Calvary Baptist Church

September 12th, 2020

On September 6, because of a cancellation, I attend the services at Calvary Baptist Church in Forest City, Iowa.  Calvary Baptist is one of our supporting churches and it was their 125th anniversary.  As one of their missionaries, I was recognized with a lapel rose. It was a privilege to see friends that have been praying for us.  Each speaker all day Sunday have grown up in the church and are now in the ministry.   It was encouraging to see how God has blessed the church over the years and how the church is still making disciples. 

For the last event in the 125th anniversary, they scheduled a breakfast for Monday morning.  With lots of children in attendance, Pastor Farrell asked me to use Rawley to tell a Bible story for the service.  Children and the adults enjoyed the story of Jonah and the Big Fish and a challenge to keep reaching the lost in Forest City.  On Wednesday night I was able to preach and present our ministry in evangelism.  Please pray for the church and their need for a new air conditioner.

Altoona Regular Baptist Church

September 12th, 2020

For the last week in August, I left South Dakota and headed East to Des Moines, Iowa.  I had a doctor’s appointment on August 25th to see a cardiologist for a one-year checkup.  The doctor had some concerns; he changed some medication and told me he would like to see me again next August.  Being in Iowa, I was able to schedule our sending church for Sunday night, August 30th, 2020.  I preached a message on the Parable of the Sower from Mark 4 giving them a challenge to listen and obey God’s Word.  I closed the message with an update on our ministry in evangelism.

Sunday night after the service, I spend the evening with Pastor Josh Robinson and his family for some fellowship.  We thank the Lord for Pastor Robinson and his love for the people in Altoona.  The church is growing, and God is using Altoona Regular Baptist Church to reach the lost with the gospel.  Please pray for ARBC and their spiritual growth and for Jane as she has now finished all her education and is working full time as a CNA in Arizona.

Rapid Valley Faith Baptist Church

September 1st, 2020

For the Sundays August 16 & 23, 2020, I traveled from Iowa back to the Black Hills of South Dakota.  I preached at Rapid Valley Faith Baptist Church just East of Rapid City for the morning and evening services.  During the week I was able to spend some time with my dad after his heart surgery.  Dad is doing much better walking and getting around the house with his three bypasses in his heart.  I was able to drive him around town to finish some errands and pick up supplies.

At the end of the week, we hired a friend from Wyoming to come and put some soffits in on the roof of the house to keep the squirrels and birds out of the attic.  Please pray for my dad as he continues to recover his strength and for the church to soon find a pastor.

Leon Bible Church

September 1st, 2020

During the week of August 9 – 14, 2020, I held my last Vacation Bible School for the Summer at Leon Bible Church in Leon, Iowa.  The church is looking for a pastor; so I was able to stay in the parsonage next to the church during the week.  I preached an evangelistic message in the morning encouraging the Saints to reach out to those they meet every day.  Sunday night we started our Vacation Bible School “Racing to the Finish”.  The backdrop for the week looked like a stadium full of spectators eager for the races to begin and lined up in the front where old tires decorating the pit.  Each day we had the Bible story presented by my friends and three object lessons with a surprise ending to explain the gospel.  For their treats they ate things like head lights and traffic lights made with grapes, pineapples, and cheese curls.  For the crafts everyone went downstairs to the shop to build their pinewood derby car for the races on Friday nights closing program.  For the last 10 minutes I told a missionary story with flannelgraph presented on PowerPoint. 

The attendance was very good with children coming back each day and bringing visitors to enjoy the fun-filled week.  On Friday night I pulled Rawley out so the adults could meet one of my friends and to illustrate the gospel with one more object lesson. It was encouraging to see many of the adults come for the closing program and watch the pinewood derby.  Awards were given for the team that won for the week and several for the car race in the fellowship hall.  Please pray for the Lord to work in hearts of the lost and that Leon Bible Church will soon find a pastor.

Faith Bible Church

August 11th, 2020

July 30th I left Wyoming and stopped in Rapid City, South Dakota to assist in welcoming my Dad home from rehab after his heart surgery.  After seeing that my dad was doing well, I headed to Sac City, Iowa for my next Vacation Bible School at Faith Bible Church with Pastor Jason Baustian and his wife Alison.  Sunday morning, I presented our ministry and preached an evangelistic message.  Then on Monday through Friday I presented our theme “Racing to the Finish”.  Pastor’s wife Alison worked hard to stream the service through Facebook and YouTube for those who did not want to attend live.  We had around 20 kids each day and around 300 who logged in and watched a part or a whole service.  The children at the church had a chance to win a new bike, one for the boys and one for the girls.  Those online, if they answered the questions for each service, were able to register to win a $100.00 gift certificate.  On Friday night the story requires me to get two of my friends out at the same time.  Jane has helped me in the past but this summer she is not able to be with me.  Samantha, pastor’s daughter was willing to help me with Randy and bring him out for the story.  She did a good job and the story went very well.

Members in the church, the Simpsons, allowed me to stay in their home for the week of Vacation Bible School.  The fellowship and food were very good giving me some needed rest and a chance to catch up on scheduling meetings.  On Wednesday pastor took me out on Storm Lake to enjoy some fellowship and fishing for walleye.  Please pray for the gospel and those who need to respond soon.  Pastor and his family are moving to an acreage just out of town that will be better suited for his family.  Thanks for praying for the Silcott Ministries.

Big Horn Independent Baptist Church

August 4th, 2020

My next Vacation Bible School was in Worland, Wyoming with Pastor Ron Fanning and his wife Kit.  I have held meetings with Pastor Fanning in Worland, as well as in Spearfish, South Dakota.  I arrived a few days before the meetings, so I helped pastor lay some bricks for a job he was working on for a lady in the community.  Then we took a trip into the mountains and saw a ghost town that was a mining village in the 1800s.  For Sunday, July 26th, I gave an update for Sunday School and preached from John chapter 3 for the morning service.  Sunday night we started Vacation Bible School with a great attendance of 30 people.  The church family and the visitors continued to attend through Wednesday night. 

Tuesday morning at 10:00, the home school group in the area invited me to set up a service in the town park.  We had over 30 children with their mothers attend the open-air meeting.  They would not come to the church; but they would allow me to speak to the children in the park.  Please pray that the message was heard and that the parents and the children will respond soon to the gospel. 

Jane is still in Arizona and doing very well.  She has passed her test to become a CNA and now is certified by the state.  She would like to take one more test so that she can administer medication for her job.  Thanks for praying for us and our ministry in evangelism.

Calvary Baptist Church

July 25th, 2020

Because the week of July 19th was open, I asked the pastor at Calvary Baptist Church in Douglas, Wyoming if I could come and fill the pulpit for him on Sunday.  Pastor Matthew Roberts graciously invited me to come and preach and present our ministry in evangelism.  They have a prophet’s chamber that they allowed me to stay in as long as I needed the accommodations.   For Sunday School I presented the class with the fact that SIN is a huge mathematical disaster.  Then for Sunday Morning I preached a message on Noah using ventriloquism and object lessons.   For Sunday Night I preached a message from Isaiah 55.

After church Sunday night I went with Pastor and his daughter out to the local airport to see the comet out in our Northern sky.  Just below the Big Dipper, we could faintly see the comet with its long tail.  With pastor’s telescope we had a great view of Jupiter and the moons around the planet.  Please pray for Calvary Baptist Church as they reach Douglas with the message of the Cross and their work remodeling their basement that was damaged in a septic backup.

Flint Creek Baptist Church

July 25th, 2020

For the week of July 12 – 15, 2020 I held a Vacation Bible School at Flint Creek Baptist Church in Philipsburg, Montana.  They used our theme “Racing to the Finish” and decorated the auditorium with cars, banners, and flags.  Each story was introduced through ventriloquism and the gospel was shared through object lessons with a surprise ending.  At the end of the day, I used flannelgraph material displayed on power point to tell a missionary story presenting the gospel.  We rejoice in those who responded to the gospel during the week.  Six students came back to ask questions and to hear the gospel again one on one.  Three of the children responded and trusted in Christ as their Savior

For the games during the week, they had remote controlled race cars for each student to race in the gym.  It was well organized five at a time and each winner moving up until the final race.  They had first, second, and third place for each class.  For the last day, after the meal with hot dogs and hamburgers, they all got to ride on go carts and try their skill at remote controlled speed boats in the stream behind the church.  Please pray for this growing church as they seek to reach Philipsburg for Christ.

Grace Baptist Church

July 13th, 2020

On July 5 – 8, 2020, I held a whole family evangelistic meeting in Kemmerer, Wyoming.  Jane stayed in Arizona to finish her education as a CNA and start her new job in August.  I made the trip in a van that I borrowed from Jane’s new boss.  Each service was well attended by friends that we have known for years and visitors that we have met for the first time.  The gospel was preached through ventriloquism and object lessons with a surprise ending.  Although no one responded to the gospel, we know that the seed was planted in the hearts of the unsaved and the saints encouraged in their walk with the Lord.

During the week I stayed in a motel that is owned by a faithful member in the church.  The owner was born in the Fiji Islands and raised in Hawaii.  I enjoyed talking to Vj about Christ and listening to his testimony of faith in our Savior.  Please pray for the church as they seek to reach the city of Kemmerer with the gospel.  Vj would also like prayer for his children as they go to college and seek God’s will for their lives.

Open Door Baptist Church

June 6th, 2020

On May 31, 2020, I had the privilege to preach in one of our supporting churches in Prescott Valley, Arizona.  Then starting on June first through the fifth, we held Vacation Bible School with our theme Racing to the Finish.  Each day the Bible story in the theme was told by my ventriloquist partners and the gospel was illustrated by three object lessons.  In class time they had work sheets promoting the theme and memory verses to say several times through the week to help them remember them and hid them in their hearts.

At the end of each day we had more singing and I told a flannelgraph story to use life examples that would share the gospel and encourage the youth to trust Christ as their Savior.  Please pray for those who heard the gospel but have not responded.  Also pray for the needs of those in the church and for Pastor’s family who lost a loved one that week.