Fall 2019

Chris, Kylie, Amy and Catalina begin conference with worship

Tiffany teaches on healing and Amy interprets

Noe interprets as Kylie shares on hearing God’s voice

Steve considers a power nap

The chef and assistant preparing the 4th meal for 175 people

Tiffany gives a prophetic word to pastor Manuel Calderon’s church

Fall has just begun to peek its head around the corner in Southern CA, but it heralds a host of imminent changes for our lives. As we look towards the close of 2019, we anticipate the next couple of months being marked by transition. We are also thanking Jesus for the great things which He has accomplished so far this year!

 

We want to first launch with praise! In mid-October, CRSSM hosted its third pastoral training conference in San Jose, Costa Rica, and the result was an incredible answer to prayer! We had the honor of bringing together approximately 170 pastors and ministry leaders from all over Costa Rica, and we were delighted to see their spiritual hunger and desire for unity. Even more so, we were thrilled to watch the Holy Spirit minister to their hearts in powerful ways. During the worship times and some of the teaching sessions, the Spirit moved so thickly that men and women lay on the ground weeping, basking in the love of Jesus.

 

The conference began with a call to the pastors to embrace their identity as sons and daughters of the King. We brought training on supernatural ministry (healing, deliverance and prophecy), issued a challenge to cultivate a greater corporate intimacy with Jesus, and concluded with an exhortation for leaders to become spiritual mothers and fathers, so that sons and daughters can be raised up into their destinies. We also provided “prophetic appointments” — sessions during the teaching breaks where members of our team gave prophetic words to each church. The testimonies from these times were breathtaking! One of the conference highlights came at the very end as we prayed over the chef and his assistant, both of whom received the Lord and were filled with the Holy Spirit!

 

Before leaving San Jose, we ministered at a church led by one of the pastors who attended the conference. It was a new connection for CRSSM, and we were blown away by the joy and power of the Holy Spirit which flowed through this band of believers at Embajadores del Reino (Ambassadors of the Kingdom). We fellowshipped late into the night as the pastor and his wife shared their personal testimonies — radical stories of salvation and deliverance. We came away grateful for this new friendship and impressed by the tremendous influence conveyed on this young couple for both their region and their nation. Please pray for a spiritual mother/father who can disciple, encourage and empower pastor Manuel Calderon and his wife to run wholeheartedly after the calling on their lives!

 

The effectiveness of the conference was confirmed by the many requests from the pastors for CRSSM to increase the frequency of these events. At this point, we are praying about hosting our next conference in July of 2020. We would greatly appreciate your prayers as we seek the Lord’s heart on this.

 

Now, for ministry on the home front.

 

We’re on the verge of transition! The past 9-12 months have been a time of intense prophetic communication from the Lord: one of those seasons of receiving frequent calls, texts and emails from friends all over the world who have essentially said, “I had a dream/vision about you… does this mean anything?” The common thread running through it all has been that we are about to move into a new season, one which includes the fulfillment of some of the promises we’ve been carrying in our hearts for years.

 

More on that at a later time. For now, we’ll jump to the punchline and share that in late September, Chris gave his resignation at Heritage, effective the end of 2019. Chris currently serves as pastor of worship at Heritage which is a part-time, paid position. In addition, we serve as counselors /mentors and also lead a missions organization (CRSSM) which we co-founded in 2015 — all of which are volunteer efforts.

 

After much prayer and fasting, we realized that while we prefered for God to lead us into this new season by miraculously opening a door of opportunity, He seemed to be speaking otherwise, calling us to take a step of faith. Chris stepping down from his paid position at Heritage was, we believe, our first act of faith; we intend to keep taking faith-steps forward.

 

The Lord has continued to stir our hearts towards a resounding theme — that of serving as a spiritual father and mother for the young adults who are passionate for revival in the Santa Barbara area, and raising up leaders in that movement. We have such an excitement in our hearts regarding this call, and we are confident that this is just the beginning of what the Lord has in store for us, as He has also been speaking about moving us into an apostolic role, casting vision for these emerging leaders.

 

We are currently asking the Lord for specific confirmation in regards to income and housing. We dearly covet your prayers as we trust Him to meet every need, and we look forward to keeping you updated on all that the Lord is doing in this new season!

170 pastors and ministry leaders attended the conference

Eric shares and Amy interprets

Noe interprets as Chris teaches on cultivating intimacy in our churches

Annie testifies and Amy interprets

The chef and assistant receive Jesus and get filled with the Holy Spirit!

Equipping ministry in Alyssa’s living room in Santa Barbara last week

Summer 2019

The wedding!

Our team of 12

Testify!

Getting to milk cows?

Sharing at a new church

It’s time for the Nesbitt summer serial!

 

We hope this update finds you enjoying the long hours and hot temperatures of our favorite season. Here in San Clemente we have yet to hit our warmest temps, especially as this year has been marked by thick fog and a great deal of overcast skies. In spite of the seasonal gloom, however, summer in San Clemente is a little bit of heaven, and we’re aiming to soak up as much of the glory as possible!

 

On the home front, we’d like to announce that our clan’s total has recently jumped from seven to eight! Kylie married Eric Nelson on April 13th in Arroyo Grande, California in a breathtaking outdoor ceremony and reception. They traveled immediately to Italy for a 10-day honeymoon, returning to set up house in San Clemente just a few miles from us. The newlyweds are thriving, and we couldn’t be more delighted. Within two weeks of the wedding, Landon finished his freshman year at Grand Canyon University and arrived home for the summer (he’s been employed full-time for the last few months by a custom wood-working shop), and Jarren completed flight instructor school, officially launching his professional career as a pilot. A week later, Alyssa moved back to Santa Barbara; she’s currently renting a cottage with four other girls as she works full-time and prepares to launch a worship/intercession ministry from their home.

 

In May we led a team from Heritage to minister for 10 days from our base in southwest Costa Rica. As always, God showed up in powerful ways to change lives and demonstrate His goodness! We had the privilege of leading “treasure hunts” on the streets of two local towns, showering students with the love of Jesus in a K-12 school, and partnering with the Lord to bring healing, salvation and prophetic encouragement in several churches. The trip was life-changing for our team, as many of them actively experienced the Holy Spirit using them for the first time to release His power and love. It was a joy for all of us to watch Jesus at work in this beautiful nation!

 

We’re excited to announce that CRSSM will be hosting its third pastoral conference in October! Our previous conference united 50 pastors from all over Costa Rica at our base in Pilon de Pavones. Having now outgrown the capacity of our base, we’re anticipating hosting over 150 pastors at a church in the nation’s capital of San Jose. This means that for the first time in four years, we need to ask for your help. In addition to leading a local church, the average Tico pastor works a full-time job just to make ends meet. Consequently, we provide the pastoral conferences at no cost to these leaders, a gift which includes resources, meals and accommodations. As a result, we need to raise several thousand dollars in the next month to complete the arrangements for the October event. Would you be willing to partner with us financially? Your tax-deductible gift will enable us to shower these pastors with refreshment, encouragement and practical ministry tools that will further the work of the Kingdom in Costa Rica. To be crystal clear, this is a request for a financial gift to our ministry, CRSSM, not to us personally. The money will be used to provide a pastors conference in Costa Rica on October 17-18. Thank you for prayerfully investing in the lives of these amazing men and women!

 

Click here to give online through our GoFundMe campaign.

 

Alternatively, mail your check to this address, payable to CRSSM:

CRSSM
Chris Nesbitt
63 Via Pico Plaza, #201
San Clemente CA 92672

 

For more info on the pastors conference, check out our FB event page.  And if you know of a pastor in Costa Rica who would be interested in attending this event, our registration page is here (https://crssm.app.rsvpify.com).

 

We’re so honored to be able to share our journey with you! Thank you for your faithful love, prayer and support.

Ministering at a border town

Praying with high school students

Ministry in the classroom

Nuestro estudiante amiga

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