Friday, January 14, 2022

Cofradia Kitchen Kids










 

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Pastors' Perspectives 2022-1

These are bi-anual reports where our Cofradia United Pastors share what the Lord is doing in their areas and how you can pray for them. Thank you for your partnership as we continue to see the Kingdom of God advance.

Pastor Gregorio Hernández
Lead Pastor of Centro Cristiano Cofradia
Cofradia, Nayarit 

Thank you,

 

Greetings to all who have prayed and supported the development and growth of this ministry of Centro Cristiano la Cofradía United. This past year’s theme was titled, “Walking in the Faith of Jesus.” Throughout the entire year, the church has focused and shared on what it is like to walk in this supernatural faith. We believe that God is working in the lives of our brothers and sisters in Christ with the intention of the church understanding their identity, the position and the function of the spirit, soul and body. We taught a class from June 1stto October 3rd called "Sprit, Soul, and Body" with reference to a book with that same title by Andrew Wommack. It was very beneficial for the 22 participants that were involved in the class as they grew throughout the teachings. A second semester will be taking place and we hope that more people will join the program. 

 

Regarding the children’s breakfast that takes place five days a week, the purpose of it was to teach the children Christian values as well as moral values. This also encourages us to feed them not only physically but also spiritually and morally, especially because it is needed today. The children’s breakfast will continue to occur, and we are trying to set up new locations during this year. One of the places that we are looking forward to is Arrayanes with the hope that not only children but also adults come to the breakfast kitchen so we can minister to them. 

 

This next year of 2022 the theme that the church will have is “Time to fish.” Our hope is that we can encourage our brothers in Christ to visit each other and the people around town who don’t come to church so that they can come to know Jesus. As a pastor, I would love to work with some brothers to encourage their growth in leadership. 

 

Thank you all very much for your prayers and financial support for the development of the leadership and progress of Centro Cristiano La Cofradia United. 

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Pastor Luis Vazquez
March 1, 1979 - September 9, 2021

As many of you know, Pastor Luis went to be with the Lord on September 9. This was very hard for many of us. He was an excellent friend, phenomenal teacher, and a very hard worker.

This has woken up many of our leaders to see new opportunities to help and the need for training up leaders.

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Pastor Horacio Garzón
Indigenous Ministries
Centro Cristiano Arrayanes Facilitator
Cofradia, Nayarit

Dear brothers in Christ, 

 

It is a pleasure to greet you once again. I thank God for this opportunity to express my sincere gratitude. I hope that you are all in great health especially because of these times that we are in with the ongoing pandemic. 


I recently lost my father this past November as well as Pastor Luis Vazquez. They will both be missed. I was also infected by the COVID 19 virus last August, but thankfully I made a full recovery and there was a lack of nothing when quarantining. 


Brothers, thank you for the financial support, and I thank the God for your hearts which are a blessing. I also want to comment that the ministry is still going strong despite everything that has happened. We know that in everything God is working. I also had the privilege of receiving two discipleships in the past six months which were a great blessing. This next year will be filled with new purposes. 


My wife Maria and my daughter Kenia send their greetings. Kenia is currently enrolled in a private school studying nursing. 

 

Again, thank you and blessings

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Pastor Amado Verdin
Lead Pastor of Casa de Oración, La Hermosa
Director of Restoration Center, El Faro de Esperanza
Rosamorada, Nayarit

Greetings,


The Church: In the building, we have installed new lights and received donation of a phone for the online transmissions of our church services.   

 

We participated in the Freedom in Christ Conference in Cofradía and we continue to instruct and prepare the leadership in the church, encouraging the congregation to become preachers. 

 

After the catastrophic occurrence in the state of Nayarit caused by rain, the church formed a community service group and helped the many people affected in the city of Tuxpan.

 


There was a van donated to us fro the completion of tasks and needs of the church and the Restoration House. However, since then, the motor has had some problems and is in need of repair.


Some necessities that the church is facing are the construction of the men and women’s restroom and there is a bodega needed for the keeping of the sound equipment. 

 

The Restoration House: An intern graduated last November of 2021 after 5 months of being with us. He is 21 years of age who had a drug addiction. Throughout this period, there were restoration manuals that were shared with him along with the Freedom in Christ course. He was offered carpentry classes, basic mechanical sessions and a cooking course. Now, he is currently enrolled in higher education pursuing his preparation for a carrier and incorporating himself once again into society.  

 


There is a family being restored where the father, mother and the children were all experiencing drug addiction. They all used to attend a church and the father use to be one of the church’s musicians. Now they all attend church regularly again and throughout the week they are part of the restoration course.

 

 

We also attended a conference that was intended for the purpose of training the individuals which are part of the House of Restoration personnel. 



 

As far as necessities for the Center of Restoration, there are two single mattresses needed as well as kitchen utensils.

 

The negotiation for the purchase of the land is still being looked for, we ask for prayer for this.

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Pastor Ruben Perez

Lead Pastor of Restauración y Vida Nueva

Church Plant Pastor in Mazatan, Nayarit
Las Varas, Nayarit

Blessings to all,


We are Restoration and Life Ministries in Las Varas, Nayarit, Mexico.

We have services every Sunday for our community in our local church and we are taking the Word of God to two towns during the week: Mesillas and Mazatán, Nayarit. We thank you for your prayers and support.


Blessings.

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Pastor Jimmy Orozco
Lead Pastor of Renuevo United
Tepic, Nayarit


We are Renuevo United Church and are very excited!

 

Our team consists of young leaders and our vision is to reach children for Christ to raise up leaders and be the best men and women they can be on earth. We have been working together as a team in different towns and cities taking the gospel of Jesus Christ to reach children and their parents.

 

We are excited because we started a School of Music for the children and had a great response with 19 participants. They finished their first unit in December and presented their songs at our special Christmas service.

 

Pastors Jimmy and Perla

Renuevo United Tepic



Monday, January 10, 2022

January Ministry Update

 This month's update features...

  • Children's Christmas event
  • House Build progress
  • Links to More
  • How to Pray

Thank you so much for being part of our team. May 2022 be a blessed year for all of you as we keep our eyes on Jesus.

GIVE THANKS TO THE LORD FOR HE IS GOOD
HIS LOVE ENDURES FOREVER




Tuesday, December 07, 2021

December 2021 Ministry Update

This month's update features...

  • A quick video of the different Cofradia United ministries 
  • Baptisms
  • Freedom in Christ Conference
  • House Building Ministry
  • The Next Recipients for a House
  • Cofradia Kitchen
  • Disaster Relief efforts
  • Cofradia United Pastors' Dinner
  • How to Pray

Thank you so much for being part of our team. We are so grateful for your partnership, prayers, and support. May the Lord continue to bless you in every way.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!

GIVE THANKS TO THE LORD FOR HE IS GOOD
HIS LOVE ENDURES FOREVER








Saturday, December 04, 2021

Pastors' Thanksgiving Dinner

Once again we were able to have a dinner together with our pastors. This time we met at Pastors Jimmy and Perla's house in Tepic. It was great to have everyone together as we shared stories of this past year, encouraging words for one another, and a great meal that was made mostly by Geña. We are all thankful for each other and are stronger together. In Ecclesiastes 4:12 it says,  "a chord of three strands is uneasily broken". Imagine one of 30+!



House Building Ministry's new Leader

We are excited to announce a new Leader for our House Building Ministry!

As many of you know, with Pastor Luis' passing, it left many opportunities to serve open as he was very vital to our ministry. Our desire has been to Raise Up Leaders and Luis knew that. 

2 Timothy 2:2 "what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also."

One of the major ministries Luis was in charge of was the formerly known Dwellings Ministry of Cofradia. With other changes that have happened this year, we want to simply call it our House Building Ministry. 

This is one of the ways we reach out to families in need and you are a major part of making a difference in a family's life. Many people simply cannot afford to build themselves a house so they end up hopping from borrowed house to borrowed house, unable to establish a home for their family. 

This is the simple message of salvation. It is a free gift they do not pay anything to receive. It's one way we are able to share God's love in a practical way.

Our heart is to continue building homes for people in need with your help. One of Luis' helpers who worked along side him closely is Diego Gonzalez. Diego was a student in our youth ministry many years ago and now is married and has four kids. After praying and assessing what makes the most sense, Diego was an obvious choice to ask if he'd like to head up this ministry. In fact, Luis told me about a year ago that he had confidence in Diego to build a house without his help. He had told Diego that, too. Almost without hesitation, he said he would do it. In fact, Diego looked at me intently and with these words (in Spanish) he said, "I'm ready". He is excited about this opportunity and is looking forward to building his first house sponsored by The Well Church from Utah within the next couple of months.

Diego and Carmen with their kids Aaron, Edwin, Estrella, and Deiguito







Cofradia Kitchen - November 2021

Mati and Isabel are doing a great job in the mornings feeding children before school. Since in class school started up again, many of the kids are not able to show up, but some still come at different hours of the morning for their breakfast.












Donations for the Cofradia Ministry

The Ministry in Cofradia is called La Cofradia United. We depend on donations from people like you who want to see God's love extended to the rural parts of Mexico. Our desire is to Raise Up Leaders in Rural Mexico with the intention of making an influential impact in our region, state, nation, and throughout the world. 

Our friends at Family Renewal Ministries have offered to be a temporary avenue for us to receive your donations for our ministry until we develop a new system.
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Make checks payable to Family Renewal Ministries and send to:
Family Renewal Ministries
PO Box 293
Defiance, IA 51527

Make sure your donation is designated for "Cofradia" and they will wire us the money.

You will need to contact them for other options of digital giving at their website.
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Your partnership is important to us as we have many different areas of ministry to participate in including:
Centro Cristiano Cofradia in Cofradia, Nayarit
Freedom in Christ Conferences
Leadership Training School
Personal Discipleship
Marriage Counseling
House Building Projects
Cofradia Kitchen (Children Feeding program)
Brick Business start up
EL RETO Student Ministry Outreach
Hosting Short-Term Missions
An Oasis for visiting friends and pastors
Centro Cristiano Arrayanes in Arrayanes, Nayarit
Hermosa Church in Rosamorada, Nayarit
Restoration House (Drug Rehab)
Renuevo Church in Tepic, Nayarit
Centro Cristiano Restoration and Life Church in Las Varas, Nayarit

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING PART OF OUR COFRADIA UNITED TEAM!



Baptisms in Cofradia

Four people made the decision last weekend to publicly confess a personal decision to follow Christ. It is always exciting to see people make this step. Romans 10:9,10 says that if you confess with your mouth that Jesus Christ is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. Confessing and believing go hand in hand; you cannot separate them and get the same results. 

It was especially exciting for Geña and I as Emma Rose decided to take this step of obedience. We didn't even know she had talked to Pastor Goyo already about it. I had the privilege of baptizing her in the river of Santa Fe.

From Cofradia, we had two students baptized:

Josué Medina - Centro Cristiano Cofradia Student (Isabel's son)

Emma Rose Silberman - Centro Cristiano Cofradia Student

Proud Parents

From Rosamorada, a student and an adult were baptized by Pastor Amado:
José Pacheco - Restoration House Student

Irma Muñoz - Hermosa Church Member





Friday, December 03, 2021

Freedom in Christ Conference

This past November we held a Freedom in Christ Conference. An intense three days of teaching and practical application. This year, we invited a couple Pastors and a couple Elders in our church to help teach. 

Hugo Diaz led worship and taught two lessons,
Pastor Goyo organized everything and taught four lessons,
Pastor Abimael from Tuxpan taught two lessons,
Pastor Amado taught one lesson,
Chuy Hernández, Pastor Goyo's son, taught one lesson,
I taught three lessons, and
Mari, Pastor Luis' widow, helped us again with the media projection.

It's always a great time together. We had about a dozen participants. In the end, testimonies included one man who was a former pastor that said, "I never gave my identity in Christ any thought". Another said after spending 25 years in a legalistic church, "I finally discovered who I am in Christ." He was a worship leader and fell into drugs for 13 years. After a brother in the Lord told him he had been condemned and lost his salvation, he gave up hope. He was able to regain that hope in Christ. It's never too late to come back home.

Here is a short video of our time together...



Thank you for partnering with us and supporting this ministry. You are helping change lives!





Saturday, November 20, 2021

November 2021 Ministry Update


This month's update features...

  • A few comments about what's going on
  • How to pray


Thank you so much for partnering with us and keeping us in your prayers. We pray for you often and are honored to have you as part of our team.


GIVE THANKS TO THE LORD FOR HE IS GOOD
HIS LOVE ENDURES FOREVER