Wednesday, August 01, 2007



The Silbermans
Home: 9403 Tracyton Blvd.. NW *Bremerton, WA 98311 * USA * 360-692-2054
Field: APDO #19 * Tuxpan, NAY 63201 * MEXICO * 011-52-319-232-5172
Support: Steven & Efigenia Silberman * Alternative Missions * PO Box 5835 * Goodyear, AZ 85338 * USA

Greetings everyone! We pray that this letter finds you in good health and passionate about Jesus! We are excited for what God has been doing in our lives and ministry. Thank you for being a part of our team and praying for us. May the Lord bless you!

We are all doing very well. Rebecka finished her first year of Kindergarten (2 years in Mexico) and gave the farewell speech to the Kindergarten grads on behalf of her class and participated in The Dance of the Clowns dressed up as a clown along with her classmates (middle of the above picture). She did a great job! Emma is growing and turning into a clown herself; she makes some of the funniest faces! They are such a joy to have and we are very thankful for them!

Pastor Gollo continues to preach on the radio and a number of people he has run into have mentioned they listen to him. This has been a great way to reach out to others who don’t live in Cofradía. The radio reaches way up into the Mountains to the unreached Cora Indians. Please let us know if you would like to participate in this ministry. One ½ hour show is $50 US dollars and Pastor Gollo goes once a week.

We hosted two Short-Term Mission teams in June along with some visitors who came down for their “Senior Trip.” Between the two mission teams, we have been able to finish the foundations of the classrooms and poor a couple of floors. The walls are continuing to grow and things are looking really good. One team focused on outreaches to the Cora Indians going to three different villages handing out carepackages to needy families. It was great for me to return to Agua Aceda and see some of the people who attended Bible Studies with me ten years ago. The little kids who gathered around me to sing songs are now the youth of the town—funny how God works—some of them are open to the gospel because of experiences of ten years ago. One of the believers, Herminia, mentioned she still reads her Bible to her kids and her oldest daughter who is living in the state capital now still prays every day. What a blessing to hear that report!

Another team focused on outreach evangelism in the streets or centers of towns with puppets, music, drama, testimonies, and a message. A number of our youth really got into this and are planning to do their own evangelism outreach the same way the Americans do in August. That will be lots of fun!

If you feel led to help by bringing a team or sending donations, contact us.

There is so much to report about the student minsitry. One of the neatest things happened in June as we took four students on a leadership retreat to study the book of Nehemiah. At the end we gave them homework; to plan a Day Camp for the new 7th grade students coming into the youth group this summer. They did a great job in planning the Day Camp and it was neat to see them starting to believe that they can be leaders too! A week later, we had a Soccer Tournament, the second one we’ve done. This time 20 guys signed up and it was fun all the way to the last goal of the Championship game. This was a great way to bring the youth from Arrayanes and Cofradía together and help them make new friends, especially the new 7th graders. I go more in depth on all the activities online at our internet journal. You can read more about what’s going on and see a number of pictures of the activities at this link: It’s been a lot of fun and a lot of work.


May the Lord bless you all,

Steve, Geña, Rebecka and Emma Silberman
Missionaries to Mexico
Alternative Missions

Thank you for continuing to be part of our team and supporting our ministry. If you haven’t yet joined our team of supporters, please consider joining.

· Send to:
Alternative MissionsPO Box 5835Goodyear, AZ 85338
· Checks made out to ALTERNATIVE MISSIONS
· Send a note on a separate piece of paper indicating that it is for Cofradía Staff Members: Steve and Efigenia Silberman.
· You can also donate online at the alternative missions’ website under the “Donate Online” tag as you place the mouse over the “staff” heading.
· Thanks again for being part of our team!


I started to study the book of Obadiah which led me to study the life of Esau and his descendants, the Edomites. Esau had made some poor decisions in his life. He was a man that when he was so hungry he sold his birthright to his younger brother Jacob for a bowl of lentil soup, giving up what God had given him and His blessing. Esau held a grudge against Jacob because Jacob had received the blessing of his father, Isaac. When Esau repented, he repented with such intensity even to the point of tears. It was too late, what had been done was done. He gave up the blessings of God for lentil soup. Many of us can relate to this story as we have blown it sometimes or see others blow it. We have to live with the consequences of our sin. There is forgiveness, thanks to Jesus Christ for obeying his Father and dying on the cross in our place. We are free when we are forgiven! However, the consequences many times are still with us and we have to live with them. Hebrews 12:16,17 gives us a picture of Esau’s sin, “See that no one is sexually immoral, or is godless like Esau, who for a single meal sold his inheritance rights as the oldest son. Afterward, as you know, when he wanted to inherit this blessing, he was rejected. He could bring about no change of mind, though he sought the blessing with tears.” (NIV) What kind of decisions are we making? Do we take for granted what God has given us? Are we willing to give up a life of blessings for “a bowl of soup”?

Written: July 25, 2007

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