Friday, July 22, 2011

Dave and Kathy's final Newsletter

Tomorrow, Saturday, Dave and Kathy will leave Cofradía returning to Canada after 20 years of missionary service here.  They will be missed by all.  Here is their final newsletter...

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

July Update

Greetings Everyone from Cofradía Mexico!  It’s cooling down a bit now that the rains have finally come.  However, with that, comes more humidity...Praise the Lord!  :).  Thank you for your prayers this past month, we really, really appreciate them!  There have been a lot of exciting things happening, but one that was a nice surprise is the paving of the road into Cofradía.  It’s been paved before, but never like this, it even has painted lines!!!

This past month we asked for your prayers concerning...

  • Transition Things are going well as we near the hump of the transition.  Dave and Kathy will be leaving in just a couple of weeks.  Thanks for your continued prayers for our staff as well as the Elias’ as they begin a new chapter as well.
  • Sandy Garzon has joined our Missionary Staff and is receiving support from people like you.  Thank you for praying for her and her needs.
  • Our Personal Support we still have not received any pledges since our home church has made a commitment to match them in order to help us reach our goal.  Please continue to pray about how you can help.
  • Mily Garzon is in Oaxaca, she made it safely and is doing well.  She will be there for two months and possibly an extended amount of time.
  • Short-Term Missions teams Canyon Hills from Bothel, WA is here and doing a great job building relationships with our students and children.  The outreach in Pilas on Thursday drew the best response we’ve ever seen.  Here is a quick update of their time here

Follow these links for more...
New Church Construction The final project of the new building is complete.
April Video Update
Most Viewed YouTube video of ours (Puerta Colorada Outreach)
Facebook—if you’re on Facebook, I’d love to get in touch with you!

This month, would you please pray for...

  • Transition Please continue to keep our staff and church in your prayers as we adjust to the change.
  • Our Personal Support as I’ve mentioned above.
  • Mily Garzon continued prayer support for her as she is “alone” as a missionary to Oaxaca.
  • Short-Term Missions teams Gateway Fellowship from Poulsbo, WA will be here July 5-July 14.  Pray for their safety and influence amongst the locals and everyone they come in contact with.
  • New Staff Member We are about to invite another staff member in August.  He is a great friend of ours and will be a huge help with our ministry.  Click here to read about Macedonio Diaz from Tepic, Nayarit: l

Thank you very much for partnering with us through your prayers and financial support.
Click here to donate to our personal support

Steve, Geña, Rebecka and Emma Rose Silberman
Missionaries to Mexico
SKYPE: “srsilberman”

Canyon Hills Outreach in Cofradia 2011

Monday, July 04, 2011

New Staff Member: Macedonio Diaz

After making an acquaintance with Macedonio years ago, it wasn't until last summer that I got to know him better and our friendship started to grow.  Macedonio is an excellent sound man and his specialty is video.  As we were working together at youth camp last summer, I knew he was really good with video and I asked his opinion on a few things that I was planning on for our huge youth event, EL RETO.  What I was talking about interested him so much that he dedicated the next three months to helping the youth ministry here in Cofradía as he spent hours upon hours investing in the lives of the students, planning and making videos (he made 13 quality videos), and encouraging EVERYONE with whom he came in contact.  His energy and encouragement attracts youth from everywhere.  I'm convinced that part of the reason why we had a record attendance of 108 last year was because of his influence in the lives of the students.  In his words, EL RETO was one of the greatest growing experiences he's had and feels a tug to continue ministering in Cofradía.  We are excited about Macedonio's decision to come and work on staff with us this August through October.  He will be helping once again spending hours and hours working on videos and hanging out with the students.  In order to make this possible, he will need the support of people like you who are willing to invest in the lives of students as Macedonio's impact on them is incredible!  Macedonio will not receive a salary as he will be considered part of our Missionary Staff; he needs your help.  Please email Steve for more information on how you can make this Kingdom Investment and remember to keep him in your prayers.

Youth Room Finished!

The Youth Room is finished.  This was the final big project left in order to complete the construction of the new church building.  A BIG THANK YOU to all of you who participated in one way or another to complete this project.  We are so excited about this and look forward to our first service this Saturday in it as we welcome the New Generation youth who are entering Jr. High.  Awesome!  Dave Elias even put up some basketball goals in the gym/sanctuary.


Words cannot express what it's like to be a Dad to these two!


We have pavement again!  This is the best it's ever been!  The road from the Interstate all the way past Cofradía to Santa Fe has been repaved after months and months (over a year) of potholes and canyons.  We're all excited about this, especially the vehicles as they breathe a sigh of relief.  This is the first time they've actually painted the stripes the way they should be, we're hoping that all this new pavement lasts through the rainy season.  What a blessing!