Thursday, March 08, 2018


Greetings from Cofradía, Mexico! We just finished a three-day seminar on Freedom in Christ with Pastor Abimael’s congregation in Guadalupe Victoria, Nayarit.  It was a great time in spite of the long hours! :)  Now, we’re getting back into our daily routines as we catch up on a few immediate things and try to get some tasks done that have been waiting for a couple of months.  Thank you for your continued prayers over our family and ministry!


Last month, we asked you to please pray for...

  1. Administrative Tasks. Thank you for your prayers as we continue to work on these things. 
  2. Cofradía Date Night.  We had another great evening with Doug and Jan Taylor as they spoke.  A number of churches were represented amongst the over 30 couples.  They also shared that weekend with our leaders, women, and on Sunday morning with the congregation.  Click here for a quick report and pics.
  3. Short-Term Missions The His Place Church team from Mount Vernon, Washington, did an excellent job helping us repair the roof to the church’s education wing.  They were a fun and amazing group!  Click here for the report.
  4. Freedom in Christ discipleship course.  We have just completed four of the 13 weeks of the discipleship course.  It has been going extremely well with over 30 people attending.  Pastor Goyo, Pastor Luis, and I are taking turns on the teachings. 
  5. Freedom in Christ Seminar.  Thank you so much for your prayers over this seminar!  We had an excellent time and the Lord touched the lives of many of them as they became aware of some of the lies they have believed and how to break the strongholds the enemy has had on them.  We learn something new every time we share this message and it helps us grow as well.  We are excited for what God is doing and look forward to the next three day seminar in Tuxpan, Nayarit.  Click here to see a report.
Here are some links to more:
This month, will you please pray for...
  1. David Medina.  Many of you know Isabel who has worked with us for so many years and was on staff with us in the past.  Her husband, David, has been having some health complications and the Doctors are saying that it could be something very serious.  They do not have Health Insurance and are trying to see if he can get that before they move on.  In the meantime, we are doing our best to help him with Doctor visits, medications, and lab work.  Please pray first of all for a complete healing.  Than also that they will have success getting insurance as his issue could cost thousands of dollars.  Thank you! 
  2. Rebecka as she continues to go to Tuxpan via taxi each day for High School.  Pray for her safety, godly friends, and wisdom in decision-making. 
  3. EL RETO in La Mesa Martin Garzon, a young man who grew up in our church from Arrayanes, is living in the mountains working with the Cora Indians at an indigenous school as he teaches them the bible.  He is doing an excellent job!  This month, he is organizing a four-day RETO for the students there.  Please pray for safety, success, and that the Lord’s message would be heard through the outreach.  To help Martin with this event, you can give here; To support Martin as one of our missionaries, you can contribute here.
  4. Administrative Tasks. We are trying to get some things situated with our Civil Association in order to become authorized donor recipients which means people can donate money or materials for a tax deduction in Mexico.  This will open up many more doors of ministry and create a need for more personnel.  Thank you for your continued prayers!!! 
  5. Freedom in Christ discipleship course.  Please continue to pray for us as we teach each Tuesday night in Arrayanes.  There are more than 30 participating and it is really exciting! 
  6. Freedom in Christ Seminar.  Our next Seminar will be April 13 – 15 with Pastor Abimael’s Tuxpan, Nayarit, congregation.  We look forward to a great time learning and helping others find Freedom in Christ.

Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever!

Thank you so much for being part of our team as we work together to RAISE UP LEADERS IN RURAL MEXICO!!!!


Steve, Geña, Rebecka, Emma, and Mackenzie Silberman
Missionaries to Mexico
Alternative Missions
Cofradia Area Director
Ministry Website

Online, you can make a one-time, tax-deductible gift, or set up to make automatic monthly donations to our personal support at this link.

Send a check made out to Alternative Missions to Alternative Missions / PO Box 3107 / Ferndale, WA 98248.  Indicate that it is for The Silbermans.

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Freedom in Christ Seminar in Guadalupe Victoria

For three days, Pastor Goyo, Pastor Luis, and I went to Guadalupe Victoria, Nayarit, to give a Seminar on Freedom in Christ with the brothers and sisters from Iglesia Maranatha.  It was a great time in spite of the long hours and commute.  We met some wonderful people and in the end, a couple were able to share how the Lord impacted their life through the talks.  Some experienced difficulties when it came time to renounce past sins so we THANK YOU very much for your prayers.  Your prayer covering for these seminars are so important!  We stand in Victory in Jesus and decide to believe the truth of His Word.  It was great to see that some testified on how they plan to break strongholds over the next few weeks.  It's a daily process as we continually need to "renew our mind" in Him (Romans 12:2).

Thanks again for your prayers!  Your contributions help make this possible in order for us to only charge for the material.

The group minus a couple.

During the sessions

Prayer at the closing service in the church.

Pastor Abimael finishing up the service and time together.

Monday, February 26, 2018

His Place Team

A group from the His Place Church in Mount Vernon, Washington, came to help us repair the extremely leaky roof at the church.  The roof had been getting worse and worse in the past few years and the sealants that are normally used here were not working.  During the last rainy season, it seemed that the roof worked as tight filter as water would seep through the ceiling.

The team did an excellent job for the four days of tireless work mixing cement with lime, sand, and pumice rock, filling buckets, raising them up, and lots of shoveling.   We had some great help from a few of the locals for whom we were very grateful.

It was a great week working together.  The team had the opportunity to make a quick trip up to La Mesa, Nayarit, where Jay had been working and along with some other missionaries, helped get Martin (one of our own) established teaching the bible in a school there.  Everyone came back saying that it was a great experience.

Thank you very much Jim, Leslie, Mary, Tony, Jay, Mark, and JJ!!

Thursday, February 22, 2018


Doug and Jan Taylor, missionaries to Mexico from Winnipeg, Canada, came to visit us as the special speakers for the weekend.  Specifically for our annual Date Night Banquet for married couples.

They spoke four times: Friday night was an excellent time with the Leaders of our church and the Rosamorada church.  The message was challenging and very appropriate as it hit right at home where we needed it.  They encouraged us to Walk in Love; Walk in the Light; and Walk in Wisdom.  The next morning, Jan spoke with the women as she challenged them to walk in the calling that the Lord has for them; it's time.  Saturday evening's Date Night Banquet was bitter-sweet as Jan heard the news of her brother's passing that afternoon.  However, they continued to pour themselves out to us and share what the Lord had laid on their hearts for the couples.  There were a number of different churches represented and it was an exciting time for everyone.  On Sunday morning they shared another encouraging word from the Psalms to the whole church.

Friday Night Leadership Meeting

Date Night Banquet

Date Night Banquet

Sunday morning service.

Friday, February 02, 2018


Greetings from Cofradía, Mexico! Another full month has passed.  Upon returning to Cofradía from our two-week visit in California/Arizona, I took off the next day with the Elders of the church on a two-day retreat.  It was tiring, but a blessing.  We then scrambled to prepare for the arrival of the Cy-Fair team who came down to build Florentina’s house which was a tremendous joy to be a part of!  Pastor Luis and I sat down afterwards to fill out a report to the government on our Civil Association activities of 2017 just in time before the January 31st deadline.  We’re moving forward and anticipating an exciting February with more activities.  Thank you so much for your prayers!


Last month, we asked you to please pray for...

  1. Border Trip. Thank you for your prayers!  We had an exciting time visiting friends and family and (finally) celebrating Rebecka’s 15th birthday at Six Flags.  I’ve posted a quick report here which includes a boat trip in San Diego! 
  2. Elder’s Retreat.  We had a great time with the Elders.  We continue to focus on the Freedom in Christ material as it becomes more and more real to us every time it’s taught.  The Elders team is growing stronger under Pastor Goyo’s leadership and direction. 
  3. Short-Term Missions team from Cy-Fair Christian Church in Houston, Texas.  We had an amazing time.  The house dedication was very delightful as Florentina joyfully began dancing once she opened her door and stepped over the threshold.  Follow this link to read about her story.
  4. Bible School Thank you for your continued prayers as we focus on the 6 students who still need to finish an exam to officially be done with their degrees.

Here are some links to more:

This month, will you please pray for...
  1. Administrative Tasks. I still have a number of administrative tasks to take care of before I get back into the “normal” routine.  Please pray for strength, endurance, and wisdom. 
  2. Cofradía Date Night.  Our annual Date Night will be held next Saturday with our friends Doug and Jan Taylor coming to speak again.  This is an excellent time to reach out to married couples who one or both may not know the Lord.  The Taylors will also be speaking to our leaders on Friday and the congregation on Sunday (January 9-11). 
  3. Short-Term Missions team from Mount Vernon, Washington, will be joining us to help us fix the extremely leaky roof in the education wing of the church (February 17-24). 
  4. Freedom in Christ discipleship course.  We’re going to start a 13 week discipleship course with the Freedom in Christ material.  This will be our first time teaching it in the format in which it was designed.  We expect this to be an excellent, eye-opening time for many as we will be able to take advantage of all the material instead of having to skip over some things.  Please pray for Pastor Goyo, Pastor Luis, and myself as we take turns teaching on Tuesday nights starting February 13. 
  5. Freedom in Christ Seminar.  The pastors who have attended these seminars have been asking us to take this to their churches and places they have mission churches.  This is what we’ll be doing in March with Pastor Abimael from Tuxpan in the town called Guadalupe Victoria, about an hour and a half away (towards San Blas for those of you who are familiar with this area).  Please pray for us as we prepare and teach (March 2-4).

Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever!

Thank you so much for being part of our team as we work together to RAISE UP LEADERS IN RURAL MEXICO!!!!


Steve, Geña, Rebecka, Emma, and Mackenzie Silberman
Missionaries to Mexico
Alternative Missions
Cofradia Area Director
Online, you can make a one-time, tax-deductible gift, or set up to make automatic monthly donations to our personal support at this link.

Send a check made out to Alternative Missions to Alternative Missions / PO Box 3107 / Ferndale, WA 98248.  Indicate that it is for The Silbermans.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Florentina Receives a House

Florentina in front of the house she was staying at.
Florentina Velazquez is a widowed Huichol Indian who, as she describes, is like a bird without a nest, traveling from place to place.  In the past few years, she has lost her husband and son.  She had been staying with family and friends in Cofradia until the Cy-Fair Team came down to build her a house last week.  It was a very exciting time as we handed her the keys to her new home.  She rejoiced with dancing and singing, "Praise the Lord".  If you have Facebook, you will see the very end of her (about 20 second) dance.  It was one of the most joyful house dedications; her charisma was contagious!  She said her daughter never comes to visit because there is nowhere to stay.  She specifically asked for two beds in order for her daughter to come be with her.

Florentina on her property.
Florentina was given a piece of land that was very small, so this house had to be adjusted to fit on her property.  She still received a bedroom, living room, kitchen, bathroom, water cistern, and a covered porch area in the back that will provide her with shade during the day as she plans to sit out there.

Mike and Tina Lucas from Houston, Texas, felt led by the Lord to bless sister Florentina and put together a team from their church to come down and build her a house.  Starting the work on Sunday afternoon, the walls were up to the 2 meter mark all the way around and ready for the bond beam to be poured the next day.  From then on it was a lot of smooth walling, electrical, cleaning, painting doors, and detail work.  The roof went up on Thursday and the dedication was Friday morning.  It only took 5 days to build!

A special thanks to Marion and Loretta Sluys for matching the funds for this project which allowed the Cy-Fair group to only need to raise half the amount.

There are more candidates waiting for houses in our area.  Here is a list of those who are in need.  Come on down and lets change the life of a family together!  Contact Steve for details.

Prenenting the house; getting ready to hand over the keys.

The front of the house.

The back of the house.

The water cistern with washboard and window to bathroom for bucket bathing.



The Cy-Fair Team

Thursday, January 18, 2018


Here are bi-annual updates from our pastors.  They were written in December.

Pastor Gregorio Hernandez is our main lead pastor and oversees all ministries at the church.  In order for him to work full-time as a Pastor, which is very important to us, he needs supplemental income from supporters like you.  Thank you for praying and responding, someone just committed to helping him out for a year.  Please consider how you can help him continue to work full-time.  Click on his name to become a monthly donor.

Here is his report:

At the start of last year we came up with a specific theme that we would incorporate and address over the course of 2017. The theme was “Live Free in Christ.” This really has helped us a lot to get to know the freedom that Christ gives us, and it has helped us to keep our identity, security, and value fixed on Christ.
Without God’s help and the support of so many brothers and sisters in Christ, nothing would be happening that has happened over these last six months. The theme is being applied in practical ways such that it has stimulated many of the successes the ministry is experiencing in both Las Pilas and Arrayanes. In the last weeks, we have had new people attending in Las Pilas who have never attended before; for this reason we hope to establish a central meeting space there by the end of the year. In Arrayanes we began a meeting every Friday evening at 5:00 p.m., and people are attending! We will continue to nurture a culture of weekly attendance there. We have also begun home visits in Arrayanes, and we put on a street evangelism event in which brothers and sisters from both Arrayanes and Cofradía participated.
We want to thank you for your prayer and financial support because it has allowed us to continue sowing the seeds of the Gospel. Thank you for being such an active part of our ministry. May God bless you with every spiritual blessing in Christ.

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. (Ephesians 1:3)


Pastor Gregorio and Maty Hernandez-Espinoza, and family

Pastor Luis Vazquez is our Student Ministries pastor and maintenance director for the church.  He also serves as the Cofradia Dwellings Foreman for building homes for less-fortunate people.  He is very busy and struggles to make ends meat each week.  Thank you for responding in prayer.  Someone has committed to helping hm financially for one year. Consider how you can help him by clicking on his name to become a monthly donor.

Here is his report:

Blessings to you and your family through Christ Jesus.

It is my pleasure to greet you with the highest respect and gratitude I have for you because of the essential part you play in my life and that of my family.

We find ourselves currently in a time of transition with our younger children as they are becoming adolescents, and we are learning together to follow God through this season of moments that stimulate our faith and teach us patience. We have also grown in our marriage through all these things, but thanks be to God we are abundantly blessed by the growth continues to produce fruit in our lives as my wife has taken on more responsibility in the church and our ministry. We find great joy in serving God together as a couple.

In the youth ministry in which we serve, we finished EL RETO after another excellent series of events enjoyed by both our youth and those of nearby churches that visit us frequently. After the event concluded, approximately ten youth from those other churches have continued to attend our gatherings.

We also concluded another New Life discipleship class for our youth, and we began with the second class, which is being co-taught by my wife and daughter. Six young people are participating in this discipleship opportunity, and I will be working with them to identify ways in which they can take on more responsibility in our youth ministry so as to continue training them up in leadership.

Our church hosted the seminar Freedom in Christ. Four pastors participated along with other leaders from their churches and other brothers and sisters from the local church. It was a time of great blessing, as we watched them truly own the freedom they have been given in Christ by believing the truth of God. I and two others helped to lead the seminar, and it loved teaching it and watching it take effect in the lives of those who attended.

We will be working more closely this year with several of our youth as part of our leadership training. Several of them participated in the Freedom in Christ seminar, and it has been a great help to them in understanding their identity in Christ. They will be assigned as team captains in our 2018 EL RETO event and will go through a training seminary for that role over Holy Week this spring.

We built two homes for families that did not have a suitable place to live, and one of those families did not know God at the time. They are attending church with us now, and it is such a blessing to visit them regularly in order to encourage them in faith.

We greet you and thank you for all the support you have poured out on us as a family and on our ministry. Thank you for your prayers and your timely financial support; it has been so helpful in our lives. Words are not sufficient words to express the depth of my gratitude for your generosity.

May you be blessed with all the spiritual blessings in heaven.


Pastor Luis y Mari, and family

Pastor Horacio Garzon leads the indigenous ministry in Mojocuautla and helps facilitate ministry in Arrayanes.

Here is his report:

Dear Brothers and Sister,

It is with great pleasure that I write these lines to you in order, first of all, to wish you well and good health.

We are well, thanks be to God, and we do not tire of thanking you for your generous financial support for my family. Thank you! And thanks be to God who is our great motivation in this life. I give thanks to God for Kenia, who is pursuing her studies with enthusiasm and tenacity. I too have enjoyed training this year through the opportunity to attend two training seminars from Freedom in Christ Ministries.

Brothers and sisters, it gives me great pleasure and fills me with such purpose to see what God is doing in the indigenous Cora community of Las Ajuntas. I am working with and am greatly encouraged by two primary leaders there: Antonio and Cirlio. Both are saved by Christ and have been baptized. I see a great need, and it will be a great blessing when, that God raise them up as a light there. For that reason, my wife and I have been focusing both time and resources on investing in them, which has allowed them to see God’s love in their lives. We pray that God will help them to continue rooted and strong in their relationship with Christ. We hope for a precious congregation there that worships God and grows strong under His guidance.

Thank you, brothers and sisters, for joining your prayers with ours for these petitions, and thank you for your financial support. May God continue to bless you for your generosity. Receive greetings from María, Martí, and the rest of the family. My most sincere thanks to you, and may you have a joyous Christmas and a happy new year.

Thank you,

Pastor Horacio and María, and family.

Pastor Amado Verdin is from Rosamorada and is the lead pastor of Iglesia Hermosa Casa de Oración.  He also is heading up the drug rehab center which he likes to call a Restoration Center.  The center is designed to house interns and help them be restored to good health physically, mentally, and spiritually.  They will also be trained in a trade in order to help them be reinstalled into society once they're finished with the program.  You can read about my explanation of their current financial need here and click on his name to help with his project.

His report was unavailable, but I do have some recent pictures of the place they are renting:


The day after Christmas we headed north to renew our vehicle permit for the truck.  After arriving last summer and finding our house had been broken into, we put more protections on the windows, added locks, an alarm, and had someone watching over the place while we were gone...not to mention leaving two ferocious chihuahua guard dogs to make sure things were completely safe. :)

It is always nice to step away for a few days as it gives us a chance to evaluate from afar, retreat from the daily routine, and enjoy family and friends.

Even though it was a quick trip, we were able to do a number of things.  We made it to the border in one day and stayed the night in Nogales, AZ.  On our way to Julia's we stopped in Phoenix with the Dyck family and in Palm Desert with the Harrisons.

Geña had a good time with her sister and the girls had a good time with their cousins.  We arrived at Julia's for her daughter's birthday party and visited her church the next day (New Year's Eve).  During the week, I took the truck in and had the front end worked on and the oil changed.

Wednesday we were able to visit our friend Fabian who owns a boat and has it in the Marriot marina in San Diego.  Our family, Julia and her youngest daughter, Geña's mom, and one of Rebecka's friends, Evelyn, from Cofradia who lives near Julia now, all got to go.  It was a fun day.

Friday we celebrated Rebecka's 15th birthday (which was in August).  Instead of doing a big Quinceañera for her, we decided to take her to a theme park.  Her first choice was Six Flags.  She absolutely loved it!  She brought Evelyn along and they spent the day together riding as many rides as they could.  In the meantime, Geña, Emma, Elsie (Emma's cousin), Mackenzie, and I did some other things at the park.  This was pretty fun and worth doing again some day.

To end our trip, I spoke at Julia's church on Sunday and we left on Tuesday for the border and stayed with our friend Ellen Konopaski.  It took us two days to get to Cofradia.  The border trip went smooth, but it still takes a while to pass.

Thank you for your prayers.  We arrived back home safely and the dogs were sitting at the gate as if they new we were arriving.