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!

Enjoying a respite from the heat for a few brief hours in the cool mountains of Panama.

Arriving

Saludos de Costa Rica!

The view from our home in Pilon, CR

The view from our home in Pilon, CR

This week marks the one month anniversary of calling this vibrant nation our home, and the time has flown quickly.  So much life has been packed into four brief weeks: moving, traveling, settling into a new house; adjusting, stretching, embracing a previously unknown way of life. As a family we have felt such a rich coating of grace through the entire process, and we are incredibly grateful. However, that’s not to say we haven’t experienced a few challenges! Leaving the U.S. presents its share of difficulties, both physically and emotionally, not to mention the adjustments that come with living in an emerging nation such as scorpion stings, sweltering heat and language barriers. As we work to settle in, we are daily reminding ourselves of the Lord’s calling and purpose for our family in this beautiful land, and we are pressing through the challenges to reach the joy of His fulfilled destiny in our lives.

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A bit of PODS deja vu as we leave our San Clemente cottage.

We began our journey by moving out of our cottage in San Clemente and packing all of our household goods into a couple of PODS. (The home we were previously renting is going up for sale, but we’ll still need a few possessions when we return, as our plan is to live in the States six months of each year.) We then stuffed 19 bags —  8 suitcases, 4 boxes, two surfboard bags, four backpacks and one dog kennel — to the limit and managed to get everything, including ourselves, aboard a plane traveling to San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica.  Two days later we arrived at Pilon de Pavones (an 8 hour journey from the capital) and began to set up house.  At that point we had a huge learning curve in discovering how to manage the shopping and traveling in our area, as our remote location is separated from the nearest grocery market by a 30 minute intensely bumpy dirt road… Missionary Training 101!

A brief visit in Panama with our dear friends, the Stavros family.

A brief visit in Panama with our dear friends, the Stavros family.

After a few weeks of setting up house, experiencing memorable shopping adventures and getting into the swing of daily life (which for Tiffany and Landon includes homeschooling), it was time to jump into the real meat… outreach! For months CRSSM has had pastors all over Costa Rica asking us to send teams to their churches to minister to their congregations.  With the arrival of our family and the addition of our Costa Rican teammate and interpreter, Eric Lopez, as well as Steve and Judi Hertzog, the founders of CRSSM, our team of seven excitedly launched our first official outreach of 2016 last weekend.

Tiffany teaching March 9 at a church near Laurel, CR.

Tiffany teaching March 9 at a church near Laurel, CR.

As with many of our outreaches, this current one is focused on connecting with several different churches, pouring out the love of Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit through worship, teaching and ministry.  Although we are few in number, the Holy Spirit has been moving in mighty ways, bringing powerful words of teaching and exhortation, prophetic edification, amazing healing and beautiful freedom to bodies, souls and spirits!  One quick testimony:  a couple had come to the Saturday night service feeling spiritually dry; in fact, the husband had told the Lord that if He was truly able to work in mighty power, He would send someone to speak an encouraging word to him.  The evening nearly passed without anyone approaching him, leaving him discouraged and disappointed; however, at the very end of the service one of our teammates was given a very accurate word of knowledge and prophecy specifically for this couple. They left amazed, thankful to Jesus, and confirmed in the Father’s incredible love for them.  In addition, we have witnessed God completely healing all types of physical ailments (hernias, intestinal pain, arthritis and so much more!) and setting precious hearts free from the lies of the enemy.  God is so good!

Nearly completed dorm for short term outreach

Nearly completed dorm for short term outreach

Also on the ministry front, our dormitory is almost complete and ready to house outreach teams. From the time we arrived in Pilon de Pavones, construction has been going on directly behind our home to complete CRSSM’s first dorm building.  This humble structure will be able to house teams of up to twenty folks, and we are itching to put it to work and host our first ministry group!  The need is great, and our desire is to see many believers who have a heart to release the love of Jesus over the nations to join us and serve the people of Costa Rica.  Check out the website for more information and outreach dates.

We are so very grateful for your love and support.  It is because of your intercession, financial generosity and faithful friendship that we are able to serve the people of Costa Rica, bringing the love of Jesus to a needy nation.  Thank you for your partnership in the work of the Kingdom!

Grace and peace,

The Nesbitts


(Pictured above: enjoying a few hours of cool weather in the mountains of Panama)