Ajo Calvary Baptist Church

November 1st, 2022

Now in Arizona, I can fill the pulpit in churches for pastors as they travel to see family or go on a vacation.  On October 16, 2022, I was able to preach in Ajo, Arizona at Calvary Baptist Church.  This church is north of Organ Pipe Cactus National Park and the small city of Why, Arizona.  We left Florence on Saturday, arrived in Ajo, and drove through the park, and spent the night in Ajo.  The church enjoyed the whole family Sunday School class with Rawley and the challenge from the book of Jonah.  Sunday morning, I preached from John chapter 3, giving an invitation for salvation and a challenge for the Saints to be a witness to those around them.  Five raised their hand for prayer as they seek to reach their friends for Christ.

After the service Sunday afternoon, we headed back to Pheonix to stay in a motel close to a patient that Jane needed to see Monday morning.  We finally arrived back home in Florence, Arizona on Monday night.  Please pray for safety in the many miles we travel each day and for the church in Ajo, Arizona as they seek to reach this small city for Christ.

Rapid Valley Faith Baptist Church

October 20th, 2022

From July 17 – August 28, 2022, I was able to fill the pulpit for Rapid Valley Faith Baptist Church in Rapid City, South Dakota.  This opportunity gave me a chance to achieve several things.  I was able to help the church by preaching for 7 weeks of services, so they could continue their search for a senior pastor.  During these seven weeks I had my eye surgeries to remove cataracts and perform laser surgery for my severe astigmatism.  I was so thankful that I could be a blessing to the church as I had these surgeries and recovery in Rapid City with the doctors who have seen me since childhood.

During the month I was able to drive my dad (Pastor Ralph Silcott) back east to Merrillville, Indiana where we took my step-mother Loma Davies Silcott’s remains to be buried next to her first husband.  During my stay I also helped my dad by driving him to his different doctors’ appointments and errands around town.  This trip to South Dakota even presented an opportunity to try and do some work in his house.  Our dear friend Pastor Ron Fanning and his helper Pete Rodolph came to town and installed trim in the living room and dining room, so Dad might put down flooring.  Please pray for Ralph Silcott and the church as they seek a pastor to come to Rapid Valley and serve the Lord in Southwest South Dakota.

Leon Bible Church

July 16th, 2022
Rodeo at Leon, Iowa

The church in Leon, Iowa is still without a pastor, so I came on Sunday, July 3, and preached in the morning for Sunday School and morning service.  Sunday night I had a short Bible study so that we could take some time and pray for the Vacation Bible School.  On July 4th, I sat in the Leon Bible Church parade float with Rawley and promoted the Vacation Bible School that would start on Tuesday night and go through Saturday night with a closing program on Sunday night.  This was a whole family VBS that resulted in a great turn out for the week.

Each night I told a Bible story with one of my four friends and presented the gospel through object lessons with a surprise ending.  Then I led the adult class through the daily worksheet and quoting and listening to the memory verses for each day.  The church served a light meal for everyone and we closed with the missionary story told with flannel graph on the multimedia projector.   Please pray for the Leon Bible Church in Southern Iowa that they will soon find a pastor.

Camp Manitoumi

July 16th, 2022

June 27 through July 1, 2022, I spoke at Camp Manitoumi in Lowpoint, Illinois.  Parents that attended camp years ago now send their children to camp to enjoy the stories from my friends and hear the gospel preached.  This week counselors and the Camp Dean attended Vacation Bible Schools and camps that I have preached at in the past.  I enjoyed working with those I have seen grow up in the Lord and keep serving the Lord today.  During the week I preached an evangelistic message in the evening and presented my seminar on what every camper should know about the Bible, Creation, Christ, and Suffering. 

During the week campers enjoyed the swimming pool, recreation room, game time, the all famous zip-line back in the woods behind the camp, and last of all, the hay rack ride pulled by the camp tractor through the corn fields.  During the week I rejoice in the 8 campers who trusted Christ as their Savior, 3 that came forward for assurance, 1 that decided to get baptized and 3 that made the decision to live their lives for Christ.   Please pray for the camp and the remaining weeks for this busy summer.  Also pray for the boys and girls as they go back home to their families. 

Whispering Cedars Baptist Camp

July 9th, 2022

For the next two weeks, June 12 – 17, 2022 and June 19 – 24, 2022, I preached for Bible camp at Whispering Cedars Baptist Camp in Vanderwagen, New Mexico. Joseph Lee with Baptist Mid-Missions is the Camp director and pastor of the church, on the campgrounds near the Navajo Reservation.  The first week we had around thirteen teens that listened well and took part of all the activities throughout the week.  For Thursday noon they all dressed up in their best clothes for the banquet where they served two turkeys with all the Thanksgiving trimmings.

The second week we had four girls and eight boys for the three teams during the Jr. week of camp.  They all worked on my Bible workbook covering the eight Sons of Proverbs, starting with the Simple Son and ending with the Righteous Son.  This study seeks to encourage the campers to develop a desire to be a righteous son in a world of Foolish. The Girls team won for the week and got to enjoy a little treat after chapel on Thursday night.  Please pray for these boys and girls as they go home and face an ungodly world.

First Baptist Church

July 9th, 2022

June 5 – 10, 2022, I held my first Daily Vacation Bible School for the summer in Ash Flat, Arkansas for Pastor Lyon Raby.  I have held meetings with Pastor Raby in Hardy, Arkansas and now he is the Pastor of First Baptist Church in Ash Flat.  They used our Racing Theme for the week and Randy, driving the Ford, won for the week.  Randy said that Ford stands for, “First on Race Day”.  Each day we had visitors with the church families faithfully attending each night.  My wife Jane would help me get out Randy when I want to get two out at the same time.  Because she is not always with me now, I must find someone who would be willing to help me.  Lynn, the pastor’s wife was willing to step up and help me with this important task. 

We have friends that live in Cherokee Village who invited us out for lunch on Thursday.  The fellowship was great, and I was able to take a picture of the waterfalls in the middle of the village surrounded by several lakes in the midst of all the retirement homes.  Please pray for the two that trusted Christ as their Savior that they will keep coming to church and growing in their walk with the Lord.  Also pray for Pastor and his wife as they seek to reach the lost and feed the Saints in their area. 

Spring City Baptist Church

June 4th, 2022

On Sunday, May 29, I held meetings for Pastor Robert Hurd at Spring City Baptist Church in Spring City, Tennessee.  It was evident the God was working in hearts as I spoke for a whole family Sunday School and for the morning service.  For Sunday School I preached on the prophet who told God “No.”  For the morning service, I preached from Mark 5 on how Jesus cast out the demons from the man who dwelt in the country of the Gadarenes. 

During the week of May 24 – 26, I was able to attend a Hope of Israel Baptist Fellowship Conference.  This conference was held at the Cedine Conference Center in Spring City, Tennessee.  Daniel Fried was the moderator who introduced each speaker and encouraged us to pray for and support Israel.  Speakers brought out facts about Judaism and how we can pray for them and reach them with the good news of the gospel. 

Bogle’s Chapel Baptist Church

June 4th, 2022

The next Sunday after the COME conference, I held a meeting with Pastor Aaron Revis at Bogle’s Chapel in Evansville, Tennessee.    Randy helped me tell the story of Samson and his battle with the Philistines.   It was good to see friends again and spend some time with Pastor Aaron.  Pastor was not feeling very well that night, so he wore a mask and kept his distance from us all.  He had to come and see me again and hear from my friends.

Please pray for this growing church in the country and for Pastor and his family as they seek to reach this area for the Lord.  Covid is still a concern in many of the churches that I have ministered in.  Please pray for Pastor Aaron and his health and for our dear saints across America that we will all feel safe to go back to church.  We need to encourage one another in prayer and good fellowship.

Calvary Baptist Church

June 4th, 2022

The second week of May, I left Arizona and traveled to Tennessee for our COME Missions Conference.  This year our conference was held at Calvary Baptist Church in Dayton, Tennessee.  For the first time in the history of COME ,we had our board preach for our evening services.  Our speakers were Pastor Bill Lobb from Fergus Falls, Minnesota; Pastor Joshua Stock from Dayton, Tennessee; Pastor Curtis Sayre from Soddy Daisy, Tennessee, Dr. Mark Fishburn from Pierceton, Indiana; then, last of all, was me as the COME Field Representative.

It was a great week leading the singing and seeing all the evangelists and board members that traveled from across America to attend the conference.  Please pray for our evangelists and their up-coming meetings and for our board members who faithfully support COME. 

Loma Geyer Davies Silcott

May 8th, 2022
Loma Geyer Davies Silcott 1934 – 2022

Loma Geyer Davies Silcott went home to be with the Lord on April 9, 2022. Loma was born on July 14, 1934, in Chicago, Illinois. She was the daughter of Fred Harry and May Belle (Perry) Geyer.

Loma was an American freelance writer, and an English educator. Loma received a Bachelor of Science degree from Valparaiso University in 1970 and a Master of Science from Purdue University in 1975.

With her education, she became a legal secretary for Gavit and Richardson, in Gary, Indiana from 1954-1958. From 1970-1987, Loma was an English teacher for Hobart (Indiana) High School.  In 1995, Loma began teaching as an associate professor at the Oglala Lakota Indian College in Rapid City & Kyle, South Dakota, and at the National American University from 2007—2008.  On top of all that, she was a successful freelance writer since 1975 and the author of Nuts & Bolts Writer’s Manual copyright 1991 and 1993.

Loma Geyer Davies Silcott has been listed as a notable writer and language educator by Marquis Who’s Who. Loma was a Member of the National Writers Association in the Black Hills Christian Writers Group and served as their leader.  Her interests were sewing, knitting, quilting, reading, piano and organization.

Loma married Robert Eugene Davies on September 5, 1954. They had four children: Kathleen, Daniel, Joel, and John.  Robert Davies, passed away in November of 1982.

Loma married Ralph Ra Silcott on January 8, 1994. She then became a help mate serving the Lord with Ralph who was the pastor of Rapid Valley Faith Baptist Church in Rapid City, South Dakota.  Together they traveled to Israel, Hawaii, Alaska, Germany, Holland, Scotland, Canada, England, Italy, Rome, Greece, Turkey, and Africa.

Loma is survived by her children, Kathleen Pulley, Daniel Davies, and Joel Davies.  By her two stepchildren: Timothy Ray Silcott and Shirley Kay Johnson. And several grandchildren.

Loma Geyer Davies Silcott 1934 – 2022