Archive for the ‘Churches’ Category

Highland Park Baptist Church

Tuesday, 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

Thursday, 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

Thursday, 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

Saturday, 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

Saturday, 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

Tuesday, 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.

Calvary Baptist Church

Saturday, 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.

Grace Baptist Church

Monday, 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

Saturday, 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.

Rapid Valley Faith Baptist Church

Thursday, May 14th, 2020

On Friday May 1, 2020, I flew on Allegiant Airline from Mesa, Arizona to Rapid City, South Dakota. I was picking up some furniture that I have had at my Dad’s house.  I spent all day Saturday moving two desks, two dressers and our waterbed frame to the front room to prepare to load on a moving truck on Monday.  On Sunday, May 3, I was asked to preach at Rapid Valley Faith Baptist Church in Rapid City for the Sunday School hour and Morning Service.  I was able to encourage the Saints with the inspired truth that God is our rock and not a mirage.

It was good to see my Dad and my sister Shirley who drove up from Greeley, Colorado. They both helped me move the furniture into the moving truck destined for Arizona.  And friends from the church, a neighbor across the street and our friends Skip & Raquel Rice from Lead, South Dakota came to help me in this heavy adventure.

I left on Tuesday morning and arrived in Florence, Arizona on Thursday evening. Jane & I were able to move the object lessons, tables, and chairs. On Friday a friend and his grandson with a doily moved the heavy furniture.  

Please pray for our schedule as most of our meetings have been canceled.