Thursday, March 5, 2015

Dear Praying Friends,
Thank you for your prayers support.  We can see the Lord answering.  Reading prayer letters and seeing names that do not ring any bell in your mind can be difficult to pray for, but God honors those prayers.  We pray in faith, even though we do not know the person or the situation, knowing that God understands it all perfectly.  He works on our behalf in His own special way, and I have found in my prayer life that He changes my heart as He answers my prayers.  What a pleasure to be able to approach the throne of the King.
Last month we launched our children's program on Thursday nights.  It is awesome to hear children memorizing the Scripture and hiding it in their heart.  This helps secure their foundation as they grow in their walk with Jesus.  Perhaps you have been experienced the Holy Spirit bringing a verse to your mind at just the right time.  It's a great encouragement, and it was possible because you spent time committing God's word to memory.
We have the opportunity to reach out to our community with the love of Christ this month with our "Kid's Fun Day".  There has been much preparation that has gone into this event, much advertisement, and much prayer.  If you could add your prayers to this effort as we plead with the Lord to bless this event.
Also please pray for a gentleman by the name of Robert.  I had the privilege of sharing Jesus love with Robert this past week.  We will meet again this next week, and my prayer is that he comes to Christ soon.
Thank you for all your support of this ministry, and thank you for taking the time to read this update.  May God bless you all.

In Christ,
Mark Pitts and Family

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Dear Praying Friends,
It's February already!  It seemed like just yesterday we celebrated New Years.  Time is flying by.  Speaking of time flying by, this month we will celebrate two years on the field.  I can tell you that it sure does not feel like we have been here that long.  We have learned so much in this short time and yet there is still so much more to learn about Australia and its culture.  God has been so good to us in allowing us to serve Him here in Australia.
Now that the summer holidays have come to a close and school has started back, we are busy once again with Sunday School and Bible studies.  This year we are starting a mid-week children's program to reach the kids in our community and to grow them in Christ.  Please pray that God would bless this mid-week kid's club and that He would give Sara grace as she runs it.
God has brought many visitors in the month of January.  Their stories of how they came across Grace Baptist Church are different from one another.  One lady was driving to a doctor's appointment and felt she should go to church.  She checked out the website of another church that started too early, then she viewed Grace's website and it was at the right time and location so she attended.  Another visitor said she walks her dog near the school hall where we meet on Sundays.  She noticed the church signs and decided she would visit.  God is so amazing!  Please pray that the Lord would work in the hearts of these visitors.  Pray that we would see these visitors again and have an opportunity to speak with them more about their spiritual state. 
God is at work here in Australia, and it is a privilege to be a part of it.  We would not have that privilege without your support, thank you.  Thank you for taking the time to read this ministry update.  May God bless you.

In Christ,
Mark Pitts and Family

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Dear Praying Friends,
Our prayer is that you have had a wonderful celebrating the birth of our Savior, and a safe and happy new year.  May God's blessing be on your 2015!  It has been a busy time over Christmas.  We hosted a joint Christmas Carol's by Candlelight service at the school hall where we meet.  It was well attended and the gospel was preached.  Sara and I both had opportunities afterward to witness to visitors that attended.  On Christmas morning we met at the hall and had a wonderful breakfast with our Grace Baptist Church family.  Even though we are so far away from our parents and siblings it was a blessing and joy to be with our church family here in Australia.
For many who read this update you will be shoveling snow and scraping ice so please don't be upset, but here in Melbourne the temperature is very hot.  During the summer months the weather can be hot and dry which is a combination for bush fires.  Here we can download apps that will warn you of potential fires in or near your area.  Please pray that God would protect lives from these fires and those who put their lives on the line to fight these fire.
As I sit here at my desk, I am looking at a list of events and activities that the Lord has laid on my heart for this year at Grace Baptist Church.  These events and activities will mean nothing if the Lord is not in them.  Please pray that we would see Christ magnified this year in this ministry.  May God bless you and the ministry He has placed you in.  Thank you for reading this update.

In Christ,
Mark Pitts and Family