Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Dear Praying Friends,
We are back in Australia!  There has been many events between now and the last time I was able to update the blog, so I will try to fill you in on all the details.  We finished our furlough, shipped our crate, said our goodbyes, hopped on several planes, arrived safely in Australia, said our hellos, and started back into the work the Lord has supplied here in Melbourne.  Whew!
There is much work to do here, but we want to say a big THANK YOU to Don and Lola Winans.  They have filled in for us while we were away on furlough.  Also, they have cared for our house while we were away.  God has blessed the work they have done and the church has grown.  We praise the Lord for these two faithful servants.
Please pray for us as we continue to readjust to being back in Australia.  Thank you for your prayers and for taking the time to read this update.

In Christ,
Mark Pitts and Family

Shipping our crate

Saying goodbye to some dear friends

Touched down in Melbourne

Easter dinner at our house


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Dear Praying Friends,
It is Valentine's Day today.  Four years ago today we arrived in Australia for our first term on the field.  Much has happened since that day.  The Lord has blessed Grace Baptist Church, where we have the privilege to serve, and the Lord has kept us safe in all our travels across the ocean and in two different countries.  Above all that, God has faithfully loved us every step of the way!  Thank you, Lord!!
Our travels here in the States are almost at an end.  We are currently packing a crate to ship back to Australia in a few weeks and then we will be packing our suitcases.  So far we have traveled over 14,600 miles and over 220 hours in the car.  Thank you for your prayers for us.  God has answered with safety and great meetings across the US.  Please pray for the final preparations to return and for God's grace in our transition back to the work in Australia.
Thank you for checking in on this ministry update.  May God bless you!

In Christ,
Mark Pitts and Family

The kids were able to make some new friends along the way

And we were able to enjoy the Children's Museum (check out Lucy's face!)

Winter wouldn't be complete without sledding

There hasn't been much snow, but when it does fall it looks awesome

We are so thankful for our supporters!

A big THANK YOU to Faith Baptist Church in Danville, IL for donating to buy new hymnals for the work in Australia.  May God bless and reward you for your gift of love.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Dear Praying Friends,
William Carey asked his supporters to "hold the ropes" for him while he obeyed the call to go to India.  The Lord has been teaching me the sacrifice of those who hold the ropes for us.  We have been encouraged by supporting churches and how people are praying for the work in Australia.  The sacrifice has been evident even by families choosing to miss watching their favorite team play in the playoffs, so that they can take us out to lunch after a morning service.  We thank God for you all and the support for this ministry, thank you!
It was an extra special time being able to see family for the holidays.  The food was great and, of course, the fellowship was memorable.  Now we look forward to finishing our report ministry.  Please pray that the Lord would continue to protect as we travel during the winter months.
Thank you for taking the time to read this update.  May God bless you!

In Christ,
Mark Pitts and Family

Let it snow...

Ah, Midwestern winters!

Carol's by candlelight at our sending church.

Frosty! Yes, those are grocery bags on the kid's shoes ;-)

Meredith playing the offertory at our sending church.