Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Dear Praying Friends,
"Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost." This verse in Romans 15:13 has been an extra special blessing to my heart in the past month.  The world today seems to be changing at a rapid pace.  I find hope in the fact of our Lord's soon return.  Let's be about His work while there's still time.
Grace Baptist Church has been blessed in so many ways.  Just two weeks ago the Lord brought 70 people to our Sunday morning service!  There were so many people we needed to bring out more chairs.  In dark times, the Lord is still saving souls and building His church!
We have a few events on the horizon that we would ask you to pray with us about.  On Sunday, October 22 we will host a Creation Night with Creation Ministries.  There are already visitors who have committed to come for that night.  Pray the gospel goes out with the Lord's power.  Also, we are planning a Carols by Candlelight for December 17th.  It's still a ways away, but that just gives us more time to pray!
Thank you for taking the time to read this update and praying for us.  You are a blessing to us!

In Christ,
Mark Pitts and Family

Graduation day for the kids.  Congratulations!

Rainbow lorikeets at the Melbourne Zoo.

Marshall receiving his trophy for baseball.

Teen Group playing a little indoor soccer.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Dear Praying Friends,
It's that time again, another update on what the Lord is doing 'down under'! The time has flown by due to the busyness of the last few weeks.  I'm sure you know what that's like, where there doesn't seem to be enough time in the day to accomplish all your tasks.  In the last month the Lord has taught me several great lessons.
The Lord has taught me how special Sara is to our family.  Sara had the privilege to visit America for two weeks in the middle of July.  Sara's sister had a little baby girl a few months ago, and Sara went back to hold her precious niece.  The children and I remained and held down the fort.  You realize how much someone does, when you try to fill their shoes!
Also I have been taught the reward of patience.  A day after Sara left for the US, our crate was delivered to our house.  It contained mostly school materials, but we waited four months for it to arrive.  When we originally shipped the crate we were told 10-12 weeks.  I'm just thankful it arrived in one piece.
The ministry at Grace continues on and the Lord has been blessing in so many ways.  Please continue to pray for our small groups, and the other plans that are being put into place.  May God be glorified in all we do!
Thank you for taking the time to read this update.

In Christ,
Mark Pitts and Family

It's arrived!!!

Our Young Adult small group playing a little Phase10

Look, frosty windows in Australia! We had to use a card to scrape ice 😋

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Dear Praying Friends,
The Lord has been blessing in many ways here at Grace Baptist Church!  Two weeks ago a man accepted Christ as Savior, a couple has approached us concerning membership, and the small groups are off to a good start!
This past month has been a busy one.  We started with a special visit from our new field administrators, Matt and Marla Hanna.  They are missionaries with BMM in Taiwan, but have also taken on the ministry of administrator for our region.  It was a blessing to get to know them while taking them around the sites of Melbourne.
The busyness continues as I am meeting with multiple people weekly for discipleship.  It has been such a blessing to have several people express interest in joining the church, so much so, that we are planning on starting a membership class soon.  All of these are GOOD problems to have!
Please pray for the work to continue to move forward at Grace.  We appreciate you taking the time to read this update.  May God bless you all.

In Christ,
Mark Pitts and Family

Our new administrators, Matt and Marla Hanna

What service!  Meredith feeding a joey.

Teen Group Nerf wars

Celebrating Sara's birthday