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 **
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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.




Sunday, May 05, 2019

Sabbath Support

"And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:19

Thank you for being part of our Sabbath Support goal for July 2019 - July 2020. Click here to see more details of our plans.


We will be updating this chart regularly:
Here are our three immediate needs:
  1. Finances. As you can see, we are half way to our goal in donations received and pledged.  We are asking 30 people to give $100 a month for 13 months. Click here to join our Sabbath Support Team.
  2. Housing. We will need a place to stay, preferably in the Central Kitsap area. Please let us know if you become aware of any housing availabilities here.
  3. Pray. As we prepare people and projects here in Mexico for our absence, our finances, housing, and direction for school enrollment.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH!


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


Tuesday, April 23, 2019

SPECIAL REQUEST

GREETINGS FROM COFRADIA, MEXICO:

As we mentioned in our latest update, this July we will be entering into a season of rest, study, and spending time with supporters during the next school year in order to strengthen our spiritual, mental, and physical health as a family and as missionaries. We want to share with you a little deeper about why we are doing this and let you know some of our needs during the next year.

After months of prayer and seeking God's discernment, we are feeling God is calling us to this time of rest and renewal.  During these months, we have set personal and ministry goals for ourselves that we believe will enhance our lives as a family and as missionaries.  We will spend two months (August and September) on a sabbatical to rest, study, and strengthen family ties including providing the girls time with their grandparents.

After the sabbatical, starting in October, we will have scheduled visits with churches and individuals to share reports of God's faithfulness in Alternative Missions/La Cofradía United and offer opportunities how one can partner with us as we continue to Raise up Leaders in Rural Mexico.  Along with visiting our supporters, we will be observing other ministries to learn how they operate, update our ministry website, and study certain topics and skills that will help us improve as missionaries.  Finally, Geña and I will make several trips to Cofradía for scheduled short-term mission teams as we continue to foster those relationships as well as prepare for our return in July of 2020.

OUR NEEDS:
"And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:19

We have three major needs at this point:
1) Our greatest need will be finances during the next year: July 2019 through July 2020 (13 months).  After receiving council from a number of friends and family members, we have come to realize that our budget for next year will increase by $3,000 a month due to rent ($2,000 a month in Kitsap County) and other expenses that come along with living in the states (Insurances, Utilities, extra travel expenses, and more).

This is a temporary budget goal for only 13 months that we believe is very reachable with your help. We are asking 30 of you to consider a one-time gift of $1,300 or a $100 monthly pledge, or more, through July 2020. If you already give to our family, would you consider what you could do to help us by raising your donation for these 13 months? If you have not had the opportunity to join our financial support team, would you consider making a one-time gift or a 13-month commitment?

We have raised $3,600 with an additional $1,300 pledged leaving us with $34,100 left to reach our goal (see chart).

2) Another great need is housing.  As one of our goals is for our girls to be close to family during this year, we would like to be in the vicinity of Silverdale, Washington. If you are aware of any availability for housing, please let us know by email.

3) Finally, please pray for us during this transition.  Pray for us as we organize things in Mexico to be ready for our absence.  Pray for our finances and housing for the 13 months and wisdom with school enrollment for the girls.

Will you join us by being part of our Sabbath Support?


THANK YOU VERY MUCH! We look forward to hearing from you soon.


Friday, April 12, 2019

NEW ALTERNATIVE MISSIONS DONATION LINKS

The Alternative Missions donation links have a new look and a new url.  Please make note of the changes if you need to as you give. Our old donation links will become obsolete. 

Here are a list of donation links related to our ministry in Cofradia:

COFRADIA MINISTRIES:
  • Cofradia Operations: This is our general fund link where you will specify your contribution in the "notes" section for people or ministries that do not have a specific link.
  • EL RETO: This is our annual youth event that reaches over two hundred students in our area.
  • Cofradia Restoration Center: This is the Drug Rehabilitation Center in Rosamorada led by Pastor Amado.
  • Cofradia Leadership Development: This is anything to do with our reaching out to Pastors, Leadership Training School, and Conferences we hold.
  • Cofradia Disaster Relief: This was originally to help those affected by Hurricane Willa and serves to help those in special need when/if disaster hits.
COFRADIA MISSIONARIES/STAFF/PASTORS:

Tuesday, April 02, 2019

APRIL MINISTRY UPDATE

Greetings from Cofradía, Mexico! This update was ready yesterday, but I wanted to wait until today, April 2, to send it in case some might think we’re joking about our forthcoming plans. :)  After praying a lot and seeking guidance since last summer, we are convinced the Lord is leading us into a season of rest, study, and spending time with supporters during the next school year in order to strengthen our spiritual, mental, and physical health as a family and as missionaries.  This time will start when we go to Washington in the summer and we will be returning to Cofradía in the summer of 2020.  We are excited for what the Lord has in store not only for us, but for the ministry in Cofradía and the surrounding areas.  It will be a blessed time for all of us as we continue to Raise Up Leaders in Rural Mexico.

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

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

  1. Grace Course. It was a blessing for us to be able to teach this course from Freedom in Christ Ministries.  Attendance ranged from 25 – 30 people each week.  Here is a little more about it.   
  2. Pastor Ruben from Las Varas, Nayarit, is doing a lot better. He still has another month to recover before he starts rehab. During our visit with him and his wife this month, she was badly burned on her chest and arms with boiling water.  She also had to rest for a week which set them back a little with the church and work. 
  3. Church Truck. The pastors purchased a truck for the church which was a huge need. Thank you all who participated in helping with this great need. See the truck here.
  4. Administrative Tasks. Over the next couple of months, I will be training Goyito (Pastor Goyo’s son) in taking over the majority of my administrative tasks while we’re gone. He has been living on the base as a caretaker for a while now and I have full confidence that he will do a great job. 
  5. Visitor: Our friend Behzad Mostofi from Poulsbo, Washington, was here for 10 days to visit our ministry and take advantage of the opportunity to get some dental work done.  It was a great time as he encouraged and challenged all of us. I have been praying for a number of years about some of our conversation topics. It was very motivational and the Lord’s timing is always correct; it was perfect timing! Thank you, Behzad! 

Here are some links to more:


This month, will you please pray for...

  1. Furlough Preparation: Please pray for our family and ministry as we prepare for our one-year stay in Washington.  We are fully confident in the present leaders here to administer well and continue in the direction God has been leading us, but it will still be a lot of work.  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. We know that this is the Lord’s will and necessary, but it is going to be a stretch of faith for us so we ask that you please keep us in your prayers. I will be sending out another email with more details soon. 
  2. Pastor Ruben from Las Varas, Nayarit.  Please continue to pray for healing in his leg and the burn his wife suffered.  
  3. Provisional Administrator. As I mentioned above, I will be training Goyito in the majority of my administrative tasks over the next couple months.  He will be receiving a salary and living on and taking care of the mission base as well. 
  4. Visitors: The Calderon family from Templo Calvario, Bakersfield, will be with us for a few days this month for a visit.  We are always excited to host visitors and look forward to having them here. (13-15)
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, April 01, 2019

Freedom in Christ - Grace Course

We had the opportunity to teach the six-week Grace Course that accompanies the Discipleship Course  of Freedom in Christ Ministries that we've been teaching for the past few years. This was our first time teaching it and it went really well with 25 - 30 attendees each week.  Sandwiched between lessons five and six is a one-day retreat where we help guide people to experience God's grace through renouncing lies and declaring truth.
Steps Retreat
This course deals with four obstacles that prevent us from truly experiencing God's grace: Guilt, Embarrassment, Fear, and Pride.  I, personally, have experienced all four at one time or another and this course has shown me a number of areas that I still need to work on. Many others were impacted in the same way and we deal with those issues by "Demolishing Strongholds"; renewing our mind to think and believe the truth instead of the lies. Issues that people have been dealing with are fear of man, fear of death, anxiety, and embarrassment.  Some felt a definite change in their outlook on life.

Thank you to all who prayed for us during this time. The Lord continues to bless this ministry with a solid foundation of our Identity in Christ and experiencing true freedom in Him.

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Please join our financial support team for our ministry and make an online contribution to Cofradia Operations 
or
mail a check made out to Alternative Missions designated for "Cofradia Operations" to: Alternative Missions / PO Box 3107 / Ferndale, WA 98248

Martin's Motorcycle

In January, Martin shared his plans to start working up in the neighboring Indigenous villages and continue his work with the children/adolescents in Arrayanes.  His Place Church from Washington committed to buy him a motorcycle and help him with his vision. The other day, we were able to find him a motorcycle, a Yamaha 125cc, and give it to him.  It was a precious moment!! As Martin hopped on the bike, he said, "I've been praying for this for 5 years!" He slumped forward and broke out in tears of joy. Praise the Lord!