Spring 2019

Kylie and Eric’s engagement!

Thanksgiving 2018

Celebrating on Kauai!

We visited this same restaurant 30 years ago on our honeymoon.

Enjoying the views in Cape Town

Worship at the JoshGen ladies event

Speaking at Sunningdale

A vibrant community of worshipers!

 

Happy Spring!

 

While most of the nation has faced an intense winter season, Southern California has been blessed with 6 inches of rain more than the average and is officially drought-free for the first time in seven years. The landscape is becoming greener by the day, while the annual migration of millions of “painted ladies” butterflies is more noticeable than ever, as spring has begun to arrive.

 

Here are a few notable highlights from our tribe, as well as some upcoming personal and ministry events.

 

We’re thrilled to announce that our daughter, Kylene, will be wed to Eric Nelson on April 13! The happy couple was engaged on October 27 and have been in non-stop planning mode since then, preparing for a destination wedding in the central coast of California. Alyssa moved home temporarily in January to be near her sister during her planning season and will be returning to work and school in Santa Barbara on the first of May. Landon will wrap up his freshman year at Grand Canyon University in a few short weeks, and he looks forward to working in San Clemente over the summer. Jarren is on the verge of completing his highly anticipated flight instructor’s certification, and will begin flight instruction in May, working towards logging the hours he needs to be hired as a commercial/corporate pilot. Kate continues as an interior design assistant in Phoenix, and she and Jarren are enjoying their second year of marriage.

 

In the throes of Kylie’s pre-wedding prep, April will also mark our own matrimonial milestone. Five days before our daughter’s wedding, we will celebrate our 30th anniversary! We are so thankful for the blessing which the Lord provided of an early celebration in Kauai last October, as we returned for the first time to the island in which we honeymooned as newlyweds.

 

We’ve recently returned from a whirlwind, two-week trip to South Africa in response to an invitation from Lon and Ann Margaret Whelan to minister in Cape Town. JoshGen is a community of 24 congregations in the greater Cape Town area, and we were blessed with the opportunity to visit several of those congregations during our time there. We traveled as a team of six (pictured above), which included both of our daughters and two of their closest friends, Veronica Coverson and Ryann Whelan, and we were incredibly grateful for their sensitive and powerful co-laboring with us. In addition to leading a couples’ retreat together, Tiffany taught at a one-day gathering for women and Chris spoke at two different congregations. The team also led worship on many occasions and ministered at the JoshGen school of ministry. One of our highlights, however, was visiting the largest township in South Africa, Khayelitsha. We were privileged to minister prophetically to the servants who daily care for the needy within this poverty stricken township. We are so grateful for the opportunity to visit this beautiful nation, and we learned a great deal from the community of JoshGen, a vibrant group of Jesus lovers who opened their homes and hearts to us, truly demonstrating New Testament Christianity in a powerful way.

 

Our next ministry trip will be in late May, when we’ll lead a team of 12 to Costa Rica for 10 days. One of the reasons we anticipate these trips is the privilege we have of encouraging believers to take greater risks for Jesus! As we pour out His love, we witness physical healings, deliverances and prophetic words which lead to salvation, restored hearts and reconciled relationships. It’s an exciting time for us as a team as He increases our faith in His supernatural power manifested in hospitals and schools, on the streets and in churches. Please pray for safety, unity and anointing for our team as we prepare to share the love of Jesus with the people of Costa Rica.

 

Meanwhile, we continue to learn and grow through our counseling/mentoring ministry, worship pastoring and women’s ministry involvement, all of which are bearing fruit for the Kingdom. We greatly appreciate your prayers for strength, sustenance and consistent intimacy for us with the Father, as a full schedule keeps us constantly on the go. Jesus is our source, and apart from Him we can accomplish nothing of eternal value. Your prayers are a vital component of our ministry!  

 

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

 

Ministry time following the women’s event

60+ couples attended the JoshGen marriage retreat

Worship at Stellenbosch

Alyssa brings a word to ministry school students

Our team brought prophetic words for each couple attending the retreat

Tiffany shares at JoshGen ladies event

Worship at Sunningdale

It was such an honor to bring prophetic encouragement to each of these precious servants in Khayelitsha.

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.