Monday, May 25, 2015

Centro Cristiano Cofradia Baptisms

Four people were baptized on Sunday out in the San Pedro River south of Cofradia.  After the long, dusty, dirt/gravel road drive, we all met under neath the bridge of the freeway that connects Mazatlan and Tepic.

Here's what happened...
Three vehicles at the bridge already waiting for us, 3 more ahead of these two, and one more behind us.  10 vehicles to transport those of the church who went.

Arriving...

A few songs for worship...

After a brief message and explanation, prayer.

Hermana Alicia, gave her life to the Lord just recently and has been attending church for about two years.

Hermana Valeria prayed to ask Christ into her life in an EL RETO event in 2012.

Hermana Lupita is from Arrayanes and accepted Christ has her Lord a couple years ago as well.

Hermano Marco Polo is from Cofradia and Pastor Goyo's nephew.  I, as well as others, did personal studies with Marco Polo 18 years ago.  I believed back then and still do that he has great potential in leadership.  Great guy!  Because of negative, family pressure, he only recently accepted Christ as his Savior.  He's been attending church for just a few months.

L to R: Pastor Luis, Pastor Goyo, Marco Polo, Pastor Horacio, Lupita, Valeria, Alicia.

Hanging out afterwards with tamales and horchata (rice water).

Rut, Isaac, and Pedro

The only pet invited...
It was a great morning and afternoon!

Rare Find

Some places have bears,
Some places have anacondas,
Some places have poisonous snakes,
Some places have other dangerous animals and/or insects,
and some places have...

As Geña was cleaning and moving around some blocks and bricks where I roast coffee, she came across a "rare find."
It is not unusual to find scorpions in the yard, but what makes this find a rare one is that if you look closely, you'll see baby scorpions attached to the back of it.  They say that after a female scorpion gives birth, the babies eat her.

Before and after trapping this scorpion, Geña killed 7 others in the area.  The next day in a different area where there were some bricks laying around, she killed 3 more.  A week before this, she was stung by one on the tip of her finger, but didn't affect her.

Any guesses as to how many babies were attached to the mother???
53!!  That means, that in those two days, Geña killed 64 scorpions (alacranes)!

Saturday, May 02, 2015

MAY MINISTRY UPDATE

Greetings from Cofradia, Mexico! There has been a few exciting things happen this month. The first was Emma’s Birthday.  She wanted a Mini-RETO and we spent over four hours playing games, having fun, and enjoying her and her friends.  You can see a video of it here.

Another exciting thing is vision.  
Talk about vision has been at the forefront of many conversations lately.  “The Power of Vision” class has come at a perfect time as we are perfecting the vision for our Mexican Organization as well as helping the students determine more clearly what the Lord wants to do through them once they have finished the required amount of classes in order to graduate.  It’s been really exciting to hear how God has been speaking to people.  This has become something very essential as we “Raise up Leaders in Rural Mexico.”  My passion is to help people reach towards their leadership potential.  Many of us are afraid to take risks and I’m so excited to see how everyone is growing!  A couple of weeks ago as I was reading in Proverbs 13, a verse stood out to me that alludes to this.  You can read my thoughts here.

On the contrary to these exciting things, a beloved friend, mother, and grandmother went to be with the Lord this month.  Paula Vega was 55 and slipped away as they began to operate on her.  Many of you donated towards’ the family’s financial need and they received almost exactly what they needed.  The Franco-Vega family thanks you and are very grateful to all of you who prayed for them and helped them.

Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever!

Thank you for your prayers for our family and ministry as we walk through challenges and victories.  We really appreciate your participation.

In our last update, asked you to pray for...  

  1. Bible School.  This quarter has been very productive and exciting.  The students are really enjoying the Theology class as well as being challenged in the Vision class. 
  2. Music Ministry (Worship).  Praise the Lord!  Through the vision class, a couple of people have mentioned that this is something they’d like to get involved in and see developed more.  I’m all for them doing this!!! 
  3. The Mission in Cofradía.  Thank you for your prayers.  It turns out that the change that was to take place has been reconsidered and we are no longer in need of the change. 
  4. Mexican Civil Association.  No new news here; we’re still where we were at a month ago.  Thanks for your continued prayers.
Here are some links to more:
This month, will you please pray for...

  1. Bible School.  Thank you for your continued prayers for the students as they spend time with the Lord to hear His voice and see His vision for each of them. 
  2. Mexican Civil Association.  Pray for a smooth start-up to the official organization. 
  3. Upcoming Activities.  Please pray for wisdom and direction for all the leaders and staff involved in our upcoming events; pray for those who will be ministered to to have open hearts and lives to be changed; pray that our ultimate goal of glorifying God will be fulfilled.  Summer Bible classes tought by Pastor Goyo, Pastor Luis, and Pastor Martin, EL RETO youth outreach, Short-term Mission Teams, Freedom in Christ conference (through Neil Anderson’s ministry), additional missionary staff, and our family as we’ll be in the states for two months during the summer.
Thank you so much for being part of our team as we work together to RAISE UP LEADERS IN RURAL MEXICO!!!! 

Blessings,













Steve, Geña, Rebecka, Emma, and Mackenzie Silberman
Missionaries to Mexico
Alternative Missions Cofradia
Area Director
Office: 011-52-319-232-5046
SKYPE: “srsilberman”

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