Saturday, June 27, 2020

Pastors' Perspectives 20.2

Every six months, the pastors that are connected to our ministry share an bi-annual update from their perspective on what the Lord is doing in their areas of ministry to let you know what's going on and how to pray. Your investment is making progress in the Kingdom of God. Thank you for your donations and prayers!

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

The past six months have been somewhat difficult due to the state of emergency that has gripped the world. Because of this, we have not been able to gather as a congregation, but we are sure it is for the best and allows us to minister to the vulnerable.


Specifically, we have begun a men’s meeting centered on the book The Resolution for Men by Stephen and Alex Kendrick, forming small groups of three to four men, with a total of fifteen attending. We have seen growth in these men. One man in particular was experiencing serious trouble in his marriage, but he has been attending for three weeks now and during that time GOD has worked wonders in the lives of him and his wife, to the point that they are now ministering to others together as a couple.

We hope to continue these meetings and inviting other men to join us with the hope of continuing to reach and disciple others. We see that this time has been of great blessing so we want others to have the same opportunity for growth as we pursue our goal of raising up leaders here in the church.
Concerning the leadership school, we hope to resume classes in July, and we will study Traditions and Customs of the Biblical Lands. With God’s help, and yours, we can be part of extending God’s kingdom throughout this region of Mexico.

Friends, I thank you for your prayers, support, and active participation in the ministry of La Cofradía United.

With much gratitude,
Sincerely,
Pastors Gregorio and Maty Hernández-Espinoza


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Pastor Luis Vazquez
Centro Cristiano Cofradia Student Ministries
Maintenance Director
Cofradia Dwellings Director
Cofradia, Nayarit

“Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.”  —John 7:38

This passage has been on my heart during this season. The rivers of His Spirit flow from my heart during this pandemic because I have believed as the Scriptures say. I want to encourage you all to believe, as the Scriptures teach, because if the rivers of the Spirit are not running in our hearts, it is possible we are believing a lie.
At the beginning of this year, with help from God and from you, my faithful brothers and sisters, we were able to complete the construction of our own home. We are so happy and grateful to God and you all for the great faithfulness that has been shown to my family and me in this season.




As you already know, due to the virus that arrived in Mexico around the beginning of March, we have suspended gatherings in our church building, but my family and I have continued to worship together in our hearts and our home, as well as with those whom we invite over or whom we visit in order to encourage them to follow Christ in the midst of these circumstances. We also gathered with the elders of the church each Sunday to encourage them by means of a discipleship class of 15 sessions that concluded on June 21. It was a season of much internal growth for everyone who attended. In the first week of July, I will begin meeting weekly with two friends in order to lead them through this same book.

Due to the virus, we are anxiously waiting to see if we will be able to do EL RETO this year. I have been thinking about some ideas for the event, but have not decided on anything concrete yet. We continue to hope that God will make a way for it to happen.

Prayer requests:
  • That my daughter would be able to return to her residence at the university so she can continue her studies (she had to leave because of the pandemic).
  • That we would continue united and focused in our marriage and responsibilities.
  • For my son Ángel who is battling with the rebelliousness of adolescence (though nothing serious).
  • That the youth in our church would seek God even at their young age.
  • For our congregation, that fire for God would continue to burn in their hearts because during this season of suspended gatherings, some are struggling in their relationship with God.

As always, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all that you have done for us because of your love and passion.

Gratefully yours,
The Vázquez-Sicairos Family

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Pastor Horacio Garzón
Indigenous Ministries
Centro Cristiano Arrayanes Facilitator
Cofradia, Nayarit

Greetings! It is with much pleasure that I take up paper and pen to offer you my deepest gratitude for your generosity toward us. I hope that this letter finds you well and rejoicing in good health. That is the desire of us all as we always remember how much God has blessed us through the knowledge of His love for us. It is with joy that I tell you my daughter, Kennia, completed high school in June. I pray she will find a university program in which to continue her professional preparation and in that way equip herself to serve others even more effectively.



We have also had the opportunity to host another round of the discipleship course Freedom in Christ, based on the book by Neil T. Anderson. For me personally, it has brought more freedom for me and for others. It continues to be a substantial part of my walk with Jesus. I thank God for involving me in this dynamic movement of ministry in this area, and I am grateful for this vision of my pastors and leaders. Brothers, there is much more I could say, but I don’t want to forget to tell you thank you! Thank you for your support and backing. Receive greetings from María and Kennía, and from me my profound gratitude.

Sincerely,
Pastor Horacio Garzón-Orozco

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Martin Garzón
Missionary to Cora Indians (temporarily home)

Centro Cristiano Arrayanes Adolescent Ministry
Cofradia, Nayarit

Greetings. Brothers and sisters, here I offer you my gratitude for all that you have done in my life. To begin, I thank God for all that you are doing, and that you are pleased to do. I thank God for all the support received from you. It has been a great help for ministering to the children. I always say that you are a wonderful example to me. I love you with the love of Christ! I also thank God for the money you send because it makes it possible to purchase ministry materials and to host outreach events.



Thank you, brothers and sisters, for all that you do for me. I know that God will reward all your efforts. And so I say may God bless you.

Sincerely,
Martin Garzón-Solís.

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Pastor Amado Verdin
Lead Pastor of Casa de Oración, La Hermosa
Director of Restoration Center, El Faro de Esperanza
Rosamorada, Nayarit


In February, we received a donation from a Christian group that does house construction, which we invested in aluminum roofing sheets for the roof of the restoration center.

On March 9, we admited our first resident to Lighthouse of Hope Restoration Center. He has been with us now for three months. According to our admittance agreement, he has already completed the blood testing required by law, and he has complied with all resident regulations. His daily activities begin when he wakes at 6:00 a.m. to prepare for his first devotional; then from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., he attends Bible study classes on restoration, using a lesson book, a study guide, and his Bible. From 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., he attends vocational classes—on Fridays he it’s electrician training, and the rest of the week it’s mechanics training—so that when he leaves the restoration center, he will be able to get a job and contribute to society. At the very beginning, he also took the Freedom in Christ course, which lasted approximately two weeks.
We now have a Facebook page so that more people may find us through social media. Sometimes we post ministry updates there, being careful to protect the identity and security of our residents. Here is a link to our page:
Over the months, we have received calls to admit more residents, but due to the pandemic we are currently experiencing, the State Counsel Against Addictions (CECA) has prohibited us from admitting anyone new until further notice.

Due to the fact that we did not have adequate facilities for our church, we were gathering in a borrowed facility. La Cofradía United blessed us financially for this necessary construction project.

On June 16, we received a donation of one full and one twin mattress for the restoration center.








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Pastor Frank Uribe
Paramitas Children Feeding Program Director
Rosamorada, Nayarit
Donation Link (Indicate for "Pastor Frank")

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Pastor Ruben Perez
Lead Pastor of Restauración y Vida Nueva

Church Plant Pastor in Mazatan, Nayarit
Las Varas, Nayarit
Donation Link (Indicate for "Pastor Ruben")

Hello and blessings to you. My name is Rubén Darío, and I am a son of a pastor of a church here in Nayarit, Mexico. My wife, Carla, and I pastor a congregation, and we have another mission in Mazatán, Nayarit, about an hour from Las Varas. It is very pleasant for us to serve and fulfill the calling that God has designed for us, to go and make disciples. Therefore we go, and we are grateful for your prayers for our ministry. Receive a hug from us and the ministry of Restoration and Life.

Blessings.



Monday, June 01, 2020

June Ministry Update

The Silbermans
This month's update features...

  • Where you can watch Rebecka's High School graduation on June 6
  • What's happening in Cofradia
  • The Restoration Center in Rosamorada
  • News about EL RETO
  • A short message on how God interrupted Peter and what that means for us
  • And how you can pray this month

Last month was our first month in this new format of sending out our updates and now I'm wondering what took me so long (smile). It is exceptionally easier! Here is a link to June's Ministry Update.

Thank you for partnering with us! We appreciate your much needed prayers. We are very grateful to all of you who have contributed to our personal support, especially while we've been in Washington, as well as your investment into the Kingdom through separately contributing to the ministry in Cofradia.

Blessings to you all!

The Silbermans

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





Sunday, May 03, 2020

May Ministry Update

The Silbermans
This month's update features... 

  • Where we're at as far as our return to Mexico, 
  • How the Cofradia church is functioning through this stay at home order, 
  • Video updates of our Brick Business and last year's Student Ministry Outreach EL RETO
  • The progress of our Restoration Center, 
  • News about our daughter, Rebecka,
  • And how you can pray this month.
Because of some changes in my computer operating system, I have had to change the way we send out our monthly updates. Here is a link to May's Ministry Update.


Thank you for partnering with us! We appreciate your much needed prayers. We are very grateful to all of you who have contributed to our personal support, especially while we've been in Washington, as well as your investment into the Kingdom through separately contributing to the ministry in Cofradia.

Blessings to you all!

The Silbermans

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




Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Brick Making Project

LADRICU (Ladrillos [bricks] Cofradia United) is a ministry to provide employment opportunities to those families in need in order to create a strong and healthy community.

"BUILDING STRONG AND HEALTHY FAMILIES
ONE BRICK AT A TIME"

Last November I was in Mexico and had the chance to interview Pastor Luis who is in charge and Juan Diego who is benefiting form this employment project. Here is a video of that interview...



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EL RETO 2019

"A+ LOVE" was the theme for last year's RETO. EL RETO is our annual student ministry outreach held in Cofradia. It has the style and some taste of Survivor, Amazing Race, and Fear Factor. Last year, 2019, was our 15th year holding the event.

Our desire is to Reach out to new students, Restore relationships of non-committed students, and Learn about all we can of God's Love and Leadership. More than 200 students come to this event in the 6 weeks that it is running.

Here is a video of the event made by Macx Diaz, a friend who has been making videos for us since 2011.

HELP REACH OUT AND CHANGE THE LIVES OF STUDENTS IN OUR REGION. WE DO NOT CHARGE ANY OF THEM TO COME, IT IS COMPLETELY FREE FOR THEM BECAUSE WE WANT THEM TO COME. YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

THANK YOU FOR PARTNERING WITH US



Saturday, March 28, 2020

MARCH UPDATE 2020

Greetings from Washington State! We are doing well and we hope you are too! We are growing, we are listening, we are learning, and we are excited about life. God is good! As I think about all the things that are going on in the world and so many questions that have arisen around us, I can’t help but see the Opportunities that are available to us! Three of those are at the forefront of my mind in regards to families, cleanliness, and faith.

OPPORTUNITIES in the OBSCURITY
Fortified Families This is a choice. An opportunity to take advantage while having the children at home. Even though it may be difficult with the preoccupations of finances, our health, or even getting on each other’s nerves, I think there is an opportunity to spend time with them; time we normally don’t have. Occasionally, our time can be interpreted as love. There is potential to strengthen family bonds, make memories, and create or revive positive habits.

Cleaner Communities How can this happen with no sanitizer in the stores?  Well, I think after this, we will all be more conscious about washing our hands more often and things we touch in public places. This has the potential to reduce germs for a long time and develop habits that will make for a cleaner community. I can’t help but think of the spiritual aspect of this. For some of us, we have been stripped away from our comfort and familiar routines along with our friends and extended families. This exposes our vulnerability and the things we hold dear. This, in a sense, is a cleansing of our hearts. Whatever it is we’re most worried about is brought to light and we have an opportunity to confront those issues we may need to deal with. What comfort or routine do I trust in too much that God knows important enough to reveal to me during this time? There is freedom in trusting Him.

Firm Faith This goes without saying. We know that our faith object never changes. He is forever firm and we can trust in no other the way we can trust in Him. The hope he gives us is a powerful motivator to help us through struggling times. In the end, we know that God wins and in Christ, we are victorious. This is not the end of the world--the Bible does not describe it this way. But, instead, this is an opportunity to put our trust in the Lord. This may be hard to do from time to time, but it’s the only thing to do. His financial system does not fluctuate, disease does not determine our destiny, and death has been defused.

I’m excited to see what God does through all of this. As I stop to listen, I want to hear what He says. He knows what’s going on.

GIVE THANKS TO THE LORD, FOR HE IS GOOD; HIS LOVE ENDURES FOREVER!
We have not sent out an update in a while. Here is a tiny glimpse of what’s been going on and how you can continue to pray for our family and ministry.

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

  1. Short Term Missions Teams in Cofradia. Two teams from Utah and Washington helped change the lives of two families by blessing them with a house.  Former staff members Lain and Jay, made themselves available in our ablsense to host the teams along side the locals and the word returned to us was that both teams were a huge success. We cannot wait to visit those families in person and get back to host more teams who will be building houses for more families who do not have one. We are already scheduling teams for Fall/Winter of 2020-2021. Let us know if you’re interested as we would love to host your team. 
  2. Rebecka as she took on a bit heavier load this semester. She has been doing excellent and that heavy load has been lifted. Thank you for your prayers for all three of our girls in school. 
  3. Travelling to other cities and churches has been very limited due to cancellations and busy schedules.  Once this is over, we hope to visit with you. If you are a pastor, Sunday school teacher, or leader of a small group, we’d love to visit with you and your group. 
  4. Focus as we have turned the corner of the halfway mark of our furlough. We are at the point of dropping a few things that we had hoped to do in order to focus on the most important. Thank you for your prayers as the Lord guides us.

Here are some links to more:


Will you please pray for...

  1. God to receive Glory in the midst of the world situation right now. I believe it is a perfect time for us to be able to share the hope we have in God. There is no reason for us to fear. 
  2. The ministry in Cofradia as they continue to move forward. They are doing great! 
  3. Our family as we continue to focus on returning to Mexico We hope that once this is over we can meet with groups and visit those who partner with us. “The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.” Prov. 16:9 (ESV)
  4. Rebecka is graduating from High School this year and is undecided where, but planning on staying in the US to attend University. Please pray for her as she follows the Spirit’s leading. 

Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever!

WE LOVE YOU ALL!!

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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Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Pastors' Perspectives 20.1

Every six months I ask the Pastors of our community to share a quick update in order for you to see what is on their heart regarding our ministry and through their perspective. These pastors can receive tax-deductible contributions through Alternative Missions to subsidize their personal support as well as their specific projects.
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Pastor Gregorio Hernández
Lead Pastor of Centro Cristiano Cofradia
Cofradia, Nayarit

For the past two years our theme has been “Living free in Christ.” Our desire was that everyone, or at least the majority, have the opportunity to take and actually complete two courses: a discipleship course and a course focused on God’s grace. There were more who did not complete these courses than those who did, but in those who did complete the courses we have seen very obvious growth in their lives. Even still, the larger goal is that we take up the responsibility we have to live as God’s children. It is true that some have not done this, but the effects of these courses is impacting the larger community. I am thinking of a particular family who were all assuming things without having made sure if those things were true or not. In the end we had a very good discussion, and all was made clear to the glory of God. How good it is that God grants us opportunities to resolve our spiritual conflicts, in the same way He does for our personal conflicts, and in this way experience a growth that is both sustainable and aligned with the principles in God’s Word.

For this year we are focusing on the theme “By His Grace,” for understanding the grace of God will help us to live truly free. We hope that the majority will participate in our exploration of this theme.

Finally, we thank all those who partner with us in the continuing development of this ministry here in this place. May God bless you for your support, both spiritual and financial. Without your support, we would not have the freedom to help others in their growth. We thank God, and all of you. Blessings!


Sincerely,
Pastor Gregorio and Maty Hernandez, and family
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Pastor Luis Vazquez
Centro Cristiano Cofradia Student Ministries
Maintenance Director
Cofradia Dwellings Director
Cofradia, Nayarit


All I can say is that God is faithful. His mercy endures forever. As I see His love displayed in so many ways all around us, and as I bask in the love you pour out toward us and the faithfulness with which you continue supporting our ministry and family. All I can say is thank you!

Our family has been through good moments and trials, but we have entered this new year united and with encouragement from God to press on. My son Luis and daughter Carolina continue studying in Tepic, and they are doing well. My wife and I are planning to apply for US visas so that we can go see you all in the United States. We ask for your prayers to cover this process. We also thank God, and you all, because we have made the final payments on our house and are in the process of moving in. Thank you all for your help in making this dream a reality!

Last year’s EL RETO was called “A+ Love.” It was refreshing for all the participants to be talking about the love God has for us. By characterizing God’s love as A+ Love—that is to say, the maximum amount, or His full and total love—we were able to talk over the six weeks of the event about God’s love for them in this season of their lives, an age when they most need to hear they are loved.

We taught the class “Freedom in Christ” with Pastor Jimmy in Tepic every Sunday for thirteen weeks. We saw very good results, as class members took ownership of their freedom and resolved personal and spiritual conflicts. It was a very good time. We also taught the class in Cofradía during the month of November, and people from Guadalajara, Puerto Vallarta, and Mazatlan joined us. Their lives were changed drastically as they began to understand the truth that sets them free.

Pastor Goyo and I co-led a leadership class in Cofradía every Tuesday for six months where eighteen people attended. It was a time of great growth for all of us as leaders.

We continue working with the youth every Saturday involving the older ones to take leadership and help. We also continue building homes for families in need. At the end of 2019 and the beginning of this year we completed three houses.

I thank you for all the love you have shown us for so long. My family and I are very grateful to God and to you.

Sincerely,
Pastor Luis
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Pastor Horacio Garzón
Indigenous Ministries
Centro Cristiano Arrayanes Facilitator
Cofradia, Nayarit


Hello! It is with great pleasure that I take up pen and paper to write you and in that way communicate to you my deepest gratitude for your generosity toward us. I hope that as you are reading this report you are well and enjoying good health. It is our desire to always be reminding you of the abundance with which God has blessed us through the knowledge of His love for us.

It is with joy that I tell you that my daughter Kennia is now in her final semester and will graduate high school in June.  I am asking God to help her decide on a university program so that she can continue with professional education and in that way be equipped to serve the Body in the most effective way.

We also had the opportunity to participate once again in the discipleship course, “Freedom in Christ,” based on the book by Neil T. Anderson. For me, personally, this course liberates both me and others; it continues to be a study that is essential for my walk with Jesus. I give thanks to God for involving me in the dynamic movement of ministry in this place. I am thankful for the vision of my pastors and leaders.

Brothers and sisters, there is much to be said, but I do not want to miss the opportunity to say thank you! Thank you for your support and backing. Receive greetings from Maria, Kennia, and me, and our deepest gratitude.

Sincerely,
Pastor Horacio Garzon Orozco
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Martin Garzón
Missionary to Cora Indians
From Arrayanes, Nayarit
La Mesa del Nayar, Nayarit

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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


The Restoration Center is finally open, and we are hoping to admit resident patients, toward which end we have talked with families in Tuxpan, Rosamorada, Agua Aceda, Mazatlan, Tepic, and Puerto Vallarta. We are also promoting the center on social media networks and through face-to-face presentations.

As we visit with families of potential patients, we share with them all our vision, what they will do in the center, and how they will be treated because many have already been in programs where they have suffered psychological abuse and they are afraid to go through that kind of thing again. But we believe that the Word of God says: the grace of God is not receiving what we deserve but that Christ took the punishment for us.

We continue to work on repairing the Restoration Center’s roof; seeking support from different people who have embraced our vision and making sure to keep the center clean in anticipation of the arrival of our first residents.

***UPDATE SINCE THIS REPORT***

As of 3/18/20, Pastor Amado has received an intern and is actively working with them at this time.
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Pastor Frank Uribe
Children Feeding Program Director
Centro Cristiano Arrayanes Facilitator
Rosamorada, Nayarit
Donation Link (Indicate for "Pastor Frank")

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Pastor Ruben Perez
Lead Pastor of Restauración y Vida Nueva
Church Plant Pastor in Mazatan, Nayarit
Las Varas, Nayarit
Donation Link (Indicate for "Pastor Ruben")

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