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March News 2011

"And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another- and all the more as you see the Day approaching".

Welcome to this month's issue of the Out of the Pit Newsletter.

This month I wanted to share with you an article I read in the Weekend Australian a couple of weeks ago.  It speaks of depression in the Mining Industry, particularly amongst FIFO workers.  As someone who worked in FIFO for a number of years, I know first hand how difficult the lifestyle is.  You feel disconnected from reality, always here than there, and unless you have a strong support system and good relationships, the lifestyle is very isolating.  I knew numerous people who had suffered relationship breakdown, who though they were on huge salaries, lived from paycheck to paycheck. 
I hope you read the article and think about what Out of the Pit can be doing to reach out to these people on mine sites, and tell them that they are not alone, that there is more to life, and that Jesus loves them.

As always, if you have any stories or experiences you'd like to share, please feel free to email rosie@outofthepit.org or use the forum on the website.

If you're in the Hunter Valley, please drop in to farewell Brian and Sue Baumhammer.  They are off to Jakarta to work in a Muslim majority country.  The farewell is on Wednesday the 30th  at Muswellbrook Baptist Church at 6pm - for more details see the website.

Until next month, stay safe,

Depression the dark side of the mining boom
This article appeared in the Weekend Australian newspaper a couple of weeks ago, and I thought that I would include it in this months newsletter.  It speaks of the broken relationships, the loneliness and isolation that many people feel in the mining industry.  Though the pay might be great, and the lifestyle fun, many people out there don't feel that this is enough.  As Christians, we can be there to support and pray for these people, and gently give them the good news of Jesus Christ.  Read the article here
golden nugget Bible Nugget

"Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you have loved me before the creation of the world"
John 17:24

O Death!  Why do you snatch away the excellent of the earth, in whom is all our delight?  If you must use the axe, use it upon the trees which yield no fruit!  Stay your axe and spare the righteous! But no, it must not be; death strikes the goodliest of all friends, the most generous, the most prayerful, the most holy must die.  And why?  It is through Jesus' prevailing prayer.  Every time a believer passes from this earth to paradise, it is an answer to Christ's prayer, "Father, I want those you have given me to be where I am".  The Lord shall have them, and by faith we let them go.

Adapted from Charles Spurgeon's Morning and Evening.

Please thank God for:
  • Jesus, who calls us home to Him
  • Mine Chaplains who are working in mining communities helping 
  • His provision for us physically with food, shelter and income
  • The support of the OOTP community
Please pray for:
  • Those in mining communities who are depressed or suicidal, that they may reach out for help
  • Christians in FIFO work environments, that they may seek those who are lost and tell them of Jesus
  • All people working in the mining industry, that they may put on the full armor of Jesus
  • How OOTP can reach out into the FIFO industry 
Contact Info

Rosie Da Costa, Editor :: rosie -at- outofthepit.org
If you're keen to contribute to the newsletter, with something about your part of the world: e.g. your town, workplace, family, ministries you're involved etc. or how you came to Christ, please drop us a line. Constructive feedback on the newsletter is also welcome!