Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Ramos-Garcia House Build - Begins

Octavio Ramos and his family will be receiving a new home this month.  Last Saturday, some church members came out to help pour the floor in preparation for next week's build.  The house will be built in one week with the help of the Centro Cristiano Cofradia family and sponsored by our friends from Hosanna Asamblea in Bellevue, Washington.

We are looking forward to helping this family as they have been living in a chicken coupe that leaks for the past few years.  This is a major step up for a family who is unable to do this with their income.

Here are some pics from last Saturday...

Octavio, the owner of the house.

This is their kitchen.

This is their current living conditions.

This is their bathroom.

This is where they wash dishes, clothes, and shower.

Contact us about helping another family.  Here are the current candidates.

Monday, December 05, 2016


Greetings from Cofradía, Mexico! Merry Christmas!  We pray that this season the Lord shows himself to you in a very special way.  Thank you for your prayers and involvement in our lives and ministry.  You all mean so much to us!



Last month, we asked you to pray for... 

  1. Drug Rehab Center. We have been in contact with the owner and the initial payment is in process. 
  2. House Build - Dwellings Team.  We had a successful build with the Dwellings team that came down to help.  It was initially meant to be a training build in order to teach the Cubans how to build these homes in Cuba through the Dwellings ministry there.  The Cubans were unable to obtain a visa to enter Mexico so everything was documented and those who were here will go and teach them in March with the possibility of a couple men from here joining them.  In the end, the receiving family was very thankful and blessed.  They had been living in a small mud hut that his grandparents built years ago. Here is a quick report.
  3. 16th Anniversary! Geña and I celebrated our 16th anniversary as we took the team back to Mazatlan.  We enjoyed the company and were able to sneak out for coffee after dinner and in the morning before breakfast. 
  4. Public School Mini-RETO:  We helped Pastor Hector Robles do a two-day mini-RETO in San Ignacio, Sinaloa with a Jr. High school.  One of the teachers of the school made this a project to help students who were struggling with their grades.  His desire was to try to help them have a different perspective.  It was difficult at times to capture and hold their attention, they had no idea what this was.  By the end, they all seemed to enjoy themselves.  Pastor Paulo Bermudez spoke about Identity and Relationships in his two talks. 
  5. Bible College: Fall classes are finished and the students are working on their final exams.   
  6. Mazatlan Women’s Conference: The women left for the conference yesterday and will be there until tomorrow.  Reports are that they all are enjoying themselves!

Here are some links to more:
This month, will you please pray for...
  1. Mazatlan Women’s Conference: Eleven women from our church are in Mazatlan for a women’s conference this weekend.  Pray for the Lord’s anointing on the speakers and open hearts for the women.  Also pray that the Lord works on the hearts of the husbands who will be staying home.
  2. Drug Rehab Center. Please pray for Pastor Amado and his team for protection over him, his family, his staff, and all of those involved.  Let me know if you can help make a dent in the financial need he has in order to get this ministry safely on it’s feet. 
  3. House Build.  Hosanna Asamblea from Bellevue is sponsoring a house which we will build this month for another family who is in dire need.  Please pray for spiritual encounters with the family. (December 26 – 30)  
  4. Bible College: Please pray for us as we continue to analyze the direction the school is going, what classes to offer next year, and how to offer them. 
Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever!

Thank you so much for being part of our team as we work together to RAISE UP LEADERS IN RURAL MEXICO!!!!


Steve, Geña, Rebecka, Emma, and Mackenzie Silberman
Missionaries to Mexico
Alternative Missions
Cofradia Area Director
Ministry Website


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Saturday, December 03, 2016

Ramos-Arreola Family House Build

This was the 10th house we've built for a needy family in Cofradia and the surrounding areas.  Five men from Washington and Arizona came down to bless this family.  As you can see by the picture of the mud hut they lived in previously, this family truly has been blessed with a better place to live.  With their economical situation that does not allow them to save money, this was very appropriate and we are excited for Abel and his family.
This is their former house that Abel's grandparents built years ago.

Abel and his family in their new home.

This build was originally planned in order to bring Cuban workers over from Cuba who will be building similar homes through the Dwellings ministry.  There are a couple of builds already lined up for March.  Since the Cubans were unable to obtain a visa, everything we did was documented in order for the men who were here to teach them how to build this style of home.