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.

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Here we go

“Life is made up of meetings and partings. That is the way of it.”
~Kermit the Frog

We’ve got a mess in the living room. Right here in the middle of the beach cottage, we’ve got a pile of boxes tilting this way and that, splayed all over the small space we call home. It’s controlled chaos of the best possible kind. Lists of to-do’s piled on the kitchen counters, on dresser tops, even in bathrooms. Lists piled up in our heads, chock-full of reminders: don’t-forgets, got-to-remembers, and very-importants. And they just keep growing.

We’re moving out of the country.

Yeah, that’s right. We are doing that thing, that somewhat fearful, often mysterious thing which many of us hear about during missionary week and think, “Crazy!”. Now we’re the ones packing our worldly goods into storage, throwing some stuff into suitcases, and heading for points south. We’ve been called to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ in Costa Rica.

Somehow, however, when it’s YOU, a bold step of faith into the mission field can lose some of the wow factor.

It feels overwhelming. Unknown. A bit daunting. Kind of scary. And quite exciting.

We’ve always believed in the Great Commission. Those words which our Lord spoke about going to the ends of the earth just before He ascended have been lodged firm in our hearts from the time we were kids. We’ve also had a passion for the nations planted deep from our exposure to our parents’ and grandparents’ lives of faith. From their perspective, and from what they’ve taught their kids and grandkids, it’s just how a Jesus-disciple learns to roll. Going forth.

So from day one, we’ve been a family sold out to the idea of going and sending. We’ve gone out as a family to serve and share the Good News, and we’ve sent our teenaged and young adult kids all around the globe to do the same. We’ve been financial backers, intercessors, letter writers and home-front cheerleaders for many folks we know and love who have taken up the call and gone out to share the message of hope.

All the while, Jesus has taught us how to serve here at home. We’ve plugged in and plugged away, working and learning what it means to love on folks. While Chris has been juggling a full-time business with the joy of worship leading, training, and mentoring young men and dads and husbands, Tiffany has been teaching, blogging, discipling, nurturing. Together, we’ve led groups, taught groups, served on boards for groups and just in general made God’s people the focus of our lives. It’s been a delight. A challenge. It’s been our calling and purpose for the past twenty-six years.

But when we felt the shift – when we sat across the table from Steve and Judi Hertzog and shared visions and watched spiritual fireworks go off – and we knew that a change was coming down the pike, it just made sense. God’s on the move in Costa Rica. People are hungry for His presence, desperate to know Him. In addition, young people who love Jesus all around the globe are being stirred to dive deeper, to be trained to lead and to embrace maturity so that they too can be sent ones. So our creative and imaginative God puts together something we could not have fathomed before this. A school of ministry in Costa Rica. It’s a new thing springing straight from His heart for such a time as this. And we love it.

So now, it’s our turn. A few months back we picked up that Bible that sits next to the bed and scoured it’s well-worn pages for some wisdom on how to walk this out. We talked to folks who know, asking for their wisdom. We fasted and prayed and sought Jesus for how to do this thing right and well. The end result is, we’re stepping out in faith. No safety net, no looking back. And we know that’s the way He wants it.

When the Apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthians, he urged them to be generous. He had lavishly loved them and served them and taught them Jesus. Then he exhorted them to be generous in return. To meet the needs of the saints and to give freely to the laborer because he is worthy of his wages. Paul knew the secret: the Kingdom can never be outdone; God can never be out-given. When we sow generously, we always reap.

In three weeks we’ll close the door to this little house loaded with priceless memories and hand over the key. We’ll hop on that plane and soar into the adventure that’s been planned before the foundation of the world for us, the crazy Nesbitt clan. The truth is, we need the love, prayers, encouragement and support of the saints. We need you to be generous. Because we can’t do this without you.

There’s no way that we could ever express how much each of you means to us. Your friendship has marked us. Whether we are sharing the love of Christ in the steamy wilds of the jungle or serving folks in the grand USA, we are yours in heart and spirit. Thank you for loving us well. We’re so grateful to have you on our side!