Tuesday, January 06, 2009


Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!

We have just settled down from a long winter’s…busy season. Since October, we have had a number of exciting adventures. In November, we welcomed back the staff to the mission base which was nice to not be the only ones here. However, the church has become more and more self-reliant (and on God) which really helps. We spent Thanksgiving driving 12 hours from Cofradía to Zacatecas for our first of three legs towards Houston, Texas. We were thankful for safe travel and the hotel (smile). The next couple of days, we crossed into Texas and made it to Houston on Saturday night to visit with some friends. We had an amazing time with Pastor Diaz and the Cosecha Final family. Our intentions were to go to be a blessing and the results were that we were blessed beyond what we could imagine…which describes the whole two weeks we were there. We spent a few days with them, and then headed up into NW Houston to visit some more friends and witness a freak snowfall. Rebecka made good friends with Camden (the daughter of our friends, the Pembletons) and we had a great time. It was one of the most relaxing times we’ve had in a while. Click here to see pictures.
Rebecka and Camden

On our drive back, we had loaded up our utility trailer with personal purchases as well as a number of items for other people; the trailer was very heavy. We had no problems crossing the border in McAllen, Texas. That is always something I dread because I don’t know what to expect from inconsistent border regulations. We presented the officials with the list of things to declare and the Lord had his hand on us as they crossed out a few items we thought needed to be declared. We were very thankful for their honesty. At about mid-day, a tire blew out on our trailer. Praise the Lord for the location with a shoulder to work on and a tire shop less than a mile away. We found an inexpensive hotel to stay at that evening and took off the next morning We made it to Cofradía after a long three days of driving.
Tire blow-out at mid-day.

Then, Christmas and New Years. It was one of the greatest Christmas’ we’ve had down here. Lately there have been a few families getting together after church for fellowship and food. In the two weeks of Christmas and New Year’s, there were a number of get-togethers and we can really sense more of a family atmosphere in the church. God is doing some great things here and it’s wonderful to be a part of. Our church services are packed out—we had over 70 people last Sunday (not including children). Our youth group meetings have been around 30 students the past few weeks. I believe this is happening because God is in control and the depth of the people’s relationship with Him has been growing.

Our new church construction is going well. We have most of the rafters ready for the crane to come in and lift them up. As soon as we get the roof on, we will be able to start meeting in the new church. With the growth we’ve seen lately, it has to happen soon. We still have about $3500 to raise to finalize the roofing costs. Please click here for more details.

Thank you so much for your prayers and support. We would love to hear from you! If you have internet access and would like to receive this letter by email, let us know! We love you and pray for you often!


May the Lord bless you all,

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

Written: January 5, 2009

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 (or few) at our home and show you around Cofradía and the surrounding towns. Come see what it’s like and get a taste of what the REAL Mexico culture is like; a few of you have already done this and we would love to open the doors for others to do the same. 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!

Psalm 125:1 (NIV) says ““Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken but endures forever.” Isn’t it nice that in the midst of the global economic crisis, we have a God who is in charge and His economy if full of stability and success!

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