Faith Baptist Church

July 26th, 2017

Faith Baptist Church in Iowa City, Iowa was our next Daily Vacation Bible School from July 16 through the next Sunday, July 23.  During the week VBS started at 9:30 am and ended at 3:00 pm. This all-day VBS was busy and we had a high of 170 children. For this week, the church followed the curriculum from Answers in Genesis called “Operation Arctic”.  We looked at the Coolest Book in the Universe.  Each day Jane and I helped with the Junior class, specifically with listening to verses.  After lunch, I used ventriloquism and object lessons to tell a story that fit the theme for the day.

Throughout each day the temperature rose and the humidity continued to get higher, but fortunately, the rain always waited until after the children headed home.  On Thursday night, the tornado warning was just after the children were all gone and safely in their homes.  The closing program was the next Sunday night on July 23.  Pastor Waldron had scheduled me three years in advance, so we could stay from Sunday to Sunday for this program to share with the parents the gospel.  50 children returned for the closing program to receive their prizes and to see which team won the race, the Blundering Bears or the Wacky Wolves.  Please pray for the church as they follow up on these many contacts. Please pray for the 12 children that trusted in Christ as their Savior and for Pastor and his wife as they continue to serve the Lord in this growing church.

As Iowa City is the home of the Iowa Hawkeyes- University of Iowa, Faith Baptist has an ongoing outreach to the international college community; this fall they will again have their international give-away of furniture, please pray for endurance for the workers and open hearts in the college students. Because of this international influence, many of the parents of the children in the VBS speak English as their second language.

Ladysmith Baptist Church

July 20th, 2017

Our Vacation Bible School on July 9th through July 14th was held in Ladysmith, Wisconsin with Pastor David Smith and his wife Elaine.  Pastor Smith wanted us to hold a whole Family Vacation Bible School from 7:30 to 8:30 Monday through Friday.  Each message was from our theme “On Track for Christ” and we started with our key verse set to music and different stanzas from the song “I am in the Lord’s Army”.

Each day we had fellowship at pastor’s house just before going over to the church for the evening service.  The children quoted our theme verse at the end of the week and enjoyed the ice cream sundaes served on Friday night after the last service.  It was good to see the church family again and catch up on the family news from pastor and his wife.  Please pray for this church in the heart of Ladysmith, Wisconsin as they have important decisions to make in the near future.

Camp Shiloh

July 20th, 2017

On July 2, we started our week at Oakland Baptist Church in Oakland, Minnesota and presented our ministry and preached for each of the Sunday Services.  Then Monday July 3 through Friday July 7, we served the Lord as camp evangelist at Camp Shiloh held at Camp Patterson.  Each morning at 10:00 I presented my seminar on “What every Camper Should Know” including subjects such as: Creation over Evolution, the Inspiration of God’s Word, and the Deity of Christ.  Each evening at 7:00 I presented the gospel through ventriloquism and object lessons with a surprise ending.  We had a great group of kids during the week with joyful singing and hearts open to the Word of God.

During the week, they had lots of games of kick ball, gogga ball, baseball and capture the flag.  The lake provided swimming, fishing and boat rides for all.  We praise the Lord for the decisions that were made during the week.  We saw two respond for salvation, two for assurance and 2 more for dedication to serve the Lord.  Please pray for those who heard the gospel, but have not responded.

Faith Baptist Church

July 4th, 2017

June 25 – 28, 2017, we held a week of revival meetings at Faith Baptist Church in Muskegon, Michigan.  We started on Sunday morning with a whole family Sunday School featuring “Friends Day”.  The church invited friends to come and join them for Sunday, June 25 with a special day of ventriloquism, object lessons, a gospel message for the morning service and a chicken dinner in the fellowship hall.   Right after the chicken dinner, we all returned up-stairs for the evening message from I Thessalonians 4: 13-18 – a clear reminder that Christ’s promises are a comfort to the saved, but a warning to the lost.  Monday through Wednesday, the church family faithfully invited friends to come for the evening meetings and we had a good turn out each day.  We rejoice in those who responded to the invitations seeking God’s strength to better reach the lost we meet every day.

It was good to see Pastor Swieringa and his family again and spend time with the church family that we have grown in love and enjoy over the last 20 years.  Pastor Swieringa and I have known each other since college days at Faith Baptist Bible College.  The church has faithfully supported the ministry of Come International Baptist Ministries through financial support and meeting the needs of our board.  After our meetings, we traveled south to see our son Caleb for a few hours in Pierceton, Indiana before heading for southern Minnesota.

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.