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LETTER OF THANKS
Above all else, we are grateful for what God has done up to this point, especially since Sunday services were suspended because of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, we began gathering again on July 14 for Sunday services, and it has been a delight to be together as a church once again.
Regarding leadership growth, we have been doing a study called Spirit, Soul, and Bodyby Andrew Wommack, for the past few months, which has been very beneficial for us.
It has been remarkable for me personally because it has made me understand the way in which we are formed. Previously, I believed, for some reason, that we are formed as a soul and body and that the spirit is the same as the soul. However, in the short time of this study, I can say that my eyes were opened to the truth that these are three distinct parts that are dependent upon one another. Ultimately, I find rest in the Lord by understanding better the way in which I am formed as I renew my mind and allow the Spirit of God to flow through my soul and body.
In addition, since June 15, here in Cofradía breakfast is being served to children in this community five days a week, along with the Word of God. For all of this we give thanks to God, and to all of you who have always supported us, both spiritually and financially. Thank you so much, and may God bless you greatly.
Pastors Gregorio Hernández y Maty Espinoza.
Centro Cristiano Cofradia Student Ministries
Cofradia Dwellings Director
REPORT, DECEMBER 2020
“May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” — 1 Thes. 5:23
It is always my pleasure to greet you in this way. I hope that you are well and enjoying the riches of God’s blessings in the Lord, Jesus Christ. We are well, both spiritually and physically, thanks to the Lord, our Savior
Because of what has been happening in the world, we have taken advantage of the opportunity to be at home with our children, since our older two had to return home and continue their studies from here. We have enjoyed precious time together as a family. In December, our oldest graduated with her technical degree, but she will continue for one more year in order to complete her engineering degree.
At the beginning of the pandemic we suspended church and youth ministry activities, but the church elders continued to gather together in order to continue growing together. It was a valuable time because we formed small groups and were able to get to know each other more deeply as brothers. In addition, I began meeting in my home with two men who do not regularly attend church in order to pray and do Bible study with them. It was good for all of us as we focused on responsibilities as fathers and husbands.
We were unable to host EL RETO this year because of the pandemic, be we were able to host a one-day mini RETO in December for our youth and those of other churches. It was a wonderful event, and we gifted them all with masks and hand sanitizer branded with the logo of the mini RETO.
In November we hosted a three-day Grace course, which was attended by 26 people from Guadalajara, Tepic, Rosamorada, and Cofradía and the surrounding areas. We witnessed wonderful results, thank the Lord.
I ask for your prayers for:
- Our family: for the finances we need to visit my mother-in-law at the border.
- Our children: that they would continue in dedication to God and their studies.
- The youth group: that they would open their hearts to God in the midst of these difficult times.
- Our church: that the love for God and neighbor would be more evident, that they would confront their doubt, and that unbelief would be resolved.
I thank you for your faithfulness of heart. It is always on my mind every moment of my life. I pray to God for each one of you that are such an important part of my family and my life through your prayers and generous provision of resources we need to press onward. My family and I love you sincerely, and we hope all your desires are fulfilled in Christ, the Lord.
Thank you, and until next time,
The Vazquez Family
Los Arrayanes, Nayarit, México
December 5, 2020
Hello, Brothers and Sisters! Thanks to God, once again and with great pleasure, I take up this paper and pen to send you greetings. First, let me extend my condolences to the family of Jay TenBrink, for the loss of his father, a very generous man. During his visits with us, he showered us with blessings and great fellowship. He will be remembered always.
Brothers and Sisters, we are, thank the Lord, well and able to gather in the usual ways, but we are praising God more deeply in our hearts at the knowledge of how His grace is all that makes that possible. I am also thankful for Pastor Gollo and Pastor Luis, through whom we had the privilege of being edified by teaching on the customs and traditions of the Israelites. This was a study that lasted from July through September that impressed on us the need to interpret Scripture from the perspective of eastern culture, since the events in Scripture are rooted in a Bedouin–Arab context. In addition, we did not want to end the year without hosting the Grace course, which was also taught by Pastors Gollo and Luis.
Well, Brothers and Sister, I do not want to forget to once again express my deepest gratitude for your support and your financial backing that have been of great help. Thank you!!! For supplying our most urgent needs, thank you Brothers and Sisters, and may God bless you. Thank you!!!
Horacio Garzón Orozco
Missionary to Cora Indians (temporarily home)
Centro Cristiano Arrayanes Adolescent Ministry
I first want to give thanks to God for all that He is doing in my life and for the opportunity to be here working in children’s ministry. During this season, it has been a blessing to be serving in the ministry and be able to count on your support, both spiritual and material. I am supremely grateful to you all for all that you are doing in my life, and I value and appreciate your financial support. It is a resource we use to provide the resources the children’s ministry requires.
The support I am receiving has served to sustain my personal life as well, since I sometimes find myself unemployed. You have always been a blessing to me, and I love you with the love of Christ Jesus. You are very important to me personally and a source of confidence that God has placed in my walk as I witness the good example imitating that of Christ Jesus.
We have been praying for the plans God has given us for the new year, that they will produce growth for the ministry in this community and in the children, youth, and parents in the ministry. For this reason I give thanks for you all for being part of this plan and for supporting me with the resources the ministry requires.
Thank you Brothers and Sisters for all that you have done for me. I love you very much, and I believe God is going to bless you all with a double portion, just as he did the prophet Elisha.
Thank you, and may God bless you!
Your friend and brother,
José Martín Garzón Solís.
As a church, we continue advancing the purposes of God. We have been able to finish the roof and floor of our meeting place thanks to the financial support of our sister church Cofradía Christian Center. We have also been able to order a gate and a perimeter wall to protect the space.
We recently began a cell group on Thursday afternoons in which people are being discipled.
In March of this year the Restoration Center had admitted its first resident (Adrián). The first step was to perform a clinical analysis to determine his state of health. He was then given a recuperation week in order to rest and nourish himself well; during this week he did no extra activities. When the initial recuperation week was complete, he began the restoration program in which he attended Bible classes and devotionals, worked through a study workbook, and completed the course Freedom in Christ, among others.
In July, we admitted our second resident (Mario) and we have undertaken the same strategy of intake and recuperation with him. He also began meeting regularly with a Christian psychologist for treatment.
In the afternoons, they participate in physical activities together with Center staff.
They are taking courses in basic mechanics, electrical device repairs, and crafts.
After a period of six months, our first resident (Adrián) was discharged; unfortunately, he experienced a relapse. We continue in communication with his family in order to follow his progress. We visit with him, as part of the program, in order to continue encouraging him in hopes that he will recommit to his recovery. We ask for your prayers for his life and his family.
Our second resident (Mario) was discharged after four months of in-patient treatment. He did not complete his residential treatment program, but we are believing God for his restoration. He continues visiting us, occasionally attends Cofradía Christian Center, and has attended the Grace course and prayer services at our church, Casa de Oración, La Hermosa. We have talked with his parents and they are content with what God has done in the life of their son and in their own lives.
Regarding needs for the church, we still need to build bathrooms and a storage room in which to store sound equipment, and we are in need of a projector. We used to use a projector that was loaned to us, but the owner has recovered it. To this end, we also still need to install all the electrical for the church.
We are still waiting to hear if we will be permitted to buy the land where we want to build the Restoration Center. We ask your prayers for that as well.
Semester Report (July–December)
Pastor Jimmy Orozco
Greetings and blessings to you!
On behalf of the ministry of La Cofradía United, I thank God for your lives, prayers, and blessings in support of the Kingdom of God in Nayarit, Mexico. I know you are aware of the blessing you are to those here in Mexico, but you cannot imagine the reach that God is having through you, Beloved. God is changing the world, and that is the truth!
We pray for each of you, from the United States and around the world, who blesses us. We are one in Christ, and the power of God manifests itself through you in our lives, families, and ministry. We are very grateful to God and to you, Beloved, for Pastor Steve Silberman
My name is Jimmy Orozco. I am a son of God, by His grace; husband to an incredible woman, Perla Zatarain, who has helped me in all things, especially in becoming a better man every day; and father to four children, three biological (Arik is 7, Levi is 5, and Daniela is 2) and one spiritual (Alan is 24). We were called into ministry by Christ in 2010. God has demonstrated generous care for us, and today we are growing as never before, together with the pastors of La Cofradía United; we are fully content.
Our ministry is in Tepic, Nayarit. Our congregation is young; all of the leaders are between the ages of twenty and thirty, and they are very passionate for Him who loved us first. This congregation’s vision is to establish a place of Spirit-filled leadership focused on children's ministry with the purpose of shaping the next generation into men and women of freedom, strong in spirit, soul, and body, growing in the knowledge of the Truth, full of grace and manifesting the love of God through wonders, signs, and miracles, and reflecting Christ on Earth.
Over the past six months, we as a congregation have, by God’s Spirit, experienced a deeper understanding of faith in God. This is because of God’s movement and because of Pastor Steve Silberman, who arrived from the U.S. and revolutionized our beliefs, renewing our thoughts and actions. Today we are a congregation content in the Lord and full of faith for the future He has planned for us. The congregation has grown in confidence and freedom in God, demonstrated by miracles and healings. For example, one Sister has suffered for years with heart trouble. One Sunday, she arrived at our service after spending the night in intense pain. She came forward and we prayed for her. She said she felt a sharp pricking sensation in her heart and then the pain was suddenly gone. Jesus healed her! There are many other similar testimonies, even those who have been healed of COVID, which just as it entered their body just as quickly (three days) left their bodies! Jesus is our Healer!
We have also started a Mission in a place that is full of hunger for God but also physical hunger. We began with ten people, and now there are fifty, both adults and children. For the past three months we have also been praying and seeking ways to bless another new work of God in the municipality of Xalisco.
These past six months have been fabulous and full of God, easily the best six months of my life. Thank you for all your love for the Kingdom of God in Mexico. You are a blessing!