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!

Giving Thanks

 

Moving in!

 

Missions Sunday

 

Sharing testimonies of God’s goodness in Costa Rica

 

Celebrating Dad’s 80th! So thankful for this warrior for Christ

‘Tis the season for thankful hearts.  As we take time to reflect on the gifts which cause gratefulness, can we just say that it’s you who fill so much of our list? Our gratitude for how you add such joy, laughter, encouragement, community, support, intercession and exhortation to our lives is ongoing, but at this moment particularly, we want to pause and relate how overwhelmingly grateful we are to the Father for the gift of your love in our lives.  

 

And appropriately for the season, the thankfulness just keeps coming (drumroll, please)…we have found a home! The Lord has provided hugely once again, and we are rejoicing! Our Father is so good. We have rented a lovely house in San Clemente and moved in last week. We’d like to extend a special thanks to all those who hosted us over the past 4+ months as we journeyed through the waiting and searching season.

 

This past month has seen the addition and expansion of two ministry opportunities for us as a couple, with the first being an open door in our community to bring training and equipping in the prophetic gifts, one of our greatest joys! In October we had the privilege of leading three prophetic workshops, bringing teaching and activation in a small-group venue while helping believers recognize the voice of God. The fruit of these sessions has been wonderful to behold, and many attendees have been amazed by the work of the Holy Spirit in and through their lives for the sake of building up the Body of Christ.  

 

The second new venture is an expansion of something that has grown organically for several decades. As many of you know, one of our passions is to spiritually father and mother the upcoming generation and champion the Body of Christ into its God-given destiny. For years we have enjoyed mentoring, discipling and counseling folks of all ages, with a particular emphasis on training and encouraging young singles and couples/parents. We are now blessed with the opportunity and resources to expand this ministry to a broader level, and our website has just been updated to reflect this effort. Please take a look at the new page on our site called “Life Coach” where appointments can be scheduled online, then recommend us to your family and friends!

 

Chris was able to join a panel of missionaries for a Q&A session last Sunday at our home church, and he had a chance to share some of the vision and future for CRSSM.  We’ve set our sights toward the new year and the planning of a Costa Rica spring outreach trip as well as a second pastoral training event. We are continually encouraged by the reports of the fruit from September’s conference, and we look forward to answering the invitations to bring the same type of training to many of those leader’s individual congregations. We would also love to host a Costa Rica ministry outreach trip for your church or youth group in the coming year. Please feel free to contact us with suggestions for dates or with any questions you might have.

 

As we make our annual trek to Phoenix to celebrate Thanksgiving with extended family, know that your family remains close in our hearts and prayers. What a privilege it is to glorify Jesus together for all of His GREAT GOODNESS in our lives!

 

With joy,

The Nesbitts

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!