Monday, July 15, 2019

Pastors' Perspectives 19.2

Every six months I ask the Pastors of our community to share a quick update in order for you to see what is on their heart regarding our ministry and through their perspective. These pastors can receive tax-deductible contributions through Alternative Missions.

__________________________________________________________________

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

I thank God for all of you, who have been faithfully following this ministry. We have been blessed by your faithfulness because of how you have provided for needs as they have become known and that have been necessary for carrying out the work of God in this place. For that reason, we send you our gratitude, and the following updates:

After implementing the Freedom in Christ discipleship course and the Grace course, we began to see the need for a leadership training program focused on training pastors and lay leaders in the church, equipping them to carry out the Great Commission. Our goals for this program are:
      Short-term:
      Visit various leaders in the area with the goal of making them aware of the program’s and providing them with more information about it.
      Begin classes May 14 and will last six months.
      Classes will be on Tuesdays from 5:30–7:30 p.m.
      Plant deep seed of love for God and for others.
      Six months to three years:
      Graduate pastors and lay leaders who are trained in and passionate for the work of God, to be sent out for service in pastoral and missionary fields.
      Provide an avenue of service for them in the area the Spirit has given them a conviction.

Our original plan was to open the program next January, but thanks be to God, we were able to begin classes on May 14 of this year and are seeing great attendance from the students. Of course we want to thank all who have supported this effort, both through finances and through prayer. Thank you so much for being part of the ministry of Cofradía Cristian Center and La Cofradía United.

We also hope, in the long-term, to establish a more formalized school that provide further development for pastors and lay leaders, so that they may also be trained in specific vocations in the church, and our desire would be for this school to also contribute to the continual improvement of the larger community.

Sincerely,
Pastors Gregorio, Mati, and family

 __________________________________________________________________

Pastor Luis Vazquez
Centro Cristiano Cofradia Student Ministries
Maintenance Director
Cofradia Dwellings Director
Cofradia, Nayarit

We greet you, as always, with love, the same love that you have shown us all this time, which precedes from the Father and the Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord.
    
I greet you through this letter and offer our deepest gratitude for your perseverance in blessing our lives and family. Believe me when I tell you that not one ounce of the support you have poured out for us has been in vain. Your support has made it possible for our daughter, Carolina, to study Engineering in Tepic; truly, without your support, it would be very difficult for her to continue her studies in this way.

We hosted the Grace course in Arrayanes. It lasted six weeks, and twenty-five people participated. The purpose of this course was to equip each of them to live out God’s call on their lives. We also studied through both the Freedom in Christ course and the Grace course with a husband-wife pastor team from Mazatlán who are struggling with issues of identity and with unresolved personal and spiritual conflicts. By the end of our time together they were experiencing positive growth results in their relationships with God and with each other.
    
We continue serving with the youth group each week. We know that we have them with us for a short time before they will leave home for university or careers and families, so we continue to faithfully invest in solid foundations in their lives. Recently, we took the youth group on a trip to the town of San Diego del Naranjo to visit the youth of that town who joined us in last year’s EL RETO for the purpose of encouraging them to continue following God.
    
In February we finally opened the first phase of our Bible school in Cofradía. This initial training program will last six months, ending in October of this year. Our goal is to continue equipping pastors and church leaders for both current and future leadership roles. There are currently twenty people enrolled in our first session.

Planning for EL RETO 2019 is underway! We will kick off this six-week event on August 31, and it will conclude on October 5. This year’s theme is “A+ Love,” and each week we will explore a different facet of the supreme love of God: it is total, unique, unparalleled, perfect, and incomprehensible. Our desire is for the students to understand that God’s love for us is beyond the love we experience from other humans. For this purpose, our theme verse will be Micah 7:18 (NIV):

“Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy.”
                       
Please pray:
      For our family.
      For all the youth we minister to.
      For EL RETO—that the youth who participate will truly know the Love of God and submit themselves to His covering.
      Pray for the church and its leaders.
    
May the God of all peace be with you and may He bless you with all the riches in our Lord Jesus Christ.
    
Sincerely,
Pastors Luis and Mari, and family

 __________________________________________________________________

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

Brothers and sisters! With great pleasure, I write this letter to greet you. We hope that you are well. Thank God that we are also well. Receive greetings from my wife, Maria, and from my children, Martín, Alfredo, and Kenia. Kenia has completed her second year of high school. Thank you for your financial support, which enabled us to cover the costs of her transportation, food, and other supplies. I thank God for your generous hearts, and I am confident it is the working out of your living faith as believers in Christ, who sustains us and keeps us longing to know Him.
    
Brothers and sisters, we continue here learning more about the precious and steady character of God. I had the privilege of attending the Grace course; it was very beneficial for edifying us in mercy and love. In addition, thank the Lord, we are attending a leadership training program every Tuesday with the goal of fulfilling the call and vision God has placed on our lives. Thank you, brothers and sisters, for providing me the opportunity to be part of the body of Christ as I see the faith you have in God for us. Thank you!

May God bless you always. Receive our greetings; we remember you always and we love you with the love of Christ who has reconciled us to God. Thank you and God bless!

Horacio and Maria

 __________________________________________________________________

Martin Garzón
Missionary to Cora Indians
From Arrayanes, Nayarit
La Mesa del Nayar, Nayarit


Greetings brothers and sisters. I am content in all that God is doing in my life and in pursuing all the plans He has given me to do. I want to thank God, and all of you who have united with me in the vision He has given me through prayer and financial support, which has been instrumental in providing for this ministry to children that I was able to open in Arrayanes back in January. We are teaching the Word of God to boys and girls of all preschool and elementary grade levels. The bulk of the financial provision was used to purchase materials needed for evangelical outreach events during which we put on dramas, present Bible stories and songs, provide Bible-centered crafts, and host games that teach teamwork.

Now we are praying about beginning a youth group, since many of the boys and girls will soon be entering junior high.

I want to thank you also for the motorcycle you provided for me. It has been a blessing in my life that has allowed me to participate in and serve as part of various ministry activities. I also want to thank you, brothers and sisters, for being trusted friends and examples of Christ in my life. Thank you for all that you have done. I hope you experience God’s maximum blessing and I love you with the love of Christ.

God bless you!

Your friend and brother,
José Martín Garzón Solís

 __________________________________________________________________

Pastor Amado Verdin

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

I am pleased to report we have advanced in the legal steps for establishing the restoration center. We were required to produce two manuals.

The first is the Organizational Manual for The Establishment of a Residential Addiction Treatment Center. The purpose of this manual is to provide all personnel with information about the functions and responsibilities of each area of the center and of the staff who work in each area. It also outlines the organizational structure of the center. This manual will be updated periodically to reflect changes in function, structure, and personnel who work in the center.

The second is  the Procedures Manual, which is designed to explain the procedures utilized by the center and which will be available for personnel to consulted often as a general resource for information. It outlines the applicable standards, processes, and steps for each phase of treatment, in addition to clearly outlining the responsibilities of each in order to guarantee seamless operation. This manual will be updated any time there are changes to internal statues and regulations and/or activities or processes that are developed within the center.



Developing and digitizing the manuals


On June 25, we had a meeting with CECA (State Counsel Against Addictions), in which we were trained as a group on how standards of practice for working within the center and how to interact with the residents. 
Informally, we continue to help people with different kinds of problems, primarily people with additions, but really, anyone who requires help. A mother approached us requesting help for her addicted son. Since we still do not have all the necessary details in place for admitting residential patients in our Restoration Center, he was sent to Mazatlán where there is a Christian Restoration Center run by a friend. While he was a resident there, his mother attended our church in order to find treatment for her own life. In a similar manner, a married couple (both pastors) received help with their own restoration after backsliding into old addictions. They received support and Bible study through Freedom in Christ over approximately four months.




Current Needs:
We are still waiting for CECA personnel to visit and approve (based on our fulfillment of their requirements) the rental house where the Lighthouse of Hope Restoration Center will be established until we are able to acquire the land we hope to build on.

In addition, we still lack the total funds needed for the purchase of the land where we hope to build the center facilities.


 __________________________________________________________________

Pastor Frank Uribe
Children Feeding Program Director
Centro Cristiano Arrayanes Facilitator
Rosamorada, Nayarit
Donation Link (Indicate for "Pastor Frank")

We are the Uribe-Zavala family. We are persevering in our calling to help and serve in the town of Paramita, specifically the children of this town. We gather with them to fellowship, and play, hear teaching from the Word of God, which is our primary goal. We also provide them with a light breakfast. It has not been easy to do this because so far we have not been able to secure any kind of resource support. All that we do is with the few resources we are able to cover with our own meager incomes. In fact, there are times that we are not able to continue hosting the gatherings because our own resources are so few. We currently have several urgent needs that we are praying for God to provide:
      Tables and chairs
      Craft supplies (crayons, paints, paper, glue, and any other art/craft supplies)
      A means of transportation
      Funds to purchase food for the meals we provide
      Funds to put a roof on the meeting space we have been granted use of.

We wait on God for His favorable response to our pleas. Thank you for your prayers and support.

Sincerely,
José Francisco Uribe Martínez and Family


 __________________________________________________________________

Pastor Ruben Perez
Lead Pastor of Restauración y Vida Nueva
Church Plant Pastor in Mazatan, Nayarit
Las Varas, Nayarit
Donation Link (Indicate for "Pastor Ruben")

This year we have been working with the church leadership in the Freedom in Christ discipleship course. We are very pleased with what God is doing in our lives. We have been convicted of our need to be set free and made whole in order to serve well. We are working hard, as much in our service areas as in our personal lives. We send you greetings and love. Thank you very much for your prayers, and we pray blessings on your lives.

Sincerely,
Pastors Ruben & Carla of Restoration & Life Ministry in Las Varas, Nayarit, Mexico

Tuesday, July 02, 2019

LADRICU

LADRICU (Ladrillos [bricks] Cofradia United) is a ministry to provide employment opportunities to those families in need in order to create a strong and healthy community.

"BUILDING STRONG AND HEALTHY FAMILIES
ONE BRICK AT A TIME"

Here is a business plan style document with more information.

We began the trial bricks just recently on the purchased property in Cofradia. Here is a video of how this ministry is starting.


Monday, June 03, 2019

JUNE MINISTRY UPDATE

Greetings from Cofradía, Mexico! “Listen!” As I was reading the Bible a few weeks ago, I came across a passage that spoke directly to me. I was reading about when Jesus took Peter, James, and John up the mountain and there Jesus was transfigured in front of them. Moses and Elijah appeared and Peter started making plans to set up shelters for them and Jesus.  In verse five of Matthew 17, it says, “while he (Peter) was still speaking...”. That caught my attention. God interrupted him while he was talking and making plans. What God said was, “this is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!”.

If I could put a title to the next chapter of our life, it would be “Listen!”. In the midst of all of our planning with so many projects we would like to accomplish, this spoke loudly to me.  We believe we are moving in the right direction, but we also know that it is important to take time out and “Listen!”.  The Lord continues to show His grace to us as we plan for our time in the states and we thank you all very much! Many of you have responded to our request of 30 people to give $100 a month for 13 months (July 2019 – July 2020) in order to help supplement our cost of living for the next year. For more information and to see a graph of where we’re at here, click here.

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

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

  1. Alex (the boy who was in a serious motorcycle accident) and his dad, Nacho, were in church a couple Sundays ago for the first time together.  At the end, they came forward for prayer and made a decision to follow Christ. Thank you so much for your prayers! He will be returning to the hospital for a follow-up surgery to insert a metal plate soon. In the picture below, I’m sharing with Alex and his dad after they came forward.  
  2. Furlough Preparation: Thank you for continuing to pray for us as we prepare to leave.  Our departure date from Cofradia is set for June 24 which will give us time to arrive in Washington by mid-July after visiting family, friends, and churches along the way.  
  3. Administrative Assistant. Things with Goyito are going well. He has learned a lot and this week I hand things over to him and he will start on his own. 
  4. Leadership Training School Project: Phenomenal!  We are so excited for this as we have seen a good response and the pastors and leaders taking the class are hungry to learn.  Pastors Goyo and Luis have led three weeks and it is going very well.  Thank you for your continued prayers! 
  5. Establishing Employment Projects: Thank you for continuing to pray for this project.  We want to see healthy, strong families that do not have to say “good-bye” to their dad for 6 months out of every year. Healthy families equals a healthy church and community! We want to do what we can to work towards this vision.  We are unofficially estimating nearly $3,000 of seed money for land prep, materials, and two months worth of labor to get things started. If you would like to help build strong families in our church and community, you can make a donation to our Cofradia General Fund and make a note for “Cofradia Bricks”. Thank you! 
  6. Restoration Center. They are still working on the paperwork to get it finished.  Pray for guidance and patience as there are a number of people who are excited to serve and potential interns showing almost every week who need help.  Those interns are being turned away or taken to a different facility hours from Rosamorada because things are not officially set up yet. In the meantime, a small, older house is ready to be used, but the land for the future site is available now. We need $9,000 to purchase the land, pay the taxes, and put us in a position to start building. There is $2,500 of matching funds available; that means your donation will be doubled up to $5,000! Some of you have already given towards this and we are so grateful! If you have not had that opportunity yet, please consider what you can do. Here is a link to make a safe online tax-deductible donation
  7. Knee Surgery. My knee is doing well.  I should be ready to go by the time we leave and continue with physical therapy.  Thank you for your prayers!
I'm speaking with Alex and his dad after they came forward for prayer.
Leadership Training School for Pastors and Leaders
Here are some links to more:

This month, will you please pray for...

  1. Furlough Preparation: Please continue to pray for our family and ministry as we prepare for our one-year stay in Washington. Pray for our specific family needs such as a place to live, getting the girls settled in next year’s schooling, situating certain things here in Cofradía, and we anticipate a considerable increase in our financial support needs. See the section at the end of this message entitled “Join Our Financial Support Team” for information on how to help. We will be on the road at this time next month. 
  2. Administrative Assistant. Pray for Goyito as I will be turning him loose this week. 
  3. Leadership Training School Project: Pastor Goyo and Pastor Luis continue to teach the Pastors and Leaders on Tuesday nights using John Maxwell’s book The 21 Most Powerful Minutes in a Leader’s Day. People are hungry and absorbing these studies. 
  4. Establishing Employment Projects: Please continue to pray for this project to get started and for the Lord’s guidance as we wait for His timing. We want to buy the land for not only this project, but others future projects.  The price is $7,000 dollars and we estimate nearly another $3,000 to start it up. We see this project more as a ministry than a business.  If you can help, make a donation to our Cofradia General Fund and make a note for “Cofradia Bricks”. If you would like more information on this, please email me. 
  5. Restoration Center. Please continue to pray for the paperwork to come through and the remaining finances needed.  As I mentioned above, there are matching funds of $2,500. That means your donation will be doubled up to $5,000! $9,000 more dollars will purchase the land, pay the taxes, and put us in a position to start building. Some of you have already given towards this and we are so grateful! If you have not had that opportunity yet, please consider what you can do. Here is a link to make a safe online tax-deductible donation.  If you would like more information on this, please email me.
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!!!!

Blessings,













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

** JOIN OUR FINANCIAL SUPPORT TEAM **
ONLINE:
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


MAIL IN A CHECK: 
Send a check made out to Alternative Missions to Alternative Missions / PO Box 3107 / Ferndale, WA 98248.  Indicate that it is for The Silbermans for our PERSONAL SUPPORT.





Monday, May 06, 2019

MAY MINISTRY UPDATE

Greetings from Cofradía, Mexico! Crazy personal roadblock this month with an unexpected need for knee surgery. I had been feeling pain for a few weeks and after feeling something “slip” I decided to go to the doctor. According to the MRI, my meniscus was torn and it seemed to be a simple fix, however the doctor did warn me of the possibility of cartilage damage and/or a torn ACL. We decided to get this done as soon as possible in order to be healed and ready to go by the end of June. The meniscus was torn and repaired. The ACL was just fine (thank you, Jesus!), but there is cartilage damage. The procedure was successful, but I am not supposed to put pressure on my leg for five weeks!

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

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

  1. Furlough Preparation: Thank you so much for those of you who have so generously responded to our need for this upcoming year. We feel blessed! We are half way to our goal in pledges! Click here to see the chart and let us know if you would commit for 13 months. Click here to see our message that explains a little more.
  2. Pastor Ruben from Las Varas, Nayarit.  Pastor Ruben is doing a lot better and is getting around on his crutches. 
  3. Provisional Administrator. (Administrative Assistant) Goyito is doing a great job! This month I will be having him do the work while I supervise him and it should go pretty well. 
  4. Visitors: It was a huge blessing to have the Calderon family from Bakersfield here for a weekend. We had a great time talking about the ministry and our goals for the future over coffee!  It’s always great to have visitors that encourage and motivate you!  Thank you Calderon family and Templo Calvario! 

Here are some links to more:


This month, will you please pray for...

  1. Alex is a 14 year old who was involved in a motorcycle accident three weeks ago.  He has been in the hospital ever since and is still waiting for the doctors to insert a plate in his head. He was stable for a while, but has grown very skinny because he does not want to eat.  For this reason, they sent him home yesterday so he will eat and they will operate on him in one month. Please pray for a quick recovery and his parents, Nacho and Toña. 
  2. Furlough Preparation: Please continue to pray for our family and ministry as we prepare for our one-year stay in Washington. Pray for our specific family needs as we will be needing a place to stay, getting the girls settled in next year’s schooling, situating certain things here in Cofradía, and we anticipate a considerable increase in our financial support needs. Our departure date depends on the girls’ schooling, but hope to be in Washington by mid-July. 
  3. Administrative Assistant. Continue to pray for me to explain thoroughly how to run things during this month as I will be letting him loose in June. 
  4. Leadership Training School Project: Pastor Goyo is working on one of our two greatest needs as he will be starting a temporary training school for pastors and leaders on Tuesday nights (starting May 14). They will be studying John Maxwell’s book The 21 Most Powerful Minutes in a Leader’s Day. We are all excited for this and we believe it will show us areas that we can improve with the school and as leaders. 
  5. Establishing Employment Projects: Pastor Luis is still working out some more details for the brickworks project which is our second greatest need. Our ultimate desire is to have a healthy church and community in order to help facilitate raising up leaders. This brickworks project will provide immediate work for four men who normally leave town during the slow months. We are close to making a deal to purchase 3/4 of an acre right on the beach of the Cofradía lake for $7,000, which has so much potential for many other projects. Please pray for the Lord’s guidance and that finances will come in to help with the purchasing of this property and getting it fenced and ready for work. If you would like to help with that, you can make a donation to our Cofradia General Fund and make a note for “Cofradia Bricks”
  6. Restoration Center. Pastor Amado’s Drug Rehab Center has been unofficially operating as the Lord has brought to him people in need. He has been holding bible studies, but legally cannot house interns as he is still waiting for government approval.  However, there is a pastor who has had some struggles recently and is living at the temporary center while he goes through classes with Amado. Please keep this in prayer as there is so much need around us for people’s lives and families to be restored. In fact, this past weekend someone was brought to him with an urgent need. He had to take him to Mazatlan, because Amado still has not officially received permission.  They are waiting for their “Plan of Action” paperwork to be finished. By purchasing property, we will have the opportunity to seek governmental help through our Civil Association for building projects and more. We are still short $9,000 to purchase the 8.5 acres on the outskirts of Rosamorada and pay for the fees that will be included in the purchase. Please pray the Lord opens doors and that Amado and his team can start helping people. If you would like to contribute, you can make a donation to the Cofradia Restoration Center here.
  7. Knee Surgery. This was unexpected and I would like prayer for peace and patience. I’m having a hard time with the limitations that come with having to use crutches. May 22 marks five weeks. I’m praying that things go well and I will be able to walk sooner. Thank you for your prayers!
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!!!!

Blessings,












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

** JOIN OUR FINANCIAL SUPPORT TEAM **
ONLINE:
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.
 

MAIL IN A CHECK: 
Send a check made out to Alternative Missions to Alternative Missions / PO Box 3107 / Ferndale, WA 98248.  Indicate that it is for The Silbermans for our PERSONAL SUPPORT.