Monday, February 26, 2018

His Place Team

A group from the His Place Church in Mount Vernon, Washington, came to help us repair the extremely leaky roof at the church.  The roof had been getting worse and worse in the past few years and the sealants that are normally used here were not working.  During the last rainy season, it seemed that the roof worked as tight filter as water would seep through the ceiling.

The team did an excellent job for the four days of tireless work mixing cement with lime, sand, and pumice rock, filling buckets, raising them up, and lots of shoveling.   We had some great help from a few of the locals for whom we were very grateful.

It was a great week working together.  The team had the opportunity to make a quick trip up to La Mesa, Nayarit, where Jay had been working and along with some other missionaries, helped get Martin (one of our own) established teaching the bible in a school there.  Everyone came back saying that it was a great experience.

Thank you very much Jim, Leslie, Mary, Tony, Jay, Mark, and JJ!!

Thursday, February 22, 2018


Doug and Jan Taylor, missionaries to Mexico from Winnipeg, Canada, came to visit us as the special speakers for the weekend.  Specifically for our annual Date Night Banquet for married couples.

They spoke four times: Friday night was an excellent time with the Leaders of our church and the Rosamorada church.  The message was challenging and very appropriate as it hit right at home where we needed it.  They encouraged us to Walk in Love; Walk in the Light; and Walk in Wisdom.  The next morning, Jan spoke with the women as she challenged them to walk in the calling that the Lord has for them; it's time.  Saturday evening's Date Night Banquet was bitter-sweet as Jan heard the news of her brother's passing that afternoon.  However, they continued to pour themselves out to us and share what the Lord had laid on their hearts for the couples.  There were a number of different churches represented and it was an exciting time for everyone.  On Sunday morning they shared another encouraging word from the Psalms to the whole church.

Friday Night Leadership Meeting

Date Night Banquet

Date Night Banquet

Sunday morning service.

Friday, February 02, 2018


Greetings from Cofradía, Mexico! Another full month has passed.  Upon returning to Cofradía from our two-week visit in California/Arizona, I took off the next day with the Elders of the church on a two-day retreat.  It was tiring, but a blessing.  We then scrambled to prepare for the arrival of the Cy-Fair team who came down to build Florentina’s house which was a tremendous joy to be a part of!  Pastor Luis and I sat down afterwards to fill out a report to the government on our Civil Association activities of 2017 just in time before the January 31st deadline.  We’re moving forward and anticipating an exciting February with more activities.  Thank you so much for your prayers!


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

  1. Border Trip. Thank you for your prayers!  We had an exciting time visiting friends and family and (finally) celebrating Rebecka’s 15th birthday at Six Flags.  I’ve posted a quick report here which includes a boat trip in San Diego! 
  2. Elder’s Retreat.  We had a great time with the Elders.  We continue to focus on the Freedom in Christ material as it becomes more and more real to us every time it’s taught.  The Elders team is growing stronger under Pastor Goyo’s leadership and direction. 
  3. Short-Term Missions team from Cy-Fair Christian Church in Houston, Texas.  We had an amazing time.  The house dedication was very delightful as Florentina joyfully began dancing once she opened her door and stepped over the threshold.  Follow this link to read about her story.
  4. Bible School Thank you for your continued prayers as we focus on the 6 students who still need to finish an exam to officially be done with their degrees.

Here are some links to more:

This month, will you please pray for...
  1. Administrative Tasks. I still have a number of administrative tasks to take care of before I get back into the “normal” routine.  Please pray for strength, endurance, and wisdom. 
  2. Cofradía Date Night.  Our annual Date Night will be held next Saturday with our friends Doug and Jan Taylor coming to speak again.  This is an excellent time to reach out to married couples who one or both may not know the Lord.  The Taylors will also be speaking to our leaders on Friday and the congregation on Sunday (January 9-11). 
  3. Short-Term Missions team from Mount Vernon, Washington, will be joining us to help us fix the extremely leaky roof in the education wing of the church (February 17-24). 
  4. Freedom in Christ discipleship course.  We’re going to start a 13 week discipleship course with the Freedom in Christ material.  This will be our first time teaching it in the format in which it was designed.  We expect this to be an excellent, eye-opening time for many as we will be able to take advantage of all the material instead of having to skip over some things.  Please pray for Pastor Goyo, Pastor Luis, and myself as we take turns teaching on Tuesday nights starting February 13. 
  5. Freedom in Christ Seminar.  The pastors who have attended these seminars have been asking us to take this to their churches and places they have mission churches.  This is what we’ll be doing in March with Pastor Abimael from Tuxpan in the town called Guadalupe Victoria, about an hour and a half away (towards San Blas for those of you who are familiar with this area).  Please pray for us as we prepare and teach (March 2-4).

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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