Wednesday, March 06, 2019


Greetings from Cofradía, Mexico! February was a great month as the TenBrinks from Mt. Vernon visited and the women were able to have a week of sewing and fellowship together.  Thank you, Mary TenBrink!  We love having visitors.  Larry TenBrink also helped Jay with some projects around the base and church.  Jay put together some much needed fellowship time with the brothers and sisters from Arrayanes.  We had a great time!


Last month, we asked you to please pray for...
  1. Freedom in Christ Conference in Rosamorada.  It went really well.  A number of people were set free form the lies of the enemy and some wished they had known this information about who they are in Christ years ago. Here is a quick report of our time there
  2. Date Night for our married couples was also a really good time with youth and parenting specialist and author Ernesto Ramirez.  He also challenged and encouraged the congregation on Sunday, the 17th.  We were all blessed. 
  3. Freedom in Christ Grace Course. We have started the six-week Grace Course with nearly 30 people.  We anticipate the Lord to move in all of our hearts. 
  4. Church Anniversary. We celebrated 8 years in the new building this past weekend.  It has been great to reflect on how God has been faithful over the past 25 plus years in Cofradia.  Here is a link to a 40 second video of our time.

Here are some links to more:

This month, will you please pray for...
  1. Grace Course. Please continue to pray for those of us leading the sessions and the participants.  Pray that we all have open hearts to be receptive to what the Lord would speak to us about during this time. (Every Tuesday through March 26) 
  2. Pastor Ruben from Las Varas, Nayarit, fell from over two stories off of a ladder and crushed his ankle last month.  He will be confined to his bed for two more months.  Please pray for a quick healing, encouragement, and his wife as she “holds down the fort” at home and at the church. 
  3. Church Truck. Our local pastors are wanting to purchase a new truck for the church.  They have sold the Nissan that has served us for so many years, but it was time to let it go and the pastors are ready to buy another truck.  I want to help them get a decent vehicle that will benefit their ministry and the church.  We have $6,000 available, but with at least another $3,000, their options will expand and be able to get a newer vehicle.  Please pray they find one that suits their needs.  Will you consider a one-time generous gift.  You can donate at this link indicating it for “Cofradia Truck” in the comment section. If you decide to send a check, use the information at the end of this message, but make sure to designate your gift for “Cofradia Truck.” 
  4. Administrative Tasks. Even though I am free of the bookkeeping of the Mexican Civil Association, there are still a number of administrative things to do.  Please pray for time to do them and the ability to train more leaders in this area. 
  5. Visitor: Our friend Behzad Mostofi from Poulsbo will be with us for about 10 days.  We look forward to having him here and showing him what our ministry entails. (March 7 - 17) 

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 for our PERSONAL SUPPORT.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Freedom in Christ: Rosamorada

It is always refreshing for us and those who participate in the Freedom in Christ conferences.  Through the course of three days, Pastor Goyo, Pastor Luis, and I had the opportunity to teach and lead 12 people to find Freedom in Christ at Pastor Amado's church in Rosamorada.  We always love hearing how the Lord speaks to people at the end.  This is what they had to say:

"For the first time in my life I have peace and I feel free!" a lady who had been abandoned at birth and since childhood has struggled with bitterness and lies about herself.

"I was able to forgive a person whom I thought I never could; I didn't want to see them, nor hear their name mentioned!" a man referring to an ex-wife who left him for another man.

"I was able to overcome my fear of taking the course because I didn't want anything bad to happen again" a lady referring to her son almost being killed after her husband took the course last December.

"I know who I am, where I'm going, and what I want now!" a lady who was freed from confusion in her life.

"I wish I would have taken this course 10 years ago!"

Thank you to all who prayed for us during this time! It is so great to see people free in Christ!

Thursday, February 07, 2019


Greetings from Cofradía, Mexico! After getting settled in from our quick trip to California during the new year, we hosted two teams in January, are in the process of changing Board Member positions in our Civil Association, and have started the process of developing opportunities for employment through making adobe bricks.  And, Rebecka has finally been able to return to school after a three month wait due to the flooding in Tuxpan after Hurricane Willa which I wrote about previously.

We recently revised a document that gives information regarding our history, staff, ministry function, and vision for the future. You can click here to view that document.


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

  1. My Dad’s recovery from surgery.  He is improving a lot and the doctor says things are going really well. 
  2. Cy-Fair Women’s Team in the words of the women’s ministry leaders here it was a total success!  The local women were encouraged during this joyful, reviving time and relationships were restored as chains of bitterness were broken.  Isabel says, “It seems like a new door has been opened.” It was an exciting time that brought life, hope, and expectancy.  Thank you for your prayers!! Here’s a link to a little more.
  3. His Place Team did an excellent job building a home for Nando and his family. Partnering with the Sluys from Poulsbo with a matching gift, they were able to provide all of the funds needed and a little more for some essential furniture items.  The family was left with extreme gratitude and tearful eyes of joy.  Here is a link to a little more and a video of the build.
  4. Wisdom with the Board Member changes in our Civil Association. A weight has been lifted off of my shoulders by handing over the Treasury responsibility of our Mexican organization.  Instead, I will have the title of the role I have played since the beginning, President, which is much less administrative work.  I feel free now. :) 
  5. Our Greatest Need(s). We are getting the Employment Opportunities vision underway as our worker has been making test bricks of adobe for a brickworks business.  Click here to read about that vision.

Here are some links to more:

This month, will you please pray for...

  1. Freedom in Christ Conference with our church in Rosamorada led by Pastor Amado.  Pastors Goyo and Luis and I will be leading another conference and we would really appreciate your prayers over our lives and protection against the enemy. (February 8,9,10) 
  2. Date Night for our married couples will be on February 16.  This year the leadership has chosen youth and parenting specialist, author Ernesto Ramirez from Mexico City to speak.  He will also be speaking to the congregation on Sunday, the 17th. 
  3. Freedom in Christ Grace Course We will be kicking off a new six week study about the Grace of God.  Pastors Goyo and Luis and I will be leading the teachings.  We are excited for this material as it has had a very positive impact in our own lives! (Every Tuesday evening for six weeks starting February 19). 
  4. Church Anniversary We’ll be celebrating our 8th anniversary in the new building the first weekend of March.  We are blessed to see God’s faithfulness through the years! Our friends, Doug and Jan Taylor, will be joining us as the special speakers throughout the weekend (March 1-3).
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 for our personal support.

Wednesday, February 06, 2019


Our vision is to strengthen the economy in a way that will provide jobs for people, fortify families and create stability in the community. 

Many people in this agricultural area leave town to find work in other places due to lack of jobs during the farming “off” season. A robust economy will allow men to stay “home,” which is essential to a healthy family as we raise up rural leaders for Christ.

We have laid out a plan to get this vision underway. The first phase is “LADRICU” which is “Ladrillos Cofradia United” (Cofradia United Bricks). LADRICU is a brickworks business.  These bricks are made of adobe which are the most common bricks used in these parts for building all kinds of structures.

To commence the work, it requires $2,000 USD of seed money that will have long-term positive outcomes which include:
  1. Immediate work for four men that will support them and their families.
  2. Investing back into the community as the rented land belongs to the town.
  3. Supporting the church who will receive a small portion of the revenue as a tithe.
  4. LADRICU will be self-sustaining in 4 weeks.
  5. Most importantly, it will create more jobs as the revenue from LADRICU will help seed small business initiatives such as a market center with small shops to generate an economy that will encourage economic justice and stability within Cofradia.
The $2,000 USD seed will help meet our needs as we seek to become self-sufficient:
  • One month rent (estimated $40)
  • Land Prep (estimated $80)
  • Tools: molds, picks, shovels, wheelbarrows, etc. (estimated $380)
  • One month of labor for four individuals (estimated $1,500) 
To the right is the land we will rent. It is close to Cofradia’s man-made lake and will have water access year-round.  The ground is prime for brick-making and only needs to be cleared to start the process.

Your generous donation will have immediate and long-term implications on the economy of Cofradia.  This is the beginning of a lasting project that will help strengthen families, the church, and the community.

Make checks out to ALTERNATIVE MISSIONS indicating that it is for “Cofradia Bricks” and send your donation to:  ALTERNATIVE MISSIONS / PO BOX 3107 / FERNDALE, WA 98248.

OR - You can safely donate online directly to “Cofradia Operations” making an annotation for “bricks”.

La Cofradia United Information Page

Clicking on the logo will take you to the information page.

Carrillo Valentin House Build

Fernando Carrillo and Ana Valeria Valentin needed a home.  A few years back they made attempts at building themselves a home, but Fernando's mother became ill with cancer and the funds they were going to use for their house were spent on doctor's appoints, traveling to the capital city, and unfortunately, the eventual passing of his mother.  It as been a few years since her passing and to help them out, we included them as candidates for a home with Dwellings.  They have been living in a borrowed home with their two children: Kevin (5), and Odalis (3).
The original profile picture in front of the borrowed home.
With the help of a matching funds donation by the Sluys from Poulsbo, His Place Church from Burlington, Washington, formed a group and came to build Fernando and Ana a house.  The walls went up the first afternoon and the next four days were spent working on details such as bond beams, electrical, smooth wall, roof, etc.  They were even able to provide some furniture for them as they had absolutely nothing.

Once the house was built, we enjoyed a dinner together and an armadillo feed.  The next morning we dedicated the house to the family and handed them the keys.  This was all done in order to show the love of God and how he cares for the needs of people.  Just like salvation in Christ, it was a free gift.

Cy-Fair Women's Short-Term Missions team

Five women representing Cy-Fair Christian Church in Houston, Texas, came to spend a week with our women's ministry. I have asked Isabel, the women's ministry leaders, and Geña to write a short report about what happened:

This week we had a marvelous visit from our sisters and friends from Texas and it was incredible.  The Spirit of unity that we felt was very unique. It was truly a refreshing time to see all of the women together in Christ. They opened their hearts and shared their needs, even those who came to the meetings for the first time were impacted. Altogether, in all of the places we went, we were able to minister to nearly 120 women. We were encouraged, revived, filled with joy, and relationships were restored.  Thank you for your prayers!

Monday, January 14, 2019

Pastor's Perspectives 19.1

We have our pastors share a bi-annual report of what the Lord is doing in their ministries.  These are the results of your investment into this ministry.  You can pray, donate, and/or participate in a short-term missions team. 

All of these pastors can use financial support.  If you would like to sponsor one or more of them specifically, please let me know.  Otherwise, you can make a general donation here specifying the gift for "Pastors" and we will evenly distribute your contribution.

It excites me to be able to share these reports with you as our ministry "La Cofradia United" continues to grow beyond our doors.

Here are the reports from the Pastors:

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

We began 2018 by choosing a theme to direct the church’s advancement for the year: “Remain free.” We based this on the Freedom in Christ material from Neil T. Anderson, and throughout the year our emphasis remained on our freedom in Christ. The results of this year’s emphasis are important because understanding the truth of who we are and knowing our position as children of God is the starting point of all Christian success, the very basis of the truth we believe.

On November 29–December 1, we hosted the Freedom in Christ course for 21 participants. Our entire leadership team had the opportunities to guide people through the steps to freedom in Christ, and God once again allowed us to witness faces full of His presence.

This year we are seeking to establish a new small group in a town south of Cofradía, and we are seeing response in one particular family (a married couple and their children). They are very happy with what God is doing in their lives, especially the wife who says she is grateful to God for the changes happening in her husband, who is seeking rehabilitation for his addiction to drugs.

In the future, and with God’s help, we hope to open a school to train lay leaders and pastors for the extension of the Kingdom of God in our state, our country, and beyond our own borders. There are many places that need someone to answer God’s call and say, “Send me!”

Thank you for your support and for your part in sowing seeds together with the ministry of Cofradía Christian Center and La Cofradía United. We send you our gratitude for being part of the development of the Kingdom of God.

May God bless you.


Pastor Gregorio, Maty, sons, and grandchildren.

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

To God be the glory for all eternity! We greet you with the same love with which you have loved us, demonstrated by your generosity toward me and my family and the work of God for the expansion of His Kingdom in this region, in which we are working together with all the workers God has raised up for the edification of the Body of Christ in this area.

For EL RETO this year, our theme was “Choose Truth,” and God was faithful to guide us to choose truth in our own thoughts, and in that way to be able to speak into the lives of the youth during the six weeks of EL RETO. During those six weeks we also preached on that theme during Sunday services, so that youth and adults alike were instructed in how to choose truth in our thought life.

We believed there was a great need to teach on this theme because one of the primary battles in adolescence is learning to distinguish truth from lies and then to choose the truth.

After EL RETO ended, I met with three youth who show potential as student youth leaders in the youth group, which meets every Saturday. This year we will once again spend time visiting nearby villages in order to reach out to youth who need Jesus and also to give our youth the opportunity to learn to evangelize. We will begin in February.

At the end of 2018 and in the beginning of 2019 we will be building homes for local families in need. Within the family that received a home in November 2018, the mother and son did not enjoy a good relationship; however, over the course of our week building with the American group that sponsored the home, their relationship was mended, and this brought great joy.

We took a trip to Mexico City for a Freedom in Christ conference, together with four other pastoral couples who are our friends and partners. It was a time of great blessing for the conference and for the couples attending, but above all with my wife. We greatly enjoyed this time away together (thanks be to God!)

Joshua 24:15 says, “But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”

I believe this is being realized in my family. We are growing and serving together in the church. Three of my children are studying. The second oldest, though he is not studying, but is working along side me; we enjoy the time together and continue to pray to know what will be next for him. All of this is possible only because of the grace of God in our lives. As humans, we face many battles and difficulties, but we press onward together as the family of God that we are.

I thank you, as always, for your great heart and generosity, and we continue to pray for God’s blessing and care over you, your families, and your positions.

Prayer Requests:
      That the family from whom we rent our current home will be willing to sell us the house.
      That my family and I will continue to remain focused on God.
      That my second oldest son (who is not studying) would decide what preparations to take for his future.
      In general, for the ministries in Cofradía. 


Pastors Luis and Mari, and family
Donate to Pastor Luis here

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

As always, it is with great pleasure I once again take up paper and pen to write you this letter. I hope that when you receive this letter you are well and in good health, just as we ourselves are, thank the Lord. Brothers and sisters, thank you for supporting us financially; because of your support, Kenia continues to do well in her studies as a high school sophomore, in an educatational facility that is more efficient and more aligned with her vision and goals. It pleases me to see her taking her studies more seriously and demonstrating more maturity in her conduct.

I thank God for the opportunity to have taken the Freedom in Christ course. It is an edifying and essential training because it truly does bring us freedom as it reveals to us who we really are. It teaches us our identity and our position before God, and as we better understand those, the pleasures of sin are diminished as they are compared to the wonderful truths in God’s Word.

The Freedom in Christ course has helped me to feel more at home under the holy and supreme covering of God, where nothing that is out of step with the grace of God can find any footing. This phrase resonates with me: “I am not the Great I Am, but by His grace, I am who He says I am.” I am his accepted son.

Please also receive greetings from my wife, Maria.We enjoyed taking the Freedom in Christ training together, in fellowship with other members of our local church who also attended. I believe we both have a great task, a great purpose, as beloved children of God that is found as we believe and understand the truth of our position before him, living out of and enjoying this great privilige.

Brothers and sisters, I continue giving thanks to God for the privilege to remain in this Christian ministry and for leadership that prays for its conduct and and direction without regressing into rigid legalism or other erroneous ways that would not be avoided without the Lord’s guidance

Thank you, brothers and sisters, for the special friendship you offer us, especially at this time of year when we celebrate the birth of our King who is Christ the Lord. May His profound peace always live long in our hearts.

Greetings and thanks to you from Maria, Kenia, Martin, Alfredo, and as always, me,
Horacio Garzón Orosco
Donate to Pastor Horacio here

Martin Garzón
Missionary to Cora Indians
From Arrayanes, Nayarit

La Mesa del Nayar, Nayarit

Hello, brothers and sisters. I am extremely grateful for all you have done in my life. I see the goodness of God in providing me with brothers and sisters like you all who uphold me in prayer and who are always ready to help. The support I receive from you I invest in the ministries I am sharing with you about here.

At this time, we are working with the ministry in Cofradía to establish a drama ministry for our children and youth to reach out to children who do not regularly attend church. Our goal is to teach them Biblical truth through drama.

One of my plans for this year is to evangelize a village called Agua Aceda. We used to evangelize there in years past, and there are people there who have submitted their lives to Christ. In Agua Aceda I would like to pursue one of the visions God has given me for my life: to establish small groups. I hope, with God’s help, to lead them through a study called Firm Foundations. In order for this to be possible, I am praying God will provide me with a motorcycle so that I will have a reliable means of transportation for reaching and ministering in this village.

I want to thank you for the prayer, finances, and words of encouragement you have invested in my life. I respect you very much and consider you an example in my life that demonstrates all the good things God reveals in His Word. Thank you for all you have done. I know God will multiply it all a hundred fold. Thought we are far away from each other, I will continue to pray for you as I always have, and I love you very much with the love of Christ.

May God bless you all.

Your brother,

José Martin Garzón Solís

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

My name is Amado Verdin Ramírez. I am a mechanic by trade and the pastor of a small congregation, called House of Prayer the Beautiful, in the town of Rosamorada. I work together with my wife, Lourdes, and my children, Yessica and Abraham.

We continue with the legal procedures for establishing a Christian Drug Rehabilitation Center in Rosamorada. Among the health standards requirements, we must produce documentation of the doctor who will be in charge of and looking after the residents of our rehab center. We are also required to acquire the services of a psychologist who will be helping us at the center.

The State Counsel Against Addictions (CECA) requires us to submit a request of invitation to inspect the location that the restoration center (Lighthouse of Hope) will occupy to see if it fulfills all of the state and federal requirements. This document has been submitted to the CECA Director General, Juan Antonio Cambero Pérez, requesting him to visit in 2019.

Upon delivering the doctor documentation to the offices of the Federal Commission for the Protection Against Health Risks (Cofepris), we were provided with another set of health standard documents to fill out.

While these legal procedures continue in process, we continue to work with addicts, visiting them and sharing the Word of God with them.


Pastor Frank Uribe
Children Feeding Program Director
Centro Cristiano Arrayanes Facilitator
Rosamorada, Nayarit

Greetings from Rosamorada, Nayarit.

We continue working every Saturday, as usual, with the same desire to see the hearts of children transformed and that in time they grow to be forces for good in society. We spend each Saturday preparing ourselves and then preparing food for the children, we share a teaching from the Bible, we play games, and we sing with and pray for them. Our vision is to have a special place just for them to gather, with tables, chairs, and a roof to protect us from the sun and rain.

On Saturday, December 22, we celebrated Christmas with them, as we do every year.

If anyone feels led in their heart to support our vision, we would be very grateful to them.

Pastor Francisco Uribe and Family
Donate to Pastor Frank here and make a special note that it is for "Pastor Frank".
Watch a two minute video-clip of what they do here. 

January Ministry Update

HAPPY NEW YEAR from Cofradía, Mexico! We just returned from our quick two-week trip to California to renew truck papers and be part of Geña’s sister’s wedding on January 5.  Time flew by!  We enjoyed seeing Geña’s family that came from other parts of California and Washington.  We arrived back in Cofradia Wednesday night and have been organizing things since.


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

  1. David Medina.  We are sad to inform you that Isabel’s husband, David, has passed away. The past couple of months have been really hard on him, he lost a lot of weight and became very weak. It was a disappointment due to the conflicting reports of the doctors and their lack of attention.  Very unfortunate, but we are happy that David is no longer suffering.  Isabel said that he passed away looking up and with his hand extended.  This is the second time that Isabel has been widowed.  This time, she is not completely alone as she and David had a son, Josué, who is 13 years old. If you would like to help Isabel financially, please do so.  You can make a safe, tax-deductible donation designating it for ISABEL VALENCIA at our Cofradia General Donations link.  Another option is to send a check made out to ALTERNATIVE MISSIONS to: PO BOX 3107 / FERNDALE, WA 98248 indicating that the donation is for ISABEL VALENCIA. 
  2. Women’s Conference in Mazatlan.  The women loved it once again.  It was a great time for them to get away and be refreshed spiritually. 
  3. My Dad’s surgery went well.  However, he has been having some complications the past couple of weeks. 
  4. Pastor Brad Pembleton came for a week to visit and speak with our church elders, the regional pastors, and the church body.  It was so nice to have him here and everyone who was part of the meetings were challenged and blessed.
  5. Advent speaking in Rosamorada went well. 
  6. Border Trip It was another busy trip as I spent a few days working on a video and preparing the message for Jose’s and Julia’s wedding. One of the highlights was taking the girls out (Rebecka, Emma, Mackenzie, Elsie [Julia’s daughter], and Gaby [Emma’s friend from Cofradia who lives near Julia]) to the mall and a trampoline gym.  Lots of fun! 
  7. Our Greatest Need. Please continue to pray for the three greatest needs: Leadership School, local employment opportunities, and full-time missionary.  We have began the process of working towards meeting the need of the local employment opportunity as we have property that is being prepared for a brickworks business that will have some excellent and positive outcomes in the near and far future for the town and church.

Here are some links to more:

This month, will you please pray for...

  1. My Dad as he continues to recover from knee surgery.  Pray for no infections and a quick recovery. 
  2. Cy-Fair Women’s Team from Houston, Texas, will be here to minister to and with the Cofradia ladies.  Please pray for a blessed time and for lives to be touched. (January 21 – 28) 
  3. His Place Team from Burlington, Washington, will be here to build a house for the Carrillo Valeria family. Please pray for divine appointments and safety during the build. (January 26 – February 2) 
  4. Wisdom as we make a few changes to our Civil Association this month and complete all of the governmental requirements. 
  5. Our Greatest Need(s). Please continue to pray for the three greatest needs: Leadership School, local employment opportunities, and full-time missionary.  

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 for our personal support.