring the people into our paths whom we can connect with our missionaries. Show us the skills and assets our missionaries need so we can help fill in the gaps as senders. Amen.

And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” Romans 10:15

Sunday Prayer Challenge

Thank you for praying for us this week as Annie prepares to bring the kids back to the States for the summer.

If you would like to join our Prayer Warrior team, CLICK HERE. Once you are signed up for our team you will receive in depth prayer requests and prayer alerts when we have an urgent prayer request. It is the best way to stay in the know about what’s going on with our hearts.

Local Church

We have always made the local church a priority for our family. Here in Lebanon it is entirely legal to be a Christian, to evangelize, and attending church is merely a matter of hearing from God about which church to attend because there are a wide variety of churches very easy to get to in almost every part of Lebanon. The next three years we are committing to being even more involved in our church, which is renting space in an orphanage. There are opportunities with the many Syrians in the area, and we have a second service for discipleship now after church in order to disciple some of the Muslims who have converted to Christianity. In addition, we are planning to buy a car so that we can help transport some of these people to church and to events because our church is at the top of a hill, and it is extremely challenging to walk there. Finally, we are hoping to repeat the ministry with youth that we had over the past three years by working in the new center our church has purchased and is currently renovating.

Many prayers are needed for God’s voice to be clear through the multitude of opportunities so that we can invest where God is leading us to invest. Over the summer Louis will be transporting Horizons staff members to our church each Sunday to help with the Syrian discipleship program while many of the people normally working there will be traveling.

To Get More of the Story

There is so much more to say about this and we would love to share it with you if you will commit to being a Prayer Warrior for us.

If you are interested in joining our ministry financially, CLICK HERE. Write Louis Liss in the designation / memo.

We are fully supported by our sending team, and we are excited to increase the size of that time so that we can expand our ministry here in Lebanon. Please share our good news and prayer requests with your friends, family, church, and small group.

God, You told Peter on him you would build your church. We want to continue to be a part of that building process. The church is under construction around the world, and we are called to be a part of the greater world church community. Please work in our hearts and minds to show us where we can give of our own skills and assets in our local and worldwide church. Amen.

And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. Matthew 16:18

Join Us For A Week of Prayer

Annie travels in just 10 days!!!

In preparation for the trip we want to invite you to join us for one week of prayer about the biggest things happening in our lives in this season.

SIGN UP for this week of prayer by CLICKING HERE!

Each day we will email you with how to pray with us and for us on topic that day. Because this blog is a public forum we will be putting our specific prayers only in the email version for the week, so please join our Prayer Team to get the details of our prayer needs.

The added benefit of signing up for these rather than stopping by our blog each day is that you can reply. Please let us know that you are praying with a quick reply each day. Even just a quick, “I prayed for you,” reply will encourage us greatly.

Want to start praying now? Here are the topics:

In addition, if you haven’t already, SIGN UP to meet with Annie in the States to hear more stories and upcoming ministry here in Lebanon. This isn’t just about giving money or raising money, but about continuing to build relationships with all of you.

We need more than just funding.

What we need the most is prayer!

Let It Go: A Frozen Post by Louis

Expectations

If I was to take to look back at my expectations prior to coming to Lebanon, having a transforming experience listening to a Disney animated musical would not have made my list. So, you can imagine my surprise when I found myself in tears listening to “Let It Go” in the car with a group of high schoolers.

We have gotten to the point with our Syrian young men that we no longer schedule events. We have moved within walking distance of Horizons’ outreach facility, so we are in their neighborhood. We now have people coming over all the time, and we get to see the remaining three youth at least four times a week.

Make Disciples Who Make Disciples

Our discipleship with these young men has moved from meetings in “air conditioned” rooms to just living life together and taking them with them wherever we go. If we are going out to eat they come. If we are staying home to watch a movie they come over. And if we have activities with our interns or staff they always tag along. This has led to amazing exposure of mature believers closer to their ages who all have a passion for loving and sharing Jesus.

The one requirement of the high schoolers being around all the time is that they become our kids and our kids have to become their brother and sister. They must protect and help David and Kyrie as they try to navigate life in Lebanon. One day we were traveling around taking interns from place to place when all of a sudden Kyrie began crying uncontrollably.

Though an American high schooler thinks very little of a crying two-year-old, in the Middle East they jump into action.

Immediately the three boys searched their phones vigorously searching for something to take Kyrie’s mind away from whatever had bothered her. At the same time two of them yelled out, “I found it!” They began playing “Let It Go” on their phone. One was playing in English and the other in Arabic. It turned out they had the same video saved to their phones in at least three different versions. They then proceeded to sing along to every word and then translate the music into Kurdish and then to Arabic.

Needless to say, Kyrie was extremely happy.

Before I continue let me recap what just happen lest there be confusion: My two-year-old burst into tears; a 16, 18, and 19-year-old desperately try to help; they find and unleash a treasure trove of downloaded Frozen music videos to soothe my daughter; and I am stunned in complete befuddlement.

A Song For Refugees

I see them start to tear up as they sing the words and so I press in to listen to the lyrics of the song of which previously I had cared very little. Suddenly, I realize this is a song for a refugee. If you will allow, I will share a few points that made my high schoolers begin to cry:

Don’t let them in, don’t let them see; Be the good [man] you always have to be; Conceal, don’t feel, don’t let them know.”

    The thing I am consistently amazed by is the incredible resilience of people who have lost everything. These young men had to push aside all feelings of loss in their lives in order to press on and provide for their families. This forces them to go into survival mode relentlessly year after year. They have to choose to either flee into themselves or fight to survive. Through the storm that rages around them they have stayed strong and persevered.

“It’s time to see what I can do; To test the limits and break through; No right, no wrong, no rules for me, I’m free!”

Most refugees are spread throughout nations that do not like them and want them to leave. The policy of many nations is if you treat refugees well, then they will want to stay. It is easy to feel that the laws of the host nation are set in place to make foreigners feel oppressed and as a subjugated class. To sing a line about breaking through and experiencing freedom from this bondage would bring any of us to tears.

“And one thought crystallizes like an icy blast, I’m never going back, the past is in the past”

I’ve seen a change in refugees over the five years since we came for our first visit. At first, everyone thought that they would be going back any day. Then people began to make a life in transition. Finally, it has set in that this is going to be the rest of their lives. They have truly lost everything and they will never be going back. The only hope for a refugee is truly the hope of heaven. Just like the old hymn goes:

“I have decided to follow Jesus. No turning back, no turning back!”