Saturday, December 04, 2021

Pastors' Thanksgiving Dinner

Once again we were able to have a dinner together with our pastors. This time we met at Pastors Jimmy and Perla's house in Tepic. It was great to have everyone together as we shared stories of this past year, encouraging words for one another, and a great meal that was made mostly by Geña. We are all thankful for each other and are stronger together. In Ecclesiastes 4:12 it says,  "a chord of three strands is uneasily broken". Imagine one of 30+!



House Building Ministry's new Leader

We are excited to announce a new Leader for our House Building Ministry!

As many of you know, with Pastor Luis' passing, it left many opportunities to serve open as he was very vital to our ministry. Our desire has been to Raise Up Leaders and Luis knew that. 

2 Timothy 2:2 "what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also."

One of the major ministries Luis was in charge of was the formerly known Dwellings Ministry of Cofradia. With other changes that have happened this year, we want to simply call it our House Building Ministry. 

This is one of the ways we reach out to families in need and you are a major part of making a difference in a family's life. Many people simply cannot afford to build themselves a house so they end up hopping from borrowed house to borrowed house, unable to establish a home for their family. 

This is the simple message of salvation. It is a free gift they do not pay anything to receive. It's one way we are able to share God's love in a practical way.

Our heart is to continue building homes for people in need with your help. One of Luis' helpers who worked along side him closely is Diego Gonzalez. Diego was a student in our youth ministry many years ago and now is married and has four kids. After praying and assessing what makes the most sense, Diego was an obvious choice to ask if he'd like to head up this ministry. In fact, Luis told me about a year ago that he had confidence in Diego to build a house without his help. He had told Diego that, too. Almost without hesitation, he said he would do it. In fact, Diego looked at me intently and with these words (in Spanish) he said, "I'm ready". He is excited about this opportunity and is looking forward to building his first house sponsored by The Well Church from Utah within the next couple of months.

Diego and Carmen with their kids Aaron, Edwin, Estrella, and Deiguito







Cofradia Kitchen - November 2021

Mati and Isabel are doing a great job in the mornings feeding children before school. Since in class school started up again, many of the kids are not able to show up, but some still come at different hours of the morning for their breakfast.












Donations for the Cofradia Ministry

The Ministry in Cofradia is called La Cofradia United. We depend on donations from people like you who want to see God's love extended to the rural parts of Mexico. Our desire is to Raise Up Leaders in Rural Mexico with the intention of making an influential impact in our region, state, nation, and throughout the world. 

Our friends at Family Renewal Ministries have offered to be a temporary avenue for us to receive your donations for our ministry until we develop a new system.
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Make checks payable to Family Renewal Ministries and send to:
Family Renewal Ministries
PO Box 293
Defiance, IA 51527

Make sure your donation is designated for "Cofradia" and they will wire us the money.

You will need to contact them for other options of digital giving at their website.
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Your partnership is important to us as we have many different areas of ministry to participate in including:
Centro Cristiano Cofradia in Cofradia, Nayarit
Freedom in Christ Conferences
Leadership Training School
Personal Discipleship
Marriage Counseling
House Building Projects
Cofradia Kitchen (Children Feeding program)
Brick Business start up
EL RETO Student Ministry Outreach
Hosting Short-Term Missions
An Oasis for visiting friends and pastors
Centro Cristiano Arrayanes in Arrayanes, Nayarit
Hermosa Church in Rosamorada, Nayarit
Restoration House (Drug Rehab)
Renuevo Church in Tepic, Nayarit
Centro Cristiano Restoration and Life Church in Las Varas, Nayarit

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING PART OF OUR COFRADIA UNITED TEAM!



Baptisms in Cofradia

Four people made the decision last weekend to publicly confess a personal decision to follow Christ. It is always exciting to see people make this step. Romans 10:9,10 says that if you confess with your mouth that Jesus Christ is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. Confessing and believing go hand in hand; you cannot separate them and get the same results. 

It was especially exciting for Geña and I as Emma Rose decided to take this step of obedience. We didn't even know she had talked to Pastor Goyo already about it. I had the privilege of baptizing her in the river of Santa Fe.

From Cofradia, we had two students baptized:

Josué Medina - Centro Cristiano Cofradia Student (Isabel's son)

Emma Rose Silberman - Centro Cristiano Cofradia Student

Proud Parents

From Rosamorada, a student and an adult were baptized by Pastor Amado:
José Pacheco - Restoration House Student

Irma Muñoz - Hermosa Church Member





Friday, December 03, 2021

Freedom in Christ Conference

This past November we held a Freedom in Christ Conference. An intense three days of teaching and practical application. This year, we invited a couple Pastors and a couple Elders in our church to help teach. 

Hugo Diaz led worship and taught two lessons,
Pastor Goyo organized everything and taught four lessons,
Pastor Abimael from Tuxpan taught two lessons,
Pastor Amado taught one lesson,
Chuy Hernández, Pastor Goyo's son, taught one lesson,
I taught three lessons, and
Mari, Pastor Luis' widow, helped us again with the media projection.

It's always a great time together. We had about a dozen participants. In the end, testimonies included one man who was a former pastor that said, "I never gave my identity in Christ any thought". Another said after spending 25 years in a legalistic church, "I finally discovered who I am in Christ." He was a worship leader and fell into drugs for 13 years. After a brother in the Lord told him he had been condemned and lost his salvation, he gave up hope. He was able to regain that hope in Christ. It's never too late to come back home.

Here is a short video of our time together...



Thank you for partnering with us and supporting this ministry. You are helping change lives!





Saturday, November 20, 2021

November 2021 Ministry Update


This month's update features...

  • A few comments about what's going on
  • How to pray


Thank you so much for partnering with us and keeping us in your prayers. We pray for you often and are honored to have you as part of our team.


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

Saturday, October 16, 2021

Tough Times in Tuxpan...again

 Tuxpan, Nayarit, just over ½ hour from where we live in Cofradia was hit by flooding of another hurricane, Hurricane Pamela. Three years ago Hurricane Willa did the same thing, flooding most of the town with over 20 deaths. This time, no deaths have been reported, but some people have lost everything...again.

One of those is Pastor Abimael and his wife with whom we minister from time to time. He lost not only his personal things in the house, but the church building was hit as well loosing instruments and sound system. He is only one of many going through this nightmare repeat.

We built Pastor Abimael's house along side the help of The Well Church from Salt Lake City, Utah in 2017. This is the 2nd time that house has gone through complete flooding. Yesterday, Pastor Goyo along with others from our ministry started helping with clean-up and providing meals.

Pastor Abimael's house. You can see the water line almost to the top of the window.

The property line wall fell that held up is shop's roof.

After opening the door to the church, this is what they found.

Pastor Abimael assessing the damage.

Pastor Amado from Rosamorada with Pastor Abimael

Distributing meals.



Thank you for keeping the brothers and sisters in Tuxpan in your prayers as they walk through this valley.

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

We do not have specific link to help. But if you would like, you can designate gifts to "Cofradia Disaster Relief" through Family Renewal Ministries.


October 2021 Ministry Update

 


This month's update features...

  • Pastor Luis' passing
  • Mission Agency Changes
  • Family News
  • Pastors' Perspectives
  • Prayer Requests
  • ...and more!

Thank you so much for partnering with us and keeping us in your prayers. We pray for you often and are honored to have you as part of our team.

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




Monday, September 13, 2021

PASTOR LUIS VAZQUEZ, COFRADIA UNITED


This is really tough to communicate. Pastor Luis went to be with the Lord the morning of September 9, 2021, after two weeks of battling COVID. He was on oxygen for about a week and got progressively worse. He got up in the morning energetic, breathing, talking, joking...his normal self. After praying for healing, he had all the signs of being healed completely from COVID. He was breathing without the help of oxygen and taking deeper and deeper breaths. He had some juice and tea, then laid down again to rest. His wife mentioned that he looked at her and said, "It is finished." He never responded after that. It was a hard long day for everyone; and continues to be in some ways. His wife, Mari, was devastated, but has been really strong. No one had any idea that Luis, a strong and healthy 42 year old, would pass away so early in life. We all expected him to live.

Pastor Luis was one of the most respected pastors in our region. He had many, many friends and was a bridge in the Christian community between churches and denominations. He wore many, many hats. Not just in the church, but in the community of Cofradía as well as he was hugely resourceful. He will be missed like you cannot believe.

During his service on Sunday, September 12, he was honored and remembered. I have included a video of the whole two hour service. The participants were: Pastor Goyo, Hugo and the worship band, Gabo Garcia, a phone call from myself, Pastor Amado, Pastor Jimmy, Pastor Ildefonso, Brother Nelson, Pastor Abimael and his wife, and Mari and her son, Luis, who were with him when he passed away.

If you would like to help Mari and the family financially, you can send checks made out to Family Renewal, to:
Family Renewal Ministries
PO Box 293
Defiance, IA 51527
Please make a note that it is for Pastor Luis' family.

You can contact Family Renewal here for any questions about digital donations.

Blessings to you all,

Steve & Geña



Monday, September 06, 2021

September 2021 Ministry Update

This month's update features...


Thank you so much for partnering with us. We are grateful for your prayers and support and are honored to have you as part of our ministry team.

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





Friday, September 03, 2021

PASTORS AND PROJECTS DONATIONS

Family Renewal Ministries is a ministry we've worked with in the past up in the mountains where there is a large populations of Cora Indians east of Cofradia. They have graciously offered to be a funding avenue for the ministry of Cofradia United. 

Here is the information to send to Cofradia through “Family Renewal Ministries” for the time being:

Make checks to Family Renewal Ministries and send to:
Family Renewal Ministries
PO Box 293 
Defiance, IA 51527 

They also do automatic deposits from banks. They send out year-end tax giving information (unless you need it more often) and have a CPA who takes care of all their finances. They will wire us the money in Mexico.

Make sure your donation is designated for Cofradia.

**This is NOT for "The Silberman's" personal missionary support. Please click here for more information on that.

Please contact us with any questions and contact information for Family Renewal Ministries at: info@cofradiaunited.com

Thank you so much!