First Baptist Church

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.

Camp Manitoumi

July 31st, 2019

This year we were invited to return to Camp Manitoumi in Lowpoint, Illinois.  Several parents of campers came to me and told me that I was the speaker at their camp years ago.  One counselor told me that I was the speaker one year and informed me that he was the one I called up to help me with one of my object lessons.  Fond memories of days gone by in the ministry of evangelism.  Pray for the 13 campers who trusted in Christ as Savior, 7 who sought assurance, and 7 children who made other decisions in their walk with the Lord.  Some of them dedicated their lives to full time Christian service. 

The campers also enjoyed the camp missionary from Peru, Heidi Robbins who challenged them to think about missions as a full-time career.  And of course, they also enjoyed the swimming pool, zipline, the hike to Victory Mountain and gaga ball.  Thanks for praying for the Silcott Ministries.

First Baptist Church

July 31st, 2019

Our Vacation Bible School on July 14 – 19, 2019 was held at First Baptist Church in Cumberland, Iowa with Pastor Michael Martin.  Our theme for the week was “Race to the Finish” so the church decorated the front of the auditorium with two large cars and one large trophy.  For the craft the kids worked together to build two go-carts that they raced on Friday night.  Each day they sang and heard a Bible story from my four friends.  The gospel was explained through the object lessons and I used power point to tell a flannel graph story to close each day. 

The church provided supper for the helpers and VBS students each night to encourage more attendants.  On Thursday night we had a picnic for the parents to close off the week.  Please pray for those who heard the gospel but have not yet received Christ as Savior.  Keep praying that they will see one family join the church as a result of Vacation Bible School.

Whispering Cedars Baptist Camp

July 16th, 2019

July 8 – 12, 2019, we enjoyed ministering at Whispering Cedars Baptist Camp in Genoa, Nebraska.  The camp had a Renaissance theme and decorated with drawbridge at the entrance and knights, castles.   For the morning service I presented my seminar on ”What Every Camper Should Know”: challenging the campers to stand upon the truth found in Scripture when it comes to 1. Inspiration of the Bible, 2. Deity of Christ, and 3. Truths of Creation.  In the evening service I focused on conquering the world of sin through the lives of David, Gideon, Moses, Ruth, and Daniel.  The campers shared at the campfire on Friday night about their decisions to stand against the lies of this world and take a stand for the Savior.  Through the week we rejoice that three campers trusted in Christ as their Savior.

It was good to see the camp director and his wife again during the week of Junior Camp.  Phil Tilson and his wife Joyce attended Faith with me in Ankeny, Iowa.  The camp through their leadership is equipped with a water slide, paintball battlefield, zipline, and an archery range.  They have lots of land for a baseball field or nets set up for soccer.  Because of all the flooding this year, they were not able to go to a local lake for canoeing and fun boat rides.  Using local swimming pools also was difficult this year as the severe weather has made balancing their chemicals in the pool difficult.  Please pray for Whispering Cedars Baptist Camp as they reach out to local churches in the state of Nebraska to minister to the children and families. 

Baptist Evangelical Church

July 4th, 2019

On June 30 & July 3, 2019, we held our second Vacation Bible School in Eau Claire, Wisconsin at the Baptist Evangelical Church with Pastor David Christner.  On Sunday, I preached one gospel message and presented two of my Vacation Bible School lessons from our Race Car theme.  Then two days later on July 3rd from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, I used Rodney for one more story for the week. 

Then on Wednesday night I used ventriloquism and object lessons for a special outreach evening at Eau Claire Gospel Center.  Many visitors and children attended this event.  Pastor Dan Stanley and his congregation will be able to follow up these and the church will be holding their own VBS the end of this month. Please pray that those who do not know our Savior will soon respond to the gospel.

For the Fourth of July, we are going to enjoy an outdoor grilled meal and a chance to see some fireworks in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.  Thanks for praying for the Silcott Ministries.  Lord Bless you and have a Happy 4th of July. 

Raccoon River Bible Camp

July 1st, 2019

From June 16 – 28 I spoke at Raccoon River Bible Camp for two weeks of Junior Bible Camp. Raccoon River Bible Camp is located off of Highway 30,  15 miles east of Carroll, Iowa.  Over the last 30 years, I have spoken at this camp for first under Director Dennis Lafleur and then under Director Jan Kolar.  This year the Board of Directors are leading the camp alongside an Interim director Pastor Mike Parkin from Kansas City, Missouri. 

The kids had lots of fun together with the games, in the pool, at the mini golf course, the beebee gun range and archery range and with carpetball games.  RRBC emphasizes memory work and it was thrilling to hear campers repeat their verses throughout the weeks. During the week the campers let me know that they enjoyed the ventriloquism and object lessons that presented the gospel each evening service. 

During the first week of camp we rejoice that two campers trusted in Christ as their Savior.  Another camper that week responded to pray with a counselor to help them respond in obedience to family and friends.  During the second week we saw three camper trust Christ as Savior and others respond with questions about God and the plan of Salvation.  Please pray for Raccoon River Bible Camp as they look for a new director and for the decisions that are made in the lives of these young children.

Calvary Baptist Church

June 13th, 2019
Top Lap winners in Dayton, Tennessee!

We held our first Vacation Bible School, June 9 – 13, 2019 at Calvary Baptist Church in Dayton, Tennessee.  This year our theme is “Race to the Finish” Races: Right Direction, Active Service, Committed Crew, Endless Drive, and Seeking Victory.  Pastor Joshua Stock lead the games and provided treats for each night.  To close the day, I used Powerpoint to present a flannelgraph story with life examples to get the kids to think about eternity and their need of a Savior.   

For memory work, we have a theme verse and five memory verses that fit the story for the day.  To help the kids learn the verses we encourage them to say them up to three times and each day they repeat a verse they receive more points.

Through the week we saw one child trust Christ as his personal Savior.   What a joy to see several children respond to the invitation with questions about God and their future.  Please pray for this growing church in Dayton, Tennessee.

COME Conference

May 31st, 2019

For our first trip after my heart surgery on February 28th, 2019, we left Des Moines, Iowa and headed to Dayton, Tennessee.  We arrived in Dayton, Tennessee on Saturday, May 18, 2019 just in time for food and fellowship with our COME family.  It was good to see our friends again and talk about our ministries and all the details of the last year.  I had the privilege of leading the singing and listening to our new and seasoned evangelists preach.  The week was full: we installed our new president Dr. Mark Fishburn after the home-going of our previous president Mark Staley. 

We are going to miss Mark Staley and his friendship over the past 28 years.  Sunday night we spent some time remembering Mark Staley with a presentation to Nancy his wife. We presented Nancy with a gift and a three-ring binder full of memories that the evangelists sent in for the occasion.   Nancy is going to keep working as our office manager and travel as a single COME missionary speaking for children’s meetings and promoting adopt a child through our COME ministry.

This week Jane is in Indiana helping her parents, John and Jean Baughman as they recover from a kitchen fire and tree damage from a storm.

Silcott Ministries

March 19th, 2019

Timothy: I would like to thank all those who prayed for me during my open-heart surgery.  I am now out of the hospital and recovering with the help of my wife and rehab through Unity Point in Des Moines, Iowa.  This will take 5 to 8 weeks.  Our next scheduled meeting is in the middle of May out in Dayton, Tennessee if we are not able to make it out to Rapid City, South Dakota.  My most resent concern has been to get my heart out of A-Fib and into sinus rhythm.  A nurse told me that our heart has a sinus node that communicates with the heart when to slow down when we sit down and when to speed up when we walk or run.  A-Fib occurs when a “renegade” node steps in and says that he can do a better job and takes over.  The heart beats faster and although everything gets blood: nothing is working well.  The patient gets tired and short of breath. 

Can you tell where I am going with this?  God is the sinus node and Satan is the renegade node.  Satan said that he could do a much better job than God can and Satan took over putting the world in A-Fib.  Nothing works well in the world because Satan that renegade node is in charge.  We need to kick Satan to the curb and let the Sinus Node (Christ) take charge again.  This will only take place when Christ returns and sits on the throne of David during the Millennium.  Even so Come, Lord Jesus.

Missionary Acres

December 24th, 2018

December 9, 2018, after we finished our meetings in Hardy, Arkansas, we returned to Silva, Missouri to Missionary Acres where our motorhome was parked for the month of December.  Evangel Baptist Church is located on the grounds of Missionary Acres and I spoke for their Joy Club on Tuesday, December 11, and for their teen night on Wednesday December 12.  The Church sends their vans out on Sunday Morning to bring in children and families from the community which made the next Sunday morning service the best time for Rawley and Randy to help me with the Christmas story.  For the story Rawley and Randy sang their song “His Name is Life”.  Jane sang two songs and the congregation sang “Thou Did’st Leave Thy Throne”.  The children came forward and sang “Away in the Manger” and “Carol of the Beasts”.  Sunday night I was able to share a message and present our ministry to the church family.  Please pray for those who heard the Gospel but have not accepted by faith God’s gift. Please also pray for Evangel Baptist Church as their new pastor Tim Newman and his family arrived last week. Pray that they will be accepted in the community and can reach into homes with the gospel.

For Sunday morning December 23, I was able to preach to the Cool Springs church family and present our ministry in evangelism. The church is in the hills and near the church is a creek fed by a cool mineral spring – the water is deep green (probably from copper deposits). They have recently completed an extensive remodeling project and by God’s provision the project was completely paid for. The Cool Springs Baptist Church is prayerfully looking for a pastor. Currently Pastor Jim Story a retired missionary who lives at Missionary Acres is serving as the interim pastor, but he is tiring and is in his 70s.

On December 19, 2018 on Wednesday night, we presented our Christmas Program at Cool Springs Baptist Church in Williamsville. The Church got the word out that we were coming to the church and the response was exciting.  We had over 80 people come that Wednesday night and they enjoyed the ventriloquism and heard the gospel.  Becky the pastor’s wife believes that 50% of those who attended were probably unbelievers. Please pray that God’s word will not return void and that those who heard will think about their own need to open the gift of salvation for themselves.