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God’s Ordinary Extraordinary People

There are some wonderful people in this world. One of them is Lisa, who for several months now–at her own expense–has, almost every Sunday, flown from San Jose to San Diego to be in service with Andrew at his church, and to take care of all n1448440305_9123the music. I’m not exactly sure of everything she does, but I know she works with the praise singers, teaches new songs, gives piano lessons and plays the keyboard for the worship service. Flies down Sunday morning, and back home Sunday evening. Is that not the most unselfish, awesome thing.

In the past couple of weeks, I’ve had occasion to think of people who work so hard for God, and who often get little recognition. Now I understand that when we sincerely work for God it is not to gather the applause of men, nor to have our names blazed across newspapers or scribed on magazine covers or beamed over the internet. But I don’t think it hurts to consider those who on a consistent basis live sacrificial lives that serve to propagate the Gospel…and to benefit mankind in general.

I’ve learned of a little known preacher, who will probably never grace the platform of a general conference, nor is one who flies cross-country on a regular basis, nor one who is likely to preach at his district camp meeting, who in the past few days was directly led by God to minister to another pastor and to another church. As he prayed in his own church, God spoke to him: “Go to ___________.” The service was in progress at the church where the minister was directed to go, and that frustrated pastor strongly felt to wait–just wait. Do nothing. He waited in silence, the entire congregation merely sitting still. Then the auditorium door opened and the first minister walked in…and ministered to the pastor and to the entire congregation.

Their names may never be known, their deeds little published, but God has a mighty arsenal of ordinary, extraordinary people. Thank you.

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. :)

8 replies on “God’s Ordinary Extraordinary People”

This is the kind of stories that build faith in the people of God. I love to hear such stories. There is too much criticism and not enough praise between brothers and sisters in the congregation. Thanks for sharing such a great testimony of a beautiful servant and also for the story that confirms God still speaks to His people.


The story about the pastors was a real window opener – little things like that give us evidence (if evidence is at all needed) that God is indeed at work in and through his church.

Do you know the people involved Shirley – is it a trustworthy story?

Amazing, isn’t it. Yes, I know both ministers well. By email that I’ll send you later–can’t do it now–I’ll relate the full details. You know, Greg, God is real. His Word is true. He is supernatural, and on occasion, as you have indicated, a little window is opened so that we may see into His world a bit more clearly. I am awed by it…and to think that He has called us to be involved in such as this. Incredible. How blessed we are.


I am of the opinion that “giving honor where honor is due.” Have some very deep differences from ringing a person’s bell for sake of ringing a bell.
Yes! I do feel that you giving that honor and them seeking that glory are very different subject matter.



Sis. Buxton,
Lisa is a dear friend of mine. My husband and I commuted with her for years – going between the San Jose and Hollister church’s. She deserves much honor for the sacrifices she has made and continues to make for the kingdom of God.

This post was extremely fitting! Thank you for sharing.

Leah West


Shauna and I honor Lisa today who is an extraordinary person with many accomplishment’s both secular and spiritually. She is made of great courage, fortitude and with all her being seeks the pleasure of the Lord. Romans 13 instructs us to give honor to those worthy of such or perhaps like the writer of Hebrews we can also say “of whom the world was not worthy”.


If their bell is ringed here, there is an equally good chance it may be silent in the presents of their King.


Oh, Mervi. I hope that is not true. I would not like to think that my giving honor to deserving people precludes their being honored by God. Is that what you meant? or have I misunderstood you?


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