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.




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 ¾ of the 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. Prayer. 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.