Monday, May 06, 2019


Greetings from Cofradía, Mexico! Crazy personal roadblock this month with an unexpected need for knee surgery. I had been feeling pain for a few weeks and after feeling something “slip” I decided to go to the doctor. According to the MRI, my meniscus was torn and it seemed to be a simple fix, however the doctor did warn me of the possibility of cartilage damage and/or a torn ACL. We decided to get this done as soon as possible in order to be healed and ready to go by the end of June. The meniscus was torn and repaired. The ACL was just fine (thank you, Jesus!), but there is cartilage damage. The procedure was successful, but I am not supposed to put pressure on my leg for five weeks!


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

  1. Furlough Preparation: Thank you so much for those of you who have so generously responded to our need for this upcoming year. We feel blessed! We are half way to our goal in pledges! Click here to see the chart and let us know if you would commit for 13 months. Click here to see our message that explains a little more.
  2. Pastor Ruben from Las Varas, Nayarit.  Pastor Ruben is doing a lot better and is getting around on his crutches. 
  3. Provisional Administrator. (Administrative Assistant) Goyito is doing a great job! This month I will be having him do the work while I supervise him and it should go pretty well. 
  4. Visitors: It was a huge blessing to have the Calderon family from Bakersfield here for a weekend. We had a great time talking about the ministry and our goals for the future over coffee!  It’s always great to have visitors that encourage and motivate you!  Thank you Calderon family and Templo Calvario! 

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This month, will you please pray for...

  1. Alex is a 14 year old who was involved in a motorcycle accident three weeks ago.  He has been in the hospital ever since and is still waiting for the doctors to insert a plate in his head. He was stable for a while, but has grown very skinny because he does not want to eat.  For this reason, they sent him home yesterday so he will eat and they will operate on him in one month. Please pray for a quick recovery and his parents, Nacho and Toña. 
  2. Furlough Preparation: Please continue to pray for our family and ministry as we prepare for our one-year stay in Washington. Pray for our specific family needs as we will be needing a place to stay, getting the girls settled in next year’s schooling, situating certain things here in Cofradía, and we anticipate a considerable increase in our financial support needs. Our departure date depends on the girls’ schooling, but hope to be in Washington by mid-July. 
  3. Administrative Assistant. Continue to pray for me to explain thoroughly how to run things during this month as I will be letting him loose in June. 
  4. Leadership Training School Project: Pastor Goyo is working on one of our two greatest needs as he will be starting a temporary training school for pastors and leaders on Tuesday nights (starting May 14). They will be studying John Maxwell’s book The 21 Most Powerful Minutes in a Leader’s Day. We are all excited for this and we believe it will show us areas that we can improve with the school and as leaders. 
  5. Establishing Employment Projects: Pastor Luis is still working out some more details for the brickworks project which is our second greatest need. Our ultimate desire is to have a healthy church and community in order to help facilitate raising up leaders. This brickworks project will provide immediate work for four men who normally leave town during the slow months. We are close to making a deal to purchase 3/4 of an acre right on the beach of the Cofradía lake for $7,000, which has so much potential for many other projects. Please pray for the Lord’s guidance and that finances will come in to help with the purchasing of this property and getting it fenced and ready for work. If you would like to help with that, you can make a donation to our Cofradia General Fund and make a note for “Cofradia Bricks”
  6. Restoration Center. Pastor Amado’s Drug Rehab Center has been unofficially operating as the Lord has brought to him people in need. He has been holding bible studies, but legally cannot house interns as he is still waiting for government approval.  However, there is a pastor who has had some struggles recently and is living at the temporary center while he goes through classes with Amado. Please keep this in prayer as there is so much need around us for people’s lives and families to be restored. In fact, this past weekend someone was brought to him with an urgent need. He had to take him to Mazatlan, because Amado still has not officially received permission.  They are waiting for their “Plan of Action” paperwork to be finished. By purchasing property, we will have the opportunity to seek governmental help through our Civil Association for building projects and more. We are still short $9,000 to purchase the 8.5 acres on the outskirts of Rosamorada and pay for the fees that will be included in the purchase. Please pray the Lord opens doors and that Amado and his team can start helping people. If you would like to contribute, you can make a donation to the Cofradia Restoration Center here.
  7. Knee Surgery. This was unexpected and I would like prayer for peace and patience. I’m having a hard time with the limitations that come with having to use crutches. May 22 marks five weeks. I’m praying that things go well and I will be able to walk sooner. Thank you for your prayers!
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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Sunday, May 05, 2019

Sabbath Support

"And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:19

Thank you for being part of our Sabbath Support goal for July 2019 - July 2020. Click here to see more details of our plans.

We will be updating this chart regularly:

Here are our three immediate needs:
  1. Finances. As you can see, we are ¾ of the way to our goal in donations received and pledged.  We are asking 30 people to give $100 a month for 13 months. Click here to join our Sabbath Support Team.
  2. Housing. We will need a place to stay, preferably in the Central Kitsap area. Please let us know if you become aware of any housing availabilities here.
  3. Prayer. As we prepare people and projects here in Mexico for our absence, our finances, housing, and direction for school enrollment.