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

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Dear Praying Friends,
The month of October has been a quick one, or so it seemed.  The church celebrated another anniversary, we have had activities, and mixed throughout have been a couple of trips out of town.  One of our trips in particular was a trip to Apollo Bay to spend some time with our missionary colleagues.  The Lord has blessed us with several missionary couples that have shared their knowledge of the culture, the ministry, and their experiences.  It was a pleasure to learn from them while on this trip and to just relax and enjoy their company.
At the end of the month of October we joined with Cornerstone Baptist for church camp.  This year we had a special visitor, James Peavy.  He and his wife Lauren with their young son, Michael, are raising support to serve in Australia.  We remember so well the time spent on deputation, and our prayers go out to them as they follow the Lord.  As of right now we have three missionary families on the field.  Next year we will lose one family as they will retire and return to the States.  Pray that the Lord of the harvest will send workers here to Australia.
Please pray for us as we continue to establish the work here.  May God bless you, and thank you for taking the time to read this update.

In Christ,
Mark Pitts and Family

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Praying Friends,
The past few weeks have been filled with special celebrations.  Sara and I celebrated eleven years of marriage recently.  God has been so good to us!  I have been blessed with an amazing wife.  The time has truly flown by, but we thank God for each and every day that He has blessed us with.  Also, I celebrated my second Father's Day here in Australia.  Mother's Day is the same as in the States, but Father's Day is celebrated in September as opposed to June.  The Lord has blessed me with some amazing kiddos too. 
The weather has warmed up here as of late and we have been able to take several nice bush walks and enjoy God's great creation.  Kangaroos hopping, rabbits scurrying, and birds of all colors flying everywhere filled our walks.  The kids love finding "treasures" along the way which comprise of rocks, sticks, and other random items they spot. 
Recently we have come to realize that the dangers of terrorism are not limited to a certain region of the world.  A couple of days ago there was an act of terrorism that took place about 45 minutes from where we live.  Melbourne is a very diverse city and its suburbs reflect that fact.  Just my immediate neighbors represent five different cultures.  Please be in prayer for our opportunity to share the Gospel in our community and in the surrounding communities. 
Thank you for reading our blog.  We appreciate you taking the time to catch up with us and your prayers are very appreciated.

In Christ,
Mark Pitts and Family
Bush Walk


Scenic!
Father's Day