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Faith Baptist Church

Tuesday, October 15th, 2019
Faith Baptist Church

While in Baker, on Monday we enjoyed some well-needed rest. And Jane turned on the Weather Channel for the forecast. Jane realized that a winter storm was on the way and could prevent us from making it to our next meeting in Carrington, North Dakota.  So, on Tuesday, we quickly packed up the motorhome and headed across the state. In true Western fashion, the weather on Tuesday was pleasant (78), calm and with blue skies.  Tuesday evening at 4:30 we arrived in Carrington and got set up for the week. Throughout Wednesday, the temperature dropped to the 40s and the skies were grey. That evening I spoke to the youth group and enjoyed the fellowship with the church family in prayer during their prayer meeting

The blizzard hit on early Thursday morning and lasted through Saturday morning. While it is not unusual for it to snow in North Dakota, it was unusual for it to snow this early; the amount of snow was substantially more than normal; and the amount of time the storm remained in one place.  We averaged 30-50 mile winds and we received about 28 inches of snow. But we were fine and safe. In fact due to the strange wind patterns, the church and a couple trees acted as wind breaks – they stopped the wind, so the snow dropped around them rather than around the motorhome. So the motorhome was surrounded by a 5-10 foot clearance with only a ½ – 1 inch of ice; while the trees had 5-6 feet of snow around them. Climbing the corner of the neighbor’s house the drift reached the roof.   

On October 13, 2019 we were scheduled to hold meetings in Carrington, North Dakota with Pastor Corey Pepple and his wife Annette. 

Sunday services were not canceled, because we were there for the meetings.  Those who could get out and drive safely to the church came.  For Sunday School I presented my Creation versus Evolution seminar.  For the morning service I used ventriloquism and three object lessons to present the gospel and encourage the saints in there walk with the Lord.  After a fellowship dinner with pizza and chips, I finished my seminar that I started in the Sunday School hour.  Pastor helped me on Monday with our Aqua Hot heater that has not been working properly.  He figured out our problem and found that it was never set up right since we got the motorhome.  Now we are nice and warm and trust that it will keep working for us during the cold weather.  Please pray for pastor and his family as they serve the Lord in Carrington, North Dakota.

First Baptist Church

Tuesday, October 15th, 2019

On October 6, 2019 we drove away from Upton, Wyoming and headed north for Baker, Montana.  First Baptist Church has been one of our supporting churches for the last 28 years.  It was good to see Pastor Levi again and his wife Tami.  Their oldest son is now studying at Cornerstone Bible Institute in Hot Springs, South Dakota.  It was good to catch up on our friends and family in the church and share with them a quick update on our ministry.  Sunday morning started with a whole family Sunday School with a story from Rodney and three object lessons to share the gospel.  For the morning service I preached from Daniel 3.  The morning service is broadcasted over the radio in three states: Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota.  The services are well organized, and the gospel is getting into many homes.  Several families travel from their ranches over an hour to church and they always bring a lunch to eat at the church. For the afternoon service I used both Rawley and Randy to tell the story of Moses and the Burning Bush, Pastor Durfey shared a study on Moses’ call, and I answered questions regarding our ministry. 

Please pray for Pastor Levi and the church family in Baker as they reach out to their community and the surrounding tri-state region.  Also pray for Noah as he continues his college education in Hot Springs, South Dakota. 

Central Baptist Church

Saturday, September 28th, 2019
Central Baptist Church

For September 21 – 24 we held meetings in Gillette, Wyoming at the Central Baptist Church with Pastor Scott Clem.  On Saturday, September 21, I preached twice at their Fall Youth Rally.  In the morning Rodney helped me with the message of Noah and what I call “The Great Boat Float”.  It was to challenge the youth with their walk with the Lord to reach the lost with the gospel and challenge them to live for the Lord. Later that day, I preached from the book of Mark and the story of the Demoniac of Gadara.  If Jesus can calm the storm from without, what can He do with the storm that is within?  Then on Sunday, September 22, 2019, I held a whole family Sunday School with a message from the book of Judges and what Samson learned about his sin.  Sunday morning service was a message from the book of Daniel about Daniel’s three friends facing the fiery furnace.  Sunday night was a message of Jesus using parables to confront his critics with the fact that he came to reach sinners. 

During the week we were able to enjoy fellowshipping with friends that we have known for years and meeting new friends in the church.  On Tuesday, I preached for chapel at Heritage Christian School.  They had about 60 children who attended the chapel and heard the gospel.  Please pray that the Lord will work in the hearts of the lost and challenge believers to live for the Lord.  We ended our meetings in Gillette on Wednesday night with a presentation of several different methods of evangelism found in Scripture.  Please pray for Pastor Clem and his wife Chelsia as they serve the Lord in Gillette, Wyoming and meet the needs of this growing church.

First Baptist Church

Thursday, 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

Thursday, 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

Friday, 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

Thursday, 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

Monday, 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

Monday, 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

Wednesday, 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.