Monday, September 13, 2021


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

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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.


Friday, September 03, 2021


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:

Thank you so much!