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The Road to a Church in Lake Havasu Part I

Preparing for First Easter Service, originally uploaded by Shirley Buxton.

The past ten or so days have been some of the happiest and most fulfilling of my life. While I want to tell about these times, I am a bit hesitant, knowing that:

1. I probably cannot accurately convey my feelings and emotions.

2. When I do write about my experiences, although I don’t at all feel this way, I may come across as sounding egotistical and self-serving.

3. Some who read this blog may not understand at all the thrust of this post.

Anyway! Here goes!



Let me remind you that Jerry and I came to Lake Havasu two months ago to start a church. We left empty our mountain home in Crestline, picked up our motor home in beautiful cool San Diego and moved it to beautiful hot Lake Havasu City, AZ. We’re living in the motor home–it’s 40 feet long and we’re very comfortable in it. To this point, it actually has been quite pleasant here, what with the ending of winter and the beginning of spring affording us fairly moderate weather. The town is adequate; the lake, the skies, and the sunsets incredibly beautiful. I must admit though, that the temperature has already hit the 100 mark. It is very dry, though, and not as miserable as that sounds. Today, it is a cool 86…(I’m feeling the need of a sweater, already. πŸ™‚

Also Michael lives here, and although for years we have lived in close proximity to our children, it has been many years since we lived in the same town with our children. Lake Havasu is a small city of just over 50,000 people, our RV park is on the main highway that goes through town, so often as Michael is out and about, he stops by our place. The small airport is close, so often when he flies, he tells us and as he zooms over our rig, he sometimes dips a wing.


But that’s not the best part. The best part is the tremendous success we are having in establishing a church here in Lake Havasu. (See, I told you there was the possibility I might sound egotistical. Both Jerry and I know we can do nothing without God: we can’t walk, breath, talk, see, hear…and certainly we can’t build a church…haven’t a clue how to go about it.) To establish a church in a city is considered quite a challenge requiring many years, lots of energy and scads of money. We have none of that! We surely don’t have lots of years left, our energy level is not quite as high as before, and we absolutely don’t have bags of money. But you know something: God makes up for all of that. And it seems He has looked down on us, smiled a bit, and helped us out. Let me tell you about some of it.

See that building in the picture. A local business man supplies that brand new building at no cost to us. We have service on Sunday morning and on Tuesday evening, and he will not accept any money at all.

During a six-day period, from strangers that Jerry and I had invited to church, we had five adult visitors in our church services. Judging from our years of experience in church work, this is an unusually high proportion of visitors from those we invited.

One Saturday as I was out inviting people to church, I met a young lady leaning against a building, who after I had engaged in a conversation told me she used to be fully involved in God’s work, even to the extent of attending Bible school, and of being a Youth Pastor. She no longer serves God, but on that next Sunday morning, she was sitting in our church service.

(Part II Tomorrow!)



By Shirley Buxton

Still full of life and ready to be on the move, Shirley at 84 years old feels blessed to have lots of energy and to be full of optimism. She was married to Jerry for 63 years, and grieves yet at his death in August of 2019. They have 4 children, 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren...all beautiful and highly intelligent--of course. :)

10 replies on “The Road to a Church in Lake Havasu Part I”

Hello, all you wonderful people who continue to stop by even when I hadn’t posted for days. Thank you so much. We continue to have computer and access problems, but Patrick Garrett is coming to our rescue on Saturday. He’s installing a new router at DJs and plans to give this sluggish computer a good “working-over!”

Thank you for your kind words and your prayer support of our work here. It just has gone phenomenally well–certainly exceeding our expectations.

Of course, we’re old enough and wise enough to know there will be downturns and setbacks. But for today, we’re reveling at this great upturn.

Blessings to all of you and your churches and projects. If my computer woes are ever healed, I definitely will be visiting your sites and commenting there.

Love you all, love God and His great people.



Sister Buxton,

I am very happy to hear about the great things God is doing in Lake Havasu! He is certainly faithful to hear and answer prayer. I’m looking forward to hearing about the people that God is bringing to the church. πŸ™‚


Sister Buxton,
How EXCITING!!!! I can’t wait to read part II!!!

I will be praying for your family to be endowed with Heavenly wisdom, Great grace, and MIGHTY financial blessings!! (And a cool summer!) May God shine His light upon Havasu and may the windows of Heaven open and Holy Ghost rain fall in mighty powerful waves!!!

Love you all


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