Monday, September 13, 2021

PASTOR LUIS VAZQUEZ, COFRADIA UNITED


This is really tough to communicate. Pastor Luis went to be with the Lord the morning of September 9, 2021, after two weeks of battling COVID. He was on oxygen for about a week and got progressively worse. He got up in the morning energetic, breathing, talking, joking...his normal self. After praying for healing, he had all the signs of being healed completely from COVID. He was breathing without the help of oxygen and taking deeper and deeper breaths. He had some juice and tea, then laid down again to rest. His wife mentioned that he looked at her and said, "It is finished." He never responded after that. It was a hard long day for everyone; and continues to be in some ways. His wife, Mari, was devastated, but has been really strong. No one had any idea that Luis, a strong and healthy 42 year old, would pass away so early in life. We all expected him to live.

Pastor Luis was one of the most respected pastors in our region. He had many, many friends and was a bridge in the Christian community between churches and denominations. He wore many, many hats. Not just in the church, but in the community of Cofradía as well as he was hugely resourceful. He will be missed like you cannot believe.

During his service on Sunday, September 12, he was honored and remembered. I have included a video of the whole two hour service. The participants were: Pastor Goyo, Hugo and the worship band, Gabo Garcia, a phone call from myself, Pastor Amado, Pastor Jimmy, Pastor Ildefonso, Brother Nelson, Pastor Abimael and his wife, and Mari and her son, Luis, who were with him when he passed away.

If you would like to help Mari and the family financially, you can send checks made out to Family Renewal, to:
Family Renewal Ministries
PO Box 293
Defiance, IA 51527
Please make a note that it is for Pastor Luis' family.

You can contact Family Renewal here for any questions about digital donations.

Blessings to you all,

Steve & Geña



Monday, September 06, 2021

September 2021 Ministry Update

This month's update features...


Thank you so much for partnering with us. We are grateful for your prayers and support and are honored to have you as part of our ministry team.

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





Friday, September 03, 2021

PASTORS AND PROJECTS DONATIONS

Because of the closing of Alternative Missions, we have a temporary avenue for you to send your contributions for specific projects in Cofradia and support for pastors in our ministry. Family Renewal Ministries is a ministry we've worked with in the past up in the mountains where there is a large populations of Cora Indians east of Cofradia. They have graciously offered to be a funding avenue for the ministry of Cofradia United. 

Here is the information to send to Cofradia through “Family Renewal Ministries” for the time being:

Make checks to Family Renewal Ministries and send to:
Family Renewal Ministries
PO Box 293 
Defiance, IA 51527 

They also do automatic deposits from banks. They send out year-end tax giving information (unless you need it more often) and have a CPA who takes care of all their finances. They will wire us the money in Mexico.

Make sure your donation is designated for Cofradia.

**This is NOT for "The Silberman's" personal missionary support. Please click here for more information on that.

Please contact us with any questions and contact information for Family Renewal Ministries at: info@cofradiaunited.com

Thank you so much!



Thursday, August 26, 2021

CHANGES for Donations

 I just recently sent an email out with this information...

Greetings everyone!
A CHANGE IS HERE!!

First of all, what is NOT CHANGING is our ministry focus, activities, nor our hearts! We are so excited for what God is doing.

The CHANGE...
I need to inform you that we have a new avenue for receiving donations. Please make the change ASAP.

"Alternative Missions" is phasing out and we will no longer be receiving donations through them.

Our new avenue is "Mission Dispatch" who specializes in helping missionaries with this very issue of how to receive tax-deductible donations.

I have updated our information on our website at this link.

What you will need to do is CANCEL your automatic donations through Alternative Missions if you are set up for reoccurring giving.

Now you can DONATE HERE. You will need to scroll down where it says "Fund" and search for my name, Steven Silberman. You will be able to use any major credit card or set up a withdrawal from your bank account (ACH). Making the donation "reoccurring" will be so much easier.

If you would rather write a check, please make it out to "Mission Dispatch" with a note to indicate that it is for "Steven Silberman" and send it to:
MISSION DISPATCH
PO BOX 641
EDMONDS, WA 98020


Please make this immediate change as "Alternative Missions" phases out anywhere from within two weeks to two months.

If you donate to a Pastor, Specific Ministry, Project, or our Cofradia General Fund, we have another temporary avenue to receive those contributions. Please contact me at cafe0530@gmail.com

I will be sending out an update at the beginning of September.

Please continue to pray for our family and those in Cofradía. We are about 2 - 4 weeks out from returning back there. Things are going awesome and we're excited for what God has in store for our family and future!!

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS FOR US, PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE TO ASK!!

Receive the Lord's blessing today!
GIVE THANKS TO THE LORD, FOR HE IS GOOD;
HIS LOVE ENDURES FOREVER!



Saturday, July 10, 2021

July 2021 Ministry Update


This month's update features...


Thank you so much for partnering with us. We are honored to have you as part of our team.

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





La Cofradia United Logo

We have a new Ministry Logo! "La Cofradía United" is the name of our ministry. The word "Cofradía" means "confraternity" or "brotherhood"--a group of people focused together on a specific purpose, either religious or charitable. We are based in Cofradia de Cuyutlán, Nayarit. Although "Cofradía" is the name of our town, the reason behind the name is the meaning, not location.

In the logo, notice that the circle is actually a "C" with a "U" connected to it. The left part of the U has a cross signifying that Christ's work at the cross is the at the center of our ministry. Our life and ministry revolve around Christ and the good news of him paying the price of our sin for us. Not only that, his resurrection and life in us give us victory over the enemy.



Tuesday, July 06, 2021

Pastors' Perspectives 21.2

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!

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

June 2021 Ministry Update

 

This month's update features...


Thank you so much for partnering with us. So many things going on and you help make it possible! Continue to be blessed in the Lord!!

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






Middle East News

Amir Tsarfati, an Evangelist/Speaker born in Jerusalem, has a ministry called Behold Israel. He consistently updates his followers on Telegram about breaking news and news in general through the eyes of Biblical Prophecy. You will not see this information in the mainstream media (I've looked for it). Go to his site or follow him on Telegram to receive his daily updates of the truth about Israel and the Middle East. A number of years ago, a friend of ours introduced us to this ministry and I have been blessed by it and I'm sure the same will be for you.

Wednesday, June 09, 2021

Struggling Married Couple

In our last update, we shared a prayer request regarding a married couple struggling to stay together. We worked with them all month leading them through the Freedom in Christ course as well as the Grace course a few weeks later. This couple whom I will keep anonymous, came to us ready to separate, they were living without hope. They once had a vibrant walk with the Lord as they led others to Christ as well. But, because of letting down their guards and allowing strongholds of fear and addictions to overtake them, they arrived at a dark place in their marriage that seemed helpless.

We believe the message of the two courses are only a tool to help us recognize our true identity in Christ. It is the work of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God being planted as a seed that allows people to "come back to their senses". 

After the first day of classes, the wife said, "I can't wait for tomorrow!" We finished the first course in one week and sent them home with a "tool bag" of truth for them to begin to use in their every day life. When they came back for the second course, they were noticeably different than when they first arrived a few weeks earlier. They had smiles on their faces and sat closer to one another. At the end of that week of studying the Grace course, we had a dinner all together with Pastors Goyo and Luis and their families before they left. And, on the spur of the moment, we offered to guide them through their marriage vows once again. They accepted without hesitation and began a new life together. Praise God!! They left here with a new perspective, the Word of God in their hearts, and tools to help them "fix" issues when they surface. Thank you so much for your prayers and support of this ministry. This is certainly an area that you were involved in. Thank you for partnering with us at La Cofradia United!!





Distanced Sister in the Lord

In our last update, I shared a prayer request regarding a sister in the Lord from our local church in Cofradia who had been suffering from an anxiety attack that caused her to suffer in fear and lose sense of her surroundings. It was tremendously odd. I personally do not believe a believer can be possessed by a demon. However, I do believe it is possible to give inroads to the enemy with the unhealthy information we fill our minds with that cause a us to be oppressed. A stronghold of fear was formed through constant viewing of a certain television program.

We prayed over her and visited with her and her family encouraging all of them to be filling their minds with the Word of God...the Truth, which we believe is the answer to overcoming strongholds. She was taking some medication from the doctors for a while, but now she has returned to normal and is eagerly filling her mind with the Word and listening to messages of life. God is good and to Him be the glory!

Thank you for your prayers!!




Friday, June 04, 2021

May 23 Message

Esto es un video del mensaje que prediqué en el aniversario de la Iglesia Hermosa con Pastor Amado de Rosamorada, Nayarit, el 23 de Mayo. "¿Dónde está tu bendición?" es un mensaje que el Señor me dio al leer Jeremías 29:11. Dios dijo, "Yo sé los pensamientos que tengo acerca de vosotros, pensamientos de paz, y no del mal, para daros el fin que esperáis." Dios tiene vision, esperanza, y una voluntad para cada uno de nosotros. ¿Sabes lo que piensa de ti?

This is a video of a message I preached in Spanish at the anniversary of Hermosa Church in Rosamorada, Nayarit, with Pastor Amado on May 23. "Where's your blessing?" is a message the Lord gave me as I was reading Jeremiah 29:11. God says, "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end." God has vision, hope, and a will for each one of us. Do you know what He thinks of you?


Thank you for your generous support of La Cofradia United (Alternative Missions Cofradía) and our family.


May 16 Message

Esto es un video del mensaje que prediqué en la Iglesia Perdón y Amistad en San Juan de Abajo, Nayarit, el 16 de Mayo. Se tituló "A Él Oíd" usando el texto principal de Mateo 17:1-7. Dios interrumpió a Pedro mientras estaba hablando para decirle algo muy importante. ¿Has tenido una experiencia de esas? ¿Te ha interrumpido Dios alguna vez en tu vida? ¿Qué te dijo?

This is a message I preached at a church in San Juan de Abajo, Nayarit (near Puerto Vallarta), called Forgiveness and Friendship. The message was called "Listen to Him" using the text Matthew 17:1-7. God interrupted Peter while he was still talking in order to tell him something very important. Have you ever had an experience like that? Has God ever "interrupted" your life? What did He say? This message is in Spanish, but you can click here to see a very short English version of the same message.


Aquí está el mensaje / This is the Spanish message:


Thank you for your generous support of La Cofradia United (Alternative Missions Cofradía) and our family.


Thursday, June 03, 2021

Mother's Day Celebration at Centro Cristiano Cofradia

Mother's Day at Centro Cristiano Cofradia was a really fun time for the mothers of the church and community. Isabel and Geña put together a special meal and handed out gifts to all that came. Here is what Isabel, who leads the women's ministry, had to say about the celebration...

It had been a long time since we gathered more than 6 ladies in a meeting.  We were hoping that it would be allowed to have a special celebration for our beloved sisters and friends from Cofradia and we did!

We had such a wonderful time singing, worshiping, and being loved by Jesus and our loving Father. It was amazing! We had a guest speaker from Las Varas, Nayarit, our friend Valeria, and she shared a very encouraging message. It was just what we needed! Afterwards, we shared a meal together while a live band played for us. We finished our time handing out gifts to the ladies who came.


Thank you for your continued prayers over this ministry!























Speaker: Pastor Valeria from Las Varas
Speaker: Pastora Valeria from Las Varas, Nayarit


Sunday, May 02, 2021

May 2021 Ministry Update

 This month's update features...

  • Freedom in Christ Conference
  • Emma's Birthday
  • A Trip to Mexcaltitán
  • The Cofradia Kitchen
  • Bible Studies
  • Praises to Prayers

Thank you so much for partnering with us as we work together to Raise Up Leaders in Rural Mexico.

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



Friday, April 09, 2021

April Ministry Update

 

This month's update features...

  • Emma's Passport!
  • Very short video update
  • Links to video content
  • Grace Conference Video
  • What's ahead for April
  • Links to more...
  • How you can pray for us this month

Thank you so much for partnering with us and working together with us to Raise Up Leaders in Rural Mexico!

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




Wednesday, April 07, 2021

FREEDOM IN CHRIST CONFERENCE - COFRADIA


We had the privilege this past weekend of sharing the Gospel through the Freedom in Christ Discipleship course. It was an intense 3 days of meetings (normally it takes 13 weeks!). It is great to see people be able to understand the gospel in a clear way and release some of the things they've dealt with in the past, replacing them with the Truth. "You shall know the truth, and the truth will make you free" (John 8:32). We had people from at least 5 different churches participate. It's always a blessing!