Archive for the ‘DVBS’ Category

Berean Baptist Church

Saturday, July 3rd, 2021

For the week of June 28 through July 2, 2021, I helped with the Vacation Bible School at Berean Baptist Church in San Tan Valley, Arizona.  They used their own theme, “Mystery Island: Tracking Down the One True God”.  The children enjoyed the Bible lessons each day provided by Answers in Genesis.  For the last 25 minutes, I focused on the daily theme telling a story with one of my friends and presenting the gospel through object lessons.  With this combined ministry, we saw five trust Christ as their Savior and others respond to living for the Lord.

Many stepped in and helped with Vacation Bible School.  The church was very encouraged on how well the lay people planned the VBS and how smoothly it ran.  Plans for next year are underway as they study what went well and areas that need to be improved.  Please pray for Pastor Skylar as he continues his fight to defeat Covid and pray for the church family as they seek to reach the lost in Arizona.

Elliet Road Baptist Church

Saturday, June 26th, 2021

On June 20 – 25, 2021, we held a Daily Vacation Bible School at Elliot Road Baptist Church in Gilbert, Arizona with Pastor Dan Mooney.  The temperature was hotter than normal, but the kids invited their friends and family for a week of Bible stories, memory time, crafts and fun games. At the end of each day, I told a missionary story.

This year, our theme is “The Bible Stands.” VBS has focused on the truths of God’s Word and developing of a love for their Bible.  One student raised her hand and asked the question, “What is the Bible?” We handed out about five Bibles that night to make sure that the children had a Bible to take home.  The next night they all brought their Bibles for their points and to follow along with the Bible story.

Each evening the gospel was shared, and an invitation was given.  Although there was no response, the children listened and went home knowing that God loved them and that they need to ask Jesus to save them.  We got the report from one of the parents that their son came home and told his dad that he was a sinner and needed to ask Jesus to save him.  From the mouths of babes, the gospel is spread.  Please pray for Elliot Road Baptist Church as they seek to reach the lost in Arizona.  Thanks for praying for the Silcott Ministries.

Florence Baptist Church

Saturday, June 19th, 2021

We started the summer with a Vacation Bible School at Florence Baptist Church in Florence, Arizona.  We used my theme “The Bible Stands” with songs and stories encouraging all those who attended to grow in respect for our Bibles and God’s love found within. I used the acrostic for the word BIBLE — Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth. 

Basic                     The Gospel

Instructions        Obey God’s Word

Before                  Prepare for Battle

Leaving                Ruth who left her gods of Moab

Earth                   Samson and his battle with the sin of this world

Each evening the offering was a contest between the Boys versus the Girls.  Kevin and Nancy Holcomb were called Mr. and Mrs. Cash for the job at hand.  Mrs. Cash (Nancy Holcomb) took the offering from the girls, and Mr. Cash (Kevin Holcomb) took the offering for the boys.  The one who brought in the most offering for the night was the one who got to throw a pie in the loser’s face. Kevin got to eat more pie than Nancy.  The girls won for the week.  Please pray for Florence Baptist Church and their new pastor as they reach the needs of Florence and the surrounding residents.

Leon Bible Church

Tuesday, 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

Tuesday, 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

Tuesday, 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.

Flint Creek Baptist Church

Saturday, 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.

First Baptist Church

Wednesday, 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.

Baptist Evangelical Church

Thursday, 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. 

Sahuaro Baptist Church

Saturday, July 21st, 2018

We held a Vacation Bible School at Sahuaro Baptist Church in Tucson, Arizona from July 15 – 20, 2018.  Pastor Kester opened each day with flag and Bible pledges and songs that promoted our theme for the week.  The children worked hard on the memory verses as Jane taught them the motions and several different ways to memorize verses.  Each story was introduced through ventriloquism as the gospel was taught through object lessons with a surprise ending.  We rejoice in the three children that responded to the gospel and trusted in Christ as their Savior.

Each day the children had homemade cookies and on Friday they ate ice cream bars.  The games were filled with action and lots of fun. On Friday, the kids had a water balloon battle and water bombed pastor.  Please pray for Sahuaro Baptist Church as they seek to reach this growing community on the southeast side of Tucson, Arizona.  We thank them for all their prayers and support for the Silcott Ministries.