Wednesday, July 09, 2008


Greetings everyone!

A while back I began to read the minor prophet books, a section of scripture I have intentionally avoided due to lack of understanding. So, I went for it and decided to STUDY those books. I’m reading Amos right now and the Lord showed me something; Amos was an ordinary man from the Southern Kingdom, Judah. God called him to go to the Northern Kingdom, Israel, and prophecy to them. I can almost hear Amos saying, “who me? to Israel?” He obeyed God and went to Israel and began to prophecy. In chapter seven, the priest of that time, Amaziah, went to Amos and told him to go back home and that he was not wanted there. Amos told him, “the Lord took me from tending the flock and said to me, ‘Go, prophesy to my people Israel’” and he kept on prophesying. I was amazed at how Amos was able to focus on the task God had given him. He didn’t let the “enemy” distract him, nor did he change his message so the people would accept it. He fulfilled what God had him to do and didn’t let the enemy discourage him. What has God called you to do? What has your message been that He has given you to speak to others? What task has He given you? Are you still doing it? This is something that I think we all need to be aware of: the enemy wants to distract us, alter our message, reject us, and shut us up. “The thief comes only to steel, kill, and destroy; I (Jesus) have come that (you) may have life, and have it to the full.” Some of you are struggling in your marriage, some of you are struggling with other family members, some of you are struggling financially, and some of you may even be struggling in your relationship with God. I want to encourage you to stand firm and remember that “our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” Stand firm like Amos! Don’t let the enemy try to distract you from what God has called you to. Don’t give up!
In June, we took some students to our second annual Student Leadership Retreat. God is amazing! Three of the four students from last year are returning and we invited two more to join the team. This time is always a special time for building unity in the team and getting to know one another better. We spent quite a bit of time talking about the things that “worked” last year and areas we can improve on—it was very helpful. We also took a quick look at Moses’ leadership and how close to God he was and we repeated a couple of studies of Nehemiah from last year about his devotion to God and how he handled opposition. We are looking forward to a great year and continuing to take steps forward in our walk with God and our leadership abilities. That was our theme this year “Taking Another Step…”. You can read in detail and see pictures at our blog/journal online at

We have had three teams this summer working on the new church building. It is amazing to see God working through everyone who comes down and gets involved. Our first team worked on the public bathroom, electrical lines, making a beam and hoisting it up 30 feet in the air and a number of odds and ends jobs. They were great and prepared the way for the next team who put together all the rafters for the church roof. They each span around 70 feet. It was a BIG welding job and it is now finished. The final team is painting the rafters; the next step is to hoist the rafters up into position…30 feet up! Again, it was amazing to see God work on this project and bring down the specific people that were needed for the job at the right time.

Jose and Trisha Sanchez
We had the opportunity to go to Washington for three weeks to officiate my niece’s wedding. Trisha and Jose Sanchez were married on May 31 and we are really excited for them and also to have Jose part of our family, he’s a really neat guy! While in Washington, we were able to see a few of you and spend some time with our family going to the ocean and also taking our girls camping for the first time! We really enjoyed ourselves and none of us can wait until we get to do it again! Thank you for your prayers for our family. Also, Rebecka graduated form Kindergarten on July 4. She did a great job!

So, are you making any plans to be in Mexico? Let us know if you will be in or near Mazatlan, Puerto Vallarta, or Guadalajara. All three locations are within 4 hours of us; Mazatlan being the closest (3 hours). We would love to have you out for a night at our home and show you around Cofradía and the surrounding towns. Come see what it’s like; a few of you have already done this and we can’t wait for more. If you have an RV, we have a hook-up on our property! Email us or call us directly 011-52-319-232-5172. We’ll see you here!


May the Lord bless you all,

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

Written: July 8, 2008

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