Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Back in Cofradia

We're back in Cofradia and getting settled. Thank you to all of you who prayed for us as we travelled. We will share updates as we have time.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Crossing the Border

Last night we stayed in Tucson, AZ with our wonderful friends Bob and Dorothy Micher. We visited for a little while in the morning then after doing our last minute shopping and Starbucks fix, we got to the border at about 2pm. At the Aduana, we declared the items we had to declare and they said we had too low of prices for them. So, they added another three hundred dollars our total because we had no receipts for anything. We ended up paying $250 of the %15 tax plus what they charge now for doing the paperwork. I couldn't believe it! I was glad to get out of there and just prayed for green lights as we crossed. Both red light/green light crossings gave us green lights which we are so thankful for. I really didn't want to unload the trailer! Praise the Lord for the semi-easy crossing and thank you to those of you who have been praying!

We only got to Hermosillo tonight (we spent three hours at the border). So, we hope to make it to Mazatlan tomorrow. Pray for safe travel and smooth roads. I don't remember them being so turbulant! Blessings everyone!

Sunday, January 20, 2008


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¨ C/O Christ Memorial Church¨ 18901 8th AVE NE
¨Poulsbo, WA 98370¨ USA

Greetings everyone! We pray that all are well and that Christ is continuing to make himself real in your lives. We have been in the United States for the past couple of months and it was great to see many of you while we were there. Unfortunately, we were unable to see some of you. The staff in Cofradía has been doing a great job with the ministry, I’ve heard great reports.

Right before we left in November, we held an Evangelistic Crusade in our new church building. It was the first meeting there and many people were blessed. My friend Pastor Rafael Gradilla from Hosanna Assembly in Bellevue, Washington came to speak Friday, Saturday, and Sunday services. It was a very busy, yet amazing time. A number of people came forward for prayer and we even had visitors from other towns who we’ve been visiting come for the first time! This was truly an exciting time!

While we’ve been away, the youth ministry continued strong with the four student leaders we’ve raised up leading the group for the Saturday night meetings, a Christmas play, and another speed-soccer tournament. Missionary Amber Crafton has helped oversee that everything goes smoothly and the reports we’ve heard have been excellent! Not only did the youth have a soccer tournament, the adult men had a tournament of their own. What a fun way to bring the church together! Thank you for your continued prayers for the students and staff as the ministry continues to move forward!

If you are interested in taking a Short-Term Mission team to Cofradía, please let us know by emailing us or contacting us another way. This year’s schedule is getting full!

We spent ten days on the road to get to Washington in time to see some family at Thanksgiving time. After spending some time visiting family, friends and supporters, we spent two days in Leavenworth, Washington enjoying a sleigh ride, snow, and the town lights. That was the first time we’ve been on a “vacation” for a long time. It was great to spend time together as a family.
Thanks to my Uncle Clayton who spent a number of days rebuilding a utility trailer for us so we could take it down to Mexico. That was such a blessing, thank you Uncle Clayton! We spent Christmas and New Years with my parents which was nice to spend more time with them. Rebecka and Emma really like the snow and it snowed on Christmas this year! Shortly afterward, we began to get things put together and packed into the trailer for our trip. As we started our trip south on January 7th, we decided to go down Highway 101 because of the reports of “chains required” in various areas on I-5 through the Siskiyous. We’ve wanted to take that route along the coast for a long time and it was worth it. We stopped to see the Tillimuk Cheese factory and the tree that you drive through in northern California.
As I’m writing this, we are in Perris, California with Geña’s sister, Julia.

We are looking forward to working with missionaries Doug and Jan Taylor at a Family Conference in Cofradia, a Student Leadership Conference, and more Short-term mission teams in February, March, and April. Thank you for your continued prayers over our family and ministry as the Lord makes himself real to all of us.

Jonah was an interesting fellow. Once he finally obeyed God and went to Nineveh, the Lord blessed his ministry and had mercy on the people of Nineveh which made Jonah angry. He then goes outside the city to wait to see what happens and God provides a vine that grows over Jonah to give him shade from the sun which makes Jonah happy. The next day a worm eats the vine and it dies which makes Jonah angry. In the final verse God tells Jonah, “You have been concerned about this vine, though you did not tend it or make it grow. It sprang up overnight and died overnight. But Nineveh has more than a hundred and twenty thousand people…should I not be concerned about that great city?” (4:10-11; NIV). Jonah was more concerned about his own comfort than the lost people of Nineveh. How many times can I relate to that? Do I care more about my own comfort than I care seeing people come to Christ? The obvious answer is, “of course not!” But I have to admit that the truthful answer is that sometimes, I am more concerned about my own comfort than the eternal destiny of others. Lord, please forgive me of my selfishness.

Please send your tax deductible financial gift to:
18901 8TH AVE NE
Indicate that it is for Steven & Efigenia Silberman and it will be put directly into our account. Make checks payable to CMC.


May the Lord bless you all,

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

Written: January 18, 2008

Friday, January 11, 2008

On Our Way to Mexico

We've been silent on the blog, but we're still here. We had a great time in Washington and now we're on our way back to Mexico. We left Monday and began our four day trip down the coast on Highway 101. We arrived in Lincoln, CA last night to stay with Gena's sister for a couple days and we'll continue on to see her brother in Tracy, CA and her other sister in Perris, CA. We hope to be able to see some of our friends along the way. Here is a clip from our trip---we're on our way!