Archive for July, 2019

Camp Manitoumi

Wednesday, July 31st, 2019

This year we were invited to return to Camp Manitoumi in Lowpoint, Illinois.  Several parents of campers came to me and told me that I was the speaker at their camp years ago.  One counselor told me that I was the speaker one year and informed me that he was the one I called up to help me with one of my object lessons.  Fond memories of days gone by in the ministry of evangelism.  Pray for the 13 campers who trusted in Christ as Savior, 7 who sought assurance, and 7 children who made other decisions in their walk with the Lord.  Some of them dedicated their lives to full time Christian service. 

The campers also enjoyed the camp missionary from Peru, Heidi Robbins who challenged them to think about missions as a full-time career.  And of course, they also enjoyed the swimming pool, zipline, the hike to Victory Mountain and gaga ball.  Thanks for praying for the Silcott Ministries.

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.

Whispering Cedars Baptist Camp

Tuesday, July 16th, 2019

July 8 – 12, 2019, we enjoyed ministering at Whispering Cedars Baptist Camp in Genoa, Nebraska.  The camp had a Renaissance theme and decorated with drawbridge at the entrance and knights, castles.   For the morning service I presented my seminar on ”What Every Camper Should Know”: challenging the campers to stand upon the truth found in Scripture when it comes to 1. Inspiration of the Bible, 2. Deity of Christ, and 3. Truths of Creation.  In the evening service I focused on conquering the world of sin through the lives of David, Gideon, Moses, Ruth, and Daniel.  The campers shared at the campfire on Friday night about their decisions to stand against the lies of this world and take a stand for the Savior.  Through the week we rejoice that three campers trusted in Christ as their Savior.

It was good to see the camp director and his wife again during the week of Junior Camp.  Phil Tilson and his wife Joyce attended Faith with me in Ankeny, Iowa.  The camp through their leadership is equipped with a water slide, paintball battlefield, zipline, and an archery range.  They have lots of land for a baseball field or nets set up for soccer.  Because of all the flooding this year, they were not able to go to a local lake for canoeing and fun boat rides.  Using local swimming pools also was difficult this year as the severe weather has made balancing their chemicals in the pool difficult.  Please pray for Whispering Cedars Baptist Camp as they reach out to local churches in the state of Nebraska to minister to the children and families. 

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. 

Raccoon River Bible Camp

Monday, July 1st, 2019

From June 16 – 28 I spoke at Raccoon River Bible Camp for two weeks of Junior Bible Camp. Raccoon River Bible Camp is located off of Highway 30,  15 miles east of Carroll, Iowa.  Over the last 30 years, I have spoken at this camp for first under Director Dennis Lafleur and then under Director Jan Kolar.  This year the Board of Directors are leading the camp alongside an Interim director Pastor Mike Parkin from Kansas City, Missouri. 

The kids had lots of fun together with the games, in the pool, at the mini golf course, the beebee gun range and archery range and with carpetball games.  RRBC emphasizes memory work and it was thrilling to hear campers repeat their verses throughout the weeks. During the week the campers let me know that they enjoyed the ventriloquism and object lessons that presented the gospel each evening service. 

During the first week of camp we rejoice that two campers trusted in Christ as their Savior.  Another camper that week responded to pray with a counselor to help them respond in obedience to family and friends.  During the second week we saw three camper trust Christ as Savior and others respond with questions about God and the plan of Salvation.  Please pray for Raccoon River Bible Camp as they look for a new director and for the decisions that are made in the lives of these young children.