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Introducing Eric Lopez

Pilon de Pavones, Costa Rica — CRSSM is thankful to share the joy of God’s continued provision with the addition of Pastor Eric Lopez.
A native of San Jose, the capital city of Costa Rica, Pastor Lopez has a passionate desire to see the Kingdom of Heaven come to earth in the hearts of his fellow Ticos. That passion is evident in every part of Eric’s life and is underscored by the testimony of his own dramatic conversion from darkness to light over 22 years ago.
“To know Pastor Eric is to love him,” admits Chris Nesbitt. “He brings so much to this ministry. He has a very clear apostolic and prophetic anointing, and the Lord also uses him mightily for healing and deliverance.”
Eric spent the last 20 years as an itinerant teacher/pastor in Costa Rica, which deepened his maturity spiritually and connected him relationally with scores of pastors across the nation. Those relationships have formed the foundation for CRSSM outreaches over the past year. Since March 2015, Eric has been working as an interpreter and liaison for the ministry’s outreach teams.
“Pastor Eric carries the joyful, loving, powerful presence of God,” shares Steve Hertzog. “He’s running the race as a true servant and laid-down lover of Jesus.”
Chris adds, “He’s an excellent linguist, and his wit and humor — in any language — keep us in stitches!”

The Hertzogs met Pastor Eric in a hardware store and immediately recognized the divine appointment, inviting him to their home and sharing their heart and vision for Costa Rica and CRSSM.
“I believe this ministry has come to Costa Rica as part of a new beginning for our churches,” shares Pastor Eric. “I’m expecting a revival in my country!”
CRSSM couldn’t be happier with the team God has put together, and is grateful for Eric Lopez in particular. Steve relates, “I’m proud and honored to call him friend and ministry partner.”
Read more about Pastor Eric, his background and his role with CRSSM on our website under About.


(Published in full here: http://www.crssm.org/introducing-eric-lopez/)
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Outreach: March 4-10, 2016

Last week marked the beginning of the 2016 CRSSM outreaches, and we couldn’t have had a more Holy Spirit-filled launch!
Spanning a period of six days, our four events focused on ministry through visiting various semi-local churches. At each church, our team was privileged to lead worship, bring a message and conclude with one-on-one ministry time.
I can’t describe how beautiful it was to watch each member of the small, humble congregations come up and receive prayer for healing, encouragement and prophetic words. Although Holy Spirit moved in powerful ways with each person, there were several testimonies that impacted me tremendously:
At the first church we visited, a couple came up for prayer during the time of ministry.  One of our team members began praying for them and gave them several words of prophesy. They both broke down, and the husband explained that he had come to the service feeling spiritually weak. He had challenged the Lord at the beginning of the service, saying that if He was really listening, He would send someone from our team to pray for him and prophecy over him. As it turns out, the couple had been asking the Lord for a child, and one of the prophetic words spoken over them was that the Lord was going to bless them with a son in the next year. They both left encouraged and full of hope!
Another beautiful testimony occurred during our last night of outreach. The congregation numbered only 15 that night, but the hearts of the people were more hungry for Holy Spirit than any of our previous events. Our time of ministry was amazing as we were able to spend a while praying for each individual. One woman had immense pain and lack of hearing in one ear. As we prayed for her, Holy Spirit fell and she received total healing! Thank you, Jesus!!
This last testimony happened during our Sunday morning service and was the most impactful for me personally. At the end of the service, a woman came up and asked for prayer. She had a young boy with her and both of their countenances were grave. The woman kept her eyes shut tightly, holding her son close as several members of our team prayed for her. As they prayed her face began to soften, and trickling tears became loud sobs. After a few minutes, she shared that her husband is an alcoholic anti-Christian who tends towards abuse and anger. She feared for her child and herself, and our team responded with words of encouragement, speaking hope and safety over her and her son. Although she received neither physical healing nor major prophetic words, I was amazed by the strength of this woman. Despite fears for her own safety, she attended church every Sunday, bringing her son in hopes of giving him a glimpse of a perfect, heavenly Father. My heart was broken for this young momma, worn older than her years from hardship and fear. My hope and prayer is for her and her son to find peace and safety in the Father’s arms, as well as redemption for their husband and father.
After such a fruitful beginning, we ended our first week of outreach with excitement for the ministry yet to come! Costa Rica is proving to be a plentiful harvest, and we are feeling so privileged to be part of it.
Please pray for us, but also pray about joining us on one of our outreaches so that you can return home with testimonies of your own!
March 4, Laurel, CR. Chris Nesbitt taught on “Lazy Faith” and then introduced Break Every Chain in Spanish… and the Holy Spirit fell HEAVY! Numerous healings brought with words of knowledge.
March 6: Steve Hertzog encourages a church near Pavones, CR with timely truths about their identity in Christ, and the response is immediate. Holy Spirit brings restoration, salvation and healing!
 
 
March 8: Tiffany Nesbitt brings a powerful word on the “Door of Hope” at a church near Naranjo, CR, and signs and wonders followed! One man in particular was immediately healed of a painful hernia. Praise JESUS!!!
March 10: Steve Hertzog taught on the power of the Holy Spirit at a Methodist church evening service in Paso Canoas CR… and His power was revealed! Several healings including tinnitus and migraine headaches. Thank you Jesus!!


(Published in full here: http://www.crssm.org/outreach-march-4-10-2016/)
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Zoe Contreras Interviews CRSSM

CRSSM had the privilege of being guests on Zoe Contreras’ radio program Hablando a Tu Corazón (Talking to Your Heart)  on Radio Mi Fortaleza.  Adriana Santini interpreted as Zoe asked Annie Kilroy and Chris & Tiffany Nesbitt to share the vision for the school and outreach center.
Each team member took the opportunity to testify about the power of the Holy Spirit falling in the region, bringing healing, restoration and salvation.  Listeners were invited to pray for Costa Rica as the team shared stories of supernatural events, casting faith for revival in this Central American nation.
Having familiarity with Annie’s book, Testify, Zoe invited the team to be part of her Spanish speaking program to help promote CRSSM to the Latino community.  Zoe’s show aires on Mondays from 10am-11am, PST, on Radio Mi Fortaleza.  


(Published in full here: http://www.crssm.org/zoe-contreras-interviews-crssm/)
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CRSSM Gains Adriana Santini

In yet another display of God’s abundant provision, Adriana Santini has joined CRSSM, bringing to the ministry a tremendous tool box of life skills and experience.
“Adriana learned that a few of us had a need for a Spanish tutor several months back,” recalls Chris Nesbitt, “and she immediately jumped in and started serving. Through that experience the Lord knit our hearts to hers, and we are thrilled to have her as an integral part of the team.”
An enthusiastic self-starter with excellent people skills and years of sales experience, Adriana is a perfect match for the Director of Development position. Additionally, she is proficient in strategic planning and analytical evaluation, a boon for CRSSM administratively. Experienced in working with multi-cultural teams, Adriana is fluent in Spanish, and she brings to the organization the spiritual gifts of administration, leadership, and hospitality.
“God has been prompting me to step out in faith for some time now and say ‘yes’ to Him,” shares Adriana. “I am excited to walk this journey with others who have taken the same leap of faith.”
A resident of San Clemente, California since 2011, Adriana attends Heritage Christian Fellowship where she serves in the children’s ministry, helps facilitate women’s Bible studies, and co-leads a community group with her husband, Rob. Having been involved in global ministry since 1987, she and Rob have served in Peru, Honduras, Mexico, Belgium, Hungary, Kenya, and the Indian reservations of South Dakota and New Mexico. Together they are passionate about helping others learn about the freedom found in Jesus Christ.
Adriana’s role will keep her primarily in the US, as she takes on several administrative duties while managing development.
“Adriana is a gifted and multi-tasking lover of Jesus,” relates Steve Hertzog. “She lights up her surroundings as she pours out the love and joy of Jesus wherever she goes.”


(Published in full here: http://www.crssm.org/crssm-gains-adriana-santini/)
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CRSSM Named Best of the Best by Worship Leader Magazine

CRSSM’s School of Worship has been selected as an editor’s pick for the 2015 Worship Leader Magazine Best of the Best Issue!
The prestigious list compiled annually by Worship Leader Magazine features a variety of categories including music, books, devotionals, software, technology, instruments, training, schools, a/v systems, recording equipment and more.  Our School of Worship was recognized for this award within the missional worship category.
“This is very humbling and surprising,” shares Chris Nesbitt, “especially considering that our inaugural session isn’t until next year. It reveals WL Mag’s consideration of the heart and vision of our school when they could have limited their selections to long-established, profitable schools for this award.”
With over 20,000 subscribers, the highly-anticipated list appears in the November/December issue, released November 1, 2015 by subscription, at newsstands and for purchase online.


(Published in full here: http://www.crssm.org/crssm-named-best-of-the-best-by-worship-leader-magazine/)
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Anne Kilroy is on Board!

It’s official.
CRSSM is excited to share that Anne Kilroy is joining our team as Director of Discipleship. Anne has been involved in this ministry from it’s early stages but has now answered the call to serve full time.
“For years I’ve longed to see something like this happen in Costa Rica,” Anne reports, “so getting to be a part of it through this ministry is a dream come true.”
Known affectionately to many as Annie, this adventurous woman’s heart for Costa Rica was born in 1996 when she first sailed into Golfito Bay. She had been told to check out the Zancudo and Pavones beaches on the advice of longtime friends Judi and Steve Hertzog, whom she had known from Mammoth Lakes, CA. A love affair with Costa Rica began, and through the years that followed, Annie and the Hertzogs would meet to surf the waves and dream of what God might have in store for this beautiful nation.
“Annie is a true mother in God’s kingdom,” shares Steve Hertzog. “Wherever she goes, the love, joy, and peace of Jesus overflows into the lives of those God puts around her.”
“She is a women of great integrity, strength and ability,” adds Judi Hertzog. “Her passion for Jesus is contagious!”
In 2005 Annie became seriously ill, and within months she experienced a radical, supernatural healing. This served as a spiritual wakeup call in her life as God was revealing to her that there is no retirement in the Kingdom. Soon after this the Lord gave her the assignment of recording 23 life-changing testimonies in the book TESTIFY, which has been read worldwide. Since that time, she has been privileged to walk alongside other women in the completion of their own creative projects. It was also during that season that Annie began to realize the value of discipleship.  Through a mentoring relationship with an older woman, Annie was able to see the lateness of the hour and the crucial need for equipping younger women.  As a result, she has spent the last five years partnering with women: raising them into leadership, helping them to grow their personal relationships with Christ, and equipping them with strength as iron has sharpened iron.
“Because of her many gifts, Annie will wear several hats,” Chris Nesbitt admits, “especially as we work to get the school up and running. But we desire to see the students of CRSSM thrive in an atmosphere of strong mentoring relationships, making Annie’s passion and experience a perfect match.”
“We are blessed to have this mighty woman of God walking with us,” adds Steve.


(Published in full here: http://www.crssm.org/anne-kilroy-is-on-board/)
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CRSSM Welcomes the Simons

We are thrilled to announce the addition of the Simons family to our team at CRSSM!
Since 2005 the Simons family, Jeffrey, Sylvia, Kaleb and Isabella, have been faithfully serving the unreached people groups of Southern Mexico from their base in Oaxaca.
Now they have answered the call to serve in Costa Rica as Jeffrey assumes the role of Director of Outreach for the Costa Rica Supernatural School of Ministry.
Jeffrey’s dream to see the Kingdom of God expand in the remote places of the earth was birthed during his years of studying cross-cultural ministry at Biola University. When he and Sylvia married in 1996, they began leading short-term mission trips to Latin America. It was on one of those trips that Chris Nesbitt was able to serve under Jeffrey’s leadership.
“I’ve known Jeffrey for nearly 20 years” recalls Chris, “but it was an outreach about 14 years ago that put us in service together for the first time, and I was able to observe Jeffrey’s giftings, wisdom and Christ-like character.”
Almost prophetically, that initial trip was to Costa Rica.
In spite of the challenges which come with leaving behind the comforts of home, the Simons have been willing to trust God’s leading and provision as they have served the indigenous people of Mexico. For the past ten years, they have discipled and ministered to the physical needs of the Latinos, training them to be agents of God’s Kingdom. A tremendous benefit of their lifestyle of faith has been the seeds which have been planted in their teenagers, giving them a hunger for the adventure of journeying with God. As a family, they are committed not only to the Great Commission, but also to raising up the next generation to take the Father’s love, healing and redemptive power to the darkest places of the earth through the power of the Holy Spirit.
“We almost can’t believe that God is calling us to serve at CRSSM, leading outreaches to churches, hospitals, indigenous groups, schools and the streets and beaches of southwest Costa Rica,” Jeffrey relates. “We are passionate about seeing the Holy Spirit unleashed and the needy touched. We also desire to grow in our faith and in the practice of ministering in Holy Spirit power.”
Our leadership team is equally excited.
“We have prayed for a Spanish speaking couple to join our team, and God provided Jeffrey and Sylvia Simons,” adds Steve Hertzog. “What a powerhouse couple, full of the love and joy of Jesus.”


(Published in full here: http://www.crssm.org/crssm-welcomes-the-simons/)
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May Outreach: Gary Doughty

It was a privilege to be a part of the mission team in May. A few things (out of many) stand out:

The opportunity to do street evangelism in the border town was awesome. Sandie and I got to witness and minister to a young man who was running from God. His father, who was there as well, shared with me that he had been praying for someone to speak into his son’s life.
I prayed for a number of people with shoulder and back pain in some of the churches who were healed.

One young man I prayed for had just quit his job in the border town to come back to his wife and child but was now unemployed. I told him through an interpreter that coming back to be with his family was pleasing to God and that being a father to his son and husband to his wife was more important than having a job and that God would honor his decision and provide another job for him. His wife then came up front with their son for prayer for reconciliation. It was an awesome display of the move of the Holy Spirit in their lives!
We were received at the churches with such joy and anticipation. It was such a blessing to see brothers and sisters in the Lord from a different culture pour out their hearts in prayer and praise during our ministry. It was a pleasure ministering with the rest of the team as well!
Gary Doughty



(Published in full here: http://www.crssm.org/may-outreach-gary-doughty/)
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March Outreach Highlights: Matt Zurbriggen

Jungle church March 10:
We prayed for a young man with knee pain. He was just before getting surgery. So we prayed for Him and he got healed. He stretched His knee and bended, it was almost scary ☺
Hospital March 13:
We got to pray for so many men and got to encourage them. It was just so great to be there and seeing how they all got touched by God. We did see healings, how God took pain away and gave back parts of sight to a man. That’s one side of the miracles we saw. The other one was to be able to go in to this hospital and pray. God opened a door, which was not open before!
Boarder Town Paso Canoas March 14:
As we were walking through the streets of Paso Canoas we got to pray for people and invited them to cometo the church. We saw men get changed from having a sad face to have a face full of joy. It was so great to see how easy God works. On this day three men gave their life to Jesus!
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The whole trip in itself was a miracle. I got to encourage so many different people. It was so awesome! We got to teach the prophetic to so many young and older leaders, can’t wait to go back and see what God is doing and did. This trip taught as well myself so much! I learned that it is so important to go back to God (to the well of love, life and power) every day. I was so focused on my team that I forgot to go back to the well and I asked God; why am I so tired and exhausted? Then he reminded me to come back to Him to get fresh power, life and love. People cannot give me that. It was awesome!


(Published in full here: http://www.crssm.org/march-outreach-highlights-matt-zurbriggen/)
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