Sunday, May 03, 2020

May Ministry Update

The Silbermans
This month's update features... 

  • Where we're at as far as our return to Mexico, 
  • How the Cofradia church is functioning through this stay at home order, 
  • Video updates of our Brick Business and last year's Student Ministry Outreach EL RETO
  • The progress of our Restoration Center, 
  • News about our daughter, Rebecka,
  • And how you can pray this month.
Because of some changes in my computer operating system, I have had to change the way we send out our monthly updates. Here is a link to May's Ministry Update.


Thank you for partnering with us! We appreciate your much needed prayers. We are very grateful to all of you who have contributed to our personal support, especially while we've been in Washington, as well as your investment into the Kingdom through separately contributing to the ministry in Cofradia.

Blessings to you all!

The Silbermans

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




Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Brick Making Project

LADRICU (Ladrillos [bricks] Cofradia United) is a ministry to provide employment opportunities to those families in need in order to create a strong and healthy community.

"BUILDING STRONG AND HEALTHY FAMILIES
ONE BRICK AT A TIME"

Last November I was in Mexico and had the chance to interview Pastor Luis who is in charge and Juan Diego who is benefiting form this employment project. Here is a video of that interview...



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EL RETO 2019

"A+ LOVE" was the theme for last year's RETO. EL RETO is our annual student ministry outreach held in Cofradia. It has the style and some taste of Survivor, Amazing Race, and Fear Factor. Last year, 2019, was our 15th year holding the event.

Our desire is to Reach out to new students, Restore relationships of non-committed students, and Learn about all we can of God's Love and Leadership. More than 200 students come to this event in the 6 weeks that it is running.

Here is a video of the event made by Macx Diaz, a friend who has been making videos for us since 2011.

HELP REACH OUT AND CHANGE THE LIVES OF STUDENTS IN OUR REGION. WE DO NOT CHARGE ANY OF THEM TO COME, IT IS COMPLETELY FREE FOR THEM BECAUSE WE WANT THEM TO COME. YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

THANK YOU FOR PARTNERING WITH US



Saturday, March 28, 2020

MARCH UPDATE 2020

Greetings from Washington State! We are doing well and we hope you are too! We are growing, we are listening, we are learning, and we are excited about life. God is good! As I think about all the things that are going on in the world and so many questions that have arisen around us, I can’t help but see the Opportunities that are available to us! Three of those are at the forefront of my mind in regards to families, cleanliness, and faith.

OPPORTUNITIES in the OBSCURITY
Fortified Families This is a choice. An opportunity to take advantage while having the children at home. Even though it may be difficult with the preoccupations of finances, our health, or even getting on each other’s nerves, I think there is an opportunity to spend time with them; time we normally don’t have. Occasionally, our time can be interpreted as love. There is potential to strengthen family bonds, make memories, and create or revive positive habits.

Cleaner Communities How can this happen with no sanitizer in the stores?  Well, I think after this, we will all be more conscious about washing our hands more often and things we touch in public places. This has the potential to reduce germs for a long time and develop habits that will make for a cleaner community. I can’t help but think of the spiritual aspect of this. For some of us, we have been stripped away from our comfort and familiar routines along with our friends and extended families. This exposes our vulnerability and the things we hold dear. This, in a sense, is a cleansing of our hearts. Whatever it is we’re most worried about is brought to light and we have an opportunity to confront those issues we may need to deal with. What comfort or routine do I trust in too much that God knows important enough to reveal to me during this time? There is freedom in trusting Him.

Firm Faith This goes without saying. We know that our faith object never changes. He is forever firm and we can trust in no other the way we can trust in Him. The hope he gives us is a powerful motivator to help us through struggling times. In the end, we know that God wins and in Christ, we are victorious. This is not the end of the world--the Bible does not describe it this way. But, instead, this is an opportunity to put our trust in the Lord. This may be hard to do from time to time, but it’s the only thing to do. His financial system does not fluctuate, disease does not determine our destiny, and death has been defused.

I’m excited to see what God does through all of this. As I stop to listen, I want to hear what He says. He knows what’s going on.

GIVE THANKS TO THE LORD, FOR HE IS GOOD; HIS LOVE ENDURES FOREVER!
We have not sent out an update in a while. Here is a tiny glimpse of what’s been going on and how you can continue to pray for our family and ministry.

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

  1. Short Term Missions Teams in Cofradia. Two teams from Utah and Washington helped change the lives of two families by blessing them with a house.  Former staff members Lain and Jay, made themselves available in our ablsense to host the teams along side the locals and the word returned to us was that both teams were a huge success. We cannot wait to visit those families in person and get back to host more teams who will be building houses for more families who do not have one. We are already scheduling teams for Fall/Winter of 2020-2021. Let us know if you’re interested as we would love to host your team. 
  2. Rebecka as she took on a bit heavier load this semester. She has been doing excellent and that heavy load has been lifted. Thank you for your prayers for all three of our girls in school. 
  3. Travelling to other cities and churches has been very limited due to cancellations and busy schedules.  Once this is over, we hope to visit with you. If you are a pastor, Sunday school teacher, or leader of a small group, we’d love to visit with you and your group. 
  4. Focus as we have turned the corner of the halfway mark of our furlough. We are at the point of dropping a few things that we had hoped to do in order to focus on the most important. Thank you for your prayers as the Lord guides us.

Here are some links to more:


Will you please pray for...

  1. God to receive Glory in the midst of the world situation right now. I believe it is a perfect time for us to be able to share the hope we have in God. There is no reason for us to fear. 
  2. The ministry in Cofradia as they continue to move forward. They are doing great! 
  3. Our family as we continue to focus on returning to Mexico We hope that once this is over we can meet with groups and visit those who partner with us. “The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.” Prov. 16:9 (ESV)
  4. Rebecka is graduating from High School this year and is undecided where, but planning on staying in the US to attend University. Please pray for her as she follows the Spirit’s leading. 

Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever!

WE LOVE YOU ALL!!

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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Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Pastors' Perspectives 20.1

Every six months I ask the Pastors of our community to share a quick update in order for you to see what is on their heart regarding our ministry and through their perspective. These pastors can receive tax-deductible contributions through Alternative Missions to subsidize their personal support as well as their specific projects.
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Pastor Gregorio Hernández
Lead Pastor of Centro Cristiano Cofradia
Cofradia, Nayarit

For the past two years our theme has been “Living free in Christ.” Our desire was that everyone, or at least the majority, have the opportunity to take and actually complete two courses: a discipleship course and a course focused on God’s grace. There were more who did not complete these courses than those who did, but in those who did complete the courses we have seen very obvious growth in their lives. Even still, the larger goal is that we take up the responsibility we have to live as God’s children. It is true that some have not done this, but the effects of these courses is impacting the larger community. I am thinking of a particular family who were all assuming things without having made sure if those things were true or not. In the end we had a very good discussion, and all was made clear to the glory of God. How good it is that God grants us opportunities to resolve our spiritual conflicts, in the same way He does for our personal conflicts, and in this way experience a growth that is both sustainable and aligned with the principles in God’s Word.

For this year we are focusing on the theme “By His Grace,” for understanding the grace of God will help us to live truly free. We hope that the majority will participate in our exploration of this theme.

Finally, we thank all those who partner with us in the continuing development of this ministry here in this place. May God bless you for your support, both spiritual and financial. Without your support, we would not have the freedom to help others in their growth. We thank God, and all of you. Blessings!


Sincerely,
Pastor Gregorio and Maty Hernandez, and family
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Pastor Luis Vazquez
Centro Cristiano Cofradia Student Ministries
Maintenance Director
Cofradia Dwellings Director
Cofradia, Nayarit


All I can say is that God is faithful. His mercy endures forever. As I see His love displayed in so many ways all around us, and as I bask in the love you pour out toward us and the faithfulness with which you continue supporting our ministry and family. All I can say is thank you!

Our family has been through good moments and trials, but we have entered this new year united and with encouragement from God to press on. My son Luis and daughter Carolina continue studying in Tepic, and they are doing well. My wife and I are planning to apply for US visas so that we can go see you all in the United States. We ask for your prayers to cover this process. We also thank God, and you all, because we have made the final payments on our house and are in the process of moving in. Thank you all for your help in making this dream a reality!

Last year’s EL RETO was called “A+ Love.” It was refreshing for all the participants to be talking about the love God has for us. By characterizing God’s love as A+ Love—that is to say, the maximum amount, or His full and total love—we were able to talk over the six weeks of the event about God’s love for them in this season of their lives, an age when they most need to hear they are loved.

We taught the class “Freedom in Christ” with Pastor Jimmy in Tepic every Sunday for thirteen weeks. We saw very good results, as class members took ownership of their freedom and resolved personal and spiritual conflicts. It was a very good time. We also taught the class in Cofradía during the month of November, and people from Guadalajara, Puerto Vallarta, and Mazatlan joined us. Their lives were changed drastically as they began to understand the truth that sets them free.

Pastor Goyo and I co-led a leadership class in Cofradía every Tuesday for six months where eighteen people attended. It was a time of great growth for all of us as leaders.

We continue working with the youth every Saturday involving the older ones to take leadership and help. We also continue building homes for families in need. At the end of 2019 and the beginning of this year we completed three houses.

I thank you for all the love you have shown us for so long. My family and I are very grateful to God and to you.

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


Hello! It is with great pleasure that I take up pen and paper to write you and in that way communicate to you my deepest gratitude for your generosity toward us. I hope that as you are reading this report you are well and enjoying good health. It is our desire to always be reminding you of the abundance with which God has blessed us through the knowledge of His love for us.

It is with joy that I tell you that my daughter Kennia is now in her final semester and will graduate high school in June.  I am asking God to help her decide on a university program so that she can continue with professional education and in that way be equipped to serve the Body in the most effective way.

We also had the opportunity to participate once again in the discipleship course, “Freedom in Christ,” based on the book by Neil T. Anderson. For me, personally, this course liberates both me and others; it continues to be a study that is essential for my walk with Jesus. I give thanks to God for involving me in the dynamic movement of ministry in this place. I am thankful for the vision of my pastors and leaders.

Brothers and sisters, there is much to be said, but I do not want to miss the opportunity to say thank you! Thank you for your support and backing. Receive greetings from Maria, Kennia, and me, and our deepest gratitude.

Sincerely,
Pastor Horacio Garzon Orozco
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Martin Garzón
Missionary to Cora Indians
From Arrayanes, Nayarit
La Mesa del Nayar, Nayarit

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Pastor Amado Verdin
Lead Pastor of Casa de Oración, La Hermosa

Director of Rehabilitation Center, El Faro de Esperanza
Rosamorada, Nayarit


The Restoration Center is finally open, and we are hoping to admit resident patients, toward which end we have talked with families in Tuxpan, Rosamorada, Agua Aceda, Mazatlan, Tepic, and Puerto Vallarta. We are also promoting the center on social media networks and through face-to-face presentations.

As we visit with families of potential patients, we share with them all our vision, what they will do in the center, and how they will be treated because many have already been in programs where they have suffered psychological abuse and they are afraid to go through that kind of thing again. But we believe that the Word of God says: the grace of God is not receiving what we deserve but that Christ took the punishment for us.

We continue to work on repairing the Restoration Center’s roof; seeking support from different people who have embraced our vision and making sure to keep the center clean in anticipation of the arrival of our first residents.

***UPDATE SINCE THIS REPORT***

As of 3/18/20, Pastor Amado has received an intern and is actively working with them at this time.
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Pastor Frank Uribe
Children Feeding Program Director
Centro Cristiano Arrayanes Facilitator
Rosamorada, Nayarit
Donation Link (Indicate for "Pastor Frank")

Report Unavailable
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Pastor Ruben Perez
Lead Pastor of Restauración y Vida Nueva
Church Plant Pastor in Mazatan, Nayarit
Las Varas, Nayarit
Donation Link (Indicate for "Pastor Ruben")

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Tuesday, December 31, 2019

YEAR END MINISTRY UPDATE

Happy New Year from Washington State! We start this message by saying a big THANK YOU to all of you who have partnered with us this year. We appreciate all your prayers, help, and involvement.

During the Christmas season, the word that spoke loud and clear to me was “Immanuel”--God with us! No matter what we may be going through, we can know and trust that the Lord is with us through every pain, sorrow, joy, and provision. He IS...with us.

2019 was a very different year for us as we started it with teams from Texas and Washington. Throughout the year we continued holding and leading Freedom in Christ conferences with the Discipleship series as well as the Grace series. These have made a huge impact on many people within our ministry and extended family of believers.

One of the accomplishments we are excited about is launching a Brick-making business in order for men to not have to leave town to find work; this will allow them to stay with their families all year. This year was also special for the Restoration Center as it became a legal entity in Mexico. In November, we welcomed another team from Utah and the ministry finished the year in preparation for three more teams to start 2020.

While these ministry events were not so “different” for us, what made this past year different was our temporary move to Washington for a one-year furlough. It has been over 16 years since we had an extended stay in the states, so this is very unfamiliar to us and especially the girls. With them in elementary, Jr. High, and High School (among other activities), it has been a challenge to keep up with the fast pace life of the United States. All the while, God is still speaking to us the very same message that he gave us back in April...”Listen”. We are learning what it looks like to trust God in different circumstances.

If I could sum up 2019 in three words, they would be “Listen, Trust, Immanuel”.

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. Short Term Missions Team in Cofradia. The Well Church from Utah is the team that we welcomed in November who built a house for the Solis Huizar family. Some really neat things happened as it was one of the more unique teams we’ve had. Click here to read a quick report and see a video of the House Build.
  2. Steve and Geña as we flew to Mexico to host the team while our girls stayed in Washington with their grandparents. We really enjoyed seeing everyone and accomplished a lot apart from the House Build. 
  3. Rebecka, Emma, and Mackenzie as they stayed with their grandparents which was challenging at times, but good. 
  4. The Grandparents as they ran the girls to and fro for school and other activities. This was probably the most challenging part. Thank you for your prayers (they thank you also). 
  5. The Ministry in Cofradia to have fortified leadership skills, growing confidence, and disciplined direction. They are doing great!

Here are some links to more:


Will you please pray for...

  1. Short Term Missions Teams in Cofradia. YWAM Mazatlan will be spending a week in January and we have two teams scheduled for the first couple of weeks of February from Utah and Washington. Pray for a special impact as they minister to people, build houses, and help with other projects. Pray for the local staff who will be hosting the teams as well as Lain Grant who will be helping us with the team from Utah and Jay TenBrink who will be helping with his home church form Washington. We will not be in Mexico while the teams are there. 
  2. Rebecka as she takes on a heavier load in January with afternoon/evening classes of driver’s education on top of school work and a possible extra Sunday night Missions class at the church. She has been doing very well, but she has also been very, very busy. Please pray for her as she makes a decision on college this next year, too. 
  3. Travelling to other cities and churches in the next few months as we prepare to return to Mexico in the summer. We want to touch base with those who partner with us and our ministry. This may be challenging as we work around the girls’ school schedule. 
  4. Focus as we turn the corner of the halfway mark of our furlough. We will begin to focus on certain projects and aspects of the ministry in the next few months and ways we can help the people and community better. Please pray we are able to be led by the Spirit and not our own understanding.
Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

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, December 05, 2019

The Well Build November 2019

The Well Church from Salt Lake City chose the Solis Huizar family to build a house for in November. Here is their bio that was located on the "Dwellings" tab of this blog...
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The Solis Huizar Family
Gregorio (Goyo), of Cofradía, and Rafaela, of Rosarito (a small community in the mountains of Nayarit), are a young couple with two daughters, Mairani and Karla. Goyo’s mother, Modesta, and her grandson Luis also live with them. (It is very common for indigenous families to live together.)

Modesta has no husband, so Goyo has taken on the responsibility of caring for his mother and nephew in addition to his own family.  At this time, he works as a brick layer, earning enough to cover the cost of food and some of their necessary expenses, but that is insufficient for building a house.  After expenses, they have only been able to save enough to purchase just half of the parcel of land where they one day hope to build a house.

They currently live in a borrowed house. Rafaela says it is difficult knowing that at any moment the owners could require the house again, leaving them without a place to live. Having their own home would provide a long-desired sense of stability for their family.
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The Well worked hard and was able to finish the house on Thursday evening before dedicating it to the family on Friday morning. This group was unique in that some team members along with a couple of our staff felt a heavy oppression near the beginning. It was a goose-bump making breakthrough when the song "Way Maker" came on at the job-site and with the encouragement of one staff member in particular, they all began to worship in unison along with the song. It was an amazing time! It's so cool to see God doing stuff like this that in the midst of our activities, He is recognized and we can take time to stop and worship Him! He makes a way when there seems to be no way and is working even though we don't see it sometimes!

Enjoy the video...


If you are interested in putting together a team or joining one to help change the life of a family, contact me here.

If you cannot go, will you help sponsor those who can't? We have had donations help teams come up with the funds needed in order for them to go. Click here to donate to our Cofradia Operations general funds and designate your contribution as "Cofradia Dwellings". We have two teams coming up in February. One is fully-funded, the other is not.

Thank you for being part of our team!

Tuesday, December 03, 2019

DONATION LINKS TO ALTERNATIVE MISSIONS COFRADIA

Here are a list of donation links related to our ministry in Cofradia:

COFRADIA MINISTRIES:
  • Cofradia Operations: This is our general fund link where you will specify your contribution in the "notes" section for people or ministries that do not have a specific link. Undesignated funds are divided equally between the Cofradia Church and other Church Planting venues.
  • EL RETO: This is our six-week long youth outreach that impacts over two hundred students in our area each year.
  • Cofradia Restoration Center: This is the Drug Rehabilitation Center in Rosamorada led by Pastor Amado.
  • Cofradia Leadership Development: These funds are designated to reach out to Pastors in our region, Leadership Training School, and Conferences we hold.
  • Cofradia Disaster Relief: This was originally to help those affected by Hurricane Willa in 2018 and serves to help those in special need when/if disaster hits.
COFRADIA MISSIONARIES/STAFF/PASTORS:
IF YOU PREFER WRITING A CHECK:

Make it out to Alternative Missions and please remember to indicate your designation to assure that your contribution makes it to the right place.

Mail to:
ALTERNATIVE MISSIONS
PO BOX 3107
FERNDALE, WA 98248

ALL DONATIONS ARE TAX-DEDUCTIBLE

THANK YOU FOR PARTNERING WITH US
AS WE EXTEND GOD'S KINGDOM IN RURAL MEXICO
TOGETHER.