Sunday, August 3, 2014

Dear Praying Friends,
It has been a chilly winter here in Melbourne.  Apparently it is the coldest it has been in seven years!  Even though it is a cold winter, we still remember the snowy days in the Midwest in America.  Shoveling snow, scraping ice off the windshield of the car, and bundling up.  Now if you ask my kids they remember snowball fights, snowmen, and hot chocolate.  Sorry but you're receiving a dad's perspective. 
In June we had a small addition to the church.  A family at Grace had a little baby boy.  It was a pleasure visiting the hospital and praying with the family as they rejoiced over their new little guy.  Also in late June Sara's mom came to visit.  Deb stayed until the last week of July.  We had a wonderful time taking her to see special sites all around the Melbourne area.  Sara's mom and dad visited last June and we were able to show Deb all the new places we've discovered in the last year.  The Lord has created so much beauty in the state of Victoria.  We were able to take her to the mountains, to the ocean, and to the bush.  All of it reflected the glory of our God!
One of the most recent ministry opportunities has been Special Religious Instruction.  This is the new name for what was Christian Religious Education.  It is an opportunity to teach on the Christian faith in the public school system.  On Thursday of last week I taught for the first time.  The Lord has blessed me with twelve students.  My prayer is that God can greatly use this to allow us to get to know people in our community.  Please pray for SRI as it is under much pressure from those who would like to see it removed from the schools.
Please continue to pray for the growth of this ministry that God has called us to at Grace Baptist Church, and not only the ministry but for our growth as well.  May God continue to teach me and mold me.  Thank you for your prayers and for the time you have given to read this site.

In Christ,
Mark Pitts and Family
 Our bush walk at King Lake
Our trip to Philip Island

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Dear Praying Friends,
The weather has turned chilly here in Melbourne as we are entering into our winter time.  It still is strange to me that June is considered winter.  The last few weeks have been busy with many activities and some exciting news of what God has been doing.
In the month of May we had a men's breakfast, a singles activity, and a teen night.  We celebrated Mother's Day and the church had a surprise birthday party for me (which was very kind, thank you!).  When there is so much going on it makes the days and weeks fly by.  It reminds me that time on this earth is short, and Christ tells us where to set our focus for our time in Matthew 6:33 "seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness;".  May we serve Him daily and pursue holiness by the power of His Spirit.
Near the end of May we held our quarterly business meeting which began with another individual joining Grace Baptist Church.  The Lord has been working in a very special way at Grace.  We now have had two people join in the past few months and there have been several others who have started to attend regularly.  I praise the Lord for drawing people to Himself.  Now my prayer is that these who are attending will be receptive to God's word.    
Please pray for the work at Grace Baptist Church.  Pray that God would direct us as we minister to these new people.  It is great to see new faces, but we realize that each new person has their own spiritual needs.  Our desire and prayer is to see Christ meet each and every need.
Thank you for your prayers and for taking the time to read this update.  May God bless you all.

In Christ,
Mark Pitts and Family

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Dear Praying Friends,
God has blessed us greatly over the last fourteen months while we were able to work with a lovely couple, Don and Lola Winans.  Last month we said goodbye to our friends and coworkers as they returned back to the US to report to their supporters and seek for the next stage in life and ministry.
Don and Lola arrived here in Australia on February 15, 1985 and they have been serving the Lord for over twenty-nine years.  We had the privilege of serving with them for the last leg of that journey.  God used these two servants of His to do so much for us.  They helped us when we visited for a survey trip.  They worked so hard to see us get our permanent residency visa, and then to help us find a place to rent and a car to drive.  When we arrived they loved us like family.  The lessons we learned about the Australian culture and way of life were priceless, and the ministry advice was so precious.  We are truly blessed by our heavenly Father.
Now that the Winans have left, we are moving forward by God's grace to continue the work at Grace Baptist Church.  Don led a commissioning service for Mark on their last Sunday at Grace.  Please pray for Don and Lola as they will be traveling across the US to report, and continue to uphold us before the throne for the work that He has called us to.
Thank you for your prayers and for taking time to read this blog.  May God bless you!

In Christ,
Mark Pitts and Family
 
Don and Lola during the final Sunday service.

 
Don having a commissioning prayer for Mark.