Over the past 5 years we have set aside one week each season to stop.
Fast, Pray, and Seek God’s Direction.
It is so easy to get caught up in the never-ending onslaught of each day until one day we look back and wonder whether we are actually pursuing God’s direction for our lives. Every season for the past two years we have taken a week of prayer, and we want to invite you to be a part of this week with us from October 28 – November 3.
Annie’s Word From God For The Year: Satisfied (Philippians 4:11-13)
Louis’ Word From God For The Year: Refine (John 15:1-2)
Theme Of The Year: Preparation (Ministry Expansion & Content Development)
Type Of Fast: Daniel Fast (Daniel 10:2-3)
We will be fasting according to the specific recommendations of the fast, but you are welcome to join us by following the theme of the fast which is to separate ourselves from the choice foods in our lives. Annie has decided to fast from coffee, which made me want to reconsider the whole idea (just kidding).
The prayer challenge will work the same as in past years, which means that the prayer for the day and main theme will be posted on the blog and facebook, but the in depth prayer needs will only be sent via email to our Prayer Warriors. This is a team of people who have a desire to pray more intimately for us. These emails may include information that cannot be posted publicly, so we ask that you commit to keeping them within your prayer groups.
Thank you for your unbelievable love and support. We couldn’t be here without you.
We just finished a 2 month tour of the states where we spoke at 7 churches in 8 weeks! We want to thank the unbelievable support from the incredible servant hearts of our supporters. It brings us to tears when we think of the countless hours of prayers, e-mails, and events that you have committed to us through the years. Because of you the hungry are being fed, the lost are being found, and the gospel is being preached throughout the world. Thank you.
Kyrie Rebekah Liss was baptized on August 18, 2018. The following Sunday when Pastor Dan Valisakos asked her what happened to her. She boldly replied, “My daddy got my dress all wet!” Now every time we read about baptism in our family Bible times she stops the reading to remind us that she got baptized, too!
I remember when we left for a visa trip two years ago and Annie “accidentally” chose a hotel without WiFi. When we returned to Lebanon my phone exploded with over 1,000 missed messages. That was when we began realizing I was doing too much and needed help from the national staff. We hired three people to help with my work load and spent a year helping them transition into their new positions. After returning this summer it was unbelievable to feel missed but no longer the only one holding things together. The staff is thriving and growing in experience every day.
Because of all your support, David and Rebekah were able to start school this week. The only struggle was convincing Rebekah that she would have to return home each day. Predictably, she has already made lifelong friends so she doesn’t have to worry about bridesmaids at this point. David showed marked improvement in Arabic last year after one of our high schoolers began coming over each week to tutor him. David will be starting French this year and Annie is going to take an online class in French so we can better help Davey with his trilingual education.
Doors have been swinging open with our new ministry center out in the Beqaa Valley where over 500,000 refugees live in camps working as farm laborers. At the beginning of the summer one of our staff, named Yusef, was put in charge of running the daily services and distribution at the center but was still commuting three hours each way every day. I was praying for long term staff to move to the area so Jesus can be shown in more incarnational ways. Over the last six months we have had two families and two single women volunteer to be part of our ministry expansion team to the Beqaa. Stay tuned for news about the exciting growth of our outreach facility.
Family: Pray for the kids returning to school, that they would be able to share Jesus with their peers and teachers.
Ministry: Pray for grace filled sound doctrine as we are beginning our year of curriculum development this year.
Future: Pray for the team in the Beqaa Valley to have a singular vision and direction for the long term growth of the gospel.
School: Annie has decided to take a month in France to do a French language intensive. Pray for this month of separation for the family.