Southeast Valley Bible Church

July 16th, 2018

From July 8 – 13, 2018, we held a Vacation Bible School at Southeast Valley Bible Church, one of our supporting churches in Gilbert, Arizona.  The week was very hot with haboobs (dust storms) and humid thunderstorms each evening.  Yet the children and the teenage helpers from the youth group were faithful each day. The children enjoyed singing using lots of motions to keep them active.

We enjoyed coming to the church early so that we could spend the 4th of July with our dear friends Gary and Jennifer Davis.  We loved the fireworks displayed over a local school a few miles from the church.  Please pray for Southeast Valley Bible Church as they seek to reach this growing community with the gospel.

Calvary Baptist Church

July 3rd, 2018

Calvary Baptist Church in Kingman, Arizona did not have a pastor, so I called them to let them know that I was available to hold a Vacation Bible school the week of June 24 – 29, 2018.  The church invited us to come during the week for VBS and preach for both Sundays before and after the week.  While we were there Clinton Morris of Arkansas accepted the call to become their new pastor.

One of the ladies in the church was returning from the Philippines and had children in the Philippines draw a sign for our VBS in Kingman.  We posted the sign and invited the community to send their children to our Vacation Bible School “On Track for Christ”.  We trusted the Lord to send us children.  After the week was over we had an average of 9 children a day and one child trusted Christ as her Savior. Please pray for Calvary Baptist Church in Kingman, Arizona as they follow up with these new families.

The church owns the lot behind the church, so we were able to park with full hook-ups: water, fifty-amp electricity, and a sewer system set up for a mobile home.  Fifty amps is important when you are facing temperatures in the hundreds in desert conditions.  Our three air conditioners barely keep up during the hottest part of the day.

Elliot Road Baptist Church

June 23rd, 2018

Our next Vacation Bible School was held in Gilbert, Arizona at Elliot Road Baptist Church with Pastor Dan Mooney.  Elliot Road Baptist Church is one of our supporting churches in the state of Arizona.  The church does not have very many children, so the goal was to reach out into the community for some new contacts.  We had around 12 children with visitors each day and three trusted Christ as their Savior.  Jane taught the children the verses using songs and motions.

One of the girls trusted Christ as her Savior on Monday and came back each day bringing a new friend with her for points.  On Friday the friend she brought also trusted Christ as his Savior.  He came back in the auditorium with a new Bible in his hand and a smile on his face.  A New Name Written Down in Glory.  Please pray for those who trusted in Christ as Savior and for the church as they seek to reach these families for Christ.

Open Door Baptist Church

June 23rd, 2018

Vacation Bible School in Prescott Valley was held on June 10 – 15 at Open Door Baptist Church with Pastor Thomas Petro.  Pastor Petro and I first met at Faith Baptist Bible College in Ankeny, Iowa.  It was a blessing to see Pastor Tom again and his wife Brenda as we served the Lord together in a week of VBS.  Silcott Ministries presented our theme “On Track for Christ” with Bible stories told through ventriloquism and the gospel clearly shared through object lessons with a surprise ending.   Each day the children worked hard on their memory verses and bringing visitors to join them in the fun.

The crafts this week were well thought out giving the children something to take home that would remind them of the Bible stories told during the week.  On the last day they drew a name of one of the children who could throw a pie in Pastor Petro’s face.  The children lined up to watch the fun.  Please pray for the six children who trusted in Christ as their personal Savior.  Also pray for us as we replace one of our air conditioners that quit working in this hot summer weather.

Santaquin Baptist Church

June 7th, 2018

The week of June 3 – 7th, 2018, we held our first Vacation Bible School in Santaquin, Utah.  Santaquin sits in a valley with one mountain range to the west and one to the east: both ranges run from north to south. A local park where both ranges can be clearly seen is where the VBS was held, because this new work meets in a small rented office building and because about 30 children attended each day. Not meeting in the church also encouraged mothers from the local polygamist colony of Rocky Ridge to allow their children to attend. Please pray for these dear children as they seek the truth about God and eternal life. Pray also for Pastor DeMorell and his wife Rachel who is about to give birth to their first baby boy.

We are so thankful for our small car which allowed us to drive back and forth from Nephi where our motorhome was parked at a RV park. Praise the Lord the store front church – First Baptist Church of Nephi is finishing the final phases of the construction of their church building. They have been a store front church for 20 years.

MAY: Big Events

June 1st, 2018

May has been full of many miles traveled and several ministry and family events.  I started in Richmond, Indiana at Camping World where we had several severe issues that we repaired. While there, Hillcrest Baptist Church recorded one dialogue with Rawley which will be aired on the local Christian tv channel.  I joined Jane in Omaha and our son Caleb and Angel were married on May 12, 2018.  On Sunday night, May 13, we gave a ministry update to Temple Baptist Church in Omaha, Nebraska.

We traveled to Pontiac, Illinois for our Mission Board’s 50th anniversary.  COME was started by Ed Morrell in 1968.  We celebrated the event by inviting Randy Chovan to come and preach in the pavilion located in the downtown.   Three people trust Christ as Savior.

After the COME conference we used our car and traveled to Pierceton, Indiana to see family and update a supporting church.  Memorial Day, we returned to Pontiac and our motorhome; so, we can start our long trip West to Santaquin, Utah for our first Vacation Bible School with Pastor Chris DeMorell at Santaquin Baptist Church.  Thanks for praying for the Silcott Ministries for the salvation of souls and for safety on the road.

First Baptist Church

May 2nd, 2018

We left Manchester, Tennessee and headed for First Baptist Church in Russiaville, Indiana.  Our first meeting was in their public school for their weekly JOY club.  The children in the school enjoyed the singing and doing the motions for the gospel songs.  The pastor’s wife is so enthusiastic and gets the kids all excited about the singing.  I enjoyed the clear gospel truth that they were learning.  After the singing and a few treats, they all sat down for a story from Rawley and three object lessons to present the gospel.  No decisions were made that day; but on Sunday one of the girls in the JOY club brought her grandmother and they attended the morning service.  Please pray that soon they will trust Christ as their Savior.

On Sunday April 29th I presented our ministry in evangelism to First Baptist Church in Russiaville with Pastor Ned Sutherland.  We had a whole family Sunday School with Rawley and three Object Lessons. Then in the morning service I presented our ministry and told a story from the Bible with Rodney.  Then I preached on Philip the Evangelist from Acts 8.  I preached Christ just a Philip did to the Ethiopian eunuch trusting that those without Christ would trust in Him soon.  Please pray for the salvation of the Lost and that the church would consider us for support.

Temple Baptist Church

April 27th, 2018

Now that we have been on the road in the ministry of evangelism for over 26 years, we have meet lots of friends whom we have kept in contact with.  One such family is the Swayze family that we met in Pinole, California.  In recent years Bobby Swayze retired and moved his family to Manchester, Tennessee to be closer to family in Tennessee.  Two years ago, our ministry took us through that area of Tennessee near their hometown.  I called Bobby and asked him if we could park at the church he was attending; and Temple Baptist Church in Manchester allowed us to park so that we could spend some time with Bobby and Betty and meet their new pastor and their new church home.

This year we were able to stop in Manchester and present our ministry at Temple Baptist Church.  We started off the day with a story from Randy and object lessons in the Children’s Church.  Then Sunday night, Rodney told the story of Daniel and the Lion’s Den for the whole church family and I preached a message with a short presentation of our ministry with Come.  On Monday morning at 8:15 I spoke for their Christian school.  Please pray for this growing church as they are looking at a very busy few weeks.  Also pray that they might take us on for monthly support.

Calvary Baptist Church

April 16th, 2018

On Sunday April 15, 2018, we left our motorhome in Gonzales and drove our car the 45 minutes to Calvary Baptist Church in Luling, Louisiana. Pastor Tommy Hogan is starting a new church on the shore of the Mississippi River. From the front door you can see large ships, barges and tug boats pass by.  Rawley helped me speak for a whole family Sunday School hour with object lessons to explain the gospel.  In the morning service I preached on Nicodemus and his midnight run to see Jesus.

In the evening I preached out of the Gospel of Mark and presented our ministry in evangelism.  Rawley also helped me tell the story of David and his fight with Goliath.  Each service was well attended, and people responded to the invitation and made decisions for Christ and their walk with the Lord.   Please pray for Pastor Tommy and his wife as they serve the Lord in Luling and seek to homeschool their children.

Gonzales Baptist Temple

April 16th, 2018

I scheduled Pastor Clint Johnson for two Sundays:  Easter Sunday and Sunday, April 8, 2018.  During the week for four days, the plan was to camp in tents with the stars overhead and enjoying the outdoors in the spring.  Pastor Clint Johnson enjoys camping and driving his Jeep on dirt roads, so it was a good break for him from driving school bus. One night we had some wind and a few hours of rain.  The tents kept us dry and warm making for a great night for some sleep.

For Easter Sunday, I had the joy of preaching from I Corinthians 15:1f.  A great view of the gospel and a few verses on the tragedy that would occur if the resurrection never happened.  Our Savior lives and we can say the grave has lost its hold.  On April 8th I was able to preach in the morning for children’s church; and in the evening, I told a story with Rawley and Randy, presented our ministry and preached a message from Mark.  Please pray for Pastor Johnson and his wife Sandy as they seek to reach this community for Christ and raise their niece in their home.