Tuesday, March 25, 2008
That evening, there was a banquet/awards night. The awards were for our youth as we recognized them for their achievements in the past year. We only were able to give out 5 awards, and I wish we could have given out more! We have such an awesome youth group! The awards were the following:
Most Improved Band Member: Gregorio “Gollo” Hernández.
Gollo has been a part of the band since the beginning as he learned how to play the bass guitar. Now he’s learned how to play acoustic and electric guitars and drums! We gave him the award for his attitude and willingness to step in at drums when we lacked a drummer. He was willing even though the confidence level was low. He has done an excellent job and by far is one of our best musicians!
Spirit Award: Pedro Salaiza
Pedro has been part of the church since he was a little kid. His mom, Ramona, was one of the first (sometimes only) attendees over 10 years ago. Pedro has grown up in the church and has a willingness to participate in anything. He’s grown a lot in the past year, not only in Spirit, but in leadership as well. What an awesome young man!
Servant Award: Jose Isabel “Cheche” Soto
Cheche has grown a lot this past year. He deserves this servant award because he’s always willing to serve. He doesn’t complain, on the contrary, he’s always asking how he can help and looking for opportunities to serve. His heart for the Lord is revealed in his actions! He’s a gem!
New Generation Award: Aidé Adilene Garzón
This award is new this year because we focused a lot on the new students that entered the youth group from elementary school. Aidé has huge potential to be a great leader in the youth group—we can all see it! Her soft worshipful heart is contagious and encouraging. What a blessing to have in the youth group!
Braveheart Award: Jesús Alberto “Chuy” Hernández
This award is the biggest of them all. It tells you that he has had a courageous heart and has been brave at stepping outside of his comfort zone to serve God. He has taken the biggest steps out of anyone in the youth group this past year. There are too many things to name that he’s accomplished and been a part of to list. He’s been a very good friend to me personally and is such a joy to have around. Chuy is worth bragging about! He wants to go to Bible College in August if the funds come in for him and I can’t say enough about this guy and his sensitive heart for the Lord. He’s VERY shy and doesn’t compromise his faith! WOW, What a guy! Thank you, Lord for allowing me to experience life with Chuy around!
We were also able to recognize the Student Leaders who have helped out so much this year: Chuy, Sandra, Martin, Jose Luis, and Julio. I can’t put into words the joy and excitement of being able to work with these students! Praise God!
Thank you Cy-Fair for your help this week!!!
The outreach in the afternoon was an Amazing Race style event. Only, the purpose was much bigger than trying to win. In the end, we decided not to name a winner so that what they just experienced would stay in their minds. Here’s what happened…
There were two guy teams who had a race designated for them, and two girl teams who had a race designated for them. The guys had to work together to figure out the clues that were in mixed Spanish/English language. Once they figured it out, they had to either perform an activity or go somewhere. Their race looked like this: They started at the church in Arrayanes and had to fill up a trash bag with garbage that was on the property and along the streets, and then they had to take that garbage bag to someone’s house, turn it in for a new bag. At the house, they were all to milk a cow and get at least one ounce before the next participant could try. This was definitely a challenge for some, and for others it was old school. Once everyone on their team had milked the cow, they had to run to the river (a five minute drive), go downstream, and fish. They needed to get 10 fish out of a mostly dried up riverbed. Martin, a student leader, is known as a Fish Whisperer now. He told us, “I’m going to corral the fish together to make it easier for the guys, if there isn’t enough fish, I’ll go to another spot to get some and put them in the designated area.” We were amazed! He not only corralled the fish to make it easy, but he did exactly what he said he would, he went to another fishing hole to get more fish. That way, each team caught ten! Then, in order to get the knife to clean the fish, they had to put all of the books of the bible in order (again, mixed Spanish/English). Then, they got a ride back to the Arrayanes church where they had to find a clue that was hidden on the property, make a goal on Pastor Brad, clean/sweep half of the soccer court, then take the fish to their final destination—a family in town who has shown interest in Christ, but have not taken more steps to follow Him.
The girl teams started out cleaning Town Hall, and then they took a picture of their team together at the new well in town. From there, they had to go back to the church to clean the sanctuary or children’s classroom. Once they did that, they had to play the “hip” game asking for the flour to make tortillas. After that, they went to the house where the cow was and each one on the team also milked the same cow, getting at least one ounce of milk. From there, they went to the same house as one of the guys teams and made tortillas and cooked the fish the guys caught at the river.
All of this running around and activity to learn how to work together as a team led to them making a meal for the family. This way they were to bring the “Kingdom of God” to that family, serving them. That is something that both of our youth groups have been talking about—taking the Kingdom of God to others—Loving God, and Loving others! It was a definite win!
The girls cleaning Town Hall.
One of the Americans milking the cow.
The guys running to the river to fish.
Aide finding the "hidden clue."
Sandra teaching one of the Americans to make tortillas.
Monday, March 24, 2008
Some girls from both groups hanging around and enjoying their bolis.
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Just after 6pm, we started with a game. Sandra, a Student Leader, headed up a game that was a conversation between the two youth groups. The Mexicans started by saying “Welcome”; the Americans proceeded with “Thank you …” The game’s twist was that in the competition between guys and girls, the Mexicans spelled out the words in English to the Americans and the Americans spelled out the words in Spanish—using ONLY THEIR HIPS. It was funny!
Martin, another Student Leader, shared from Corinthians about running the race of life and not giving up when obstacles come our way. Jay helped out with the translation and did a great job!
We had three small groups at the end led by Sandra, Martin, and Chuy (another Student Leader). It was amazing to see the transparency already forming amongst the two nations. What an exciting time as they talked about their daily struggles of “running the race.”
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Friday, March 14, 2008
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
We had a full month in February with a lot of activities. The sun has been out every day, but it’s still a little cold getting down into the 50s at night. Our family is doing well, we have had a little experience with colds, but we’re doing better.
Last month, we asked you to pray for…
* Ricardo and Jose Luis. Both Ricardo and Jose Luis have returned to Cofradía and they have expressed that the biggest thing they learned was how to listen to God and spend time alone with him each day. Jose Luis is the first person in our ministry here in Cofradía to be a missionary in a foreign country. His experience in Tunasia, Africa was unique to here because they were not able to openly share their faith; secret police constantly asked them what they were doing there. What they did was walk the streets, talk and make friends with people and take advantage of the open doors God would give them in that Muslim community. He has made a couple of friends that he continues to be in contact with from Africa, so the doors are still open. Great news!
* Student Leadership Conference. Pastors Brad Pembleton and Dave Chavez from Houston, Texas came down on Valentine’s Day and spent the weekend talking to our youth about where the Kingdom of God is and what it looks like. Many of the students were able to identify where it is and what it looks like. On Saturday night it all came alive when we walked through the village and stood in front of certain homes and places talking about how we can show God’s love to the people who are associated with those places. A big one was along the road just past the Jr. and Sr. High school where there was lots of trash that people just throw on the ground (something very common here). Many of them were able to see how they can show love to God’s creation and the town by not throwing garbage anymore or picking up garbage that isn’t theirs. What an impactful time!
* February LIFE NIGHT. This event went really well. I shared about Jonah and will continue to do so in the next couple of months amongst other activities at our weekly meeting Abundant LIFE. Attached are a couple of pictures of the Banana Eating Contest we had. One person had to feed a banana to another, but the one eating had to wear knee-highs on their head—take a look!
Thank you so much for your prayers. Other activities that happened during the month were: a Marriage Conference on February 1-3 with Doug and Jan Taylor. Geña and I were able to help them as Interpreters and it was very good information. We had our friends Jack and Vicki Angus with us for two nights in our home and what a blessing they were! We had some great conversations and unfortunately time flew by. Also, after having their travel trailer in our yard since October, the Klippensteins headed back to their home in Canada. They had a huge impact with teaching some of the students new instruments and helping others get better as well as working daily on the new church building project getting things prepared for teams when they were coming and just helping out wherever needed. Finally, we just finished a Family Conference again with the Taylors this past weekend on Feb. 29 to Mar. 2. You can see the report at this link http://thesilbermans.blogspot.com/2008/03/family-conference.html.
This month, please pray for…
* Dentists who will be coming down this week. Pray that as we meet the physical needs of the people here, their hearts will be open to spiritual matters as well (March 6,7).
* Cy-Fair Christian Church from Houston, Texas will be coming down with their youth group to work with our youth group (March 15-22).
* Doug and Jan Taylor as they return to Canada (March 24).
* March LIFE NIGHT that a youth group from Spokane, Washington will participate in with us (March 29).
Thanks again for your prayers
Steve, Geña, Rebecka, and Emma Silberman
Monday, March 10, 2008
Saturday, March 08, 2008
Here are some pictures (stills of video) of a few things we saw:
This is Fabian getting the plane ready.
Puget Sound Naval Shipyard
Aireal view of Christ Memorial Church in Poulsbo
Hood Canal Bridge
Friday Harbor Airport getting ready to head back.