Highland Park Baptist Church

October 20th, 2020

On October 4, 2020, I preached at Highland Park Baptist Church in St. James, Minnesota.  The church is praying that the Lord would soon provide them with a senior pastor.  Sunday morning, I introduced them to my ministry in ventriloquism and object lessons with a gospel message from the book of Jonah.  For the morning message I preached from the Gospel of John encouraging the saints to reach out to the lost they meet every day.  After feasting on the Word of God, we all came together for food and fellowship.  Please pray for the church as they search for a pastor and consider the future for the church.

Needing a place to stay for that Sunday’s ministry, I was invited to stay with Pastor Marvin Pederson and his wife at Jeffers Baptist Church.  This arrangement opened the door for us to bring both churches together for a Sunday night service.   The community was invited with an encouraging response.  With visitors from both churches, I introduced Rodney and presented the message on Noah and his walk with God.  Thanks for praying for the Silcott Ministries.

Calvary Baptist Church

October 1st, 2020

On September 27, I left the state of Wisconsin and headed west to Cambridge, Minnesota.  Pastor Dave Gerhardt invited me to come preach and present our ministry for Sunday Morning.  Because of the epidemic they only have services for one-hour Sunday morning.  We started the service with a photo presentation of the work done on the church building.  Last year their roof on the church collapsed because of the heavy snow fall in Northern Minnesota.  Rodney then helped me encourage the church with a true account of Noah and his walk with God.  I finishing the morning with a message delivered by Jesus in the gospel of Mark.

Please pray for the church in Cambridge as they finish the work on the building and for the uncertainty in the future because of Covid 19. Also pray for Pastor Gerhardt as he looks into retirement and moving soon to Iowa to be closer to family.  The church also needs wisdom as they look for a pastor for the future.

Berean Baptist Church

October 1st, 2020

In September, I scheduled meetings in Manitowoc, Wisconsin.  The church is searching for a pastor and looking for preachers to fill the pulpit.  The church has supported us for many years in the ministry of evangelism.  I offered to fill two Sundays, September 13 and the 20, 2020.  Because of Covid 19 they only have Sunday School and the morning service.  For Sunday School we did a Bible study on the hope that we have in Christ that gives us courage through all the questions facing us in the future.  For both Sunday morning messages, I preached a message to challenge the church family in evangelism and spiritual growth. 

The plan was for me to purchase a room in a local motel; so I could be in the area for speaking at Berean Baptist Church.  Another local pastor stepped up and said that I could stay in his apartments for the week.  Pastor Ron O’Byron is the pastor of Manitowoc Baptist Church in the city of Manitowoc.  Both churches came together for Wednesday, September 16 and 23 for a message focused on their youth with ventriloquism and object lessons.  The children and the adults enjoyed the services and invited friends for both evenings.  Please pray for those who do not have a personal relationship with Christ to trust in Him soon.  Also please pray that Berean Baptist Church will soon find a pastor.

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.