Archive for the ‘DVBS’ Category

Open Door Baptist Church

Saturday, June 23rd, 2018

Vacation Bible School in Prescott Valley was held on June 10 – 15 at Open Door Baptist Church with Pastor Thomas Petro.  Pastor Petro and I first met at Faith Baptist Bible College in Ankeny, Iowa.  It was a blessing to see Pastor Tom again and his wife Brenda as we served the Lord together in a week of VBS.  Silcott Ministries presented our theme “On Track for Christ” with Bible stories told through ventriloquism and the gospel clearly shared through object lessons with a surprise ending.   Each day the children worked hard on their memory verses and bringing visitors to join them in the fun.

The crafts this week were well thought out giving the children something to take home that would remind them of the Bible stories told during the week.  On the last day they drew a name of one of the children who could throw a pie in Pastor Petro’s face.  The children lined up to watch the fun.  Please pray for the six children who trusted in Christ as their personal Savior.  Also pray for us as we replace one of our air conditioners that quit working in this hot summer weather.

Santaquin Baptist Church

Thursday, June 7th, 2018

The week of June 3 – 7th, 2018, we held our first Vacation Bible School in Santaquin, Utah.  Santaquin sits in a valley with one mountain range to the west and one to the east: both ranges run from north to south. A local park where both ranges can be clearly seen is where the VBS was held, because this new work meets in a small rented office building and because about 30 children attended each day. Not meeting in the church also encouraged mothers from the local polygamist colony of Rocky Ridge to allow their children to attend. Please pray for these dear children as they seek the truth about God and eternal life. Pray also for Pastor DeMorell and his wife Rachel who is about to give birth to their first baby boy.

We are so thankful for our small car which allowed us to drive back and forth from Nephi where our motorhome was parked at a RV park. Praise the Lord the store front church – First Baptist Church of Nephi is finishing the final phases of the construction of their church building. They have been a store front church for 20 years.

Grace Baptist Church

Saturday, September 9th, 2017

We started August 26 on Saturday night in Cokeville with hamburgers and hot dogs on the grill followed by ventriloquism, an object lesson, and a singspiration. Pastor Hartman and Pastor Sprecher of Thayne are trying to start a new church in Cokeville which is halfway between the two communities.  These pastors are conducting a Bible study each week to grow a group of believers.

Then August 27 – 30 we were at Grace Baptist Church in Kemmerer, Wyoming with Pastor Richard Hartman.  We treated the meetings as a whole family Vacation Bible School and I preached every night using ventriloquism and object lessons.  Each service was well attended by members, visitors and friends from the community.  Please pray for those who heard the gospel but have not responded by faith in Christ.

During the week Jane was able to spend time with quilting friends that live in town.  She finished several quilts with their long arm quilting machine which helps make the job much faster.  Jane even stayed back in Kemmerer as I traveled to Douglas, Wyoming so she could spend a couple more days with friends.

Friendship Baptist Church

Monday, August 21st, 2017

In Thayne, Wyoming at Friendship Baptist Church, we held an evening Vacation Bible School with Pastor Jay Sprecher.  One of the church members had a friend from work bring his son on Monday night for DVBS.  We are praying that he will come to church with the rest of his family.  One of the boys brought his brother to VBS so that he could get double visitor points.  The children enjoyed the ventriloquism each day and worked hard on their Bible verses learning the motions and songs for the daily points.  For an incentive to learn the verses and work on their daily work sheets they would earn an ice cream sundae on Friday night.  They would get one scoop for 1500 points; two scoops for 2500 points; and three scoops for 3500 points.  The one that had the most points for the week would win a bowl heaping full of ice cream with a banana, whipped cream, and a cherry on the top.

During the week people in the church helped me work on our driver side mirror which was falling off the motor home.  The bolts holding the mirror were stripped out and slowly getting very loose.  Being in a secluded area with no one close by to fix my problem, I looked for people in the church who could help me.  Each night after VBS church members helped me remove the mirror and look for solutions to fix the problem.  By Thursday night we got the mirror back up on the motorhome and fully secured.  Thanks to J.D. Fulbright and others in the church we are safe to go back on the road.  Please pray for Friendship Baptist Church as they seek to reach this community for Christ.

Grace Bible Church

Friday, August 18th, 2017

August 6 – 11, 2017 we held a Daily Vacation Bible School in Lander, Wyoming.  Pastor Timothy Senter and his wife Chris run a day care center in the back of the church.  Each day we had children from the day care and others that came from town; they worked hard on their memory verses and worksheets after the daily story from God’s Word.  Tickets were given out for rewards after saying verses or bringing friends, their Bible or completed worksheet. For three tickets they picked one prize from the treasure chest.  It was a joy to see them work hard to earn three tickets each day.  Some even had up to 12 tickets in one day.

We did not see any decisions for salvation, but the seed was sown and the dry fields watered with a clear presentation of the gospel.  Please pray for decisions in the future as pastor and the church family continue to seek to reach Lander for the Lord Jesus Christ.  Also pray for their need to replace a laptop that was stolen from the church during the week that we were there.  For a praise, we thank pastor’s son, Sean Senter for helping us repair our stove and a slide out step that covers the entry way in our motorhome.

First Baptist Church

Saturday, August 5th, 2017

Because the closing program for Faith Baptist Church in Iowa City was on Sunday, July 23, we started our VBS In Cannon Falls, Minnesota on Tuesday, July 25.  We presented our VBS “On Track for Christ” Tuesday – Sunday.  Each night the children worked hard to memorize the verses using motions and singing the verses which I led while Jane playing the piano.  Each night we started at 6:00 pm and went through to 7:30. We started by singing the theme song and songs that Pastor Brad Berglund had taught the children in the past.  I presented the gospel through ventriloquism and object lessons from 6:10 to 6:40. From 6:40 to 6:50 Jane taught the verses using motions and music to help the children remember the verses to quote them for their teacher.   From 6:50 to 7:15 the children played game time and ate a quick treat of cookies and crackers.  The closing included a big candy grab for each verse that they memorized and info for the next day.

We closed our week of VBS on Sunday night and had parents of the VBS children. Sunday morning, I preached to a full church and saw several new families and friends that we have known for several years. We enjoyed seeing the church family and spending time each day with Pastor Brad and Linda Berglund.  Please pray for this growing church and for the children who heard the gospel and have not trust Christ as Savior.

Faith Baptist Church

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

Faith Baptist Church in Iowa City, Iowa was our next Daily Vacation Bible School from July 16 through the next Sunday, July 23.  During the week VBS started at 9:30 am and ended at 3:00 pm. This all-day VBS was busy and we had a high of 170 children. For this week, the church followed the curriculum from Answers in Genesis called “Operation Arctic”.  We looked at the Coolest Book in the Universe.  Each day Jane and I helped with the Junior class, specifically with listening to verses.  After lunch, I used ventriloquism and object lessons to tell a story that fit the theme for the day.

Throughout each day the temperature rose and the humidity continued to get higher, but fortunately, the rain always waited until after the children headed home.  On Thursday night, the tornado warning was just after the children were all gone and safely in their homes.  The closing program was the next Sunday night on July 23.  Pastor Waldron had scheduled me three years in advance, so we could stay from Sunday to Sunday for this program to share with the parents the gospel.  50 children returned for the closing program to receive their prizes and to see which team won the race, the Blundering Bears or the Wacky Wolves.  Please pray for the church as they follow up on these many contacts. Please pray for the 12 children that trusted in Christ as their Savior and for Pastor and his wife as they continue to serve the Lord in this growing church.

As Iowa City is the home of the Iowa Hawkeyes- University of Iowa, Faith Baptist has an ongoing outreach to the international college community; this fall they will again have their international give-away of furniture, please pray for endurance for the workers and open hearts in the college students. Because of this international influence, many of the parents of the children in the VBS speak English as their second language.

Ladysmith Baptist Church

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

Our Vacation Bible School on July 9th through July 14th was held in Ladysmith, Wisconsin with Pastor David Smith and his wife Elaine.  Pastor Smith wanted us to hold a whole Family Vacation Bible School from 7:30 to 8:30 Monday through Friday.  Each message was from our theme “On Track for Christ” and we started with our key verse set to music and different stanzas from the song “I am in the Lord’s Army”.

Each day we had fellowship at pastor’s house just before going over to the church for the evening service.  The children quoted our theme verse at the end of the week and enjoyed the ice cream sundaes served on Friday night after the last service.  It was good to see the church family again and catch up on the family news from pastor and his wife.  Please pray for this church in the heart of Ladysmith, Wisconsin as they have important decisions to make in the near future.

Baptist Evangelical Church

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

This week, June 18 – 21. 2017, we presented our theme “On Track for Christ” at Baptist Evangelical Church in Eau Claire, Wisconsin with Pastor David Christner.  I used Monday’s story and object lessons in a whole family Sunday School, then preached an evangelistic message for Sunday morning. On Monday and Tuesday evening, we held a family Bible School and used Tuesday’s story on Monday and Wednesday’s story on Tuesday.  For Wednesday, we conducted an all-day children’s VBS and started at 9:00 a.m. and went through 2:30 p.m.  Wednesday was the only day that the church had enough available help to conduct a VBS.  In the morning Randy helped me with Thursday’s story and in the afternoon Rawley presented the story for Friday.

Pray for those who have heard the gospel through the ventriloquism, object lessons and from Jane as she taught the memory verses.  The good news for the week was that the church saw visitors that they have been inviting to come to church for many years.  We rejoice in the first time families and others who came who heard the gospel for the first time.  We did not see any response, but our prayer is that soon they will accept this gift of eternal life.

Berea Baptist Church

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

Our next Vacation Bible School was held in Stevens Point, Wisconsin at Berea Baptist Church on June 11 – 16, 2017.  In 1985 I served my college internship at Berea; so it was good to see friends again and spend time with their Pastor Corey Brookins and family.  The children invited friends each day and got candy and prizes to reward their efforts.  Some responded to the invitations and asked questions, but none responded with salvation.  Please pray as the church continues to be in contact with these families.

On Monday, a storm came through town and we had straight-line winds that reached 60 mile an hour. The winds downed trees and power poles. Although houses all around the church were without electricity, because of a unique power grid, the church and our trailer still had electricity.  Vacation Bible School still went on as planned.  On Track for Christ with the Silcott Ministries.  “All Aboard.” See you at our next stop!