Cofradía seems to possess a unique flavor of the true heart and soul of Mexico. Located between Mazatlán and Puerto Vallarta, we have a ministry planting churches in the rural agricultural villages of Nayarit. We have built an outreach center where our staff and short-term mission workers can be housed and from which they can minister.
Here is a little bit of information about the History and Purpose of the Alternative Missions Cofradía Ministry.
In 1986, Tom Hackett was introduced to the municipality of Rosamorada during a short-term mission outreach. Since Rosamorada is the municipal seat for this area, it was not long before they heard about the nearby village of Cofradía; then in 1992, government officials directed them to specific needs in Cofradía. This eventually led to the purchase of property and the establishment of a full-time medical ministry, led by Dr. Andy Moore, Tom & Linea Hackett, and David & Kathy Elias.
For quite some time the ministry in Cofradía was a traveling medical clinic in which Dr. Moore treated patients while the other staff members led Bible studies in the waiting areas. Eventually, the Mexican government decided to build a government-run clinic in Cofradía, which ended the need for medical ministry. However, by that time the vision for the area had developed into one of church-planting; while Dr. Moore felt called elsewhere, the Eliases and Hacketts decided to remain in Cofradía to continue evangelizing the area, discipling and nurturing the church that was beginning to take root.
In July 2011, the Eliases obeyed the Lord’s call to return to their home in Canada, and Steve and Geña Silberman took over as directors of the A.M. ministry in Cofradía. Since that time, the purpose and vision of this ministry has shifted from church-planting to equipping the now-established local church and assisting it to fulfill its call.
Our Purpose and Vision
We exist to assist the local church that was planted and established by this ministry to pursue their God-given vision through discipleship, evangelism, networking, and pioneering new ministry locations.
The Church's vision is to be a leader church that maintains a consistent spiritual growth where Christ is the head of the body and everyone is a leader/discipler. The Church is committed to the Word of God as its authority and to being a place where people can find the truth and restoration.
Two slogans that are repeated consistently in order to help us keep our focus are "Grow and Let Grow" and "Raising Up Leaders in Rural Mexico."
There are many ways to be involved whether it's with a Short-Term Mission team or dedicating part of your life as a staff member.
SHORT TERM MISSION TEAMS
Teams play a unique role as they can reach people that others cannot. When a team of "Gringos" comes down, they attract a good crowd. Through the years, teams and individuals have developed a relationship with the locals; this has opened up numerous opportunities for growth and encouragement.
Some of the things that teams are involved in are Relationship Building, Evangelism, Construction projects, Building Homes through Dwellings, and Dental work in our on-site Dental Clinic.
FULL-TIME MISSIONARY STAFF
We are looking for Full-Time Missionaries who will dedicate long term to help with outreaches, teaching English, Property management, mechanics, the list goes on into the variety of gifts you have.
PART-TIME MISSIONARY STAFF
Part-time Missionaries can dedicate portions of their year in the same areas as a Full-Time Missionary.
We would love to have Individuals come down for 2 to 6 months to help the Missionary and Church Staffs.
We need Financial Partners who will help us reach out to this region. Some may not be able to come and live here, but can help support a local to extend God's Kingdom. Donations can be made online here or by checks made out to Alternative Missions and sent to Alternative Missions / PO Box 5835 / Goodyear, AZ 85338. Designate the funds towards "Cofradia Operations", "Local Church Staff Member", or "Church Planting."
Area Director: Steve Silberman
Stateside Short-Term Missions Coordinator: Amber Crafton