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

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Praying Friends,
Lamentations 3:22 "It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not."  Today I am thankful for the Lord's mercy to me and my family.  He has been so merciful and gracious to us while here in Australia.  With the business of life it is good to slow down and take the time to count our blessings.
One of the recent blessings in our ministry was voting in a new deacon at the last business meeting.  It is so wonderful to see the Lord's work in the lives of people and in the progress of His church.  It has also been a blessing to be in the public school teaching Special Religious Education.  Though it is only for a half an hour a week, I have enjoyed getting to know the students and teachers at the primary school.  Another blessing is celebrating Grace Baptist Churches 15th anniversary next month.  God has been so faithful to this work, and we pray He will continue to bless Grace's witness in the community.
Spring is finally in the air here in Melbourne.  Flowers are blooming and the weather is warming up (though sometimes I wonder if winter is still trying to make a comeback).  Our children are back to school again which makes our house a busy place, but it is a joy to see my children learn and grow in their understanding.  With the warmer weather brings many activities and outreach opportunities.  Please keep us in prayer as we will be busy at home and in the work at Grace. 
Thank you for reading this update, and your prayers are always a blessing.

In Christ,
Mark Pitts and Family

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