Olive House leadership training

Spring 2020

Olive House ministry nights looks like this

 

Olive House leaders stepping out to edify

 

Sermon on the mount (El Capitan State Beach)

 

60 young adults gathering at Olive House

 

CRSSM ministry team at last year’s conference

 

The Cozee, from Life Giving Warmth

 

(Above: leadership training with Olive House ministry team at El Capitan State Beach)

 

Greetings from San Clemente!

No, we have not yet relocated to Santa Barbara.
(We know that’s the biggest question, so we’ll get that one out of the way!)

Now for the update…

 

Beginning with Chris’ last day at Heritage on December 31, the past few months have been both exciting and curious. For example, while we’re actively engaged in ministry in Santa Barbara and see the Lord’s favor and blessing there, He has not yet opened a door for a home in that area.

 

This ministry has recently been named Olive House and was birthed late last year by our daughter Alyssa and her dear friend, Veronica. Since its inception, Alyssa and Veronica have requested that we would cover this fledgling yet thriving ministry — a worship, prayer and ministry night in their home, with an average of 50-75 in attendance. We have been delighted to serve these young adults as they walk out the dream of their hearts: to provide a place for the city to experience the life-changing presence of Jesus through worship, prayer and Holy Spirit-led ministry. And God is showing up in powerful ways! Salvation, physical and emotional healing, deliverance, and encounters with the Father’s heart are just a few of the beautiful things the Holy Spirit has been routinely releasing. In addition to being a part of these evenings, we also recently spent a weekend camping with the 12 leaders, pouring into them and helping to lay a foundation for the way God is moving. It’s a joyous privilege to train and encourage these incredibly passionate believers — one that feels to us more like play than work!

 

Because a door has not yet opened for a home to move to in Santa Barbara, we have been asking the Lord to provide a place for us to stay on the weekends while we minister there. Lodging is expensive, and our daughter’s tiny 2bed 1bath home can barely accommodate the 6 young women living there, so we’d much appreciate your prayers for a solution to this ongoing need. And if you have ideas or leads, please let us know!

 

At the same time, the Lord continues to release His unmerited favor on CRSSM. We’re making preparations for our next pastoral training conference to be held in mid-July near San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica. We expect to have at least 250 pastors and ministry leaders from every corner of the country in attendance. And we need your help! Please pray for us, for the ministry team and for the Tico pastors. Also, please consider sponsoring the event, as we provide accommodations, meals, and resources to the pastors for no charge (an event donation page has been set up here).

 

Soon after that conference, we’ll be hosting a short-term missions team at our base in southern Costa Rica. This late-July trip will find us ministering in the streets, schools, hospitals and churches throughout the southern region, just above the Panamanian border. We look forward to championing this team into the boldness and power of the Holy Spirit as they step into new levels of faith and risk for the sake of this beautiful nation!

 

We’re happy to report that CRSSM is now on Amazon’s list of approved charitable 501(c)(3) organizations, which means you can support CRSSM just by shopping at Amazon! Please consider using this simple, automated tool as a way to effortlessly donate. All you have to do is click here to set it up: smile.amazon.com/ch/46-5647471. More info and helpful tips are listed at the bottom of the page*.

 

As we consider the current call on our lives in Santa Barbara and Costa Rica, our hearts are continually impressed with this theme: the centrality of fivefold ministry as the foundation for the emerging church. For months, we have been immersing ourselves in this subject to better understand this foundational truth as the Holy Spirit intensifies our passion for the Church. We are persuaded that the “new wineskin” for the Church has much to do with the blueprint for church governance revealed in Ephesians 4, particularly verses 7-14. We’re excited to see how He directs us into greater understanding of this growing passion.

 

Meanwhile, Chris is working part-time to provide SEO and marketing for a startup that recently launched its first product. Life Giving Warmth is bringing to the market a battery operated heating blanket which Chris has been helping to promote since February 1. We’re so thankful to Jesus for providing the means to fill our income gap and still have time for us to minister as He directs.

 

As always, we are incredibly grateful for your faithful love and friendship. And in this season of transition, we are especially thankful for your prayers and financial support. We pray that the Father blesses you 100-fold in return!

 

Prayer requests:

  1. A continued move of Holy Spirit power through the Olive House ministry in Santa Barbara.
  2. A place to stay in the Santa Barbara area during our weekend ministry trips.
  3. Clear direction as we prepare for the July pastoral conference in Costa Rica.
  4. Provision for a media team for the conference.
  5. Funds to make the conference possible through generous sponsors.
  6. Blessing for Chris’ marketing efforts for his new employer.
  7. An increase in our personal support, enabling us to pursue ministry full-time.

 

*More information about Amazon’s charitable donations program:

  • Shop at Amazon like you normally do, but through smile.amazon.com instead of amazon.com
  • Pay the exact same price as you would otherwise.
  • CRSSM gets about half a percent for every order.
  • Amazon does not reveal to us (CRSSM) your purchases or your identity.
  • To do this, please click here: smile.amazon.com/ch/46-5647471
  • Then make sure you always go to smile.amazon.com every time you shop.
  • If you have an Android phone, download the app for Amazon Smile.
  • While Apple doesn’t yet have an iPhone app, you can simply visit smile.amazon.com on your phone’s internet browser.

 

Alyssa & Veronica launched Olive House in Oct 2019

 

An Olive House leader testifying

 

Prayer over Olive House leadership team

 

CRSSM pastoral conference 2019

 

Amazon Smile & CRSSM

 

The 1st patented battery powered heating blanket

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.