Baptist Churches East of the River in South Dakota

September 25th, 2021

After my meeting in Hamburg, I stopped in Omaha to see my son Caleb and his wife Angel and our Grandson Asher for a quick lunch as I headed for South Dakota.  I stayed in Huron so I could spend some time with my cousins and my Uncle Russell and Aunt Pat.  On Sunday Morning, September 5, 2021, I preached in Tulare, South Dakota for Pastor Todd Bowers.  People in this church knew me when I was a baby and toddler living in Wessington Springs, a small town just southwest of Huron. Tulare was one of the churches where I held my first Daily Vacation Bible School in 1986.

For the evening service on September 5, 2021, I preached in Huron, South Dakota for Pastor Aaron Mudge.  It was enjoyable to see friends with whom I went to camp in the Black Hills.  Calvary Baptist Church was the first church that I held a Daily Vacation Bible School for back in 1986.  Pastor Holmes is now retired and living on a newly purchased farmland just North of town.  Please pray for Pastor Aaron Mudge as he seeks to reach Huron for Christ. 

New Life Church of Freemont County

September 25th, 2021

Wednesday night on September 1st I was asked to speak for Pastor Staley at a church in Hamburg for their first Awana club for the year.  Pastor Staley is the son of our former President of Come.  They are sent as missionaries to start a church in the Southwest side of Iowa in a small town of Hamburg. 

The pastor has several children that have made lots of friends in the community.  As a result, their Awana Club has a great start with 25 for the first night.  Please pray for this church as they seek leadership in this new church.  Thanks for praying for the Silcott Ministries.

Ministries Near Des Moines

September 25th, 2021

In late August, I left Minnesota and headed South to the state of Iowa to give an update at two of our supporting churches.  First, our sending church Altoona Regular Baptist Church in Altoona, Iowa and second, Norwoodville Baptist Church in a community called Norwoodville within Des Moines.  Both of these churches in the heart of Iowa have prayed and financially supported us for 30 years.  We thank them so much for keeping us on the road in the ministry of evangelism.

It was good to see friends again and get caught up on all the up-to-date news.  Paul Wilson was able to house me in his missionary house that he provides for missionaries located in Des Moines.  At Norwoodville I was able to see a dear friend Dave Gerhardt who retired from the ministry and moved to Norwoodville to be close to his daughter Kayla Kramer, the pastor’s wife.  Please continue praying for these dear churches and for the Silcott Ministries.

Oakland Baptist Church

August 23rd, 2021

The week of August 15 – 18, 2021, I held a whole family VBS at Oakland Baptist Church in Oakland, Minnesota with Brother Dale Wicks.  Brother Wicks and the church family have been seeking a Senior Pastor for this growing church in Southern Minnesota.  This church has potential for growth and would be a great church for a young pastor to start serving the Lord in ministry.  During the week we had active attendance and first-time visitors.  We are praying that these families will start coming and be a part of the church in the future.  We praise the Lord for the girl that trusted Christ as her personal Savior.

Each evening after the service Brother Dale and I had fellowship at a local restaurant in Austin, Minnesota.  On Tuesday night, I told our waitress that we were about to pray for our evening meal.  We asked her if she had any issues that she would like us to pray for.  She quickly answered that her mother was in a car accident and had bleeding in her brain.  We asked her  the name of her mother and we quickly thanked the Lord for our food and requested that the Lord would put His healing hand on her mother “Jessica”.  Please pray for Jessica and her up-coming surgery and that this young waitress would start back to church.  Before we left the restaurant the waitress left this note on our table.

“Thank you for the prayer. Our family has had a bad month and though we aren’t believers it means a lot. You made my night.  Thank You!”

waitress

Calvary Baptist Church

August 14th, 2021

We had a great week of meetings in Granada, Minnesota with Pastor John Schofield at Calvary Baptist Church.  We held a whole family Vacation Bible School, August 8 – 11, 2021.  The meetings were well attended with visitors each day.  We started with our theme “The Bible Stands” with a whole family Sunday school presenting the first story with Jonah told by Rawley.  We included Rodney’s story of Daniel and his accusers for the morning message.  We continued with the theme Sunday night through Wednesday. With this schedule I was able to include all the messages in this year’s theme. 

Through the week Pastor and I were able to finish some projects that we were working on and enjoy a few hours of fishing in the state of Minnesota.  We caught enough pan fish to have a fish fry on Monday night and enjoy some great fellowship.  The church has a very comfortable prophet’s chamber that I was able to stay in for the week of meetings.  Please pray for Pastor John and his family as they serve the Lord in Southern Minnesota and for the church family, as they seek to reach their community with the Gospel.  Thanks for praying for the Silcott Ministries.

Highland Park Baptist Church

August 2nd, 2021

Sunday, July 25 – Wednesday the 28th we held a Vacation Bible School for Highland Park Baptist Church in St. James, Minnesota.  The Interim Pastor Larry Smetak and his wife Vera served as VBS director, leading songs and helping with extra toys for rewards for saying verses and bringing in visitors.  They used our theme, “The Bible Stands” they decorated the church with cardboard Bibles hanging from the rafters and from behind the pulpit.  The children as well as their parents attended each day with some visitors indicating that they will be back in the future.

The Pastors wife, Vera grew up in Wessington Springs, South Dakota where I was born and where my dad was the pastor of the Baptist Church.  As expected, she had lots of stories to tell about me and the day that I was born.  Please pray for Highland Park Baptist Church as they continue their search for a senior pastor and for those who heard the gospel at Vacation Bible School that they will soon trust Christ as their savior and learn to serve Him.

Lakeland Baptist Church

July 28th, 2021

After leaving Arkansas, I drove to northern Minnesota to hold a Vacation Bible School at Lakeland Baptist Church in Gilbert, Minnesota.  Our dear friend Nathan Lobb passed away, but now his son Caleb Lobb is serving the Lord as Senior Pastor.  I enjoyed serving the Lord with Caleb and his wife Megan for our VBS, July 18 – 23, 2021.  It was a joy to stay with them in their home and speak at the church in the morning for VBS. 

We had a great group of children in attendance each day as the children learned new songs and memorized their verses.  On Friday we closed the week with a final program for the parents.  The children quoted their verses and Randy came out to tell the story of Samson and what he learned about sin.  Pray for the children and adults who need to respond to the gospel before it is too late.  Each evening we headed out to several local lakes to try our hand at fishing for northern pike and large mouth bass.  We can truly say that our week was full of fishing for men and for food for the freezer.

First Baptist Church

July 28th, 2021

July 11 – 14, 2021, I held a Daily Vacation Bible School at the First Baptist Church in Ash Flat, Arkansas with Pastor Lynn Raby and his wife Cheryl.  We have known Pastor Raby for several years and have also held meetings with him in Hardy, Arkansas just down the road.  This year we held an all-family Bible School and put the adults and children together on teams for the week.  Even the adults jumped in and quoted the memory verses and competed in the offering contest.  Rosie’s team came from behind and won the contest at the end of the week. 

Pastor Raby is bi-vocational and owns a screen-printing business. He also makes pinned buttons to promote special events.  For our VBS he made buttons for each one of us to be our name tag and the way to indicate which team each person was assigned.  Each day visitors came to join the fun and learn new songs.  Pray for those who heard the gospel, but have not trusted in Christ as their Savior.  Thanks for praying for the Silcott Ministries and our outreach in Ash Flat, Arkansas.

Berean Baptist Church

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

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.