Friday, November 03, 2017

NOVEMBER UPDATE

Greetings from Cofradía, Mexico!  Congratulations to the Romero Carrillo family who received a free house this past month from the Sluys through our Dwellings ministry here in Cofradia.  It was an exciting day; their smiles were priceless!  You can read about it here.  We are preparing for the next house that will be built next week for Pastor Abimael and his family from Tuxpan with the help of the sponsors, The Well Church of Salt Lake City.

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

In our last update, we asked you to please pray for...

  1. Dwellings Build #13 An excellent time!  
  2. Dwellings Build #14 please pray for safety for the workers and the Americans who will be joining us for next week’s build. 
  3. Restoration Center Pastor Amado and his team are still preparing the rental and materials.  He will be making a trip to Guadalajara soon in order to receive more training.  
  4. La Cofradia United International I’ve been able to get into contact with our accountant this last month.  Please continue to pray that things that things will be done with efficiency. 
  5. Interns.  Thank you for praying for God’s guidance and His provision of help.

Here are some links to more:


This month, will you please pray for...

  1. Dwellings Build #14 Pray for our team as we continue the preparations and get ready for the group who arrives on Saturaday, November 4. 
  2. Restoration Center Pray for wisdom as he prioritizes his time and God’s provision over his ministry.  He still needs finances for the property.  We have helped him raise $9,000 which is nearly half the goal.  There is still the opportunity of matching funds available in the amount of $2,500.  That means, your $2,500 is worth $5,000!  Then, the only amount needed after that is $6,000.  If you are considering a generous year-end donation to a ministry, this would be a great selection!  Send your online gift here.  Or, mail a check to the Ferndale address at the end of this message.  Indicate that it is for “Cofradia Restoration”, NOT the Silbermans.   
  3. La Cofradia United International accounting help. 
  4. Freedom in Christ Seminar Please pray for us as we begin the preparations of our next Freedom in Christ Seminar for December 15,16.  Pray the Holy Spirit guides us and begins to move in the hearts of the people who need this.  God will see to it that the one’s He chooses will be able to make it.  Pray for Pastor Goyo, Pastor Luis, and myself as we prepare ourselves and the material we will be using. 
  5. 17 YEARS! Geña and I will be celebrating 17 years of marriage on November 18.  A big thank you to all who have been a part of our lives and ministry.

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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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

The Romero Carrillo Family Receives a House

The Romero Carrillo Family

PROFILE:
Alonso Romero of Cofradía and Karina Carrillo of San Juan live in Cofradía with their three children, Aaron, Ingrid and Carim.

This sweet couple met at a dance in San Marcos, six years ago.  Alonso asked Karina where she was from, and when she answered San Juan, he told her he had never been and would like to visit sometime.  They started talking, and soon Alonso went to Karina’s mom and asked her if he could visit Karina.  When Alonso lost his job, due to the business shutting down, he went to Karina.  He told her it might be a while before he had another job and the money to come visit her.  He then asked her to come to Cofradía with him and she did. 

The family of five shares one room in a house with Alonso’s grandmother and uncle.  For income, Alonso works in his uncle’s fields and feels obligated to work for free as rent payment for the house.  Therefore, Alonso is looking for a second job that would provide money to support his family.

For Alonso and Karina, a house will be a gift from God and a place of their own where their children will grow.

It is with great joy and excitement that we share with you that Alonso and his family received their house last night!


Alonso is a very hard worker and dedicated many, many hours to help with his new house.  It was very exciting to see his enthusiasm and gratitude for this gift.

Ephesians 2:8-10 says, "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith--and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God--not by works, so that no one can boast.  For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do."

This family received a free material gift that is only to last them a time here on earth.  The spiritual gift of salvation from God is eternal; it lasts much longer that the earth!  What we witnessed in the physical material world these past few weeks is a picture of what spiritual salvation is...a free gift.  All we need to do is RECEIVE the gift God has provided for us--SALVATION THROUGH FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST.  Jesus paid for our sins when he died on the cross and rose from the grave, making it possible for us to be saved.

Much like what verse 10 says, "...we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works...", is the example that we saw in Alonso.  He already had received the gift (even though it was not yet completed) and worked really hard (not to EARN the gift, but because he had already RECEIVED the gift).

It was an exciting time.  Thank you so much to Marion and Loretta Sluys for their generosity and making God's love visible.

You can do this, too, by forming a team and coming down to build someone a house.  Here are some people who are waiting.  The only thing we require of them is that they have their own land to build on.

Future builds here in Cofradia are already being planned.  We will be pouring the floor to Pastor Abimael's family's house on Saturday and The Well from Salt Lake City will be joining us for this build which will take place in Tuxpan, Nayarit.

In January, Cy-Fair Christian Church from Houston, Texas will be joining us to build a house for Florentina from Cofradia.

Enjoy the photos of the House Dedication:
The front of the house.

The back of the house along the street.

The back porch with water cistern and bathroom.

Kitchen and dining area.

Living room area.

Bedroom #2

Bedroom #1






Monday, October 09, 2017

OCTOBER UPDATE

Greetings from Cofradía, Mexico! 

EL RETO 2017 is finished!!  It was a great year again as we saw many new students participate for the first time.  That usually means it was their first time in a Christian church and possibly the first time they heard the gospel!  It’s an exciting time as we REACH OUT to new students, RECOVER students who no longer attend, and LEARN whatever we can from the teachable moments that God puts before us.

This year, the biggest teachable moment came at the very end.  For the past 10 years, there has been a dynamic that allows a team who finds the hidden treasure to play against the winning team in one last challenge.  The Blue team won outright with a lot of points and was very confident they had this game in the bag when they found out that the challenger (the Black team) was a team that had been disrespectful during the event as they received penalties each week for their actions and words.  They didn’t have a reputation for winning.  However, during the final challenge, they shined!  The Black team beat the Blue team without any problems.

It’s interesting when you step back and look at what happened.  The Black team was a team that many would say did not deserve to win because of their behavior, because they constantly disrupted, and people were losing patience with them.  Isn’t that a great picture of us!  Who deserves to be saved?  Who deserves to go to Heaven?  NONE OF US!  The only reason ANY of us have a chance is because of what Christ did as he gave himself up on the cross as payment for our sin.  I’m really glad the Black team won (even though Rebecka was on the Blue team), because through this the Lord showed us his Grace and Mercy in real life!  It was exciting!

THE BLACK TEAM FINDS OUT THEY WON!

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

In our last update, we asked you to please pray for...

  1. Wisdom as we continue to deal with the break-in of our house while we were gone.  We are very grateful for all of you who have generously pitched in to help us financially recover.  We are so very thankful! 
  2. EL RETO 2017 Thank you for your prayers!  Apart from what I’ve mentioned above, you can view pictures and videos at our blog here.
  3. The Restoration Center.  Pastor Amado has had a couple of interns this month.  One is doing well as he helps around the rented house and the other lasted just two days and went back home.  Things are beginning to move; thank you for your prayers. 
  4. Dwellings Build #13 in Cofradia for the Romero Carrillo family.  The floor has been poured and the water cistern has been built.  Building will continue for the next couple of weeks.
  5. Dwellings Build #14 in Tuxpan for Pastor Abimael and his family.  The blocks have been made and the floor will be poured as soon as the other house is finished.  We are excited about The Well Church from Salt Lake City to come and participate in the construction of this house in November as the sponsors of this house. 
  6. La Cofradia United International is the name of our Civil Association.  Please continue to pray for wisdom and that the Lord would provide us with someone who can help us in the accounting department. 
  7. Summit Bible College Nayarit Extension.  We are working on finishing up those who have just a few things left in order to graduate with the College.  As of now, there are no new students.

Here are some links to more:


This month, will you please pray for...

  1. Dwellings Build #13 for safety over the workers and open hearts of the recipients as we have an opportunity to share God’s love. 
  2. Dwellings Build #14 as we continue the preparations and get ready for the team. 
  3. Restoration Center There are a couple of trips that Pastor Amado is needing to make to Guadalajara as he continues to prepare for more interns.  They have not done well financially as of yet.  Pray for wisdom as he prioritizes his time and God’s provision over his ministry. 
  4. La Cofradia United International accounting help. 
  5. Interns.  We are looking for a couple of interns who would like to come down in January and February to help with teams as we will be understaffed during that time.  Pray for provision and let people know of this opportunity.

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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EL RETO 2017...What happened?

EL RETO 2017 is finished!  

It was a great year again as we saw many new students participate for the first time.  That usually means it was their first time in a Christian church and possibly the first time they heard the gospel!  It’s an exciting time as we REACH OUT to new students, RECOVER students who no longer attend, and LEARN whatever we can from the teachable moments that God puts before us.  

This year, the biggest teachable moment came at the very end.  For the past 10 years, there has been a dynamic that allows a team who finds the hidden treasure to play against the winning team in one last challenge.  The Blue team won outright with a lot of points and was very confident they had this game in the bag when they found out that the challenger (the Black team) was a team that had been disrespectful during the event as they received penalties each week for their actions and words.  They didn’t have a reputation for winning.  However, during the final challenge, they shined!  The Black team beat the Blue team without any problems.  

It’s interesting when you step back and look at what happened.  The Black team was a team that many would say did not deserve to win because of their behavior, because they constantly disrupted, and people were losing patience with them.  Isn’t that a great picture of us!  Who deserves to be saved?  Who deserves to go to Heaven?  NONE OF US!  The only reason ANY of us have a chance is because of what Christ did as he gave himself up on the cross as payment for our sin.  I’m really glad the Black team won (even though Rebecka was on the Blue team), because through this the Lord showed us his Grace and Mercy in real life!  It was exciting!

Lain did an excellent job wrapping up the final evening at his blog.  You will see a number of pictures and explanations as you read.  He even takes you through the excitement of the final challenge!  Read it here.

Reports of each week:
Week #1 Report  Video below


Week #2 Report  Video below


Week #3 Report  Video below


Week #4 Report  Video below


Week #5 Report  Video still unavailable


DUE TO A LOW ECONOMICAL STATUS IN THIS AREA, WE DO NOT CHARGE ANYONE TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS EVENT IN ORDER THAT THE STUDENTS MAY BE ABLE TO ATTEND.

IT IS PEOPLE LIKE YOU WHO HELP MAKE THIS HAPPEN.


THANK YOU

EL RETO 2017 CHAMPIONS!



Friday, September 15, 2017

EL RETO MIDPOINT

We are at the midpoint of this year's youth outreach, EL RETO!  "ENFOQUE" (Focus) is the theme as we encourage the students to focus on the things above (Colossians 3:1,2)

"Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.  Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things."

Lain has been doing a great job of writing up reports with pictures and placing them on his blog and Macx has done excellent once again with the videos.

You can see the information here:

EL RETO 2017 WEEK ONE:
Report with Pictures
Video:


EL RETO 2017 WEEK TWO:
Report with Pictures
Video:


EL RETO 2017 WEEK THREE:
Report with Pictures
Video:




DUE TO A LOW ECONOMICAL STATUS IN THIS AREA, WE DO NOT CHARGE ANYONE TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS EVENT IN ORDER THAT THE STUDENTS MAY BE ABLE TO ATTEND.

IT IS PEOPLE LIKE YOU WHO HELP MAKE THIS HAPPEN.


THANK YOU




Monday, September 04, 2017

SEPTEMBER MINISTRY UPDATE

Greetings from Cofradía, Mexico! 
We are praying for all of our friends in Houston as you recover from Hurricane Harvey.

A big thank you to all who have responded to us saying you’ve been praying for us.  That means so much!  We are so grateful for all of you and appreciate your generosity and help.

We are doing better and looking into ways to make our house more secure for the future as well as the mission base which was also broken into.

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

In our last update, we asked you to please pray for...

  1. Wisdom, Protection, the Theif, and Cofradia in General Thank you! 
  2. The Restoration Center in Rosamorada.  Thank you for continuing to lift this up in prayer. 
  3. EL RETO 2017 has begun!  The first two weeks are behind us as the students talked about their identity as a team and relate it to who we are in Christ in the first week and did The Walk in the second week.  You can check out some pictures and video at our Facebook page.
  4. Rebecka is doing excellent at school and has the travelling thing down now.  She turned 15 on August 13 and we had a nice small get-together with family and friends.

Here are some links to more:


This month, will you please pray for...

  1. Wisdom as we continue to deal with the break-in. 
  2. EL RETO 2017 please keep praying for this.  On each Saturday of September, we’ll have a number of students who don’t know Jesus get to hear about Him. 
  3. The Restoration Center.  Please pray for Amado and his team to continue to make progress. 
  4. Dwellings Build #13 in Cofradia.  Things are moving right along as the Romero Carrillo family is receiving a house.  This was sponsored by our friends, the Sluys, and is being built by the locals. 
  5. Dwellings Build #14.  We are also beginning the prep work for our next build with our friends from The Well in Salt Lake City.  They will be joining us to build a house for Pastor Abimael and is family who live in Tuxpan the first week of November. 
  6. La Cofradia United International is the name of our Civil Association.  Please pray for me to have wisdom as we work out some financial details with our accountant. 
  7. Summit Bible College Nayarit Extension.  Please pray for me to have wisdom as there are loads of administrative things to take care of.
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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Thursday, August 17, 2017

AUGUST MINISTRY UPDATE

Greetings from Cofradia, Mexico! 

Some information that was sent in the original email version of our update has been omitted.  Email me for details if you are did not receive the email.  
GIVE THANKS TO THE LORD, FOR HE IS GOOD; HIS LOVE ENDURES FOREVER!

Will you please pray for...

  1. Wisdom for us as we deal with difficult situations. 
  2. Protection for our family. 
  3. Cofradia in general and specifically for the drug problems.
  4. The Restoration Center in Rosamorada.  The land that we want to help Pastor Amado purchase is now $11,000 away.  There are still $2,500 of matching funds available.  Your $2,500 gift will be doubled and that will leave us with just $6,000 to raise.  Please pray about a generous contribution and join us in helping individuals be free from their addictions.  Please contribute here.  Read more here.
  5. EL RETO 2017 will be starting in less than two weeks and we are half way to our goal of $2,000.  Click here for more information and how to participate.
  6. Rebecka as she has started high school and is travelling 40 minutes each morning and afternoon by taxi.  Pray she finds godly friends.

Here are some links to more:

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.




Wednesday, July 12, 2017

JULY MINISTRY UPDATE

Greetings from Washington State! We have been in Washington State for just over a week and it’s great to be visiting the family.  We were able to see a number of you on our way up through Arizona, California, and Oregon.  We also were able to visit some of you already here in Washington.  Our plan is to stay here for the month of July before heading back to Cofradia the first of August.

Please contact us about getting together as time always flies when we’re in the states and our agenda gets filled up quick.

We are available for speaking at church services, mid-week services, home groups, youth groups, Sunday school classes, etc.

Looking forward to seeing as many of you as we can.

GIVE THANKS TO THE LORD, FOR HE IS GOOD; HIS LOVE ENDURES FOREVER!
Last month, we asked you to pray for... 

  1. Bible School Graduation: We were anticipating seven graduates, but it turned out that only three were eligible due to a requirement that we were unaware of.  The three graduates; Alfonso and Secundina from our church who live in Santa Fe and Noe from Mexico City who was finishing up his classes online after starting them in California.  It was a fun and blessed day. 
  2. Trip to the States: Thank you and continue to pray as we return in August. 
  3. EL RETO 2017: We are still considerably short of our $2,000 goal.  Please consider how you can help in order to reach out to students in need. 
  4. Church Ministry: Thank you for your prayers. 
  5. Jay and Faith TenBrink have left Cofradia and are on their way to their new, but former, home of Washington State.  Continue to lift them up in prayer as they adjust to returning to the states and find a place to live. 
  6. Our Family: Thank you so much for your prayers over our family.

Here are some links to more:

This month, will you please pray for...
  1. Pastor Goyo fell and broke his elbow recently.  He underwent surgery and is recuperating well.  Please pray for full mobility and a quick recovery. 
  2. Our time in the States as we visit with family and friends and try to get some relaxing in. 
  3. The Restoration Center in Rosamorada as they are conditioning a rental while we continue to raise funds for land.  We recently went with Pastor Amado to purchase a section of land and was told we needed to buy the whole 8 acres at once and not in sections.  That puts us $12,000 short.  There is an anonymous donor who is matching up to $3,000.  That means that your donation would be doubled up to $3,000 dollars ($6,000).  This is a great opportunity to invest in the Kingdom of God.  We could use your help with a generous contribution.  I have written more information here.
  4. EL RETO 2017 will be starting at the end of August.  This year’s theme is “Focus”.  Click here for more information and how to participate.

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
Facebook
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PASTORS' PERSPECTIVES

Our church plant, Centro Cristiano Cofradia, includes three main pastors who play an important role in the church's ministry development: Pastor Gregorio Hernandez, Pastor Luis Vazquez, and Pastor Horacio Garzon.  For the past few years, Pastor Amado Verdin has been joining us as he leads a congregation in Rosamorada, just a few miles north of Cofradia.  He is also undertaking the huge project of a Drug Rehabilitation Center which we are helping him develop.  I've asked him to be a part of this bi-annual report.

Here are their reports and perspective on the ministry:


Pastor Gregorio Hernandez is our main lead pastor and oversees all ministries at the church.  In order for him to work full-time as a Pastor, which is very important to us, he needs supplemental income from supporters like you.  His current need is $250 per month.  Please consider how you can help him continue to work full-time.  Click on his name to become a monthly donor.


Here is his report:

For 2017 we chose a specific theme that we would explore over the course of the whole year. That theme is “Let’s live free in Christ.” This has truly helped us to understand the freedom that Christ has given us and to hold tight to the identity, security, and value we have in Him.

Without the help of God and of many brothers and sisters, nothing would be working the way things have been working over the past six months. The theme we chose for this year has stimulated our ministry in very practical ways, especially in Las Pilas and in Arrayanes.

In Las Pilas we have had people visit our meetings who have never attended before. Because of this growth we wish to build a central meeting space, and we hope that by the end of the year we will have acquired the land we need for that project.

In Arrayanes we have begun a Bible study that meets on Fridays at 5:00 p.m., and people are attending! So we continue to sow the seeds of discipline to continue meeting every week. We have also begun visiting homes to share the gospel, and we even hosted an open-air evangelism in which brothers and sisters from both Cofradía and Arrayanes participated.

In all of this we continue to thank you for your support, both through prayers and finances, because you have made it possible for us to remain in the ministry of sowing the Word of God. Many thanks for being an active part in our ministry. May God bless you with every spiritual blessing in Christ.

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.  —Ephesians 1:3

Sincerely,

Pastors Gregorio & Maty Hernandez-Espinoza, and family
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Pastor Luis Vazquez is our Student Ministries pastor and maintenance director for the church.  He also serves as the Cofradia Dwellings Foreman for building less-fortunate people homes.  He is very busy and struggles to make ends meat each week.  His need for supplemental income is $150 per month.  Consider how you can help him by clicking on his name to become a monthly donor.

Here is his report:

Hello, and may God bless you and your families with all spiritual richness in Christ Jesus. We greet you in this letter, hoping that you are well in body and spirit in the Lord.

We thank God for you every time we remember your great love for us, which you have demonstrated by pouring out on my family, our ministry, and the church the blessing of both your financial and prayer support.

We have just completed the discipleship course New Life with the youth. We met every Saturday morning for twelve weeks, and on June 18, we had a recognition ceremony for those youth who completed the class. The group included young people from the church of Pastor Amado in the town of Rosamorada, since we have been partnering with him in the area of youth ministry. We will soon begin a more in-depth discipleship study series with this group of young people, with the goal that once they complete the entire series of studies, they will then lead future classes for new discipleship students. In this way they will be able to grow as student leaders within our own youth ministry.

We are now in the midst of planning this year’s EL RETO event, which will take place every Saturday from August 26 through September 30. Our vision for this event is to continue to reach more youth with the gospel. We also want to prepare the youth currently in our program for leadership; we do this by choosing new team captains every year, and those captains serve as leadership apprentices over the course of the event. Once EL RETO has concluded, I will continue to disciple some of the team captains so that they will continue to have opportunities to grow and be able to serve as leaders within the youth group.

My wife and I continue attending the Bible College through our church. We are now pursuing a Masters/Doctorate concurrent degree, which we will complete next year. We are learning a great deal about marriage and how to help children in their walk with the Lord.

Two of my sons, Luis and Angel, are in the youth discipleship class, and my wife, Mari, and daughter, Carolina, are teaching that class. We are all growing, praise the Lord!!!

Prayer requests:
      For this year’s EL RETO: finances, leadership, planning, team captains, protections, success
      For the youth:  identity, service, and devotion to God
      For my family: finances, God’s care and protection, health, family unity

We thank you again for your generosity and send you encouragement in the Lord.

Sincerely,
The Vázquez-Sicairos Family             
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Pastor Horacio Garzon leads the indigenous ministry in Mojocuautla and helps facilitate ministry in Arrayanes.

Here is his report:

As is always true, it is a pleasure to take up my pen to write this letter and say thank you once again for your financial support. I hope that you are well and in good health, just as we are, thanks be to God.

Brothers and sisters, I ask you to cover my daughter, Kenia, in your prayers, first and foremost for the rebellious character she has been demonstrating. Drawing help from the Word of God, I have recently had to confront her about this, and I have been praying for her attitude. I also ask you to keep in prayer the new level of schooling she is about to enter. It will bring her opportunities to grow in how she manages her time and in her manner of relating to others. We are also exploring our options for how to pay for her room and board, meals, and the school materials she will need, for our desire is that she continue her studies.

I am excited for our next retreat—a pastor’s retreat in Mexico City in July. I believe it will be a great blessing.

Martin
Please receive greetings from Martín, who is living in the mountain village of Mesa del Nayar serving with the leaders of the school there. In June, together with Pastor Hector and several members of his church, we had the privilege of going there to support their ministry.

Brothers and sisters, thank you so much for helping me. May God continue to bless you, and please receive the warmest greetings from my wife, Maria, and I.

Thank you,
Horacio Gonzalez-Orozco
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Pastor Amado Verdin is from Rosamorada and is the lead pastor of Iglesia Hermosa Casa de Oración.  He also is heading up the drug rehab center which he likes to call a Restoration Center.  The center is designed to house interns and help them be restored to good health physically, mentally, and spiritually.  They will also be trained in a trade in order to help them be reinstalled into society once they're finished with the program.  You can read about my explanation of their current financial need here and click on his name to help with his project.

Here is his report:

Our vision is to provide a place where any person with any kind of addiction can be recuperated and find hope for a better life.  They will be prepared to face the every-day challenges that getting back into society presents.

Our mission is to restore the addicts lives so they will be able to return to society clean.  We will teach them God's principals so they will have hope and to remain stable in their daily lives.  We will equip them with a useful trade so they can serve the community and be able to sustain themselves financially.

We currently have a rental house to temporarily establish the restoration center "Lighthouse of Hope" while we obtain land where we can build the center as it is in our vision.  The municipal government has donated a new stove and fridge, we have also been given wood to make bunk beds, and we also  recently received the study materials we need to help the interns.

Our current needs are 12 individual mattresses, kitchen supplies, fans, bedding, pillows, tables and chairs, chalkboard, white screen for projections, office furniture, and bibles.

Amado