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

 

playing with kids from Rio Claro elementary school

 

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!