Friday, October 7, 2016

Dear Praying Friends,
I want to start by publicly praising the Lord for the safety He has given to us in our travels these past few weeks.  Consider the daily blessings of God's grace, and take a moment to thank Him for His merciful goodness.  Of course, we cannot thank Him enough for His gift of redemption through Jesus.
We traveled through Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, Nebraska, and Iowa in the month of September.  Sara's parents allowed us to borrow their camper so that we could travel in style!  It was a long month, but we were able to spend some time enjoying Colorado and the Rocky Mountains.  Here are a few snapshots of the past few weeks.
Thank you for taking the time to read this update, and may God bless you!

In Christ,
Mark Pitts and Family

Our "home" for the month of Septmeber

Taking hikes in Colorado

The awesome elk found in Rocky Mountain National Park

We thank the Lord for the opportunity to be out west

One of the nine churches we have reported at so far

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