A Prayer for Davy’s School

Lord,

Thank You for providing the timing and location for Davy to begin school this year. Give peace to his first days. Remove anxiety from his heart. Prepare him and be with him as he makes new friends. As Davy’s parents make travel plans and surgery plans be with the family in all of these new transitions. Give clarity and guidance in deciding which days of school this first year for him to miss. Thank you for Your Presence and Voice adding in all these plans.

Amen.

A Prayer for Peace



God,

You are a Master Physician. You desire healing, and with that healing comes Your peace. Kyrie receiving this surgery will bring much healing to her as well as her parents. Even before the surgery immerse the Liss family in Your peace and the only real security there is: You. You are completely in charge. Give the Lisses Your comforting presence as they prepare over the next few months. We leave all of our concerns, questions, and unknowns in Your capable hands.

Amen.

If you would like to receive these prayers for Kyrie in your email, CLICK HERE.

Read the previous updates on Kyrie’s Surgery Fundraiser HERE.

God in the Details

This year my Bible Reading Plan has taken me through a lot of details that God planned out. His attention to the numbers, timing, and the way He plans out His adventures in the Bible have given me increased confidence as we move forward with planning for Kyrie’s surgery. Because it is a sensitive surgery, many people are still feeling some disconnect with why our 1 year old needs to have surgery so young, so I want to take a little time today to give you the numbers and timeline.

The Facts

  • The surgery will take place on December 28th, 2016.
  • The surgery will be done at Tucson Medical Center
  • The surgeon is Dr. Richard Ashley from Arizona Pediatric Surgery and Urology Ltd.
  • Surgeon’s Fee ———- $1000
  • Hospital —————– $5000 (with 69% reduction for self-pay from $11,000)
  • Anesthesiologist ——- $1000
  • Total ——————— $7000
  • We are not raising money through Horizons for this so that our partners do not feel pressured into supporting this medical need. Horizons does not aid in our receiving insurance or in any reimbursement of medical costs, and they take 10% out of everything given through them. Therefore, we are doing it through GiveForward, which takes a credit card fee of 2.9% +$0.30 and %5 overhead/admin. This is still a percentage, but it is less, and they are providing us with a website and tips to get the fundraiser going.

The Timeline

March 2015

Kyrie was born March 28, 2015. On March 29 the pediatrician came to check her out and to give the okay for her to leave the hospital. He found that she has an imperforate hymen. You can find more information about what an imperforate hymen is and what it would mean left untreated HERE. The basic summary is that when a baby girl is born she needs to have a perforation in her hymen in order for bodily fluids to pass through. God cared for Kyrie first in that there was enough perforation for her to be able to go to the bathroom.

Because she is so young she probably does not have any real awareness of the issue, and by getting the surgery done so soon we hope to avoid the trauma of having the surgery if there is a complication. She does seem to struggle with some bathroom issues that could be symptoms, such as cases of extreme constipation, but it also could be traveler’s sickness. It is very hard to tell with a little one.

November 2015

We pursued getting the surgery right away, and when that fell through we were comforted by our pediatrician telling us she would recommend for us to wait until Kyrie turned one because of the need for anesthesia. At one Kyrie is less at risk for any complication with the anesthesia. Her surgeon agreed with this, so we came back to Lebanon November 2015.

The one stipulation we received from her surgeon was not to put her in daycare or potty-train her until we had the surgery. Both daycare and potty-training increase the chances that someone will not take the extra care to clean her when changing her diaper and wiping her. Here in Lebanon, with Kyrie starting school at 3 years old, this put us in a restricted timeline.

March 2016

Kyrie turned 1, and the picture we are using as her fundraising picture is from her adorable birthday party! So, here is a few more pictures from that party when Davy was teaching her to open presents:

Once Kyrie turned one it was time for more vaccinations, so we found her a pediatrician in the country. Once we had that appointment, it was apparent that no opportunities for the surgery happening outside of the States was possible, so we began making preparations to return to America and have the surgery.

September 2016

Davy is beginning Kindergarten (KG1) this year at Christian Teaching Institutue, CTI. He will begin the last week in September, and you can look at the school website HERE. For this month we are mostly focusing on preparing for this giant transition in our lives.

We have begun sending out a weekly Prayer Meme, and you can receive them in your email inbox by CLICKING HERE.

October 2016

The month we are going to call Share to Show You Care!

The big push for October is going to be to have everyone possible share the GiveForward site. If you could take a second to share our GiveForward posts whenever you see one, we would so appreciate that! Share on Twitter, Pinterest, facebook, or any other social media platform you can to get the word out there about the financial need for the surgery.

November 2016

This will be the final month to raise money for the surgery before we go into culture shock and transition in the move back to the States for a month. If you think you could coordinate a Bake Sale, Craft Sale, Raffle, or other event to help us out we would love to give you a media packet full of pictures of our family and printouts with the website to give for you to post at your event or in your church or office. Please CLICK HERE to join our facebook group and start planning an event. We so apprecate any help we can get on this venture!

December 2016

We will all be heading back to the States as a family in December with round trip tickets for one month’s time. We will be experiencing culture shock, jet lag, and jitters in the height of holiday season. Prayers, and maybe a meal or two for our families would be a huge blessing. If you can make a meal to deliver, please CLICK HERE to sign up.

A Prayer for Timing

Jesus,

The whole world, all of creation, mourned when You died. Then, three days later, creation rejoiced at Your resurrection! You had it all planned out, down to the very hour of giving up Your Spirit and dying. You have also set in motion the timing for Kyrie’s surgery. Give guidance to Louis and Annie for the dates to take with their families. Confirm what to miss and what to join as they choose dates. You are in charge of all seasons, and You will be with them during this season. Along with the clarity You provide, bring peace about the inevitable missed people and events whether at Davy’s new school, the center, holidays, church (in both America and Lebanon), or people.

Amen.

If you would like to receive these prayers for Kyrie in your email, CLICK HERE.

Read the previous updates on Kyrie’s Surgery Fundraiser HERE.

A Prayer for Complication Free Planning

Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established. Proverbs 16:3

Lord,

When You sent your disciples to get a donkey for you to ride for the Triumphal Entry, the donkey was exactly where you said it would be and just as easy to acquire. For this coming trip to the States for Kyrie and the Liss Family, I pray You set them up for success. I ask that You continue to be the one making dates and tickets and doctors all work perfectly as planned. Keep their trip simple and free of complications so that they can focus their energy on their ministry in Lebanon until the day they leave. You are in charge, Lord, and we know that You have the Liss Family in Your secure hands. Thank You.

Amen.

A Prayer of Gratitude


Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
    for his steadfast love endures forever!
Psalm 107:1

Dear Lord,

In Your love and mercy, You have given Kyrie excellent health. Thank You for making the way for her to be in Lebanon with her family and to contribute in her own way to the Liss family ministry. Thank You for protecting her little body from infections and pain. You are blessing her life in so many ways. Thank You!

Amen.

Can You Help Me Plug In?

The past few months I have been Unplugged in the best sense of the word. God has given me direction and purpose, and I am making leaps and bounds of progress in discipline, mothering, marriage, and inner peace and healing.

Some of you have seen our Give Forward page to raise money for Kyrie Rebekah’s surgery this coming December. We have been in a soft launch phase because I am not great with technology and I wanted to make sure I knew how everything worked before I spent a lot of time pushing the fundraiser. Well, now we are ready to launch an all out fundraiser for my wonderful daughter!

Kyrie Surgery Fundraiser Main Picture

Will you join me?

As I plug back in to the technological world of social media, blogging, and email newsletters, will you join me to make this fundraiser a success?

First, and most importantly, I need prayer warriors who can get on their knees and seek God.

I will be posting prayer updates each week with a short prayer for you to say for Kyrie and all of us as we come back to the States for this surgery.

We need prayer for things like ease of transition traveling to the States and back, for the dates to work well with Davy’s first year of school, family time that can be deep and loving rather than distracted by the surgery, and of course no complications.

If you are willing to join our prayer team, please CLICK HERE! You will receive a specific update to your email address every time I post a prayer request. If you already receive the Mommy Book Blog in your inbox, you are already signed up!

Feet on the Street

The next thing we need is for people in the States to help us out with sharing the need. We are creating a bulletin insert sized pamphlet, a poster, and prayer cards. We would love to send you a packet to distribute. If you are interested in distributing a packet or organizing a fundraiser for us please hit reply or leave a message. You can also join our facebook group to connect with us and combine prayers for Kyrie.

Finally, we need about $5,500 more into our Give Forward fund. If you can give even a few dollars to help us out, CLICK HERE.

Our family has been so blessed over the years to be surrounded by such a great team of loving support and we know that you are going to help make this an easy and peaceful time. We are going to be able to solve an issue before it can ever become a problem for our little girl, and you are already helping us by thinking about us and praying for us. Thank you so much!