First Baptist Church

September 19th, 2019
Hulett, Wyoming

On September 15, 2019 we held meetings at First Baptist Church in Hulett, Wyoming.  Pastor Palus asked me to hold a whole family Sunday School and preach a gospel message for the morning hour.  Sunday Night I led a Bible Study at a home 30 miles away in Beulah Land.  Pastor was not feeling well and made a trip to Spearfish to the emergency room.  Then on Wednesday night I told a story through ventriloquism for their youth group that gathered at 4:00 pm.  

On Monday and Tuesday, I was able returned to Rapid City to help my dad with moving things to prepare for future construction and find misplaced paper work.  Please pray for this growing work in Hulett and for pastor as they seek to find out way he does not feel well.  Thanks for praying for the Silcott Ministries.  The church is celebrating its 115th year anniversary and is near the Devil’s Tower National Monument. 

Calvary Baptist Church

September 19th, 2019

On September 8, 2019, we held meetings at Calvary Baptist Church in Sturgis, South Dakota.  Sturgis is well known for their Harley Davidson Motorcycle Rally on the edge of the Black Hills.  On Friday evening, we enjoyed a campfire with singing hymns and smores.  Then on Sunday morning we started with a whole family Sunday School hour with a story through ventriloquism and object lessons to share the gospel and encourage the Saints.  For the morning service I preached from the gospel of John to encourage the lost to respond to the gospel and challenge the Saints to live for the Lord.  Sunday Night, we reached out to the youth to start youth meetings in the church.  Pastor’s children helped and brought in several youth from the community giving me the opportunity to tell a story through ventriloquism and preach a gospel message out of the book of Daniel.

During the week we were able to take a trip through the Badlands of South Dakota and spend some time helping my dad with his construction on his house.  Please pray for the church in Sturgis as they continue to reach this community with the gospel.  Also pray for my dad Pastor Ralph Silcott as he is trying to finish his house and meet the needs of his wife Loma who is now in the nursing home in Rapid City. 

Prairie View Baptist Church

September 6th, 2019

On September 1, 2019, we held meetings at Prairie View Baptist Church in Moorcroft, Wyoming.  It was exciting to meet the new pastor Joshua and his wife Rebecca Clark.  Over the years this church has been in our prayers, because this was the church that my dad wired the electric and built the cabinets in the kitchen.  I remember as a teen helping with the sheetrock work and helping my dad with the wiring of the light switches and the electric plugins.  Eating lunch in the church we were able to see the cabinets still being in use all these years. 

For Sunday School I presented a message for the whole family and preached in both the morning and afternoon service right after dinner.  The gospel was presented, and the fellowship was very sweet.  Please pray for this church as they seek to reach the lost and encourage the saints in this small church just off from I-90 in the state of Wyoming. 

Golden Hills Baptist Church

August 29th, 2019

On Sunday morning, August 25, 2019, I was able to fill the pulpit for Pastor Gordon Phillips in Lead, South Dakota.  Pastor Phillips and his wife Linda took their oldest son to Bible college in Florida.  During the service Rodney helped me tell the story of Noah and the world-wide flood, then I preached from the book of Daniel.  It was a blessing to meet some new families, as well as, see some friends that I grew up with: Skip and Racquel Rice and Raul and Lona Coriano.  Skip and his wife Racquel have moved up to Lead to take care of their parents Harold and Marge Parks who are in a nursing home in Belle Fourche, South Dakota.  Racquel’s brother Raul and his wife Lona are visiting from Omaha, Nebraska.

After the service we ate lunch in Spearfish with our friends the Rice family and the Coriano’s; then, Jane and I took a Sunday afternoon drive through the Black Hills along Highway 385 seeing Pactola Reservoir (where I proposed and Jane said yes), Sheridan Lake and Mount Rushmore.  On Sunday night, we stopped at Rapid Valley Faith Baptist Church and saw my Dad and fellowshipped with the church family.  That night we returned to Sturgis, South Dakota where our motorhome is parked.  Thanks for praying for the Silcott Ministries.

From Monday – Wednesday, we’ve spent the days helping my Dad Ralph Silcott with wiring a phone line and other odd jobs.  

Murray Baptist Church

August 19th, 2019

On Sunday, August 18, 2019, we left our motorhome in Altoona and drove one hour south to preach at Murray Baptist Church in Murray, Iowa.  Alex Bauman and his wife Jan are dear friends that we have ministered with in several other churches. They have been in Murray for several years now encouraging the saints and reaching out in the community for Christ.  To open Sunday School, Rodney and I told the account of Noah and the worldwide flood.  Then I preached a message from the book of Daniel to encourage the saints to stand up for the Lord.   In the evening, I used ventriloquism for the young at heart and preached a message from the gospel of John.

Please pray for Pastor Alex Bauman and his wife Jan as they look into retiring from the church and moving to Omaha.  Please pray for the church family as they begin looking for a new pastor to continue the ministry in this small community in southern Iowa.  It was good to see friends again in the church and hear about how God is using this church to shine a light of hope in a dark and perverse nation.

Altoona Regular Baptist Church

August 19th, 2019
Joshua & Krista Robinson

We left Minnesota and headed south to Altoona, Iowa and Altoona Regular Baptist Church, our sending church. Altoona now has a new pastor Josh Robinson.  Josh’s wife Krista with her family attended and served at Altoona throughout her childhood.  As adults, Josh and she began serving first as our Assistant Pastor and now as our Senior Pastor.  It was our privilege to update and to preach in the morning and evening services on August 11, 2019.  My dear friend John and his wife Dorothy Rullman were able to join us on Sunday night for the evening service. 

During the week I had a doctor’s appointment with my cardiologist and I do not need to see him until next August.  Because Altoona is our home address, we have had many errands to do in storage and other responsibilities in the local area.  Please pray for us as we work on medication issues and our ministry in evangelism.

First Baptist Church

August 7th, 2019
First Baptist Church

Our last week of meetings this summer was held at First Baptist Church in Lake Benton, Minnesota with Pastor Rich Riley and his wife Heather.  We started on Sunday, July 28th with Vacation Bible School and went through July 31st.  Next on August 2nd  & 3rd (Friday and Saturday) at the Lincoln County Fair in Tyler, Minnesota, Pastor, his family, the church family and Jane and I, we handed out tracks and information on the church.  To draw a crowd, we had some puzzles and games that would invite spiritual questions from onlookers.  Pastor even gave a way candy if they would answer a Bible trivia question. 

Then on Sunday, August 4, 2019 I preached for the morning service at Hole in the Mountain Campground in Lake Benton for the Te Tonka Ha Rendezvous Benton-Fremont Days.  I used Rawley as the introduction to the message and three object lessons to present the gospel.  As I was preaching, behind the pavilion, they were preparing buffalo stew and boiling corn.  A local newspaper reporter took some pictures and interviewed me for an article coming out soon. 

Here’s a link with photos from the rendezvous.

We closed off the week of meetings Sunday night with the last message in our Vacation Bible School theme.  It was on what I call “The Greatest Man in the Bible – Moses”.  Pastor invited a fellowshipping church just over the border in South Dakota.  I got to meet a new pastor and present the gospel to a large crowd to close off the meetings.  Please pray for those who heard the gospel, but have not trusted in Christ as their Savior.  Thanks for your prayers for the Silcott Ministries.

Camp Manitoumi

July 31st, 2019

This year we were invited to return to Camp Manitoumi in Lowpoint, Illinois.  Several parents of campers came to me and told me that I was the speaker at their camp years ago.  One counselor told me that I was the speaker one year and informed me that he was the one I called up to help me with one of my object lessons.  Fond memories of days gone by in the ministry of evangelism.  Pray for the 13 campers who trusted in Christ as Savior, 7 who sought assurance, and 7 children who made other decisions in their walk with the Lord.  Some of them dedicated their lives to full time Christian service. 

The campers also enjoyed the camp missionary from Peru, Heidi Robbins who challenged them to think about missions as a full-time career.  And of course, they also enjoyed the swimming pool, zipline, the hike to Victory Mountain and gaga ball.  Thanks for praying for the Silcott Ministries.

First Baptist Church

July 31st, 2019

Our Vacation Bible School on July 14 – 19, 2019 was held at First Baptist Church in Cumberland, Iowa with Pastor Michael Martin.  Our theme for the week was “Race to the Finish” so the church decorated the front of the auditorium with two large cars and one large trophy.  For the craft the kids worked together to build two go-carts that they raced on Friday night.  Each day they sang and heard a Bible story from my four friends.  The gospel was explained through the object lessons and I used power point to tell a flannel graph story to close each day. 

The church provided supper for the helpers and VBS students each night to encourage more attendants.  On Thursday night we had a picnic for the parents to close off the week.  Please pray for those who heard the gospel but have not yet received Christ as Savior.  Keep praying that they will see one family join the church as a result of Vacation Bible School.

Whispering Cedars Baptist Camp

July 16th, 2019

July 8 – 12, 2019, we enjoyed ministering at Whispering Cedars Baptist Camp in Genoa, Nebraska.  The camp had a Renaissance theme and decorated with drawbridge at the entrance and knights, castles.   For the morning service I presented my seminar on ”What Every Camper Should Know”: challenging the campers to stand upon the truth found in Scripture when it comes to 1. Inspiration of the Bible, 2. Deity of Christ, and 3. Truths of Creation.  In the evening service I focused on conquering the world of sin through the lives of David, Gideon, Moses, Ruth, and Daniel.  The campers shared at the campfire on Friday night about their decisions to stand against the lies of this world and take a stand for the Savior.  Through the week we rejoice that three campers trusted in Christ as their Savior.

It was good to see the camp director and his wife again during the week of Junior Camp.  Phil Tilson and his wife Joyce attended Faith with me in Ankeny, Iowa.  The camp through their leadership is equipped with a water slide, paintball battlefield, zipline, and an archery range.  They have lots of land for a baseball field or nets set up for soccer.  Because of all the flooding this year, they were not able to go to a local lake for canoeing and fun boat rides.  Using local swimming pools also was difficult this year as the severe weather has made balancing their chemicals in the pool difficult.  Please pray for Whispering Cedars Baptist Camp as they reach out to local churches in the state of Nebraska to minister to the children and families.