Saturday, August 6, 2016

Dear Praying Friends,
The last few weeks have been an exciting roller coaster of events.  We had our last service at Grace on Sunday, 24th of July.  There was a joint farewell service for us and a welcome service for the Winans.  It is a blessing to have Don and Lola Winans fill in for us while we are on report ministry.  We were humbled by the love shown by the people of Grace. Thank you to all the people of Grace Baptist Church for your kindness to us, we thank God for you all and will miss you dearly.
On Tuesday the 26th of July we boarded a plane for the States.  Our flights went well and there were no major troubles other than a lost piece of luggage.  When we were walking out of security at the Champaign airport in Illinois, we noticed a heap of people waiting.  Then we started to recognize some of the faces of those waiting.  It turns out over 40 people from our sending church, First Baptist in Danville, were there to welcome us back!  Another very humbling experience.  Thank you to all who made it out to give us such a warm welcome.
Now we are settling in here in Catlin, Illinois.  God has been so good to us.  We thank Him for bringing us back safely and for giving us the privilege of reconnecting with our sending church.  We look forward to reconnecting with our supporters over the next eight months.  Please pray for us as we prepare for the travel and that the Lord would use this time to mold us and work through us.
Thank you for taking the time to read this update.  May God bless you!

In Christ,
Mark Pitts and Family

Our Farewell Service at Grace

The teens wanted to help with our final service.
May God continue to use them at Grace.

Taking in a local baseball game with Grandpa.

Bowling with the family for Grandpa's birthday.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Dear Praying Friends,
This will be the last blog from this side of the world.  In just a few short weeks we will be heading back to the States for our first furlough.  It has been a hectic time packing up and preparing to leave.  One big piece of the puzzle has now be put into place.  The Lord has brought the Winans safely to Melbourne!  It is so very bitter sweet to see our friends again.  We are thankful to be leaving the church in the hands of gifted veterans.
We held an outreach event the last Sunday in June.  We called it "Friend Sunday" and the Lord blessed.  We had eleven adult visitors and three children!  The Gospel was shared and the fellowship afterward was sweet.  May God bless the seeds sown. 
Here are a few photos:

Friend Sunday

For the teen activity we watched a hockey game

Don and Lola Winans with their chauffeurs myself and Joel Guanzon

Thank you for your prayers and for taking the time to read this update.
In Christ,
Mark Pitts and Family

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Dear Praying Friends,
The month of May was a special month.  Mother's Day, church activities, and a special time away as a family.  Here are the highlights!

Teen Activity to Healesville Sanctuary
with a stop at a chocolaterie on the way home.

Lucy meeting a black cockatoo.

Mother's Day service at Grace Baptist Church. 
The kids did a reading and song.

Back by popular demand, our poisonous spider encounters.
This is a cupboard spider we found in our back yard.

The shipwreck we found at 90 mile beach.

One of our teenagers, Michael, led singing on our Teen Sunday.
It was a blessing to see the teens getting experience in ministry.

Here are two of the five(!) heaping plates of biscuits and cookies
for our National Day of Thanks.
They were delivered to the local police, fire brigade
and primary school staff.

Thank you for your prayers and for taking the time to read this update.
In Christ,
Mark Pitts and Family