Fittz Family News!
Happy new year from our family to yours! As the year kicks off, God continues to amaze us at His work in our lives and through Serve Hope International. Each one of you brings such encouragement as we follow God’s call for our lives. Thank you! God consistently reveals His plan to us in surprising ways as we journey with Him. Again, He is growing our faith and inviting us into a new adventure. God is leading our family to Guatemala!
These past few years living in the United States has been a wonderful time of making new friends, spending time near family, and seeing the Lord work mightily as we have plugged in to the community that He put us in. His faithfulness is so good! We see His hand all over our transition here. We also rejoice as He uses our eighteen years of life investment in serving the people of Honduras and is blossoming it into a flower of hope for the vulnerable. Upon our departure of Honduras in 2017, there were eight full-time staff serving with us in Honduras. Now, there are more than thirty national volunteers and employees of Serve Hope! It’s amazing how the Lord continues to bring creative, national staff to join with Serve Hope as it serves the Central American people through education, healthcare, businesses, clean water distribution, community development, and sports. Each week, the Gospel is going forth through local churches and community leaders in a sustainable model. God’s Word doesn’t return void, and we praise the Lord that He is growing the family of God through these initiatives!
In 2018, we were introduced to a Guatemalan pastor, Francisco Peralta, through a mutual friendship. He loves the model of Serve Hope Honduras and dreams of seeing it replicated in his country. This past year, he has been distributing clean water to many families throughout Guatemala. He has a passion for reaching the Mayan people, who represent over two million in population. Our relationship continues to grow, and he is now working full-time with Serve Hope! A new strategic network of churches partnering with Serve Hope is being developed to reach the widows and vulnerable of Guatemala! There is a growing interest of Guatemalans to join us in these efforts. This Fall, the Bible-based entrepreneurship course will be offered to help create new jobs in their difficult economy. We now have the privilege and honor to join this movement in creating Serve Hope Guatemala for the glory of God!
Family On The Move
There are so many unknowns in this new calling, but we are certain the Lord is leading. He continues to affirm this direction for our family as doors continue to open and we seek His best for our lives. We are excited about the new move, but at the same time, saddened to leave those relationships that the Lord has established these past couple of years. We have taken time to pray through things as a family, and the kids are supportive. It has been such a joy as parents to witness their faith and willingness to step into the unknown. One of the mottos of our church is that you can trust an unknown future to a known God. How fitting this is!
Please pray for us as we close this chapter of our lives in Texas. We are ever reminded that we are not home yet and need to remain available for the Lord to use us, no matter the cost! Through our prayers and those of our Latin American brothers, we have narrowed Antigua, Guatemala as our destination. We travel as a family February 13-17, 2020 to show the kids this beautiful country, learn from other missionaries in the area, and get to know some of the Guatemalan volunteers that are wanting to join Serve Hope in serving their people. The current plan is to put our house on the market in March 2020 in order to arrive in Guatemala early June 2020 so the kids can attend an annual camp to meet other missionary kids. We appreciate your prayers for favor on our house sale. The logistics of moving a family of seven are quite daunting. Also, please pray that the Lord helps us find the perfect house, school option, and local church to be involved in.
We are continuing to trust the Lord for our finances as we step out in faith. Please pray to see if there is opportunity for you to prayerfully and financially partner with us through Serve Hope International. This is bigger than us, but we know that when the Lord is in front of us, all things are possible.
Recurring donations for our monthly expenses and special gifts for our outgoing expenses can be sent online at servehope.net under the “Leadership Support” link.
We are so thankful to the Lord for His continuing pursuit of us in this life! We all can have the assurance that the God of all creation is going before us inviting us to know Him and make Him known. Please know that you are always welcome to come down to serve with us in Central America! ¡Nuestra casa es su casa! To God be the Glory!
Giving Our Best,
Mark, Michelle, Micah, Arianna, Malachi, Brielle, and Azariah Fittz
P.O. Box 196102,
Dallas, TX 75219
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