Monday, November 20, 2017

The Perez Garcia Family Receives a House


Abimael Perez of Chiapas and Martha Garcia of Mexico City work as pastors in the nearby town of Tuxpan.  They live in a rented house with their two daughters, Olga and Martha. 

The couple moved to Tuxpan as pastors of a church where they have lived for 12 years. During a time when they decided to take some rest, in Mexico City, not only did they lose the original land they had purchased to build a house, but also they did not feel welcomed in Mexico City by churches or the church leaders.  Soon, Abimael felt God calling his family back to Tuxpan, where they returned again to their ministry.  The couple has just paid off a new section of land, but they don’t earn enough money to build a house. 

For this family, having a home would mean so many things.  Not only would it provide them with stability, security and a sense of calmness, but also it would provide them a place to host their church, which they often do.

A big thank you to The Well Church from Salt Lake City as they sponsored and built a house for Pastor Abimael and his family.

This was the first house we built outside of the surrounding areas of Cofradia and the first house of the new design to be built in a week.  Our staff had our doubts as to if we were going to be able to finish since it is almost double the size and work of the previous design.  The Well and some other volunteers completely wiped our doubts away as we not only finished in a week, but we finished before schedule!  

The Well worked hard all week and deserve to be recognized for their persistent drive to finish under the circumstances they were in.  It was abnormally hot all week and there wasn’t much shade at the work site.

What a blessing to be able to help Pastor Abimael.  The day of the dedication, there were many people who shared their experience and appreciation of Abimael and his family.  Some of his congregation and Pastor Samuel were able to step away from their work schedule and join us.  It was a very, very special time!

Thank you to all who gave.  Thank you for allowing God to put Abimael’s family on your heart and change lives.

Join us and be a part of changing another family’s life!  There are more candidates waiting to receive a home.  Contact Steve for more details.

Day one - Getting Started.

The End of Day One.

Day two finishes the walls to two meters, pours the bond beam, and finishes the walls to the desired height.

Day Three - Smoothwall.

Day Four - Details

Ten year old Tanner digs in preparation for the drain pipe.

Day Five - Roof and finish details.



Friday, November 03, 2017


Greetings from Cofradía, Mexico!  Congratulations to the Romero Carrillo family who received a free house this past month from the Sluys through our Dwellings ministry here in Cofradia.  It was an exciting day; their smiles were priceless!  You can read about it here.  We are preparing for the next house that will be built next week for Pastor Abimael and his family from Tuxpan with the help of the sponsors, The Well Church of Salt Lake City.


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

  1. Dwellings Build #13 An excellent time!  
  2. Dwellings Build #14 please pray for safety for the workers and the Americans who will be joining us for next week’s build. 
  3. Restoration Center Pastor Amado and his team are still preparing the rental and materials.  He will be making a trip to Guadalajara soon in order to receive more training.  
  4. La Cofradia United International I’ve been able to get into contact with our accountant this last month.  Please continue to pray that things that things will be done with efficiency. 
  5. Interns.  Thank you for praying for God’s guidance and His provision of help.

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This month, will you please pray for...

  1. Dwellings Build #14 Pray for our team as we continue the preparations and get ready for the group who arrives on Saturaday, November 4. 
  2. Restoration Center Pray for wisdom as he prioritizes his time and God’s provision over his ministry.  He still needs finances for the property.  We have helped him raise $9,000 which is nearly half the goal.  There is still the opportunity of matching funds available in the amount of $2,500.  That means, your $2,500 is worth $5,000!  Then, the only amount needed after that is $6,000.  If you are considering a generous year-end donation to a ministry, this would be a great selection!  Send your online gift here.  Or, mail a check to the Ferndale address at the end of this message.  Indicate that it is for “Cofradia Restoration”, NOT the Silbermans.   
  3. La Cofradia United International accounting help. 
  4. Freedom in Christ Seminar Please pray for us as we begin the preparations of our next Freedom in Christ Seminar for December 15,16.  Pray the Holy Spirit guides us and begins to move in the hearts of the people who need this.  God will see to it that the one’s He chooses will be able to make it.  Pray for Pastor Goyo, Pastor Luis, and myself as we prepare ourselves and the material we will be using. 
  5. 17 YEARS! Geña and I will be celebrating 17 years of marriage on November 18.  A big thank you to all who have been a part of our lives and ministry.

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

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Send a check made out to Alternative Missions to Alternative Missions / PO Box 3107 / Ferndale, WA 98248.  Indicate that it is for The Silbermans.