Rapid Valley Faith Baptist Church

May 8th, 2022

On March 30, 2022, I flew from Arizona to South Dakota to spend some time with my dad, Pastor Ralph Silcott.  My dad was scheduled to have blood clots removed from his leg after they removed an infection from the bottom of his foot.  While I was there in Rapid City, I filled the pulpit for Rapid Valley Faith Baptist Church.  Preaching four times for Wednesday Prayer meetings and for 5 Sunday Morning and Evening services which included Easter Sunday, One Communion Service and leading the church in voting a new member into the church roles.  On April 4 – 6, I attended the Northern Plains Independent Baptist Fellowship that was held in Upton, Wyoming.

On April 9, 2022, Loma Silcott went home to be with the Lord.  Because of Loma’s health, she was being taken care of in a local nursing home in Rapid City, South Dakota.  Loma Silcott was my stepmother: she married my dad soon after I finished seminary at FBBC.  For her Memorial service, I preached from I Thessalonians 4 sharing all of God’s promises that Loma trusted in for eternity.  Please pray for my dad as he goes through this tragic loss of his wife and for Rapid Valley Faith Baptist Church as they continue to look for a senior pastor.

Berean Baptist Church

March 23rd, 2022

On March 20, 2022, I was invited to share our ministry at Berean Baptist Church in San Tan Valley, Arizona.  This is the church that Jane and I attend when I am not scheduled to speak at other churches. It has been a privilege to get to know this church family in Arizona and present our ministry.  I spoke for a whole family Sunday School to start the morning and invited Children’s Church to stay for the morning service.  Sunday night Jane was able to help me get Rawley out so that I could use two of my friends together.  The church was encouraged to see all that is involved in the Silcott Ministries.

Please pray for Berean Baptist Church and Pastor Skylar Bernick as they seek to raise money for their new building that they plan to build in two years.  Please pray for the Silcott Ministries as we seek to schedule meetings in the Summer and Fall months.  Next on our schedule is the Pastor’s Conference in Wyoming for the Northern Plans Baptist Fellowship.

Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year

December 13th, 2021

Sahuaro Baptist Church

December 13th, 2021

After arriving home from Elmira, California, I was able to fill the pulpit for Pastor James Kester on December 5, 2021. Because of Covid they still only have Sunday School and Morning Service on Sunday.  The other services they live stream over the internet.  Pastor was able to harvest an elk to fill their freezer and I was able to present our ministry to the church family. 

For Sunday School I preached from Psalms 37: 3-11 on Comfort in a world that is filled with sorrow and despair.  For the morning service I introduced the message with a story from Rodney and preached on Daniel and his well- known reputation.  Please pray for Sahuaro Baptist Church in southern Tucson as they battle Covid in their community and seek to reach the lost with the gospel.

Elmira Baptist Church

December 13th, 2021

Prayer warriors and friends of the Silcott Ministries, I got back to Arizona and enjoyed a week in the valley with my wife.  On November 14 – 17, 2021 I drove out to Elmira, California where I held a week of revival meetings for the whole family.  It was good to see the meetings well attended each day as the church family invited their friends and came back to find out which one of my friends would come out for the service.  It was clear that God was working in hearts seeing those who raised their hands for prayer.

We have held meetings in Elmira several times over the last 20 years.  It was encouraging to see their new building under construction and hear about their plans to move in soon.  It is always hard when churches need to wait for funds to come in before they can complete the building.  Please pray for their new Pastor Scott Dean and his family as they seek to reach Elmira for Christ and continue their building project.

Spending Time with Family

October 23rd, 2021

After ministering in Baker, I traveled back to Rapid City to spend the week with my dad, Pastor Ralph Silcott.  On Sunday, October 3rd I preached at Rapid Valley Faith Baptist Church where my dad was the pastor for over 40 years.  It was encouraging to preach in the church where I grew up and see all those who are still faithful to the Lord and have prayed for us all these years. 

On Monday, October 4, my dad and I traveled to Cheyenne, Wyoming to attend the Northern Plains Baptist Fellowship at Faith Baptist Church with Pastor Tommy Miller.  This Fundamental Fellowship has churches in Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota who come together twice a year for fellowship and to support a thriving camp ministry. On Wednesday, my dad and I travelled to Iowa to attend the 100-year anniversary at Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary.  The next week we visited the Ark Encounter and Creation Museum in Kentucky.  Then, we returned to Faith for the Global Reach Conference from October 18 – 22, 2021.

Please pray for me as I have some doctor’s appointments before leaving Iowa on Saturday, October 30, 2021.  Then we will travel back to Rapid City to take my dad home before returning to Arizona.  Thanks for praying for the Silcott Ministries.

First Baptist Church

October 23rd, 2021

After my meetings in Gillette, Wyoming, I traveled north to Baker, Montana to give an update at First Baptist Church with Pastor James Parks.  It was good to see our friends that have prayed for us and supported us financially for over 30 years.  They now have a new pastor with a growing family to lead them in the ministry of reaching Baker and the surrounding area for Christ. 

While speaking at Baker, I was able to stay in the home of Duane and Dianne Waterland.  They are retired missionaries now living in Baker, Montana.  Duane loved to talk about theology and the deep truths found in the Gospel.  Please pray for this new pastor and his family as they serve the Lord in Baker, Montana.

Central Baptist Church

September 25th, 2021

Next was the opportunity to speak for a youth retreat and for a week of meetings at Central Baptist Church in Gillette, Wyoming for Pastor Scott Clem.  I spoke twice for the teens that came from around the state on Saturday, September 18, 2021.  I preached from Jonah in the morning and from Genesis in the afternoon, on the story of Noah and the worldwide flood.  Eight teens raised their hand for prayer that they might serve the Lord faithfully in their daily lives.

Sunday through Wednesday I held meetings for the church seeking to encourage them in these troubling days.  Each service was well attended as I preached from the Old and New Testament.  Even the adults enjoyed the ventriloquism, as I started each service with a true account from scripture with one of my friends.  An invitation was given each night with encouraging results for prayer as they seek to reach their friends and family for Christ.  I was able to stay in their parsonage on the church property prepared for missionaries and guest speakers.  Please pray for this thriving church as they continue to reach out to their community for Christ and encourage the saints to be faithful during these difficult days.

First Baptist Church

September 25th, 2021

On September 7, 2021 I left from Huron and headed for the Black Hills to spend some time with my Dad in Rapid City and preach in area churches.  On September 11, 2021 I drove to Hulett, Wyoming to preach Sunday Morning at the First Baptist Church for Pastor Jim Palus.  I spoke for the Sunday Morning service and held a meeting for the youth in the afternoon as Pastor Jim spoke to the parents for a workshop on the family.

Saturday and Sunday, I stayed at the Diamond L Guest Ranch just 13 miles out of town on a gravel road.  The owners call it the sand box with lots of deer, turkeys, and squirrels to keep the guest entertained.  There was great food and fellowship at the church and out on the Ranch.  Please pray for the church in Hullet as they reach out to the community and guest hunters that come to the area.  Thanks for your prayers and support for the Silcott Ministries.

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.