Friday, June 01, 2018

JUNE MINISTRY UPDATE

Greetings from Cofradia, Mexico! “Wow, my medicine is miraculous!” is what the Dr. said.  Last month, I shared with you a prayer request for David Medina, Isabel’s husband, who was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer.  Less than a week after I sent the email, some of you were praying along with people from here.  One day, as they were praying for him, there was a popping sound in his abdomen.  He immediately felt better and his body has been discharging a “strange” substance since then.  He was bedridden.  I spent a whole day with him in the hospital last month and he could barely move because of the abdominal pain.  Well, he is no longer in pain; he can get up out of the bed by himself; he is just beginning to walk without a walker; Pastor Goyo has been driving him around town in the Nissan pickup as they pray for people.  His spirits are high, his color is back, and his legs are getting stronger.  The Doctor said, “Wow, my medicine is miraculous!”  We say, “Wow, our God is miraculous!”



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

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

  1. David Medina.  See note above. :) 
  2. Rebecka Thank you for your prayers!  Rebecka is out of school for the summer and did very well this year. 
  3. Administrative Tasks. We’re still working towards getting this down. 
  4. Freedom in Christ discipleship course.  What a tremendous time!  It’s incredible how God has been freeing people from the enemies lies.  Click here to see a quick report and testimonies 
  5. Freedom in Christ Retreat. Thank you for covering us with your prayers.  During this time, the enemy tries to deceive us into believing the lie that we cannot be free.  We already have the victory in Christ and it’s up to us to take on that position.  We spent all day at the church as we prayed, repented, renounced, and declared God’s truth about us.  WOW!
  6. Happy Mother’s Day.  The mothers really enjoyed their day-retreat together and were able to see God’s hand work in their lives through circumstances that happened during the day.  Thank you for remembering them in prayer. 
  7. La Iglesia Hermosa celebrated four years of meeting together.  One of the neatest things was that there were more than 10 local pastors and some of their congregation that joined them.  Not too often do you see that! :) 
  8. Stateside Trip.  Please continue to pray and see note below.

Here are some links to more:

This month, will you please pray for...
  1. David Medina.  Please continue to pray for a complete healing.  His Urologist is going to go in and remove the remaining substance after a number of tests have been done.  Also, pray for strength in Isabel as she runs around trying to make appointments and make ends meat.  Thank you! 
  2. Pastors’ Breakfast/Meeting We are meeting with some local pastors who have reached out to us for guidance and spiritual leadership.  We will be meeting to talk about our desires for our ministry, our responsibilities as Pastors, and our own vision of Raising up Leaders. (June 2) 
  3. Mazatan and Las Varas.  Pastor Luis’ family and ours will be visiting a couple of congregations this weekend in Mazatan and Las Varas, Nayarit. (June 2-3). 
  4. Women’s Ministry Geña and Isabel started visiting some of the women a while back.  They have been meeting with the women on Saturday mornings and the Lord is doing something special in them.  Women are being healed emotionally and there has been a renewed excitement for Christ.  Thank you to those of you who keep them in prayer.  Continue to pray as the Lord continues to do some cool things!
  5. Freedom in Christ Seminar. Another pastor has reached out to us to lead the Discipleship Course of Freedom in Christ in an intensive weekend seminar.  The pastor and a couple of his people are interested, but for the most part, his church is not showing as much interest.  Pray for our protection as we plan and share this seminar if it is to happen (June 7-9). 
  6. Father’s Day, Congregation Day, and Baptisms.  We will have our quarterly celebration service as we invite churches and individuals in the surrounding areas (June 17) 
  7. Stateside Trip.  In two weeks we leave for the states.  We will be heading north first through Arizona and arriving in Salt Lake City to visit The Well Church who has sent two teams in past couple of years and will be sending another one in November.  As we continue, we will visit friends in Twin Falls and the Tri-cities before reaching the Pacific Northwest.  Please contact us as time flies while we’re there.  We’d love to see you and will be in Washington State all of July.  We will return to Cofradia through Oregon and California at the beginning of August.

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

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Friday, May 25, 2018

FREEDOM IN CHRIST DISCIPLESHIP COURSE

For the past few months, we have been meeting together at the Arrayanes Church on Tuesday nights as we study the Freedom in Christ 13-week Discipleship Course.  Most of those who started finished...which has always been a struggle here.  In the end, the testimonies of how God worked in their lives is the confirmation of the message that this course shares.  It focuses on the key truths of our  Identity in Christ, what kind of battle we are in and how the enemy attacks us, breaking the bondages of our past as we learn to forgive and demolish strongholds that have been developed, and finally it finishes with key concepts of who to maintain our freedom as it is a daily process of maturity.

"I feel as light as a feather" is the most prominent testimony that people share.  Many people are carrying unneeded baggage in their life and don't even realize it because they haven't experienced life without it.

"It was really hard to forgive (so and so)" is another common testimony.  Forgiveness is heavily dealt with because unforgiveness causes so much harm.

"I'm able to sleep at night now" is another.

"This is very basic material, but it's shared from a different perspective that I've heard before and I am able to understand it better now; it's freeing."

God continues to work in our lives as we continue to help people find Freedom in Christ.
It's amazing!
It's freeing!

Help us to continue to RAISE UP LEADERS IN RURAL MEXICO with a one time gift or monthly contributions!

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Monday, April 30, 2018

MAY MINISTRY UPDATE

Greetings from Cofradia, Mexico! I’ll start this out with a prayer request.  Some of you know Isabel from Mazatlan who lives in Cofradía and has been part of our ministry since the beginning in the 1990s.  Her husband, David, is very sick.  The doctors have told him he has prostate cancer and needs an operation.  Due to no insurance and an amazingly high cost for the procedure, they have not been able to do this.  His niece works for one of the insurance agencies and was just able to get him coverage last week.  This has been going on for months.  Tomorrow, Tuesday, he will go to see the doctor again; pending he is active in the system now.  Once he goes in, they will start from ground zero and take him in.  He is unable to walk, has lost his ability to stand and is numb in the pelvic area.  We spent some time with them last night at their house singing with the guitar and sharing from the Word.  David is encouraged.  This all started to happen just as soon as he decided to serve Jesus.  He is really excited about serving in the church and his and Isabel’s relationship has been the best it has ever been.  We are believing for a miracle.  Please believe with us!  They have a 12 year old boy, Josué.

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

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

  1. David Medina.  Please continue to pray for a complete healing.  Thank you! 
  2. Rebecka is doing really well in school.  Please remember to keep her in your prayers. 
  3. Safe Travels from Washington to Cofradia last month.  Everything went smooth except a delay in LA due to some distraught passengers who were eventually dismissed from the plane. 
  4. Administrative Tasks.  Please continue to pray for this.  We’re working on becoming authorized to receive tax-exempt donations.  All I need right now is time to work on this and help from our accountant. 
  5. Freedom in Christ discipleship course  Please continue to pray for us as we teach each Tuesday night in Arrayanes. 
  6. Emma’s 12th Birthday  We had a great day at the beach and some fun at home after school on her actual birthday. 
  7. Parents’ 50th Wedding Anniversary  What an excellent time!  On April 12, they officially completed 50 years. :) 
  8. Freedom in Christ Seminar  An incredible time with a number of new believers.  Read here to see what happened.

Here are some links to more:

This month, will you please pray for...
  1. David Medina.  Please continue to pray for a complete healing.  Thank you! 
  2. Rebecka Please continue to pray for her safety, godly friends, and wisdom in decision-making. 
  3. Administrative Tasks. We are trying to get some things situated with our Civil Association in order to become authorized to receive tax-exempt donations in Mexico.  This will open up many more doors of ministry as well as create a need for more personnel.  Thank you for your continued prayers!!! 
  4. Freedom in Christ discipleship course.  Please keep this in your prayers as we wrap this up this month. 
  5. Freedom in Christ Retreat. Please pray for Pastor Goyo, Pastor Luis, myself, Geña, and Mari on May 5 as we lead the participants through Steps to Freedom in Christ and work with them on how to Demolish Strongholds in their lives. 
  6. Happy Mother’s Day.  Happy Mother’s day to all of the mothers!!  Geña will be taking the women to a breakfast on May 7.  Mother’s Day in Mexico is on May 10 every year. 
  7. La Iglesia Hermosa in Rosamorada with Pastor Amado are celebrating their 4th anniversary on May 12.  Congratulations! (They are still working on starting the Drug Rehab Center). 
  8. Stateside Trip.  We’ll be heading up to the states in June.  We do not have any dates set in stone, but please pray for us as we begin our plans.  We would love to see you and be able to share in church services, Sunday schools, house groups, etc.  Let’s keep in touch!

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


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Coffee Resurrection

I BELIEVE IN THE RESURRECTION!
(Para español, desliza para abajo)

Without a doubt, Jesus Christ has risen from the dead!  He conquered death and reigns in victory!  If we abide in him and he in us, we also are victorious over any scheme and lie that Satan tries to throw at us!

Today, I want to share with you a different kind of resurrection!!!

Many of you saw my recent post on FaceBook about the death of our Espresso Maker.  Well, it's still broke.  The fact is, this is the fourth time it has broken (each occurrence being of a different piece).  The first two times where under warranty and I was able to get it fixed free of charge.  The third time I jimmy-rigged it by inserting a 2 ½ inch decking screw to function in the place of the broken piece.  It's not comfortable, but it worked!

So, this is the fourth time and I assumed that the piece that broke would be irreplaceable.  It is with great joy, excitement, and emotion that I can share with you that with a skinny little screw driver I can manually maneuver what the broken piece performed!

THE ESPRESSO MACHINE HAS BEEN RESURRECTED!!!!

(I'll still be saving up for a new one, this one will do until we get a new one)


ESPAÑOL

Sin duda, Jesucristo ha resucitado de la muerte!  Conquistó a la muerte y reina en victoria!  Si permanecemos en él y él en nosotros, también somos victoriosos sobre cualquier artimaña y mentira que Satanás nos avienta!

Hoy quiero compartir con ustedes de una resurrección diferente!

Muchos de ustedes vieron mi post reciente acerca de la muerte de nuestra máquina de espresso.  Bueno, todavía esta roto.  De hecho, van cuatro veces que se ha quebrado (cada vez, una pieza diferente).  Las primeras dos veces estaba bajo garantía y me la arreglaron sin cobrar.  La tercera vez le hice una "mexicanada" metiéndole una pija para porches de 2 pulgadas y medio para hacer la función que hacía la pieza que se quebró.  No es cómodo, pero funcionó!

Así que, esta es la cuarta vez y creí que la pieza quebrada no se podía reparar.  Es con gran gozo y emoción que puedo compartir con ustedes que con un desarmado delgado puedo manualmente maniobrar lo que la pieza quebrada hacía.

LA MAQUINA DE ESPRESSO HA SIDO RESUCITADO!!!!


Thursday, April 26, 2018

Freedom in Christ - Tuxpan


Pastor Goyo, Pastor Luis, and I spent three days teaching an intensive course on Freedom in Christ with the Church of God congregation in Tuxpan, Nayarit.  Most of these believers are very new to the gospel and have been around the block!  With great enthusiasm, Pastor Abimael continued to encourage those attending and has done a great job as their Pastor. 

With these new believers, some didn't know what to expect and expressed a nervousness and fear as we approached the sessions of going through the Steps to Freedom in Christ.  It was obvious that the enemy was at work.

As we always do, we separated the men and women.  In both groups, we experienced interesting circumstances.  There were many interruptions at the location where we met with the men, but we still sensed freeness in the atmosphere.  The women stayed at the church to walk through the steps.  They needed to stall a bit when they reached the point of renouncing past experiences with witchcraft.  One of the participants had been involved in such activity.  As she was renouncing these things, there was a cry that was heard and all of the sudden the door slammed shut.  One of the leaders continued with her until she was able to renounce all the activities in which she had been involved.

Amazing things are happening.  Every person who participates in this course expresses a sense of freedom and a realization of the lies they have believed about either themselves or God.  One woman said she felt like a feather.  We have found that the biggest obstacle that prevents believers from growing is unforgiveness in their life.  It's amazing what happens when one is able to forgive!


Thank you so much for praying for us as we continue to lead these seminars.  Pastors are continually asking us to come out to their church and teach.  Your prayers and support at this link are helping people find Freedom in Christ!

Tuesday, April 03, 2018

APRIL MINISTRY UPDATE

Greetings from WASHINGTON STATE! Yes, we are in Washington state, but fly out tomorrow morning to return to Cofradía.  We came up to surprise my parents for their 50th wedding anniversary and it was surely as surprise!  We arrived late Monday night and the expression on their faces was priceless.  We laid low for the week as we secretly helped my sister, Sheri, prepare for the party on Saturday.  It was a great and special occasion as family and friends came out to celebrate with us.  Thank you to all of you for making this day special.  Their actual wedding anniversary is April 12, but since the girls are on vacation from school, we came up early.
 

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

HE IS RISEN!!!

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

  1. David Medina.  Please continue to lift David up in prayer as he undergoes more testing.  It looks like they have been able to get some kind of insurance for him; however, that is not confirmed. 
  2. Rebecka Thank you for your continued prayers for Rebecka as she attends High School in a different town. 
  3. EL RETO in La Mesa Martin said his event went great!  The kids all had a great time and he was able to continue teaching them about Jesus as his relationship with them strengthened through the event.  Thank you to those who gave and prayed. 
  4. Administrative Tasks. 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.  We look forward to 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.

Here are some links to more:


This month, will you please pray for...

  1. David Medina.  Please continue to pray for a complete healing.  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. Safe Travels as we fly back to Mexico early tomorrow morning, April 4. 
  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. Emma’s 12th Birthday on April 10.  We plan on taking her to the beach on Friday, then she’ll have some friends over on the 10th. 
  7. Parents’ 50th Wedding Anniversary We’ve already celebrated, but their Golden Anniversary is April 12.  May the Lord bless them and bring healing to my dad’s knees; he’s having a hard time walking. 
  8. 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!!!!

Blessings,












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

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Parents' 50th Wedding Anniversary

April 12, 1968  Gary and Marilyn Silberman were wed.

Saturday, March 31, we celebrated their 50 year anniversary with family and friends.  It was a very special occasion to hear people share about their experiences with them and I led them through their vows; it was the 4th time they've done that! 

We appreciate all who were part of this, especially my sister, Sheri, for organizing it.  She did a great job.

No need for words.
"What are you doing here?"
Since we live in Mexico and do not get to see them often, we decided that the best gift we could give them was our presence.  We flew up unannounced on Monday and arrived at the house (thanks to my sister for picking us up at the airport) at 11:30pm.  It was a definite surprise for them and the look on their face was priceless.  We tried to relax for the next few days as the party was set for Saturday.  That was a surprise as well...nearing the time, they kept wondering what was up.

Blessings to them for their next 50 years!!







Thursday, March 22, 2018

Kindergarten Spring Parade 2018

Wednesday afternoon, the Kindergarten classes of Cofradia held their anual parade for the Spring as they dressed up as a number of different things like butterflies, chickens, dogs, flowers, etc.  Mackenzie dressed up as a bunny.

They presented a couple of dances to everyone who was in the town center and then proceeded to parade through town in trucks as they waived and threw candy to the onlookers at their homes, most of the candy went to all the elementary kids who were following. :)

Mackenzie and her teacher.
Mackenzie the bunny.




Thursday, March 08, 2018

MARCH MINISTRY UPDATE

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!

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

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!!!!

Blessings,












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

** 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.