Archive for the ‘Bible Camp’ Category

Victory Ranch Junior II

Tuesday, August 14th, 2018

Junior II Bible camp in Moreno Valley, California was held on August 5 – 10, 2018.  The Camp Dad & Mom was Pastor Russ Boone and his wife Tammy from Santa Monica.  The theme for the week was again Mission: Possible from Matthew 19: 26.  Each evening I preached a message using ventriloquism to introduce the message and three object lessons with a surprise ending to illustrate each point in the message.  The Agents eagerly kept notes for extra points to add to their scores for their cabins.  For morning chapel, I again presented the seminar What Every Agent Should Know to Complete Their Mission.  Jane spoke again for the Discovery Hour using different songs, character monologues and stories [some of the Junior 1 campers returned for Junior 2].

This week went very fast and the campers are back home getting ready for the school year ahead.  Please pray for these young people as some are going back to very hard situations.  Pray for the eight who trusted in Christ as their Savior and the one who responded to the Lord to become a missionary.  Others asked for prayer that they would witness more to their unsaved friends at home.  Please pray for Victory Ranch as they prepare for fall and winter activities.  Thanks for praying for the Silcott Ministries.

Please pray for Bill the Ranch Foremen who lost his wife to cancer the first day of Junior 1.  Her funeral took place in central Wisconsin on Saturday right after Teen camp.

Victory Ranch Teen & Junior Week

Tuesday, August 14th, 2018

Our second week from July 29 – August 4 at Victory Ranch in Moreno Valley, California was Teen camp.  The new Dean of Men from Faith Baptist Bible College Charlie Carter was the evening speaker for the whole camp.  The theme for the year was “Mission: Possible – Your mission should you accept it is to . . . ” found in Matthew 19: 26.  Each morning while Charlie spoke to the Seniors, I spoke to the Junior High campers and presented my seminar “What Every Agent Should Know to Complete His Mission.”  The goal was to challenge the Agents to leave camp knowing what they believed about the Bible, Christ, Creation and Why the Just Suffer.  For the Discovery Hour in the afternoon for the Junior High campers, Jane used character monologues and missionary and personal stories to encourage the Agents in their faith and walk with the Lord.

Pray for campers who made life changing decisions at camp this year.  We had 6 trusted in Christ as their personal Savior and 7 responded for assurance.  Each year we are at Victory Ranch it is always fun to see the games that Francine Morales the program director invents to keep the campers active and motivated to get involved.  It is always bittersweet to say goodbye to all of our new and past friends as we move on to our next place of service. Thanks for praying for the Silcott Ministries.

Victory Ranch Baptist Bible Camp

Saturday, August 4th, 2018

Our first Bible Camp for this summer was at Victory Ranch, a Baptist camp in Moreno Valley, California near Riverside. Francine Morales the recreation director organized fun and games and the kids had great fun despite temperatures in the 100s. Each morning just before lunch I presented my seminar “What Every Camper Needs to Know.”  This seminar presents the basic truths about the Bible, Creation, Jesus and Suffering.  The goal is to challenge the campers to take a stand on the truth of God’s Word.  Each afternoon Jane then taught Discovery Hour. She used costumes to act out monologues to give truth in a different manner and her personal stories of faith from the past to encourage the campers that they can do all things through Christ.  Each evening I spoke for the evening chapel and used ventriloquism and object lessons to teach the gospel.

Please pray for our car as we had to replace the fuel pump this week with help of the camp maintenance staff.  Our car has many miles on it and in need of being replaced.  Also pray for the 9 children who trusted in Jesus Christ as their personal Savior along with the two who responded for assurance of salvation.  This is our third year at Victory Ranch over the last 26 years of ministry.  It was good to fellowship with friends from the past and meet new friends all through the state of California.  Thanks for praying for the Silcott Ministries.

Camp Shiloh

Thursday, 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.

Lake Blaine Baptist Bible Camp

Monday, August 8th, 2016


Our last week of meetings in Montana started on July 31 at First Baptist Church in Libby, Montana.  We have held several meetings in this church over the past 20 years.  It was good to see these faithful servants of the Lord again and give them an update of our ministry in evangelism.  I encouraged them concerning missions out of Acts 16 as Paul and Silas reached the lost in Macedonia.  Then we enjoyed fellowship with Pastor Joe and his wife Brenda Slaughter at a restaurant in town.

On Monday, August 1st we started our week of Junior Girls’ Bible Camp at Lake Blaine Baptist Bible Camp directed by a dear friend Pastor David Pestel.  The missionary for the week was Eli Guiltner who is a missionary from the field of Japan.  His wife Katie is expecting their first baby in the month of October.   The girls listened very well each evening to the messages and the stories told by my friends.  During the week we rejoice in the fifteen girls who trusted in Jesus Christ as their personal Savior.  Please pray for these girls as they head back to their different homes that they will continue to read their Bibles each day and continue to grow in Christ.

Lake Blaine Baptist Bible Camp

Thursday, July 21st, 2016


Junior Boys’ camp at Lake Blaine Baptist Camp was July 11 – 15, 2016.  On Sunday morning, July 10, I preached in Swan Valley at Swan Valley Baptist Church.  Then on Sunday night, I preached in Kalispell at Bethel Baptist Church for Pastor David Pestel.  I was the evangelist for the week of Bible Camp and the missionary was Colin Ovenell home on his third furlough from Africa.  During the week the campers worked hard on their verses and workbooks for points and awards for their teams. We rejoice in the five campers who trusted in Christ as their Savior and for one who responded for assurance.  Two others responded for prayer to help them in their walk with the Lord.

At the end of camp Colin and I were able to take some time to go out on lake Blaine and do some fishing.

Silcott Ministry
2015 Summer Overview

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

We had five Daily Vacation Bible Schools in Nebraska, Arkansas, Wisconsin and Minnesota and three weeks of Bible camp, two at Camp Manitoumi in Illinois and one week at Whispering Cedars Baptist Camp in Nebraska. 30 children professed Christ as Savior and 2 dedicated themselves to missions. Please continue to pray for the Silcott Ministries as we move into the fall.

Camp Manitoumi

Thursday, July 30th, 2015


Then we were back for our second week of camp in Lowpoint, Illinois. Over the years we have enjoyed our opportunities to share the gospel at Camp Manitoumi. This year Tom Robbins was the Camp Dean and his wife was Camp Nurse for the last half of the week. 110 campers enjoyed the Battle Zone theme. During the evening services I used ventriloquism to present Bible stories that fit their focus of the day. We rejoice in the 6 campers that trust Christ as their Savior. For the morning service I used my Seminar “What Every Camper Should Know”. The campers had lots of questions on Creation and the Deity of Christ.

Once again the campers enjoyed the zip line that is now fully operational.  They have it down to a science now getting them on line and off in 8 minutes. They even gave the winning team a ride down the zip line in the dark. Each camper had a glowing wrist band so that we can see them.  Please pray for these campers as they go home that they will stand up and stand fast for their faith.

Whispering Cedars Baptist Camp

Thursday, July 30th, 2015


July 13 – 17 we held a week of Junior Camp at Whispering Cedars Baptist Camp in Genoa, Nebraska. Phil Tilson a friend from Bible College is the camp director. This summer’s theme was a western theme and everything was decorated from the dining hall to the chapel. My messages for the week were built on an acrostic to the word Ranch to follow the theme as I shared the gospel. During the week 62 campers attended, 2 made decisions for life service, and 6 for salvation, and one for obedience.

The campers enjoyed the ventriloquism and object lessons each evening. During the morning chapel I encouraged them to remember verses on the inspiration of Scripture, the Deity of Christ and the importance of Creation found in Romans 1:20. Please pray for these campers as they head home and seek to share what they learned at camp.

Camp Manitoumi
Lowpoint, Illinois

Monday, June 22nd, 2015


June 14-18, I spoke for Junior I at Camp Manitoumi in Lowpoint, Illinois. Because of insurance cost hikes, Camp Manitoumi has sold their horses.  Now they have a new 1000 foot zip line and a new water slide “the Mantizoomie.” Campers slide through a large culvert and stop at the bottom of a large hill. During Junior week I we had over 60 children from Illinois and Missouri. During the week the children enjoyed the ventriloquism and object lessons as the Gospel was shared. We rejoice that 9 children trusted Christ as Savior. Others responded to living for the Lord and baptism as they go home and share their faith with others.

ZipLineCaleb is attending “Gospel Singers of America” a music school on the gulf coast of Mississippi. Last week when he took his theory placement test, he qualified for the Advanced I Theory class. So he tested out of the intermediate class.  Caleb has two more weeks of class and will join us again after our ministry in Texarkana, Arkansas.