Baptist Evangelical Church

June 21st, 2017

This week, June 18 – 21. 2017, we presented our theme “On Track for Christ” at Baptist Evangelical Church in Eau Claire, Wisconsin with Pastor David Christner.  I used Monday’s story and object lessons in a whole family Sunday School, then preached an evangelistic message for Sunday morning. On Monday and Tuesday evening, we held a family Bible School and used Tuesday’s story on Monday and Wednesday’s story on Tuesday.  For Wednesday, we conducted an all-day children’s VBS and started at 9:00 a.m. and went through 2:30 p.m.  Wednesday was the only day that the church had enough available help to conduct a VBS.  In the morning Randy helped me with Thursday’s story and in the afternoon Rawley presented the story for Friday.

Pray for those who have heard the gospel through the ventriloquism, object lessons and from Jane as she taught the memory verses.  The good news for the week was that the church saw visitors that they have been inviting to come to church for many years.  We rejoice in the first time families and others who came who heard the gospel for the first time.  We did not see any response, but our prayer is that soon they will accept this gift of eternal life.

Berea Baptist Church

June 20th, 2017

Our next Vacation Bible School was held in Stevens Point, Wisconsin at Berea Baptist Church on June 11 – 16, 2017.  In 1985 I served my college internship at Berea; so it was good to see friends again and spend time with their Pastor Corey Brookins and family.  The children invited friends each day and got candy and prizes to reward their efforts.  Some responded to the invitations and asked questions, but none responded with salvation.  Please pray as the church continues to be in contact with these families.

On Monday, a storm came through town and we had straight-line winds that reached 60 mile an hour. The winds downed trees and power poles. Although houses all around the church were without electricity, because of a unique power grid, the church and our trailer still had electricity.  Vacation Bible School still went on as planned.  On Track for Christ with the Silcott Ministries.  “All Aboard.” See you at our next stop!

First Baptist Church

June 15th, 2017

Our first Vacation Bible School for the summer of 2017 was held in Russiaville, Indiana at First Baptist Church with Pastor Ned Sutherland.  We started with 21 children on Monday morning and reached a high of 32 on Friday. The children enjoyed the ventriloquism and object lessons as we presented our theme “On Track for Christ”.  The VBS students earned points through memory time, bringing their Bibles and finishing their worksheets. The big point getter for the week was given to those who brought a visitor.

Jane and Mrs. Sutherland taught the verses each day by putting motions to the words in each verse.  Children learn best by being able to see the verse, hear the verse and act out the motions with purpose.  To help even more we have each verse put to music so they can sing the verse at the end of the memory time just before trying to quote the verse for points.  On Friday, we had a closing program for the parents at 11:00 AM so they could come and meet Rawley and hear the verses the children had memorized.  To end the program, we all went downstairs to enjoy some pizza and root beer floats.  We rejoice that six children responded to the gospel and trusted in Christ as their Savior.  Please pray for this growing church as the church seeks to reach the community of Russiaville, Indiana for Christ.

Come International Baptist Ministries

June 2nd, 2017

After my last entry on our blog, we left for Pennsylvania for our 49th Annual COME Conference.  On our way, I stopped to see my Aunt Linda in South Bend, Indiana.  It was good to see her again and her son Jonathan and his family of three children.  Our conference was missing several evangelists and board members because of graduations of children and grandchildren and some who had out of the USA ministry trips.  Jane taught the ladies’ Sunday School and led the COME ladies’ meeting each morning. This year I was the Evangelist Rep to the board; and I served on the board on Monday and led the Evangelists’ Hour including devotions and discussions on the issues that confront the evangelists on the road in missionary evangelism.

On Sunday, May 28, Caleb boarded a plane in Chicago heading for Israel for 16 days.  This is a ministry of telling Bible stories on the site where the event took place.  He will see the land of Israel, earn three college credits and receive a certificate in Bible Story Telling.  Please pray for Caleb as he tells his five stories and for his safety in travel.

Since Easter, Jane has helped her Dad and others with volunteer work.  From April 17–28 and May 8-13, Jane “played with mud” at Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary in Ankeny, Iowa – she mixed the mortar and kept her Dad John Baughman supplied with bricks while he laid bricks for the remodeled seminary building. Then from May 15 – 18 and May 25 – 31 in Pierceton, Indiana, she helped her nephew Zack at his new-to-him house and her brother Pastor Jim Baughman and Dad salvage an industrial garage door and bathroom furnishings at an elementary school. (The door and partitions will be used at Bethel Baptist Church in Pierceton where her brother pastors.)  On June 1, she returned to the motorhome.

Calvary Baptist Church

May 17th, 2017

For the dates, May 1 – 5, 2017 Jane and I had the joy of teaching at the Bible Institute for Come International Baptist Ministries.  Jane taught Principles and Methods of Teaching and I presented Methods of Bible Study.  For the two Sundays, April 30th and May 7th, I either preached or lead the singing for Pastor Mark Staley at Calvary Baptist Church in Pontiac, Illinois.  Sunday night May 30th, Pastor Staley had what he calls a Magic Show to encourage the community to visit the church.  At half time, Rodney was able to tell the story of Daniel and the Lion’s Den and I shared the gospel through one of my object lessons.  Rodney said he has never been the half time show before.  The local turnout was great and many heard the gospel.  Please pray that we see fruit from our labors.

As I stayed in Pontiac, Illinois, Jane took our car back west to pick up Caleb from Grace and helped her dad work on a project in Ankeny, Iowa at Faith Baptist Bible College.  Caleb is going to Israel for two weeks May 28 – June 8, 2017 for a missions and college training tour.  Please pray for safety in travel and protection in the land of Israel.  For the rest of the summer, Caleb will stay in Pierceton, Indiana with his grandparents and Uncle Jim, working a job at a water plant and helping at the church.  Next week, May 21 – 24, 2017, we have our missions conference in Harborcreek, Pennsylvania.

Calvary Baptist Church

April 27th, 2017

This week Jane has been helping her dad, John Baughman working on the new Seminary building at Faith Baptist Bible College and I have been holding meetings in Grinnell, Iowa at Calvary Baptist Church.  I preached in all three services on Sunday presenting our ministry and encouraging the Saints with the preaching of God’s Word.  The church helped us by providing gift cards for local grocery stores for meals during the week.

On Wednesday night, the church provided hot dogs on the grill for the Awana Clubbers to start off the Awana Fun Fair.  101 children and their parents attended the outreach. Several games were set up around the church for the children to play and win candy.  The children that finished their books for this year were given their ribbons in the awards ceremony.  After they were finished, Rawley came out to help me tell the story of Jonah and his message for the city of Nineveh.  Please pray for those who heard the gospel but have not responded to the gift of Salvation.

Valley Baptist Church

April 11th, 2017

Sunday, April 9, 2017, we preached and introduced our ministry to Valley Baptist Church in Winslow, Arizona.  This small mission work to the native Americans sing hymns every Sunday without a piano.  They were so happy to hear Jane play the piano for special numbers and for the congregational singing.  Jane spoke for the Ladies Martha and Mary meeting Monday night and I preached for each of the services Sunday Morning and evening.  After church Sunday night, I spoke with Rawley to their youth group.

Please pray for Valley Baptist Church as they seek to sell their three buildings, so they can purchase a building that would better meet their growing needs.  Also pray for the missionaries as they look into having the Silcott Ministries come for their summer camp in June of 2018.

Calvary Baptist Church

April 11th, 2017

On April 2, 2017, we spent Sunday ministering at Calvary Baptist Church in Kingman, Arizona.  Please pray for this church in the northwest corner of Arizona as they seek God’s direction for a senior pastor.   It was our privilege to fill the pulpit for them ministering for a whole family Sunday School with a story and object lessons from Rawley.  Jane played the piano for the congregational singing and I preached from I Corinthians 15.  Sunday night was encouraging as many returned to see more ventriloquism and hear another message from God’s Word.

During our stay in Arizona we have noticed that our house batteries were not working like they should.  Even after purchasing new house batteries we still were having problems with lights not working and our security system not powering up our camera system.  We thank the Lord that a repair man in Kingman was able to diagnose the problem and repair the issue by replacing a battery cut off switch and a solenoid that operates the switch.

Open Door Baptist Church

March 31st, 2017

The last Sunday in March, we updated a supporting church in Prescott Valley, Arizona.  I first met their pastor, Thomas Petro, in Bible College back in 1986.  He has served the Lord as pastor of Open Door Baptist Church for the last 30 years.  It was good to see pastor, his son Ben and wife Brenda along with the whole church family.  After the morning service, pastor lead a child to Christ and again on Tuesday night a boy responded to the gospel after Rosie told the story of Ruth.  Jane spoke for a Ladies Bible Study on Tuesday and attended a ladies’ tea on Friday in a member’s home in Dewey, Arizona.

On Wednesday pastor and I helped two ladies move in some furniture into their new home.  They just moved into the area and have been coming to Open Door for just a few Sundays.  Please pray for the two children who trusted Christ as their Savior and these two ladies that they will find Open Door their new church home.

Amphitheater Bible Church

March 21st, 2017

For March 19, 2017 Jane and I presented our ministry in a church located in the center of Tucson, Arizona.  A longtime friend of my parents, Mrs. Kathy Teela introduced us to her pastor, Thomas Savage who requested for us to come and preach for him on Sunday morning and the 6:00 evening service.  We left our home parked at Sahuaro Baptist Church and drove our car over for each of the services.

The church family refers to their church as Amphi Bible Church.  It is located across the street from the Amphitheater Public School.  Sunday night, Mrs. Teela brought her unsaved 90+ year old neighbor with her to hear the story from Rawley and a message out of Mark 5.  Please pray for her salvation and for this church seeking to reach the lost in the center of Tucson.  Jane enjoyed playing for the evening service and singing a special between the story with Rawley and the preaching of God’s Word.