Wednesday, October 10, 2018

The Uribe family working in Paramitas

Over twenty years ago, Pastor Francisco Uribe of Rosamorada accepted the Lord's calling on his life and began to pastor a church.  For many years he would come to visit us in Cofradia, sometimes riding his bike on the nearly twenty-kilometer (about 12 miles) dirt road.  On occasions, we would go and speak or lead worship at his church. He wanted to be part of what we were doing, but it was not the Lord's timing as our ministry at the time was still forming and not in a position to expand into Rosamorada.  Thus, he felt "left out." 

After pastoring the denominational church in Rosamorada for many years, he accepted an invitation to start a work in Tijuana.  It was not at all what they were expecting and it became one of the biggest trials their family had to endure.  A little over four years ago, they returned to their home in Rosamorada, but not the church as a new pastor within their denomination had taken over.

Last year, Pastor Francisco and his wife took part in our thirteen-week Freedom in Christ discipleship course.  It was there that the trust in our relationship with them took giant steps forward.  We saw a hurting pastor who had been through a series of rejections for many years and in need of being ministered to.  Today, they form part of our ministry, La Cofradia United, and our relationship continues to grow through visits and assuring them of our love for them. 

Pastor Francisco and his family minister each week to children in the town of Paramitas which is very close to Rosamorada and again in La Colonia of Rosamorada in the evening with the help of some other adults.  They have a Bible study in their home on Sunday morning and attend Pastor Amado's church in the evening.

The other day, Geña and I visited with them as they ministered to the children in Paramitas.  They have been doing this for four years moving from borrowed property to borrowed property.  At the moment, someone is letting them use a house whose owners are in the states.  There is a one-room building they use for storing materials and chairs as they meet each week under a huge tree in the yard.
Storage room
Bible study under the tree.

Their hope is to instill God's love and promises in these children.  Their desire is to be able to do this in a number of different places, but because of their limited resources and no vehicle, they cannot expand. 

I made a short video clip of our time with them and as you will see, they are in need of a number of things: chairs, tables, and a vehicle.  Eventually, they would like to have a place that they can call their own in order to minister.  They do this out of their own pocket.

If you would like to help them in any way, contact me 
or send a gift at this link for "Cofradia Francisco".



Wednesday, October 03, 2018

OCTOBER MINISTRY UPDATE

Greetings from Cofradía, Mexico! Praise the Lord that we are reaching the end of the monsoon weather.  Even though I really like the thunder and lightning storms, the power-outages are getting really old.  Since we’ve been back in mid-August, we have had only one solid week (last week) of no power-outages.  The stagnant, humid air with no escape and the annoying mosquitoes really make you miss a different climate.  However, we will rejoice in our sufferings! LOL :)

GIVE THANKS TO THE LORD, FOR HE IS GOOD; HIS LOVE ENDURES FOREVER!

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

  1. David Medina.  Praise the Lord that the doctors have finally set a date to remove what’s left of whatever is in David’s abdomen.  And the doctor has confirmed after a series of tests that there is no cancer in his bones.  They want to test the substance they remove during surgery to make sure he is healthy.  Thank you for your prayers. 
  2. EL RETO 2018 has, like always, been a blast for not only the young people, but the whole church.  We’ve seen well over two hundred different students participate in these five weeks and they’re all hearing the gospel.  We have the first three weeks updated with a short report and video on our blog.  Week One;    Week Two;   Week Three.
  3. A group from Las Varas, Nayarit, was postponed to this past weekend.  We had a phenominal time with them as they led worship at EL RETO on Saturday night; at the Sunday morning service in Cofradia, and the Sunday evening service in Rosamorada. 
  4. A group from Guadalajara cancelled their trip. 
  5. EL RETO FINAL will be October 6 with special speaker and author, Ernesto Ramirez, from Mexico City who specializes in youth.  It should be a really good time! 
  6. Called to Freedom 2018.  We are so grateful for those of you who responded to our financial need.  We received everything we needed for our general expenses and unexpectedly enough to get the van ready for the trip as we will be driving.  Thank you so much for your generosity!

Here are some links to more:


This month, will you please pray for...

  1. David Medina.  Please pray for everything to go smoothly during the operation on October 22. 
  2. EL RETO 2018 finishes up this week.  Thank you for your continued prayers and support for this.  Pray that the leadership and staff will be able to take advantage of the teachable moments that occur.  Opportunities abound.  Please consider how you can help with next year, EL RETO 2019, by becoming a monthly sponsor now: $25 a month goes a long way for us!  Click here to become a sponsor of this event
  3. Called to Freedom 2018.  Please keep us in your prayers this month as four pastors and their wives will be joining Geña and me as we attend a two-day conference in Mexico City with the Freedom in Christ ministry.  Our itinerary is the following: Thursday, October 18, we will set out to drive to Mexico City in order to arrive in the evening.  Friday and Saturday we’ll be attending the conference.  I have been invited to speak on Sunday at a friend’s church and we’ll spend the afternoon with them.  Monday we have set aside as free in order to visit and sightsee.  We will be returning to Cofradia on Tuesday, October 23. 
  4. The Well Church from Salt Lake City will be with us in November to build a house for a family in Cofradia.  Here is a video of when we informed the family of the news (the audio is really bad, but there are sub-titles).

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!!!!

Blessings,

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


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Thursday, September 27, 2018

EL RETO 2018.3

Week three was so far the most exciting week.  With 130 students to start, there was the ice-breaker at the beginning that allowed the staff to disperse to the locations they were to have their organized game.

First, at the baseball field in Cofradia, 

From there the student hopped in their trucks and headed to Arrayanes for a RETO classic, "Gladiators".  In Gladiators, one team is placed in the corner of the speed soccer court while all the other teams (team by team) have to run the course to get to the "goal."  As the students run through the course, the team in the corner is throwing water-balloons at them!  Such an amazingly fun game!  And it paints such an incredible picture of how lies get thrown at us daily.  Sometimes, we don't even realize they're a lie, but the hit us and, unfortunately, sometimes we believe them.

After everyone was soaking wet, they headed to the basketball court in the center of town for another RETO classic, The Fear Factor Banquet!  Not much to fear this year, but having to suck the innards out of a raw egg, then drink a small Pepsi.  Yuk!  The atmosphere was incredible and loud!  The students had so much fun!  The black team took barely took this one away from the green team.  What's the moral?  Well, sometimes we need to make sacrifices for the team!

The Refuge was electric with worship and a message to tie everything up.  Then, the votes!  After two consecutive weeks of being chosen to do chores, the grey team was free!  The white team had to do chores this week.

Here's the video for week #3:


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Thursday, September 20, 2018

EL RETO 2018.2

Week two of EL RETO 2018 was packed with 170 students!  "La Caminata" or, "The Walk" was the activity.  This year, as the students kept together (or at least were supposed to) walked through the streets of Cofradia, extremely muddy back roads, and rising rivers.  Along the way, there were obstacles and games they needed to accomplish before continuing.  All of this happened in order for Luis to talk during The Refuge time about how life is a journey and sometimes we encounter difficulties, but it's easier if we have people around us to help us get through them.  Choosing Truth (this year's theme) will help us even more to make wise decisions and the path will sometimes be a little smoother.

A few students took a wrong turn, but in the end they were brought back with the help of some staff.  The power went out so some of the Refuge activities were cancelled.  It turned out to be an exciting time with a lot of teaching.

Here's the video for week #2:



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Monday, September 17, 2018

EL RETO 2018.1

The first week of the RETO (Challenge) was a success in terms of the turn out we had.  One hundred and thirty students arrived as they formed 6 teams.  About half of these students come from the cities of Rosamorada, Paramitas, and Tuxpan.

The theme this year is "Choose Truth".  We want to help the students know the truth.  We get bombarded daily with lies that are all around us and, unfortunately, they usually are formed in our mind.

After registering the students, there was a fun ice-breaker that many got involved in.  From there, the students went to three different locations (San Marcos town center, San Marcos soccer field, and the Cofradia High School basketball court) where they participated in a number of different activities.  Before heading up to "The Refuge" where all the teams come together for singing and a message, the teams met with a counsellor where they were able to engage in a small group talk about what we can learn through the activities of the day.

Finally, one by one the teams passed through a curtain into the voting room and selected another team to do chores.  Once they voted, they went back outside, down the stairs, and stood in the courtyard waiting for the verdict.

It was an exciting time!

Here's the video of week #1:



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Tuesday, September 04, 2018

SEPTEMBER MINISTRY UPDATE

Greetings from Cofradía, Mexico! We arrived on August 17th and got to work right away meeting with the pastors who form part of our ministry, La Cofradía United.  The girls are back in school doing very well and this is Emma’s first year participating in the annual youth outreach, EL RETO, which started on September first.

GIVE THANKS TO THE LORD, FOR HE IS GOOD; HIS LOVE ENDURES FOREVER!

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

  1. David Medina.  David is doing better, but could still improve. 
  2. Pastors of La Cofradia United.  We had a good meeting with our pastors; a time of fellowship, planning, and accountability.  Here is a quick report.
  3. The Final Leg of our Stateside Trip: Thank you for keeping us in your prayers.  Apart from spending an hour and a half at the border as we had to unload the whole truck and a small fender-bender in Hermosillo, we made it to Cofradía without any problems.  We are thankful for Gustavo and Cuca who took care of our house while we were gone; no break-ins! :) 
  4. FREEDOM IN CHRIST CONFERENCE in San Vicente was cancelled, unfortunately, by the pastor of the church there at the last minute.  We will be doing another conference in Cofradía at the end of November. 
  5. EL RETO 2018 started with 130 students from all over the area.  It was an exciting time as 40 of them had never been to EL RETO.  The captains spent some time with their teams explaining their team name, flag, and bible story before heading out to three different locations for some simple activities.  As they all came back to the church, the teams met with their counselors before entering “The Refuge” for worship and teaching.  The evening finished with the Grey team getting most of the votes to have to do chores...but, they also get the first clues to the four hidden treasures.  It will be an exciting year!

Here are some links to more:


This month, will you please pray for...

  1. David Medina.  Continued strengthening in his body. 
  2. EL RETO 2018 will continue each Saturday in September and finish up the first weekend in October.  CHOOSE TRUTH is the theme for this year.  Please pray for the students as many do not know Jesus as their personal Savior.  Pray for the captains and leaders to have wisdom in their responsibilities.  We do not charge these students to participate.  Throughout the year and while we were in the states, we received $2,080 for this outreach ($80 above our budget!).  You can start helping for next year by becoming a monthly sponsor now: $25 a month goes a long way for us!  Click here to become a sponsor of this event. Click here to see a one-minute promo video. Click here to read about EL RETO.
  3. A group from Las Varas, Nayarit, is coming to participate in EL RETO and minister through music.  It’s always a special time with Pastor Ruben leading worship.  We led a one-day EL RETO in Las Varas a few years back and the students there loved it! (September 15-16) 
  4. A group from Guadalajara is coming to participate in EL RETO and minister through drama and music.  Pray the Lord uses them in a special way to reach the students. (September 21-23) 
  5. EL RETO FINAL will be October 6 with special speaker and author, Ernesto Ramirez, from Mexico City who specializes in youth.  It should be a really good time! 
  6. Called to Freedom 2018.  Four pastors and their wives will be joining Geña and me as we attend a two-day conference in Mexico City with the Freedom in Christ ministry.  We are really looking forward to this as it has helped not only us, but so many here in their walk with the Lord.  Freedom in Christ ministries is paying our entrance fee, but we will have other expenses for which we need to raise money such as travel, hotel, and meals.  We estimate that this will cost us $700 dollars per couple.  If you would like to sponsor one or more of us, please do.  The couples are: Pastor Goyo and his wife, Mati; Pastor Luis and his wife Mari; Pastor Amado and his wife Lourdes; Pastor Abimael and his wife Martha; and Geña and I.  You can make a contribution online here and indicate it as “Cofradía Freedom” in general or the couple’s names.  --OR-- you can send a check to the address at the bottom of this page.  Please make sure you designate it specifically where you want it to go.  Thank you so much for always being so generous towards our 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!!!!

Blessings,












Steve, Geña, Rebecka, Emma, and Mackenzie Silberman
Missionaries to Mexico
Alternative Missions
Cofradia Area Director
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AS WE RAISE UP LEADERS TOGETHER!!

                                                                              

Friday, August 24, 2018

Pastors' Meeting--La Cofradia United

We began to meet every couple of months with the primary pastors of the ministries that we work with throughout the region.  As we returned from our very busy two months in the states, we met with 7 of the 8 primary pastors for a time of encouragement and accountability.  I love these times!  It's energizing to me to hear about how pastors are doing as well as when they humbly open up about personal struggles.  "La Cofradia United" literally means "The United Brotherhood", and that's the name of our ministry.  Romans 15:5-7 talks about how God allows us to be united and challenges us to accept one another just as Christ accepts us.  We want to Raise Up Leaders and Extend the Kingdom of God everywhere.  As pastors unite, we can do this more effectively; for it is the Kingdom of God we are working for, not our own. 
LEFT TO RIGHT: Pastor Gregorio Hernández (Cofradia); Pastor Ruben Perez (Las Varas/Mazatan/Compostela); Pastor Abraham Garcia (Compostela/Mazatlan/Las Varas); Pastor Luis Vazquez (Cofradia); Missionary Steve Silberman (Cofradia); Jonatan (Friend from Las Varas); Pastor Amado Verdin (Rosamorada); Pastor Frank Uribe (Rosamorada). 

Thank you so much for your prayers over these fellows.  May the Holy Spirit continue to guide and may we all be willing to listen and obey with a readiness to serve.

If you would like to make a much needed contribution to them, please indicate "Pastors" or one of the specific names at this link.

LET'S RAISE UP LEADERS
AND
EXTEND GOD'S KINGDOM
TOGETHER!

Thursday, August 09, 2018

AUGUST MINISTRY UPDATE

Greetings from the Interstate! We are making our way back to Cofradia after spending the month of July in Washington State.  We are thankful for the opportunity to have spoken at six churches in nine different services, visited friends and family every day, and spent 4 nights camping near Mossy Rock, WA.  We’ll be speaking again this Sunday and then head to Mexico next week.

GIVE THANKS TO THE LORD, FOR HE IS GOOD; HIS LOVE ENDURES FOREVER!

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

  1. David Medina.  David continues to do very well. 
  2. Pastors of La Cofradia United.  This may become just a reminder each month as all the pastors need prayers for them, their families, and their ministries. 
  3. Stateside Trip.  We enjoyed our short trip.  We never are able to see everyone we wish to, but we are thankful for those of you who reached out to us and made time to have us over even if it was just for a quick hello. 
  4. EL RETO 2018 we have received a few more donations as we continue to raise the $2,000 needed for the outreach.  Click here to read about EL RETO.  Become a Sponsor of this event here
Here are some links to more:
This month, will you please pray for...
  1. David Medina.  Continued strengthening in his body. 
  2. Pastors of La Cofradia United.  Please pray for the pastors who we are working with.  Pray for growth in their personal relationship with Christ, protection over their families, wisdom as leaders, and financial provision.  Click here to read about each one
  3. The Final Leg of our Stateside Trip: We are currently in Perris, CA, visiting with Geña’s sister, Julia.  After speaking at her church on Sunday, we’ll head out next week through Arizona, cross the border, and arrive in Cofradia about 800 miles later.  Please keep us in your prayers for safety and finances. 
  4. FREEDOM IN CHRIST CONFERENCE in San Vicente with Pastor Samuel De La Rosa and his congregation.  We will hold the conference from August 22-24.  Please pray for the Holy Spirit to do His work.  Pray for us (Pastor Goyo, Pastor Luis, and myself) as we lead it.  Pray for open hearts and a willingness to seek the Lord with humility. 
  5. EL RETO 2018 will begin on September 1st!  CHOOSE TRUTH!  That will be the theme for 2018 as we reach out to youth who usually do not have an opportunity to hear about or experience the love of God.  We do not charge these students to participate; our budget is $2,000.  Please pray the money comes in and consider how you can help.  Click here to see a one-minute promo video. Click here to read about EL RETO.   Become a Sponsor of this event here
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!!!!

Blessings,












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

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Friday, July 13, 2018

JULY MINISTRY UPDATE

Greetings from Washington State! We have arrived at my parents’ house after spending two weeks on the road visiting friends and meeting the team from The Well in Salt Lake City who will be building a house with us for a needy family in Cofradia in November.  Our trip started in Cofradia with a special Sunday service where Rebecka was baptized.  We made our way north driving through Grand Canyon National Park, Salt Lake, visiting friends in Twin Falls, Kennewick, Goldendale, Yakima, and Auburn.  You can read about our adventures and see some pictures here.


GIVE THANKS TO THE LORD, FOR HE IS GOOD; HIS LOVE ENDURES FOREVER!


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

  1. David Medina.  Thank you for your continued prayers for David’s progress.  He has been doing well and started attending church again as he has now gained enough strength to walk.  Praise the Lord! 
  2. Pastors’ Breakfast/Meeting We had a great time meeting with local pastors.  We shared with them our desire to see us all on the same page as we Raise Up Leaders in Rural Mexico in order to extend the Kingdom of God.  We are all on the same team and discourage competition amongst pastors. 
  3. Mazatan and Las Varas.  Pastor Luis’ family and ours visited these two congregations in order to invest in their ministries.  I spoke in Mazatan and Luis spoke in Las Varas.  Great time!  We also met a new pastor who has been teaming up with Pastor Ruben (who pastors Las Varas and Mazatan).  He is leading a group in Compostela, Nayarit. 
  4. Women’s Ministry The women have been consistently meeting on Saturday mornings and have been seeing some really neat things happen in their lives.  A spark has been ignited and it’s great to see! 
  5. Freedom in Christ Seminar. The seminar for June 7-9 was postponed until August for when we return. 
  6. Father’s Day, Congregation Day, and Baptisms.  We had our quarterly celebration service as a number of churches and individuals in the surrounding areas attended.  You can read what happened during the service in our blog post “Traveling Adventures to Washington”.
  7. Stateside Trip.  Thank you for praying.  We had an excellent time during the two weeks we spent traveling to Washington.  We will be in Washington for the whole month of July and spend two weeks returning to Cofradia via Oregon, California, and Arizona.  We’d love to see you!



Here are some links to more:
This month, will you please pray for...
  1. David Medina.  Continued strengthening in his body. 
  2. Pastors of La Cofradia United.  Please pray for the pastors who we are working with.  Pray for growth in their personal relationship with Christ, protection over their families, wisdom as leaders, and financial provision. 
  3. Stateside Trip.  We’d love to see you and will be in Washington State all of July.  We will return to Cofradia through Oregon and California at the beginning of August.  Pray for wisdom, financial provision, and that we will be a blessing to all we come in contact with. 
  4. EL RETO 2018 is here!  We have received a few donations throughout the year, so this year our goal is only $1,000!  So many students who do not attend church come to this event and it gives us a huge open door to minister into their lives.  Click here to read about EL RETO.  Become a Sponsor of this event here

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!!!! 

Blessings,












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

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ONLINE:

Online, you can make a one-time, tax-deductible gift, or set up to make automatic monthly donations to our personal support here. 

MAIL IN A CHECK: 

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




Tuesday, July 03, 2018

Traveling Adventures to Washington

Our trip started on June 17 while we were still in Cofradia.  The church service was on Father's Day, but we had a number of activities that day as well.  

This year, we recognized those who participated in the 13-week Freedom in Christ discipleship course.

We had a number of people be baptized including our daughter Rebecka.

  

After the service, we rented some toys for the kids to play on...
Emma
Rebecka
Even Pastor Amado got into the action!
Just after the church service on June 17, we hit the road to stay with our friends the Robles Family and the Quintero family in La Cruz, Sinaloa.  That gave us a head start to cross the border the next day and stay in Green Valley, Arizona, at my former High School teacher Konopaski's condo.

The next morning we stopped in Tucson for lunch and continued on to Flagstaff for dinner and stay the night.  Making our way to Salt Lake City, we headed to the Grand Canyon via Williams, AZ.  We drove through town admiring the decorated buildings of the famous Route 66.
After stopping at the National Geographic Gift shop to watch a movie about the Grand Canyon, we entered the park to get a room at the Yavapai Lodge.  Then, spent a couple of days mini-hiking and taking pictures of the big 'ol crack in the ground.   Our first impression was, "WOW!".  It is definitely big and scary looking up close (I'm not a fan of heights) knowing that every year, someone falls down to their death.  It really is pretty impressive!
Our first look! 
A mini-hike panoramic

Right in the center is the roughest rapids of the Colorado River
The next night we stayed at the Cameron Motel before heading to the North Rim of the Canyon via Marble Canyon and arrived in Salt Lake City with our friends the Ongs.  We stayed in Salt Lake for four nights as we visited with the team that will be joining us in November to build a house and was able to greet the congregation during the services on Sunday.  We also had time to go hiking up to Alta and Donut Falls as well as swimming at the outdoor community pool with the Orr family.
The Well Church in Salt Lake City
@ Donut Falls
From Salt Lake City, we headed to Jerome, Idaho, to visit a college friend and his family, the Scarrows.  We had a great time catching up; it was so good to see him and meet his family.  He showed us the Dairy Farm that he and his brother run the next morning before we headed to Kennewick, WA.  In Kennewick, we stayed at the Best Western and visited with the Leakes.  I haven't seen them in ages either.  From there, we headed to Goldendale, Washington, to stay with the Schillings.  Loved the openness and felt right at home in the "small town" atmosphere.  

Our final two days took us through Selah, WA, and was able to visit my former elementary school teacher, Mr. Platt.  I have not seen him since grade school!  Great to see him and Dr. Bethel over lunch before we headed to Auburn, WA, to visit and stay with Geña's sister and her family.

Finally, we arrived at my parents' house on Saturday night, after 14 days on the road and over 3,000 miles.  

It was a special treat to see everyone and the sights on the way.  We appreciate all of you who pray for us and invest in our ministry.



PASTORS' PERSPECTIVES 18.1

We have our pastors share a bi-annual report of what the Lord is doing in their ministries.  These are the results of your investment into this ministry.  You can pray, donate, and/or participate in a short-term missions team.

There are a couple more pastos included who have been participating in our ministry and have asked to be part of our team.  Our focus is to Raise Up Leaders in Rural Mexico as we extend the Kingdom of God.  In one way or another, everyone is a leader.  So, it is important for all of us to understand the necessity of growing in the Lord and becoming faithful Disciples of Him.

All of these pastors can use financial support.  If you would like to sponsor one or more of them specifically, please let me know.  Otherwise, you can make a general donation here specifying the gift for "Pastors" and we will evenly distribute it.

It excites me to be able to share these reports with you as our ministry "La Cofradia United" continues to grow beyond our doors.

Here are the reports from the Pastors:

Pastor Gregorio Hernández
Lead Pastor of Centro Cristiano Cofradia
Cofradia, Nayarit

I would like to take this opportunity to focus on what has been happening in the church. I do not refer to membership growth, but rather to the perseverance of the body in growing into the likeness of Christ. The Freedom in Christ course has been an infulential tool in this growth. I refer to it as a tool because we know that freedom is only availble to us in Christ, and knowledge of that has had a powerful impact in Cofradía because it has helped us to acknowledge our own responsibliity and as well as to see the need in others.

All of the leaders and congregants who have taken the course have told us they “feel as light as a feather” or “as if a great weight has been lifted” from their shoulders. And such has been the fruit of this course.  As we understand more deeply who we truly are in Christ, the more fruit we bear in Him.  Now we understand that we are not called to produce the fruit but are called to bear it.

In the last couple of months we have seen one of our brothers be healed after being diagnosed with Prostate Cancer.  He was so ill he could not even get up and walk.  After having prayed for him, the Lord healed him and now he can walk without the aid of a cane!  His improvement continues and we are doing the Freedom in Christ coursework with him.  He and I spend time regularly going go up and down the streets praying for people.  Yes, we use the truck for this, but the point is that he is now ready and willing to do it!  And I am asking that you pray for him, that he would continue to live a life of freedom that bears much fruit.

I also want to share with you that we have begun visiting the town of Arrayanes again.  We have been going on Friday, and although we have seen very little response, in the last three weeks, more people have been coming to our gatherings than when we began. On June 30 we will conduct an evangelism event there, complete with home visitations, passing out pamphlets, musical worship, and a message.

I want to thank you for your spiritual and financial support of this ministry.  Thank you so much for all that you have given and for the blessings that has brought us!

Affectionately,
Pastors Goyo and Maty, and family
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Pastor Luis Vazquez
Centro Cristiano Cofradia Student Ministries
Maintenance Director
Cofradia Dwellings Director
Cofradia, Nayarit


I greet you in the love of God poured out on us through communion with Him.  I hope that you are well and enjoying the mercy of God that is new every day.  As a family, we are content with what God is doing in each of us.  Carolina and Angel completed the Freedom in Christ discipleship course that is offered every year in our local church, and this year Luis will be studying at the University in Tepic where Carolina has been studying the last three years.  We ask for your prayers, that they will both successfully complete their degree programs.

This year we will host EL RETO once again.  We are planning to begin September 1, and our theme will revolve around the concept of Choosing Truth since this is a deep need our time as the lies of the enemy seem to be prevailing.


At the end of last year and the beginning of this year, we built three Dwellings homes with the help of short-term missions teams, and it is exciting to see how the lives of these families are changed as a result.

We are teaching the Freedom in Christ discipleship course, and it has been a great blessing to see how the participants have begun to take ownership of their freedom in Christ. So far this year we have taught the course three times in three different churches and once in our own local church.  Other pastors we are friends with are requesting we teach the course for their churches as well, and it is exciting to partner in this endeavor with our teaching team.




We ask for your prayers for:
     The planning and initiation of EL RETO, beginning September 1
     The house we would like to buy
     The ministry in general, and especailly the youth ministry, that they continue to commit themselves to the Truth
     Our marriage and family.

We thank you for your prayers for us and for the generosity you have shown us and continue to show us.  We pray for you as well.  Thank you, and we love you.

Sincerely,

Pastors Luis and Mari, and family
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Pastor Horacio Garzón
Indigenous Ministries
Centro Cristiano Arrayanes Facilitator
Cofradia, Nayarit


Brothers, it is with great pleasure I write this letter, first to express my deep desire for your health and wellbeing. María continues her diabetes treatment, but other than that we are all well. Martin is still living in the mountains, in the Mesa del Nayar, working with the youth there. We visited him in March and had the opportunity to help him with a four-day event in which the youth participated in various field day-style team competition games.  Members of other neighboring churches also participated, and we helped organize, and most importantly, present the Word during certain portions of the event.

Brothers, I also tell you with great pleasure that we taught the Freedom in Christ course in Arrayanes. For me this was a substantial teaching that led me to recover my identity in Christ, which has helped me significantly in my role as a church leader.

We continue to Las Ajuntas (Mojocuautla), a mountain village where two families have believed and welcome the Word the God. I continue to trust that God will do a great work and glorify His name there.  My desire is to see the male leaders there raised up and trained to continue the work of the gospel.

I also want to let you know that we will host an evangelism event in Los Arrayanes on June 30, the purpose of which is to strengthen those who already believe and to present Christ to those who do not.

I do not grow tired of thanking God for what He is doing in you as you continue to offer your financial support as well as your spiritual support and prayers.  I also thank God for the ministry He planted in these places, directed by wise and faithful leaders.  Thank you brothers!

Receive greetings from my wife, María, and our daughter, Kenia de Jesus, who God be praised will very soon complete her first year of high school.

Thank you brothers and sisters for your generous financial support.  May God bless you, and until we meet again,

Yours, with love,

Horacio y María
Thank you!
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Martin Garzón
Missionary to Cora Indians
From Arrayanes, Nayarit
La Mesa del Nayar, Nayarit


To begin, I thank God for the privilege he has granted me to be working in the Mesa del Nayar, where we work with youth and children, many of whom have no father or mother.  We share devotional message daily in the morning and the afternoon with themes from Scripture they may relate to.  We also teach Bible studies to the youth and children, teaching them biblical history; at the end they make a craft that corresponds to the lesson they have just heard.  For this reason, a group of teachers was organized to give these regular lessons.

The youth who have received Christ are receiving discipleship training in order to deepen their lives in Christ so that they are prepared for every good work. We also host outreach events to attract more youth who do not yet know Christ, similar to EL RETO.  We did a mini RETO earlier this year and also a fellowship event.

One of the things we are praying for is to begin cell groups for the families of the youth who have come to know Christ, and that those youth will themselves be able to share the Word of God in those groups, since they know the Cora and Huichol languages better than us.  We believe God has raised up these youth for an important mission, and we are hopeful for good results.  To that end, we are also working in drama ministry, teaching the people a message from the Word through the medium of drama.

And this is a summary of all that I am doing with God’s help.

May God bless you!
Martin
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Pastor Amado Verdin
Lead Pastor of Casa de Oración, La Hermosa
Director of Rehabilitation Center, El Faro de Esperanza
Rosamorada, Nayarit

My name is Amado Verdin Ramírez, and I am a mechanic by trade as well as the pastor of a small church, called Casa de Oración La Hermosa, in the town of Rosamorada. I work with my wife, Lourdes, and my children, Yessica and Abraham.

Our ministry began with a cell group in a small room at my auto repair shop.  Later, after being called to become pastors, we initiated our congregation under a tree in our repair shop patio. Now, we are using a borrowed space for our meetings and services.
Our initial cell group in the little room at my workshop.
Our very first service, under the tree in our patio.
One of our services in the borrowed space we currently occupy.
God has placed in us the calling to extend His Kingdom to all people, especially among addicts.  For this reason, the mission of the church is to build a restoration center so that we may see those suffering from addictions, restored to life by the Word of God, and reintegrated into society to becoming a benefit to the community.

So far we have a rented house, three bunk beds with mattresses, a stove, a refrigerator, blankets, and all the study materials that will be distributed to the residents.
The front of the rented house we will use for our restoration center.
Side view of the rented house. 
Bunk beds
Courtyard of the rented house.
Training for how to distribute study materials to residents.
We are in the process of getting the permits required to legally operate the restoration center. And on July 14, we will host an intensive First Aid training course for all of the restoration center’s personnel.
We have already begun working with a family struggling with additions.
Thank you for keeping us in your prayers.
Pastor Amado and Family
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Pastor Frank Uribe
Children Feeding Program Director
Centro Cristiano Arrayanes Facilitator
Rosamorada, Nayarit


We are the Uribe-Zavala family, of Rosamorada, Nayarit, and we work with underprivileged children. We teach them the Word of God one day a week, and following the lesson, we give them a small snack. Our plan is to do this multiple times a week, adding breakfast, but we have encountered several obstacles: the scarcity of food and the lack of adequate meeting space. For now, we gather in a borrowed courtyard shaded by trees.



Our vision is to acquire our own space with its own roof, enough chairs and tables, and enough cooking equipment to accomplish the work we desire to do with the children of our community. Our objective is to be firmly established in the community for the wellbeing of these children.

For now, I bid you farewell with my best regards and blessings.

Your brother and friend in Christ,
Pastor Frank and Family
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Pastor Ruben Perez
Lead Pastor of Restauración y Vida Nueva
Church Plant Pastor in Mazatan, Nayarit
Las Varas, Nayarit


My name is Ruben Dario Perez Sandoval.  I am married to Carla Valeria Perez Barillas, and we have three children: Ruben, Hector, an Abigail.  Currently, we are the pastors of Restoration and New Life Church, located in Las Varas, Nayarit, Mexico. We also lead another group of believers in the town of Mazatan, Nayarit. My wife and I have been pastors for approximately six years.  Our vision is focused on the restoration of families and of marriages on the brink of divorce. We ourselves were once on the brink of divorce, and God restored us, and what could have been my greatest failure, today is my greatest victory.  For He restored us, and now we have the privilege of brining restoration to others.  Not just marriages, but our vision is to see children, youth, and adults who have suffered from all kinds of traumas or emotional wounds find restoration.  We want to raise them up and disciple them so that they may be leaders, sent out to fulfill their calling.

We have some property that was donated to us, and there we would like to build a center for restoration and discipleship for all those we desire to help.  The intention is to build retreat cabins suitable for couples, youth, children, and adults.  It will be a place where we not only minister to and help them, but also, after they are restored, raise them up and equip them in their ministry, helping them to discover what that ministry is and developing them to be leaders in it.

Psalm 147:3 is very meaningful for us and forms the foundation of our simple vision: “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.

Blessings to you, and we invite you to join us in praying for our ministry here in Nayarit, Mexico.

Sincerely, 
Pastor Ruben and Family