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!

16 Comments
  • Lou Turner

    April 11, 2016 at 9:15 am Reply

    Chris and TIff,

    Know that Joan and I are praying for you. I am thrilled about the healings and the things you are seeing God doing. I love you guys. Come home safe.

    Dad

    • Chris

      April 11, 2016 at 9:19 am Reply

      Thanks so much, Dad. We miss you and can’t wait to be altogether again.
      Love you,
      Tiff

  • Jason

    April 11, 2016 at 9:50 am Reply

    We are in your camp! We contend regularly (even when woken in the middle of the night!) for every victory, great or small for the Kingdom in your family, at CRSSm, and across Costa Rica! We’ll be sure to pray about those vehicles more. Thanks for keeping us all updated, and thanks for being trailblazers!

    • Chris

      April 11, 2016 at 10:16 am Reply

      So grateful for you guys, Jason!

  • Nancy Taylor

    April 11, 2016 at 12:16 pm Reply

    Hello Dear Nesbitts, Praising God with you for the impact that you’re having through the Holy Spirit in your corner of the world! Praying for the Lord’s supernatural protection against the enemy, His wisdom and guidance for future direction, and strength and grace for each day. God sees your sacrifice and holds your reward! Love, Nancy and Mark

    • Chris

      April 11, 2016 at 9:47 pm Reply

      Your prayers are making the difference, Nancy. We’re more grateful for you than you can know!

  • Laura Vidal-Prudholme

    April 11, 2016 at 12:44 pm Reply

    Praying for you all and contending in the Spirit for you! Praying protection, passion, productivity and provision for all you need! My spirit bears witness with your direction to build up and support the pastors in the area! Once they are ignited it will be a WILDFIRE!!!

    • Chris

      April 11, 2016 at 9:48 pm Reply

      Laura, thanks for sharing your heart on this. That’s exactly the kind of confirmation we need!

  • Mom and Dad

    April 11, 2016 at 12:46 pm Reply

    Precious family, I know only too well how difficult it is to be objective in circumstances like these; but Mom I see the hand of the Lord in every last detail. What has blessed us from the outset is the fact that you made it clear that you were going to Costa Rica to do the will of the Lord, no matter what that turned out to look like, as initially envisioned or otherwise. We’re so proud of you. Your willingness to be molded and yielded according to His purposes is so refreshing in times like these. It means, in short, your willingness to forgo your own conception of why the Lord led you down there, allowing absolute surrender to trump over any potential of spiritual pride of accomplishment no matter the cost. I’m deliberately writing to you by way of this format to serve as a reminder to all of what it means to be a true emissary of Christ. How we love you and how grateful we are for your example to the body of Christ!

    Mom and Dad

    • Chris

      April 11, 2016 at 9:53 pm Reply

      Mom and Dad, we were just talking about you both today, and the fact that, through example, you taught your kids to take risks. There’s nothing more fulfilling than a life of faith. Love you both and miss you much!

  • Diane La Rue Halderman

    April 12, 2016 at 1:49 am Reply

    Chris and Tiffany,

    You are in my prayers. This is what obedience looks like; a beautiful example to us all. Blessings, Diane La Rue Halderman

    • Chris

      April 12, 2016 at 8:02 am Reply

      Diane, what a joy to have you partner with us in prayer in this journey!

  • Patti and Tom Waller

    April 12, 2016 at 11:43 am Reply

    Hola Amigos 🙂 Nesbitt Family, we so enjoyed reading your update! May refreshing waters come over you in pockets of time during the day to turn your face towards the eyes of Love where you are filled up! Good servants, keep steadfast. Keep immovable. Abounding, as you are, in the work of the Lord. Know this: your work is not in vain in the Lord. You’re on the right track. even though it may look different than you might have thought. Hey, you’re on Tico time now!! So as you soak in the “culture” YOU bring–one of the Father’s fondness and affection–continue to give it away, as you are already doing. You’re on track. Be steadfast. Will pray Father continues to lead, protect and bless you as you seek His face each new day. And we ask in Jesus’ Name for the spirit of vehicle trouble to be lifted off you. And may Jesus put on you and your vehicles and traveling His Spirit of Peace! You guys are so, so loved! The Father’s favor and peace rest on you all. love from the Waller family

    • Chris

      April 13, 2016 at 8:34 am Reply

      What a strategic and timely prayer and encouragement, Wallers! Amen! We’re thankful for your friendship, covering and support. Bless you!

  • Linda Nesbitt

    April 15, 2016 at 10:03 pm Reply

    We are so excited for this wonderful, spirit filled adventure that you are all on. How amazing to see God’s healings right before your eyes. We love you all so much and are so proud of the work you are doing.

    • Chris

      April 16, 2016 at 10:31 am Reply

      This is a partnership with you, Linda, through your prayers and support… we’re so grateful for you!

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