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. 

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Dear Praying Friends,
"Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift." (2 Cor. 9:15) This verse sums up the month of November and the coming month of December.  We celebrated Thanksgiving last month, giving praise to the Lord for all He is and all He's blessed us with.  The greatest of which we celebrate this month, the giving of an indescribable gift, Jesus Christ.  It was wonderful being in the States to celebrate Thanksgiving and we are all looking forward to Christmas.
Last month we had the privilege to share the ministry of Australia with six churches.  We traveled in Wisconsin, Indiana, and our own state of Illinois.  At the end of the month we had the blessing of being able to fly to Montana to visit my parents.  We celebrated Thanksgiving with them and a few other relatives that I hadn't seen for years.
While in Montana the kids were able to see their first snow of the year.  They were sooo excited!  I haven't been hit by so many snowballs in all my life.  It was so much fun!  Montana is a beautiful state.  We walked many trails and took many pictures.  After hiking one trail we were told that three bears had been spotted there on that same weekend!!!  I guess that's life in Montana.
This month is a bit slower with only two meetings on the schedule.  Please keep praying for the church in Australia, Grace Baptist, and those that are filling in for us, Don and Lola Winans.  Thank you for your prayers for us and for taking that time to read this update.

In Christ,
Mark Pitts and Family

So thankful for those who support the ministry to Australia.

A nice family shot next to an ice cold Montana stream.

Rattlesnake Trail, home of three bears apparently.  Marshall's ready for 'em!

The kid's first snowman.

It was great seeing my Dad and Mom for Thanksgiving.