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Santa Maria Camp Meeting 2007 Grand Finale

More than 70 persons received the Holy Ghost during the camp meeting, and much of the credit for this goes to outreach teams who “worked” the streets, the malls and the parks during the hours preceding the evening services. On Friday, Gaylen Cantrell’s drama team was on site at the park just down the street from the fair grounds, so a few minutes after 5:00 I drove over there to observe, and to be support for them. Lively music was playing through the portable sound system, and while the drama teams performed, dozens of other persons were distributing invitations to the evening service. Some approached persons in the park, while others moved up and down the surrounding sidewalks. Young men rushed to cars that slowed to hear the performance, and leaned inside as they handed out the cards. I watched as they gestured toward the fairgrounds in invitation.




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On both Thursday and Friday nights, there were such a dynamic and convicting move of God, that well before the sermon, spontaneously, with no one orchestrating it, throughout the tent, people began receiving the Holy Ghost. One of those persons was my grandson Cole. He’s six years old. There are many people–sincere people, I believe–who maintain that the Holy Ghost, as demonstrated on the Day of Pentecost, is no longer available today, and that speaking in tongues was only for that day and time. If you are reading this and have such beliefs, I wish you could have been in one of those services. I wish you could have seen a child–a child who has not a clue that there is controversy about the Bible and about God–stand in a crowded altar area by his dad, and, feeling the presence of God, raise his slight arms and begin to speak in a heavenly language. Incredible and true. His cousin Joel (in the blue shirt) was actually praying with him when Cole received the Holy Ghost.




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And then it was over, and by the thousands, the chairs were stacked.

But next year is coming. The first week in August. Be here!


My devotional blog is here.. MORE CAMP PICTURES.

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. :)

25 replies on “Santa Maria Camp Meeting 2007 Grand Finale”

Dear Bro. Clark,
Thank you for taking the wonderful pictures of our family at camp. I relayed the message and gave the CD to my mom. I am certain you will be hearing from her soon.
I am the most fortunate and blessed. My Mom and Dad are so thoughtful and kind to invite Nathaniel and I stay with them at Camp.

Church -family -friends the absolute delights of life. Thanks again Mom and Dad.
My love always,


Jana, I have no idea why anyone would refuse a gift from God: any gift, tongues or something else. My point is, most Christians don’t seem to be offered this gift. Does that make the other gifts that they have somehow less? I don’t think so. And I don’t think Paul, who spoke in tongues more than most, thought so either. he thought preaching in the vernacualr was better suited to saving the lost. My point is, salvation is THE gift of God, and all other gifts are pale in salvation’s shadow. So why do those Christians who have received tongues as a gift question others? (Not their salvation, but their yieldedness to the Holy Spirit.) Why not encourage everyone in the body of Christ to share our gifts with each other, instead of trying to make tongues such a biggie? That divides the body and must sadden Jesus.


Greeting In JESUS Name;

I so enjoyed the Camp Meeting this year. Not just the great fellowship with my friends but the fellowship of His Spirit as it moved in both the morning and evening services. The teaching of Bro. Foster was great.

Sis. Buxton, I have those pictures which I took of your family. I do not know if you were able to open the CD I gave to your daughter? If you were not able to open it, please give me an e-mail address and I will get them to you.

God’s greatest blessing on both you and your work for the Lord.

Your fellow servant in Christ;

Mervin C.


Great camp. Thanks for the pics and news. I have been somewhat slow about getting my pics posted.

To Helen – the Holy Spirit speaking in tongues was mentioned as a “gift.” It is definitely a gift I was proud to receive. What I don’t understand is why anyone would refuse such a loving and powerful gift.


Good evening, Greg. I’m glad you’ve come by this evening and have taken the time to read my rather gushing reports of my time at camp last week.

Greg, I was born a Pentecostal baby, so all this is quite familiar to me, and yet I must say I don’t understand it all myself. Why God has chosen to use the human tongue to speak in a heavenly language–I am not able to say–nor do I fully comprehend it. What I do know is that such an experience is predicated on the Word of God, and that indeed it has happened to me and multiplied millions more.

I’m aware that children mimic those around them…happens all the time. I’ve seen my own children and little friends “play church” and “talk in tongues.” When that happens, though, it is obvious that it is play…and the adults around smile–and some even take the stance that children should be taught not to pretend to speak in tongues.

When a child receives the Holy Ghost, though, or when an adult does for that matter, it is a drastically different situation than that of a child at play. It’s not play–it’s real. Even as I write this, I know it sounds odd that a six year old child could be so moved by God, but I assure you it is true. I have seen it happen scores of times.

Why do I think “tongues is important?”

I’ll change the language a little as I answer. We Pentecostals don’t seek tongues; we seek the Holy Ghost, and as was so in the New Testament, when we receive the Holy Ghost, we speak in tongues.

In Acts as the 120 tarried for the Holy Ghost, “they were all filled with the Holy Ghost and began to speak with other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.” No exceptions were mentioned: All 120 including Mary, the mother of Jesus, Jesus’ half-brothers, and all the apostles received the Holy Ghost and spoke in tongues.

In Acts chapter 2, Peter preaches to the crowd that had gathered, and sets forth the plan of salvation for this dispensation: Vs. 38-39 “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.”

Acts 8 gives us an account of the Samaritans receiving the Holy Ghost. There was a definite demonstration of this happening, for Simon the sorcerer tried to buy the power to give people the Holy Ghost. He saw it happen.

Acts 10 records the Holy Ghost falling on Cornelius and other Gentiles. Vs 46: “For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God…”

And in Acts 19, disciples of John the Baptist received the Holy Ghost. Vs. 6: “And when Paul had laid his hands upon them the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.”

Greg, kinda of a long answer, I suppose. I do hope it is of benefit to you.

Unfortunately, I’m leaving early in the morning for Tucson, and will not be home until Friday. I’m not at all sure I will have internet access during those days, so I may not be able to respond again if you have other questions or comments.

Maybe someone else will pick up from here.

Blessings to you and yours.

Shirley Buxton


From your posts it looks as if you all had a great time and were richly blessed – I a one of those who has problems with tongues – I am not saying they are’nt real, I just don;t think I’ve ever heard anyone speak in a real gifting – mostly it’s all put on for the “effect”.

I don’t get the need for speaking in tongues, but accept what you say as a a valid experience. Children can be very impressionable especially if they see peopole that tey are deeply connected with speaking in tongues they will see that as the ‘thing to do’. I wasn’t there and you were so I am not saying anything particualrly regarding Coles experience.

I would like to hear why you think tongues is important.

Other than that, times spent with family and friends in an environemnt of worship and learning is always good.




Good morning, Helen. Yes, I had a wonderful time at our camp meeting…as you can tell from my accounts of those days, I’m sure.

Often, I hear our ministers admonish those in the congregation to avoid “seeking for tongues,” but that instead we should seek to be filled with the Holy Ghost. The “tongues” will take care of themselves–so to speak.

Happy day to you!


Hi Shirley, So gald you had agood time both with family and the Lord.

Concerning you comment,’There are many people–sincere people, I believe–who maintain that the Holy Ghost, as demonstrated on the Day of Pentecost, is no longer available today, and that speaking in tongues was only for that day and time.”

I truly believe that speaking in tongues is available today. I have been in services in which this was evident and have heard tongues in more private situations, also. My husband can interpret tongues. However, my problem is with those who think every Christian ought to seek to speak in tongues. For my reaction to those who think Christians who don’t speak in tongue are somewhat lacking, see “Spirit In the Wind” on my blog.


Good morning, Esther. Well, I quite understand your being jealous, as I know I would feel the same way if I had missed this camp meeting. Hope you and Bill can plan on making it next year.

Don’t forget sweet Gentry, and that he has received the Holy Ghost. He was weeping and praying in the altar at camp meeting. Beautiful Chloe, also.


Good morning, Deb

Thank you for reading here and for the kind comments. I try to be sweet, and if I thought it would do any good, I would try to be young. Afraid that’s not going to happen. 😦

Have a happy day.


Dearest Sis. Buxton. I am so jealous. I didn’t get to see Cole receive the Holy Ghost. Bill and I are stuck way out here in MS. So now Cole from Shawna and Andrew have one boy with the HG. And, one of Jennifer’s (Chandler) has received Him too. I am so blessed to be the other grandmother. I thank God every day for blessing my family with 3 beautiful daughters and 12 awesome grandchildren, all in THE church. Love and miss you all.


Sis. Buxton, I was glad to see you again. You are such a sweet, young lady. Thank you for being such a wonderful example. I always enjoy reading your blog.


Hello, Linda

Families are the greatest–especially when they are linked together by God and His great church. I feel so blessed to have such a group.

Cole told Andrew on their way to church yesterday, “I’m going to do it again today, Daddy.”

Love it…and love you…


Wonderful blogging about Camp Meeting and I agree about “family” being together in these great life changing, memorable weeks! I get so happy inside when I see my kids and grandkids walk into the tabernacle at Camp Meeting or any meeting we are having in the Texas District. Yes, you did see pictures of Alayna receiving the Holy Ghost this year. She said, “I said God’s words.” I thought that was a sweet expession of what happened to her. I was happy to see one of your grandchildren got his own experience!! That is just wonderful! Thank you for your blogging journal of such a great week.


Ronda, it is interesting that Andrew also received the Holy Ghost at camp meeting. It was when we met in one of the buildings before we bought the tent, at the conclusion of the morning service. Randy Keyes was the preacher. Andrew was 7. It’s amazing, isn’t it how children can truly be touched by God.

Four years old is young–I believe I saw pictures of her over on Linda’s blog a few weeks ago. How wonderful. My roommate at Bible school received the Holy Ghost when she was three. She was so young that she didn’t even remember the occasion, but she had grown up with the Holy Ghost, and had never gone out “into the world.”

Isn’t this the best life in the world!

love you…


Sis. Buxton, when they announced that Andrew’s little boy received the Holy Ghost my heart just swelled with pride and joy. My little great-neice (4 years old) received the Holy Ghost at Texas Camp-meeting this year. It is just precious when “our” children receive the Holy Ghost. I love it!


Jana, I’m glad you were able to “attend” camp meeting by reading my blog, but I assure you my writings and pictures were a terrible injustice to the real thing. Just can’t get it down by marks and images on paper or on computer screen, although, it’s better than nothing.

Let me encourage you to plan a family vacation at Santa Maria during camp next year. It’s the absolutely greatest thing for a family.

Love you. Take care of Bek and Nate.


Ditto, MarkPryor. So good to see you and your family in Santa Maria. Let’s talk it up for next year. I believe we may have a record crowd then.

I do appreciate the work you are doing in Orange. Blessings to you and yours.


Hello, Anna, and thank you for your confirmation of how wonderful family camp is. I love big meetings–all of them, but I am convinced there is absolutely nothing like a district camp meeting…a real camp meeting, as you say, with open air, families, bbqs etc. So glad that we still have this in the Western District. Whenever I get a chance I encourage all families to attend their district camp meeting. While I love all the others–this is definitely the best!

I know what, Anna. Plan to join us next year. 🙂


Sis. Buxton,
I too have enjoyed “attending” camp meeting via your blog! How incredible to have your family worshipping beside you and to have a grandbaby receive a gift that sooooo many people are searching for! Acts chapter 2 is STILL alive and well for those who seek with a humble spirit and contrite heart!!!

So glad that you were blessed to attend camp AND glad that Rebecca and Nate are back home safe and sound. They are a continued blessing of the Buxton legacy for Rialto!!!!

Love you truly!!!


Sis. Buxton,

I have enjoyed, so much, your journal of campmeeting. It reminded me of how camp used to be here with the whole family together, kids, grandkids, cousins, etc. Everyone falling in love with Jesus all over again and receiving deeper experiences with God under the HOT, KS sun.:)

They sold our campground this year and moved camp into a college auditorium. Although great, it just was not quite the same. Progress…’s called.:)

There is just something priceless about experiencing the sweet presence of God in the open air and feeling the deep moving of the Holy Ghost with loved ones all around. Those are timeless experiences and irreplaceable moments.

What a neat idea to share and preserve those precious memories on your online journal.



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