Hillcrest Baptist Church

January 10th, 2020

Jane is going to stay with her family in Pierceton, Indian to spend time with her mom after cancer surgery.  She is also staying because of her right eye that has suffered an eye infection.  She has a recurring cornea erosion that is rough with lots of scarring.  The Ulcer is closed in and the infection is gone but still very sore and she is not able yet to see out of it.  Please pray for Jane as I move on south for warmer conditions for our motorhome and upcoming meetings.

We visited with Jane’s family in Pierceton, Indiana for Christmas and New Year’s.  After leaving there, I headed South to Richmond, Indiana to preach at Hillcrest Baptist Church and record two messages for a PBS TV program called “Glory Bound”.  I was able to present two stories that will be broadcasted on the local channel in Richmond, Indiana.  For the first half hour program I used Randy to help me tell the story of Samson and what he learned about sin.  Because of time I was only able to present two of my object lessons that I use to illustrate the gospel.  For the second half hour program I was able to invite some children to be on the set to help me with my object lessons and listen to the story.  Rodney came out and helped me tell the story of Noah and the “Great Boat Float”.  Starting off a new year I thought that it would be appropriate to tell a story from the book of beginnings.  Please pray for the people who hear and see these messages on TV that they will head the message of the cross of Calvary.

On Sunday I was able to speak to the children in Children’s Church.  Randy came out and we presented the Gospel and encouraged the Children to live a life of obedience.  One of the children responded to pray with a counselor for help to obey her parents and those in authority over her.  Two others responded for Salvation as the invitation was given at the end of the service.  Please pray for those who responded during the service and for those who still have not trusted Christ as Savior. 

The Greatest of Treasures “Christmas Program”

December 18th, 2019

To help churches in December, we designed a Christmas program. Rawley and Randy help me tell the Christmas story and Jane sings several solos. I, then, speak using a Christmas package as my unifying points: The present in the package is Jesus. The Box reminds me of the Blood that Jesus shed for me; the wrapping Paper, of Propitiation; the Ribbon, of Redemption; the Bow, that he is coming Back; the Nametag, that the gift is offered to each person by Name.

We have used our program at Norwoodville Baptist Church in Des Moines, Iowa and at First Baptist Church in Pierceton, Indiana. Next Sunday, we will be presenting it at Bethel Baptist Church, also in Pierceton, Indiana. Bethel Baptist Church is where Jane’s brother Jim pastors.   

First Baptist Church

December 18th, 2019

On December 1, 2019, I had the privilege to fill the pulpit for Pastor Michael Martin at First Baptist Church in Cumberland, Iowa.  Pastor Martin was on break for Thanksgiving visiting family and friends, giving me the opportunity to preach for him that Sunday.  Pastor Michael allowed us to park at the church so that I could go bow hunting and work on our motorhome.  The manifold on our motor had a crack in it and the muffler and exhaust pipe had rusted out.  With lots of patience, Michael worked on our problem with great skill and several trips for parts in Omaha and Des Moines. 

We left Cumberland on December 2, 2019 with our motorhome exhaust system all fixed giving me more power, better engine braking results and hopefully better diesel millage.  Although I was not able to harvest my deer this year, I did enjoy my time in the woods in Cass County, Iowa.  Please pray for us as we minister in three churches for our Christmas program. 

Karen Street Baptist Church

November 28th, 2019

Last Sunday, November 24, 2019, I filled the pulpit at Karen Street Baptist Church in Omaha, Nebraska.  Next Sunday, December 1, 2019, is going to be their last Sunday.  Karen Street Baptist Church is closing their doors and merging with Gretna Baptist Church in Gretna, Nebraska.  My goal was to encourage the congregation and give them some joy in all the mixed emotions.  The plan is that those who merged with Gretna will in the future regroup and try to start the church again in four or five years.  The problem that they ran into was that they were not able to find a pastor after several years of looking.

Pleas pray for those in the church that are still looking for a church home that is not too far to travel and would meet their spiritual needs.  Pray for Karen Street’s future and for other churches in America that have the same problem.  Several churches are looking for pastors, but the need is not being filled.  Pray for reapers for the harvest field.

Orient Plymouth Congregational Church

November 21st, 2019
Orient, Iowa

A pastor friend of mine told me about a church in Orient, Iowa that was seeking to become a fundamental gospel preaching church.  He gave me the info so that I could contact Pastor Phil Price in Orient, Iowa.  Pastor Price was interested in us coming and preaching at his church with a clear fundamental stand on Scripture.  On Sunday Morning I used ventriloquism and object lessons to share the gospel through the story of Jonah and the Great Fish.  Sunday night I preached from John 3 concerning Nicodemus and his desire to see Jesus.  My prayer is that this church will continue to seek the truth and become a fundamental church in Orient.

We enjoyed staying with pastor Price and his wife Marsha Sunday afternoon for lunch and a short time of fellowship.  Pastor Phil has been able to meet the needs of his family through carpentry and his own construction business.  He has gone through lots of Physical difficulties, but he has prevailed with God’s help.  Please pray for this growing church as they seek God’s direction and for pastor’s continued health.

Faith Bible Church

November 13th, 2019
Faith Bible Church

After enjoying the singing group from Faith in Cumberland, Iowa on November 3rd, 2019, we headed to Sac City, Iowa for Sunday, November 10, 2019.  We stayed in the motel Saturday night and left our motorhome in Cumberland.  In the Sunday School hour, Pastor asked me to introduce ourselves and present our ministry for the church family.  For the morning service at 10:15, I preached a message with ventriloquism and object lessons.  One young man showed interest in the Gospel and had many questions.  Please pray that he will trust Christ as his Savior soon. 

We meet Pastor Jason Baustian at Racoon River Bible Camp this last summer.  On Wednesday, November 13, 2019, we will be traveling back to Sac City for their AWANA program.  Then next summer we will be back for a week of Vacation Bible School.  Please pray that our ministry at the church will be fruitful and for Pastor and his family as they reach Sac City for the Lord. 

First Baptist Church

November 13th, 2019
First Baptist Church

On Sunday, October 27th, 2019, we ministered in White, South Dakota.  I was a student at Faith Baptist Bible College while Pastor Paul McDowell was in the Seminary. This fall a family in Hulett, Wyoming contacted relatives in the church and lined up this meeting.  Evangelist Randy Chovan was holding revival meetings the next week, so we came the Sunday before and primed the pump through ventriloquism and a challenge from the book of Daniel in the morning and Mark in the evening.  The Church was very receptive to the preaching and looking forward to the coming revival meetings.

While in White, South Dakota we were able to enjoy the Redlin Art Museum in Watertown, South Dakota and catch up on family news with pastor and his wife.  Please pray for this growing church and the need to reach their community with the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Also pray for pastor’s wife as she is facing some difficult health issues.  Pastor’s daughter has been able to come and help in her care during these hard times.

Bethany Bible Baptist Church

October 22nd, 2019
Peter Leavell, Christopher Leavell, Joseph Leavell, Rawley, Timothy Silcott

We left Carrington, North Dakota and headed south to Tulare, South Dakota.  This is a small town just north of where I was born in Wessington Springs, South Dakota.  Back in 1986 at the beginning of my ministry, I held a Vacation Bible School in Tulare at Bethany Bible Baptist Church for Pastor Monte Leavell.  God used Monte Leavell in my life to lead me into the ministry of evangelism.  Now God is using Pastor Todd Bowers and his wife Becky to reach Tulare with the gospel of Christ.  On October 20, 2019 we were able to present our ministry with friends that we have known for years.  For Sunday School and the evening service I presented my seminar on Creation Versus Evolution.  For the morning service I preached from Daniel encouraging the Saints to take a stand against the gods of this world.

During the week we were able to spend some time with my Aunt and Uncle and several of my cousins who live in the area. Please pray for my family as they struggle with wayward children and many health concerns.  Also pray for Beckie Bowers who is back in Idaho helping her brother who has been going through treatments for cancer.  Thanks for praying for the Silcott Ministries.

Faith Baptist Church

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

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.