Greg & Lydia Pitner
Daniel (Bo) & Bek Harding
The goal of OIT is to reach the international community of East Tennessee with the love, grace and gospel of Jesus. W want to partner with people, churches, and other missions to more effectively reach those who have never heard the gospel. Our mission is to reach the “unreached” community.
This team consists of two families. The Pitners, Geg, Lydia, Garner and Mae have been living in Maryville for over 10 years. The Hardings, Bo, Bekah, Lila Belle and River who moved to Maryville from the Tri-Cities to help complete the OIT team. Lydia and Bekah are sisters which makes for a great team dynamic. “We have been hanging together as a family and talking about ministry for years. It wasn’t until we converged at the 2011 National Missionary Convention that we let we needed to be in full time missions.”
Each member of this team has had many cross-cultural experiences. The Hardings were able to live in East Asia as Englisih teachers, and the Pitners have been overseas to Haiti, Japan and East Asia. Through these many opportunities these families have continued to feel the call to reach the international community. Each team member has man formal skills that help them fulfill this mission. Lydia has an Elementary Education Degree, Bekah has a Bible and counseling degree. Greg has a Bible and Preaching degree and Bo is a Bible and Media major. As Goad has put all these pieces together they began to see the culmination of all their past experiences and spiritual gifts come together.
“As Christians, we need to have a growing realization that the gospel matters most. Students and families continue to gain a lot from their experience here in America and we feel that it would be a tragedy for them not to hear about Jesus. Sadly, most say that they have never heard the gospel and some of them have lived in the States for years. As we find ourselves having more opportunities to work with the international community that surrounds us, the burden continues to grow to show them the daily Christian walk.”
It is the goal of OIT to teach the “unreached” about Jesus. It is their mission to do this to the best of their ability. “With God leading the way, we del the combination of our combined skills and love for one another will help lead others to Jesus in ways we could never have imagined. Having local churches backing us helps develop a network of prayer and communication that would otherwise be impossible. We believe that by embracing this partnership, we can both win new believers to Jesus and recruit disciple makers from within the body.”
OIT is seeking partners in this ministry to the “unreached” international community. If you feel led to partner with OIT in fulfilling the Great Commission, we would love to hear from you.
Phone: (865) 387-4404
Outreach International Tennessee
P.O. Box 4324
Maryville, TN 37802]