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!

Coming Home

There’s just no place like home.

Still trying to leave beautiful Pilon.

Goodbye for now – leaving beautiful Pilon.

In the middle of a magnificent color display popping all across the LA basin, our plane landed at LAX on the evening of the Glorious Fourth! In spite of its many foibles, the good ol’ USA is a wonderful place to be. Although a large part of our hearts remains deep in southwest Costa Rica, we are grateful to have returned to our community of loved ones in Southern California.  So far the transition has been smoother than expected. We (Chris, Tiffany and Landon) are currently staying with dear friends, the Lowes, who are graciously sharing their home in Dana Point with us, and we have been so blessed to dive into fellowship with many of you already.  

Due to factors which have arisen over the past few months, our current plan is to remain Stateside for at least the next year, working on behalf of CRSSM to build relationships with churches and create awareness of the ministry for short-term outreach trips which will remain one of CRSSM’S primary goals.  We will also continue to travel to Costa Rica to be involved in local pastoral training, a focus which we believe is a large part God’s current direction for the ministry and an area in which there is tremendous need.  In fact, our first pastoral training event will be held in mid-September, and we are eager to see what the Lord is going to birth in the lives of the hungry Tico pastors who plan to attend. 

 

Street ministry

A healed back!

500 worshipers

Work day

 

Our final month in Pilon was centered around the excitement of hosting a team from our home church for ministry and service.  During that time we were privileged to serve in an elementary school, participate in street outreach in the border town of Paso Canoas, and minister in many churches.  As a team, it was a huge joy to train the students in supernatural ministry and just a short time later, watch them put into practice what they had learned. The youth came alive as they saw God move through healing, prophecy, deliverance and restoration!  Many of them confessed that they had never seen God demonstrate such awesome wonders, and they felt privileged to be used by Him in mighty ways.  

The last outreach included an invitation to minister in the largest church we’ve visited to date, with over 500 attendants (and fantastic air conditioning!). It marked the 25th church in which we’ve ministered this year and the service was very similar to that of most US churches.  It was humbling and exciting to see Holy Spirit bring accurate prophetic words, salvations and numerous healings in this church which responded wholeheartedly in worship.

 

Hay poder!

Church ministry

School ministry

Street ministry

 

As a family, we are moving into a season of stabilizing and shifting, trying to find a place to sink our roots even as our kids come and go. Jarren has plans to relocate from Seattle to a flight school in Arizona or SoCal in the Fall in order to continue his pilot’s training. At the end of July, Kylie will be returning from Redding to Southern California where she plans to live, work and minister.  Alyssa will also be returning from Arizona at the end of July, only to be packing up again to attend Westmont College in late August.  Landon is happily enjoying reconnecting with friends here in San Clemente and is thankful to be enjoying a Southern California summer! Meanwhile, our hunt for a home continues, and we are most grateful for your prayers to that end.

These common sand crabs were probably the inspiration for the colors of the flag of the Second Spanish Republic, and can be used as flags when flattened by cars.

The kid between Jeffrey and Chris had just asked Jeffrey for the phone number of his 12 year old daughter!

As we engage in yet another shift for our family and ministry this year, we are confident of God’s great faithfulness and are praising Him in advance for all that He will accomplish in this new season.  A large part of His faithfulness is demonstrated to us through you, our beloved friends and family. Thank you for your continued prayers, support and love.  May the Father bless you richly in return for all that you have poured into us!

Landon was thrilled to host some of his close friends from SoCal, even if it meant sharing the local break.

The Final Stretch

Saludos from Pilon de Pavones!

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Annie, Simons and Nesbitts hiking to waterfalls near Quepos.

Jeffrey and Chris in their broken down truck in a creek during a rainstorm. At night.

We are well into our fifth month of living in the tiny fishing village of Pilon, tucked away in the southwestern corner of Costa Rica.  Believe it or not, we’re beginning to feel a bit conflicted about our pending return to the States in a few weeks. There are many things we’ve come to appreciate and even prefer about living in Costa Rica, even while we miss much about being home.  Still, we are confident that the Lord is leading us back to the US for this next season and have a great excitement to be soon reunited with our dear friends and loved ones!

Due to El Nino / La Nina, Costa Rica has experienced some incredibly unusual weather patterns this year.  December 2015 through April 2016 was the hottest and driest “summer” in 7 years, but the drought was abruptly ended by one of the wettest Mays ever experienced. As we mentioned last month, the rain is welcomed for the cooler temperatures it brings but is also blamed for a massive increase in insects. The frequent application of chemical insect repellent may well cause brain damage, but we’re pretty sure that insanity has likely claimed a few folks from incessant itching due to constant bites!

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We are grateful to share that, once again, the Lord has blessed us with two very effective outreaches during which we saw numerous signs and wonders! In what was our second away-from-home outreach, we answered a call to minister for the first time in the tourist town of Quepos, about 3 hours north of us. Reminiscent of old-time revival tent meetings, we ministered 2 consecutive nights at one church and Sunday morning in another. We were thrilled to observe many healings: a tumor which disappeared, vocal cords, backs, knees and stomachs healed, legs lengthened, cataracts cleared up and migraine headaches which ceased. We also experienced an increased specificity in words of knowledge and prophecy and were excited to see many people baptized in the Holy Spirit! For greater details as well as photos, check out CRSSM’s Facebook page. (www.facebook.com/crssm.org)

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As a team, we at CRSSM are still convinced that the Lord is calling us to pastoral/leadership training in supernatural ministry here in Costa Rica.  Although we had hoped to hold our first training event before our family’s return to the States, the timing was unfavorable.  We are now planning to host such a conference at some point in the next six months or so.  Please continue to pray for the Lord to bring all of the details together so that we might launch this much-needed and highly anticipated ministry.

We’re just a few days away from our largest outreach of the year as Toby Ray leads a small team of young adults from Heritage Christian Fellowship in San Clemente for 10 days of service. Please intercede for continued signs and wonders as we pour out the love of Jesus in schools, in churches and in the streets. Pray also for this group to be drawn closer to the King and for breakthrough in the heart and mind of each student.

A brief update on our daughters: Alyssa left two weeks ago to take a summer job.  She’s living and working with her grandparents in Phoenix and has readily adjusted to life back in the States. We, on the other hand, are greatly missing her presence in our home and in the ministry. She has been an amazing help to us and an integral team member. Kylene, as we shared last month, had plans to spend the next year in Redding after having graduated from her third year at BSSM. Since that time the Lord has specifically changed her trajectory and has prepared her heart to live and serve elsewhere. We would so appreciate your intercession for open doors for Kylene as she seeks the Father in her next steps.

Once again, we covet your prayers for guidance as we make our transition back to the United States. In spite of our joy in returning home, the reverse culture shock and challenges which accompany it can be intense.  We are also continuing to pray for an open door as we look for a home to rent beginning July 5.

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Click to see video of Landon’s jump. Muy valiente!

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Looks like a closeup of rose stems, but those are actually 4 inch spikes!

We are fully convinced that it is you, our beloved friends and family, who have made this season of ministry possible through your continued love, encouragement and prayers. Thank you for being such an amazing source of joy in the journey!