Fall 2018

Landon’s HS graduation

April CRSSM team

Prophetic prayer leads to this girl’s salvation!

Leading worship at an outdoor church

Alyssa leads a group of HS Ticas in prayer

Worship leaders at Three Nights of Worship

Tiffany speaking at The Collective

Happy 60th!

 

Greetings from the Nesbitt clan!

 

As summer mellows into fall, there’s a change of seasons overtaking our household. 2018 has been a banner year for our family, marked specifically by the end of our parenting journey as we’ve known it to date. It’s also brought an increase to our scope of ministry and a continuation of the Kingdom work to which the Lord has called us. Dig in for the details!

 

After nearly twenty-seven years of pursuing a family vision which has centered on making disciples in the lives of our kids, a shift is upon us. Our youngest son, Landon, graduated from high school on June 1, and we couldn’t be more proud! He and Alyssa spent the summer working as counselors at a Christian day camp in San Juan Capistrano, and by the end of summer they both exited the nest. Alyssa migrated back to Santa Barbara for another year of school, work and ministry, and we dropped Landon at his dorm at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, returning to a much too-quiet house. It’s been a whirlwind summer of hosting, feeding, ministering to and loving on a plethora of high school and college kids, and with our two youngest absent, things are settling into a strangely uncharted calm.

 

Concurrent with the changes on the home front, our counseling / mentoring ministry has nearly doubled over the past few months! This translates to the majority of our expendable time being invested into the lives of men and women who are hungry to go deeper with Jesus. It’s truly one of our greatest joys and blessings to journey with those that the Lord brings into our lives, and we look forward to a continued increase in this ministry.

 

This spring we had the privilege of leading two ministry teams to Costa Rica, and we were thrilled to watch God move in powerful ways! During the last week of April we brought a team from our home church which consisted primarily of young adults, ministering for a week in churches, on the streets, and in a primary school. We also had the honor of building a home for a Tico friend of CRSSM who was homeless. It was a time of tremendous growth and stretching for the team as God moved in supernatural ways that were outside of many of our boxes, and we returned home overflowing with joy.

 

A few weeks later in May, Chris and Alyssa returned to Costa Rica with a team of students largely from Westmont College in Santa Barbara. In spite of the quick turnaround for Chris, this on-fire group brought renewed energy, joy and enthusiasm to our hearts and to CRSSM. The team ministered on the streets, at a high school and in several churches. Through both of these teams, we took great joy in witnessing numerous salvations, deliverances and physical healings, all of which were intertwined with fruitful and effective prophetic ministry. It would be our great joy to have you accompany us in the future! Please contact us if you’re interested in our upcoming 2019 trips.

 

Chris continues as the worship pastor at Heritage, pressing into his vision to train up the next generation of worship leaders. One recent highlight comes from our church’s 2nd annual “Three Nights of Worship” in July. This event was worshipful, well attended and also largely led by our own three co-leaders… Kylie, Tayler and Emma. We are believing for a flood of young leaders and passionate worshipers to be raised up through Heritage. We also believe that our heart to see God revive our nation, and more specifically our region, is intrinsically tied to a move of the Holy Spirit in the worship community, and we’re boldly asking the Father to move in unprecedented ways here in Orange County.

 

This summer Tiffany spearheaded the launching of a new ministry for the ladies of our local Body. The Collective is a bi-monthly gathering designed for woman to be truly seen and fully known, and is a ministry centered around the power of covenantal intimacy which takes place at both the table of the Lord and around every table at which we gather. The first Collective hosted almost 80 women and the testimonies were life-giving and powerful — lives were impacted and Jesus was glorified! Tiffany has hopes of seeing this ministry expanding to multiple churches in south Orange County.

 

In upcoming news, we are looking forward to a ministry trip to South Africa in February of 2019. JoshGen, a network of 20+ churches around Cape Town, has invited us to minister for two weeks, an honor to which we look forward with great eagerness. Tiffany will be speaking at a women’s gathering and also launching her Bible study, Bless. As a couple we’ll be teaching at a marriage retreat, training worship leaders and engaging in prophetic training. We’ll bring a small ministry team with us which may likely include both our daughters, Kylie and Alyssa — a great joy to our hearts! We’d be grateful for your prayers for this trip to South Africa and for the funds required to travel there.

 

Finally, we have to testify to the great goodness of our God! The past six months has been a season of supernatural provision in our lives, and our hearts are overflowing with thankfulness. After many years of sharing a car, we were blessed with the generous gift of a second vehicle just a few weeks ago, and it has been such a boon to our lives. Additionally, this summer a handful of faithful friends showered us with funds toward a long overdue vacation! In October we will be making a week-long trip to Hawaii, returning after 30 years to the spot in which we honeymooned as newlyweds.

 

And speaking of newlyweds, last month we were especially thankful to have celebrated the 60th anniversary of Chris’ parents! Verne and Diane continue to inspire and amaze us and are a source of encouragement to all who know them.

 

We’re so grateful for your continued love, friendship, prayers and support. Thank you for journeying in faith with us!

Landon’s summer job as a camp counselor

May CRSSM team

Building a Tico home

Demonic deliverance in Jesus’ name!

Loving on grade school kids

Three nights of worship at Heritage

Worship at The Collective

Nesbitt Family Spring 2018

Spring 2018

It has been far too long since we last sent a ministry update — thank you for your patience and prayers! With 2018 already whizzing by, we’ll attempt to give you a brief recap of the past few months as well as a report on what’s around the corner for our family.

We are blessed to continue to live in the same rental home in San Clemente, just a couple of minutes from our church, Heritage Christian Fellowship. The close proximity has allowed us to easily navigate sharing a car (Chris can walk to work!), and the space has given us opportunity to host all types of wonderful gatherings.  2017 was incredibly full for us, as Chris added the worship pastor role at Heritage to his other responsibilities. The worship team at Heritage is a growing group of talented, Jesus-loving musicians, some of whom have been serving with Chris from the beginning — nearly 25 years! He is so honored to be part of this ministry.

Tiffany Nesbitt holding the Bless Bible Study workbookBless Bible StudyLast year, Tiffany stepped out in obedience to write her first women’s Bible study, a work based on Psalm 103 entitled Bless. From January until September, she was incredibly focused on creating something for which she had no prior grid, and the learning curve was steep! Chris’ management skills came into play as he partnered with her to oversee the creation of both the workbook and the accompanying teaching videos. After stepping out by faith to hire professionals to create a work of excellence, we watched in awe as the Lord miraculously provided thousands of dollars to cover the entire cost of the project! The study had its debut in September at Heritage, and the response was overwhelmingly positive. Testing it at our home church also provided critical feedback, which we used to revise and hone the details. The revisions are complete, and we’re thrilled to announce that Bless has just been officially released on March 1 — Jesus has been incredibly faithful! Can we ask for your help? Bless was designed for individuals as well as for study in small or large groups, so would you consider sharing it with your church or going through it with a group of friends? You are our best advocate as we attempt to get the word out! Visit www.bless.streamroots.com for details. You can also see a promo video here.

Our ministry in Costa Rica experienced a lull in the back half of 2017 as we made the difficult decision to let go of a critical Tico staff member who was our liaison with pastors and churches throughout the nation. But God continues to be faithful, and things have ramped up for 2018. CRSSM will be hosting 4 ministry teams this Spring — two from Bethel Church in Redding, one from Heritage, and one made up primarily of college students from Westmont College. Tiffany and Chris will lead the Heritage trip in late April, and Alyssa and Chris will lead the college trip in May. Please pray for transformed lives in both the Costa Ricans and the visiting teams. And if the Lord tugs on your heart, consider joining us or bringing a team from your own church; we’d love for you to experience the joy!

We are continuing our lay-counseling ministry, meeting with folks in person and via technology on an average of 20-25 hours a month. This is such a rewarding aspect of our calling, one which we are honored to pursue both individually and as a couple, and the fruit has been sweet! We also continue to teach semi-frequently, commissioned by Heritage to train small groups on the subject of the prophetic, as well as other opportunities outside of Heritage. We look forward to the Lord expanding that aspect of our ministry as He sees fit.

Jarren+Kate Wedding 2017Jarren+Kate wedding with family

2017 was a landmark year for the Nesbitt family in another vital way: our oldest son, Jarren, was married in August to the lovely Kate Dedo, and we couldn’t be more thrilled! The wedding was an intimate affair on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean with only parents, grandparents and siblings as witnesses. In January of the new year we enjoyed a wonderful celebration here in San Clemente to honor the newlyweds. They are as happy as can be, and it’s a delight to have another beautiful daughter in the family. They currently reside in Phoenix, with Jarren working to accrue flight hours towards a commercial pilot position, and Kate working to assist a family in homeschooling their special needs son.

On the home front, Kylie is currently living at home, working as a personal assistant to a small business owner while simultaneously launching a fledgling photography business. She is active in leadership with the young adults at Heritage as well as serving as a co-leader on the worship team. Alyssa is attending Santa Barbara City College and is self-supporting in her journey as a full-time student and nanny in Isla Vista, a suburb of Santa Barbara. God is bringing revival to the students of that area, and she is delighted to be right in the thick of it. If you want a super-charge for your faith, give her a call and ask her to share one of her many amazing God-stories! Landon is in the final semester of high school with plans to attend Grand Canyon University in Phoenix in the fall. He’s a busy young man who has learned to juggle varsity soccer, student leadership and working part-time at Panera Bread.

The pace of the past 12 months has been incredibly intense for us as a couple, and we would covet your prayers in 2018, asking the Lord to provide open spaces of rest and rejuvenation. The need to recharge our physical and emotional batteries is high as we pour out and minister on a daily basis. Please also pray for our family to see God’s abundant provision in the upcoming year as our expenses increase. We covet your intercession and are so blessed by your sacrificial support to make the ministry of the Kingdom possible.

Summer 2017

our team during the hottest day of this trip

 

prophetic prayer with Eric Nelson near the border town

 

HS targets gringo Lou, who returns to Jesus during our street ministry!

 

worship in San Martin

 

our amazing interpreters, Mark, Nadine and Jacque

 

Kate says YES!

The so-called lazy days of summer have finally arrived, and we are moving at a full-throttle pace here in the Nesbitt household. This summer is shaping up to be filled with short-term ministry, long-term projects, and a continued investment in our local body, as well as some sweet days of much-needed summer fellowship.

 

Costa Rica Update

 

We are so grateful for your prayers for our trip to southwest Costa Rica this past April. We traveled with a team from Heritage and were blessed to see the Lord’s hand powerfully move! Our team ministered on the streets of the beach town of Pavones, as well as in 4 local churches and an elementary school. During the ministry events, we were privileged to see Jesus heal in numerous ways, including:

 

  • Two men with back problems were healed.
  • A tumor disappeared from a woman’s shoulder.
  • A stroke victim’s movement was restored.
  • Abdominal hernias, chronic hip pain, headaches and stomach problems, all gone!

 

. . . And these reports were from just one evening! Please visit the CRSSM Facebook page to read more testimonies and see more pictures of the trip.

 

We are excited to be returning to Costa Rica in mid-July for our upcoming pastors’ conference. Last September we were convinced that our base had reached maximum capacity in hosting 50 pastors; we now have nearly 70 pastors registered for this upcoming event! These conferences are fruitful times of teaching and serving but can feel overwhelmingly full. We would be most grateful for your prayer support as we go.

 

Ministry at Home

 

Chris is now three months into the worship pastor responsibilities at Heritage, where he has been working to build a greater sense of community within the worship team while encouraging the congregation to go deeper in corporate worship. The position continues to align itself with Chris’ expectation for what the Lord is about to bring to the Body of Christ locally here in South Orange County.

 

Tiffany is in the process of developing a women’s Bible study based on Psalm 103 which has been an all-consuming effort over the past few months. Her summer will be full with the task of completing the project, and she would so appreciate your prayer covering. We look forward to relating more details about this in the near future.

 

We continue to frequently share teaching opportunities both in a small group and corporate setting, and we’re blessed to see the fruit from those occasions. We’re also continuing to average approximately 25 hours a month in counseling and life-coaching, a joy for both of us!

 

Family News

 

Jarren is engaged! He and his fiancée, Kate Dedo, have plans to be married sometime this fall, and we couldn’t be happier — she is a delight in every way. They’re both living in Phoenix while planning for the big day: Jarren is finishing his commercial pilot training, and Kate is living across the valley, working in a foster care home. We’re eager to see the two of them start a life together and are thrilled to be gaining such a lovely daughter.

 

Kylene returns from her internship in Paris this week where she has been working alongside Donna and Didier Heslon, missionaries serving in France with Agape, a division of Cru. She has plans to launch a fledgling photography business soon after returning to the States.

 

Alyssa is home for the summer and is working full-time at a Christian day camp for elementary students. Although she will not be returning to Westmont in the fall, she hopes to be able to attend Santa Barbara City College so that she might continue her education and stay connected with her Westmont community.

 

Landon is enjoying the summer between his junior and senior year and has plans to stick close to home, working full time. He’ll also be focusing on preparation for his role as the Spiritual Life prefect this next year at CVCS, a responsibility he’s very eager to tackle.

 

We’ve recently experienced a significant loss in our income (nearly 20%) and would be grateful for your prayers as we navigate the next steps. God has provided for every need during each step of this journey — ever since we launched into full-time ministry — and we’re more confident than ever in His provision.

 

We pray that your family has a restful and refreshing summer season. Thank you for continuing to keep us in your prayers as we sow into the Kingdom here in Southern California as well as in Costa Rica and wherever the Lord may call us!

Tiffany teaches in Bella Luz, CR

 

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ministering in Paso Canoas

 

 

 

worship in Bella Luz

 

Jesus heals this woman’s neck!

 

Kylene’s final days of her internship

Happy “New” Year

Happy New Year? (Yeah, we’re a bit tardy, but who’s counting?) The last quarter has flown as we have attempted to settle into our new home and a new routine. Though spring has already sprung for 2017, we want to take a moment to reflect on the past year and on your incredible faithfulness to us as a family. Your love, encouragement and generosity have been indispensable in our lives. Even more, we want to declare the unending goodness of the Lord as He has seen fit to minister through us. We are honored and blessed to be able to partner with you and the Lord in bringing His kingdom to earth both here in the States and in Costa Rica, and we eagerly anticipate all that this new year has in store!

Costa Rica Update

CRSSM has continued to experience unexpected favor. Over the past few months the Lord has opened doors into the capital city, with several churches in the San Jose area contacting us and asking to link arms. This presents some logistical hurdles, as our ministry base is seven hours south; however, we’re excited to see what God will accomplish through these new relationships.

We’re also looking forward to leading a team from our home church to Costa Rica in late April. Please pray that the Lord will use this group of courageous folks to have a lasting impact through the love of Jesus as we minister in churches, hospitals, schools and on the streets.

Over the past few months, the Lord has made it abundantly clear that we will not be returning to live full-time in Costa Rica during this season of our lives. As we’ve previously shared, we hope to continue to work from the States on organizational development (marketing), while traveling throughout the year to lead ministry teams and to host pastoral training events.

Ministry at Home

Meanwhile, we’ve seen many doors open to us here at home, with one of our favorites continuing to be prophetic training. We’re grateful to have many opportunities in south Orange County to teach in a small group setting, and we are amazed and humbled at how Holy Spirit is changing lives through these sessions.

“All I can say is WOW. This training is in my top 3 teachings I have ever heard and personally experienced in my 35+ years of being a Christian. Chris and Tiffany were two gifted teachers blended into a single concise message to our group. They explained what prophesy is and is not, provided amazing examples of how it is used in a practical way and that it is for EVERYONE.” ~ Bob Ansari

The most exciting part is the fact that God’s kids are learning to hear His voice as He brings words of encouragement to others! We always look forward to sharing the joy of this truth in a relevant and approachable way.

We are also spending an increased amount of time counseling, discipling and mentoring. In fact, over the past few months this ministry has expanded almost three-fold, and it’s a continued delight for us to invest in the lives of couples and individuals in this way.

Additionally, since the new year we’ve been given some exciting opportunities to teach. In February Tiffany spoke at Hillside Church, a new fellowship in San Juan Capistrano pastored by Mike Fanning, and Chris was able to teach on worship at Heritage this past Sunday. We also particularly enjoyed teaching together last weekend at a marriage retreat hosted by Heritage.

Lastly, Chris continues to minister through worship leading, both monthly at Hillside Church and two Sundays per month at Heritage, where he has recently accepted the position of Interim Worship Pastor. This part-time opportunity is well aligned with our vision to see a worship revival in south Orange County and also brings a timely answer to a budget shortfall. We’re so grateful to be partnering with Heritage in this way. Thank you, Jesus!

Family News

Our oldest daughter, Kylene, will be headed to Paris on the first of April to work for three months with our dear missionary friends, Didier and Donna Heslon. She will be interning with their ministry which focuses on reaching the lost through a full spectrum of the arts. Happily, she’ll be able to shadow Didier in his work, honing her skills in photography. Thank you for including her in your prayers as she looks for great fruitfulness in her time there.

If you live out of the area and have spring/summer plans to visit Orange County, please be sure to stop by San Clemente for a visit! We’d love to catch up with you and share in the joy of your family’s adventures. And for those who live locally… we are excitedly looking forward to what God is going to accomplish in Southern California in this new season and are thankful to live in community with you!

Giving Thanks

 

Moving in!

 

Missions Sunday

 

Sharing testimonies of God’s goodness in Costa Rica

 

Celebrating Dad’s 80th! So thankful for this warrior for Christ

‘Tis the season for thankful hearts.  As we take time to reflect on the gifts which cause gratefulness, can we just say that it’s you who fill so much of our list? Our gratitude for how you add such joy, laughter, encouragement, community, support, intercession and exhortation to our lives is ongoing, but at this moment particularly, we want to pause and relate how overwhelmingly grateful we are to the Father for the gift of your love in our lives.  

 

And appropriately for the season, the thankfulness just keeps coming (drumroll, please)…we have found a home! The Lord has provided hugely once again, and we are rejoicing! Our Father is so good. We have rented a lovely house in San Clemente and moved in last week. We’d like to extend a special thanks to all those who hosted us over the past 4+ months as we journeyed through the waiting and searching season.

 

This past month has seen the addition and expansion of two ministry opportunities for us as a couple, with the first being an open door in our community to bring training and equipping in the prophetic gifts, one of our greatest joys! In October we had the privilege of leading three prophetic workshops, bringing teaching and activation in a small-group venue while helping believers recognize the voice of God. The fruit of these sessions has been wonderful to behold, and many attendees have been amazed by the work of the Holy Spirit in and through their lives for the sake of building up the Body of Christ.  

 

The second new venture is an expansion of something that has grown organically for several decades. As many of you know, one of our passions is to spiritually father and mother the upcoming generation and champion the Body of Christ into its God-given destiny. For years we have enjoyed mentoring, discipling and counseling folks of all ages, with a particular emphasis on training and encouraging young singles and couples/parents. We are now blessed with the opportunity and resources to expand this ministry to a broader level, and our website has just been updated to reflect this effort. Please take a look at the new page on our site called “Life Coach” where appointments can be scheduled online, then recommend us to your family and friends!

 

Chris was able to join a panel of missionaries for a Q&A session last Sunday at our home church, and he had a chance to share some of the vision and future for CRSSM.  We’ve set our sights toward the new year and the planning of a Costa Rica spring outreach trip as well as a second pastoral training event. We are continually encouraged by the reports of the fruit from September’s conference, and we look forward to answering the invitations to bring the same type of training to many of those leader’s individual congregations. We would also love to host a Costa Rica ministry outreach trip for your church or youth group in the coming year. Please feel free to contact us with suggestions for dates or with any questions you might have.

 

As we make our annual trek to Phoenix to celebrate Thanksgiving with extended family, know that your family remains close in our hearts and prayers. What a privilege it is to glorify Jesus together for all of His GREAT GOODNESS in our lives!

 

With joy,

The Nesbitts

Revival Fires Ignited

Tiffany teaches on prophecy

 

 

Ministry to Pastoras

 

 

 

Amazing times of worship In CR

 

 

Sunset just before worship

As we transition into the muted colors and crisp skies of autumn, our family is reminded of how often God’s hand in nature reflects the work which He is accomplishing in our lives.  There’s a change of seasons taking place, both in the natural and the spiritual, and it’s lovely to behold.

 

We returned to Costa Rica in late September as our ministry hosted its first pastoral training conference. Although it was a whirlwind trip, it was nothing short of amazing! Forty-five pastors and leaders from across Costa Rica came for two days of teaching, worship and fellowship. The conference focused on two themes: Building the Kingdom and Activating the “Higher Gifts” (1 Corinthians 12:31). The name of Jesus was truly glorified through transformed hearts and numerous miracles. Many pastors experienced powerful physical healing; prophetic words bolstered hearts; incredible times of worship brought streams of refreshing. We felt honored and humbled to stoke revival fires for these precious servants and are confident that Jesus is doing a mighty work in His Church in Costa Rica. (Click here to read some of the testimonies and more details.)

 

Due to the needs of our extended family on the home front, we are not planning another six-month term in Central America this coming January. Instead, we will travel back and forth to Costa Rica as needed, leading outreach trips and hosting pastoral training conferences. Here in the States, we’ll continue working to build awareness for CRSSM while serving in a greater leadership capacity at our home church, Heritage Christian Fellowship.

 

Frankly, it’s been a challenge not having a permanent home for the past three months, but couch-surfing and house-sitting has brought with it some amazing times of fellowship as well as a deep experience of the wide love of friends and family. We are richly blessed! We are believing the Lord for an affordable rental home to come our way this week, as our current house-sitting gig is coming to a close.

 

The last quarter has also brought significant change in the lives of our kids. Jarren has moved from Seattle to Phoenix in order to complete his commercial pilot’s licensing. Since finishing ministry school in Redding, Kylene has moved back to SoCal where she is volunteering in ministry at Heritage while also working as a nanny. Alyssa migrated a few hours north to attend Westmont College in Santa Barbara and is thriving in the new vistas which college provides. Landon began his junior year at Capistrano Valley Christian School and currently commutes daily on the train from Oceanside.

 

We are so grateful for your partnership with us. Your prayers and words of life have sustained us during some tough transitional moments — please keep praying!  We have a very real need for you to intercede, as your prayers bring breakthrough, encouragement and direction both for us personally and for the work which God is accomplishing in Costa Rica.

 

Additionally, we need your partnership financially. If you have not yet considered coming alongside us in this way, would you pray about whether this might be the season? We are deeply thankful to have your financial support, no matter what the amount.

 

Lastly, would you consider being part of an outreach trip to Costa Rica in 2017? We’re confident it will impact your life in tremendous ways. Let us know if you or your church would like more information.

 

We are praying for you, our treasured loved ones. May the Lord continually draw you into deeper waters!

Grace and peace,

The Nesbitts

Chris teaches on worship

 

 

Leading at Heritage in San Clemente

 

 

Holy Spirit bringing healing!

Coming Home

There’s just no place like home.

Still trying to leave beautiful Pilon.

Goodbye for now – leaving beautiful Pilon.

In the middle of a magnificent color display popping all across the LA basin, our plane landed at LAX on the evening of the Glorious Fourth! In spite of its many foibles, the good ol’ USA is a wonderful place to be. Although a large part of our hearts remains deep in southwest Costa Rica, we are grateful to have returned to our community of loved ones in Southern California.  So far the transition has been smoother than expected. We (Chris, Tiffany and Landon) are currently staying with dear friends, the Lowes, who are graciously sharing their home in Dana Point with us, and we have been so blessed to dive into fellowship with many of you already.  

Due to factors which have arisen over the past few months, our current plan is to remain Stateside for at least the next year, working on behalf of CRSSM to build relationships with churches and create awareness of the ministry for short-term outreach trips which will remain one of CRSSM’S primary goals.  We will also continue to travel to Costa Rica to be involved in local pastoral training, a focus which we believe is a large part God’s current direction for the ministry and an area in which there is tremendous need.  In fact, our first pastoral training event will be held in mid-September, and we are eager to see what the Lord is going to birth in the lives of the hungry Tico pastors who plan to attend. 

 

Street ministry

A healed back!

500 worshipers

Work day

 

Our final month in Pilon was centered around the excitement of hosting a team from our home church for ministry and service.  During that time we were privileged to serve in an elementary school, participate in street outreach in the border town of Paso Canoas, and minister in many churches.  As a team, it was a huge joy to train the students in supernatural ministry and just a short time later, watch them put into practice what they had learned. The youth came alive as they saw God move through healing, prophecy, deliverance and restoration!  Many of them confessed that they had never seen God demonstrate such awesome wonders, and they felt privileged to be used by Him in mighty ways.  

The last outreach included an invitation to minister in the largest church we’ve visited to date, with over 500 attendants (and fantastic air conditioning!). It marked the 25th church in which we’ve ministered this year and the service was very similar to that of most US churches.  It was humbling and exciting to see Holy Spirit bring accurate prophetic words, salvations and numerous healings in this church which responded wholeheartedly in worship.

 

Hay poder!

Church ministry

School ministry

Street ministry

 

As a family, we are moving into a season of stabilizing and shifting, trying to find a place to sink our roots even as our kids come and go. Jarren has plans to relocate from Seattle to a flight school in Arizona or SoCal in the Fall in order to continue his pilot’s training. At the end of July, Kylie will be returning from Redding to Southern California where she plans to live, work and minister.  Alyssa will also be returning from Arizona at the end of July, only to be packing up again to attend Westmont College in late August.  Landon is happily enjoying reconnecting with friends here in San Clemente and is thankful to be enjoying a Southern California summer! Meanwhile, our hunt for a home continues, and we are most grateful for your prayers to that end.

These common sand crabs were probably the inspiration for the colors of the flag of the Second Spanish Republic, and can be used as flags when flattened by cars.

The kid between Jeffrey and Chris had just asked Jeffrey for the phone number of his 12 year old daughter!

As we engage in yet another shift for our family and ministry this year, we are confident of God’s great faithfulness and are praising Him in advance for all that He will accomplish in this new season.  A large part of His faithfulness is demonstrated to us through you, our beloved friends and family. Thank you for your continued prayers, support and love.  May the Father bless you richly in return for all that you have poured into us!

Landon was thrilled to host some of his close friends from SoCal, even if it meant sharing the local break.

The Final Stretch

Saludos from Pilon de Pavones!

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Annie, Simons and Nesbitts hiking to waterfalls near Quepos.

Jeffrey and Chris in their broken down truck in a creek during a rainstorm. At night.

We are well into our fifth month of living in the tiny fishing village of Pilon, tucked away in the southwestern corner of Costa Rica.  Believe it or not, we’re beginning to feel a bit conflicted about our pending return to the States in a few weeks. There are many things we’ve come to appreciate and even prefer about living in Costa Rica, even while we miss much about being home.  Still, we are confident that the Lord is leading us back to the US for this next season and have a great excitement to be soon reunited with our dear friends and loved ones!

Due to El Nino / La Nina, Costa Rica has experienced some incredibly unusual weather patterns this year.  December 2015 through April 2016 was the hottest and driest “summer” in 7 years, but the drought was abruptly ended by one of the wettest Mays ever experienced. As we mentioned last month, the rain is welcomed for the cooler temperatures it brings but is also blamed for a massive increase in insects. The frequent application of chemical insect repellent may well cause brain damage, but we’re pretty sure that insanity has likely claimed a few folks from incessant itching due to constant bites!

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We are grateful to share that, once again, the Lord has blessed us with two very effective outreaches during which we saw numerous signs and wonders! In what was our second away-from-home outreach, we answered a call to minister for the first time in the tourist town of Quepos, about 3 hours north of us. Reminiscent of old-time revival tent meetings, we ministered 2 consecutive nights at one church and Sunday morning in another. We were thrilled to observe many healings: a tumor which disappeared, vocal cords, backs, knees and stomachs healed, legs lengthened, cataracts cleared up and migraine headaches which ceased. We also experienced an increased specificity in words of knowledge and prophecy and were excited to see many people baptized in the Holy Spirit! For greater details as well as photos, check out CRSSM’s Facebook page. (www.facebook.com/crssm.org)

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As a team, we at CRSSM are still convinced that the Lord is calling us to pastoral/leadership training in supernatural ministry here in Costa Rica.  Although we had hoped to hold our first training event before our family’s return to the States, the timing was unfavorable.  We are now planning to host such a conference at some point in the next six months or so.  Please continue to pray for the Lord to bring all of the details together so that we might launch this much-needed and highly anticipated ministry.

We’re just a few days away from our largest outreach of the year as Toby Ray leads a small team of young adults from Heritage Christian Fellowship in San Clemente for 10 days of service. Please intercede for continued signs and wonders as we pour out the love of Jesus in schools, in churches and in the streets. Pray also for this group to be drawn closer to the King and for breakthrough in the heart and mind of each student.

A brief update on our daughters: Alyssa left two weeks ago to take a summer job.  She’s living and working with her grandparents in Phoenix and has readily adjusted to life back in the States. We, on the other hand, are greatly missing her presence in our home and in the ministry. She has been an amazing help to us and an integral team member. Kylene, as we shared last month, had plans to spend the next year in Redding after having graduated from her third year at BSSM. Since that time the Lord has specifically changed her trajectory and has prepared her heart to live and serve elsewhere. We would so appreciate your intercession for open doors for Kylene as she seeks the Father in her next steps.

Once again, we covet your prayers for guidance as we make our transition back to the United States. In spite of our joy in returning home, the reverse culture shock and challenges which accompany it can be intense.  We are also continuing to pray for an open door as we look for a home to rent beginning July 5.

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Click to see video of Landon’s jump. Muy valiente!

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Looks like a closeup of rose stems, but those are actually 4 inch spikes!

We are fully convinced that it is you, our beloved friends and family, who have made this season of ministry possible through your continued love, encouragement and prayers. Thank you for being such an amazing source of joy in the journey!

Critical Mass

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The rains bring cooler weather and amazing sunsets! (Oh, and zillions of bugs)

Greetings, loved ones! We are now in the fourth month of our Costa Rican journey, and each day God continues to take us deeper into His incredible love, power and promises.  The past month has not been without its challenges; however, we have continued to see the Lord’s plan unfold in beautiful ways, and we have a firm conviction of His divine purpose and calling for our time here.  

One exciting bit of news: we have at last entered the rainy season! Costa Rica is now in the transitional time between summer and winter, and the rains have brought a bit of relief to the extreme heat which we experienced for the first stint of our stay.  Humidity continues to be high, but the air temperature cools down a wonderful 7 degrees or so each time the rains begin to pour.  We are very grateful for the change!

What do you do when only 12 people show up? Worship, of course.

On the home front, this is a season of transition for our entire clan.  Our daughter Kylene is graduating this week from her three years of studies at Bethel School of Ministry, where this past year she has interned for one of the school’s pastors.  She hopes to stay in Redding for another year, working locally and serving at Bethel church.  Alyssa is also entering a new season after receiving a very generous scholarship package from Westmont College in Santa Barbara. She has enrolled for the upcoming fall semester and is eager to begin an exciting new chapter of her life.  Our oldest, Jarren, who lives in Washington state, is about to launch full time into flight school as the Lord has just recently miraculously provided for that endeavor. Landon, our youngest, who is homeschooling for the second half of his sophomore year, has experienced tremendous growth while living in Costa Rica. He is now more yielded than ever to the Lord and learning what it means to be surrendered to Jesus. 

Annie, Adriana and Tiffany pouring out the love of Jesus.

The past month has been full to overflowing with many incredible experiences. We’re particularly grateful to have had team member Annie Kilroy with us since early April. It’s incredible watching her minister with such sensitivity and enthusiasm! CRSSM also enjoyed a visit from our stateside team member, Adriana Santini, and her husband Rob. The Santinis joined us for our mid-April outreach, employing Adrina’s bilingual skills as we ministered in nearby churches.  One of the ministry highlights from that outreach included seeing a man who had been limping along on a cane get healed and then get saved! We also saw a young couple repent, surrender to Jesus and get married on the spot!

Barriers broke and this young man melted as Holy Spirit gave Landon a word of knowledge.

We then had the joy of hosting our dear friends the Gieslers (pictured above) from Crested Butte, CO in our home for two weeks. They participated in our latest outreach and their gifts and strengths were such a boost to our team! During that time, God demonstrated His love and power in very precious ways. One woman battling intense depression saw complete breakthrough as her weeping literally turned to laughter. She continued to laugh delightedly for over 30 minutes and was still grinning and giggling as we drove away from the church that night.  Jesus truly had turned her spirit of heaviness into a heart full of dancing and rejoicing!

The entire CRSSM team

However, the highlight of our month came last Monday evening, May 2, when CRSSM hosted a group of fifteen pastors and their wives from various denominations and from all over Costa Rica for an evening of fellowship and ministry.  As mentioned in last month’s update, our team had begun to feel a strong leading of the Lord to focus on pastoral training and discipleship.  This event was our first effort in that direction, and the response was overwhelming. The pastors unanimously expressed a tremendous hunger for MORE:  more of Jesus, more of the power of the Holy Spirit.  We were thrilled to watch the Lord orchestrate such an obvious confirmation, and we came away with a deep sense of a mighty move of God about to break loose in this nation! Pastor Eric, our Tico team member who has been an itinerant pastor in Costa for 20 years, reported that he’s never before seen this level of pastoral unity . Thank you, Jesus!

Rob, Jeffrey and Chris ministering to a precious sister

We have eight brief weeks remaining in Costa Rica for 2016, and we know that the moments will fly quickly. Please pray for great effectiveness so that we can make the most our time. We are currently praying as a team about the back half of 2016 and how to maintain relationships with pastors while many of us return to our home bases. We need wisdom to understand God’s heart for the next season and how not to lose momentum.

April… the month not to park under mango trees.

For our part, the Lord has clearly confirmed the need to get back to the States from a ministry standpoint as well as personal one. Much work needs to be done in the development of a ministry school and in building relationships with churches in the US. In addition, Chris’ help is needed as his extended family struggles through some health difficulties. Please pray for guidance as we make that transition, and also for an open door as we look for a place to rent beginning July 5.

We are so grateful for your partnership with us as we continue to pour out the love of the Father over a needy land!

If you’d like to see more details on what’s happening in the ministry, take a look at our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/crssm.org . It’s updated almost daily with photos, videos and testimonies as we minister the love of Jesus in Costa Rica.

Jumpin’ In

As we took pictures of this toucan next to our home, it began munching on another little bird!

As of this week we’ve hit the two-month mark, and it’s scurried by muy rapido! Our adopted home is at last losing a bit of its foreign feel, and we are settling into a semi-normal routine which includes the distinctions of time at home and time involved in outreach.  Since our last update we have experienced an additional two outreach sessions, one focused a bit closer to home and the other a 9 hour’s drive to the north in the region of Guanacaste.  God has consistently blown us away with His goodness as we have gone out to minister to churches all over the country, giving us consistent testimonies of His great love and power! Some highlights from these last two outreaches:

  • Two women were completely healed of severe eyesight issues, walking away glasses-free.
  • Two young men experienced radical healing in their ankles, leaving them pain free and convinced of God’s personal love for them.
  • A woman with a large lump in her chest was radically healed right before her eyes; she immediately rededicated her life to Jesus along with her entire family.
  • Numerous backs and shoulders were healed, with the pain in every case leaving entirely.
  • Many hearts were set free from bondage; relationships were restored.
  • We saw many come to salvation through Jesus!

 

Leading worship at a church near Tamarindo.

Leading worship at a church near Tamarindo.

In addition to the amazing outpouring of God’s power and love, we have experienced a strong amount of push-back from the enemy manifesting itself in many ways. However, the consistent struggle has been with the CRSSM vehicles. During every trip to or from our many destinations, we have experienced a host of car issues, completely sidetracking us from our journeys and causing us to spend a great deal of time and money on the repair process.  Obviously the enemy is not happy with the advancement of the Kingdom taking place in this small corner of the world!

Landon and Caleb ministering at a church in Cartagena

Landon and Caleb ministering at a church in Cartagena

It has also become evident over the past four weeks that the Lord is bringing about a shift to our original focus.  Having come to Costa Rica with the intent of hosting outreach teams and launching a school of ministry, it seems that Jesus has other things in mind for CRSSM in 2016.

To date, we have not had any outside teams join us for outreach ministry in spite of a tremendous amount of expressed interest.  As we have been praying over this, the Lord seems to be highlighting a serious need for training and discipleship of Costa Rican pastors and leaders.  In response, we are making efforts towards building relationships with local church leadership in order to serve pastors in whatever way the Lord would direct, most especially in providing training and support for supernatural ministry.  We desire to see Tico pastors empowered to lead their congregations in sustaining a mighty move of God long after we have left their buildings!

"Has anyone seen my can of anti-perspirant?... it's about yea big"

“Has anyone seen my can of anti-perspirant?… it’s about yea big”

As a family we are doing well, but it has been a hard-won victory.  Although our living circumstances do provide challenges, our greatest hurdle seems to be resisting the attack of the enemy to wear us down relationally and spiritually (and, yes, the heat can zap us almost just as quickly!).  We are so grateful for your continued words of life and encouragement, your intercession, and your continued support as we push through to see the Kingdom advance here in Costa Rica!