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Pentecostal Camp Meeting in Santa Maria–Finale

Well, I told you I’d get back on Friday if I could tear myself away. Sorry, but I was so tied up–bound almost–by joy, excitement, grinning, laughter, eating and drinking with God, my family , and with my friends, that I didn’t even approach my computer, not even to rub my hand over its white smooth cover. 😦

Friday–everything about it–was better than Thursday, which, please recall, had neared perfection. The first thing that made it better was that Steve, my eldest, arrived. Now all of my children were together with Jerry and me in Santa Maria, along with assorted and various grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren tucked in the mix! Talk about wonder and glory and joy! I’ve had it the last few days.


Steve talks with his dad here. Many of you will recognize the other gentleman to be Sam White, who for scores of years pastored a church in Bellflower, Ca.

Camp consisted of lots of this:

Settling Their Decision

…and a birthday party for Thane who turned four.



View Shirley Buxton’s map

Taken in (See more photos here)

…but most important of all, lots of this. I’ve brought over a video from YouTube that you may want to watch, as this shows a typical Pentecostal conference/campmeeting worship service. This is not a video from our camp meeting, as I don’t have one available, but the feeling, the energy, the dynamics were the same. Take a look and a listen. The video was taken at one of our conferences in Stockton, California–sponsored by Christian Life Center, pastored by Nathaniel Haney. Landmark is the name of the conference.

Early in the service on Friday night and other nights, there were a bunch of mine with hands raised (Rebecca) men dancing in the aisle, Andrew, Michael, Joel and Kyle, on the far right (Shawnna’s nephew). Take a look at two little ones who are following in the steps of their parents and grandparents. (Thane–4 years old Ethan–not quite 2)

Rebecca Worshipping

My Boys!




My Grandbabies Worshipping

The preaching was dynamic. Scott Graham, the evening speaker was absolutely powerful


By Shirley Buxton

Still full of life and ready to be on the move, Shirley at 83 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. :)

11 replies on “Pentecostal Camp Meeting in Santa Maria–Finale”

Oh, Sis. Buxton! I didn’t hug you and Bro. Buxton good-bye! 😦

But, it was so wonderful seeing both of you at Camp Meeting and sitting with you and your beautiful family in the church services. I’m so glad I know you and your family.

You both looked great! The work of the Lord has put new life and energy in you, yes?

Love you lots! 😀


Sis. Buxton, I was unable to make it to camp this year due to some illness. So I must say that I enjoyed all the reports and all the pictures of this years camp meeting. The pic of Sis. Wilson is my favorite. Now I wonder why that would be? I do miss her when she is not here. If you are still at camp can you give her a big hug for me? You have such a way of making it all come so alive, as if one is right there with you. Thanks for sharing.


Ronda, you worked so hard keeping the hospitality tent serviced. Were you responsible for the whole project…shopping, providing workers, etc.? It was such a good idea to give that extra touch to our VIPs.


Sister Buxton,

What a wonderful blessing it must have been to be with all your children and so many grandchildren and great grandchildren. I’m glad you had a good time with family and that you enjoyed campmeeting. Thanks for sharing your wonderful reports of campmeeting.



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