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Leadership Seminar at Big Bear

A blessing from God is that even though we are no longer full-time in the ministry, many people invite us to be a part of their churches and of their activities. It delights both Jerry and me for it lets us continue to give from the abundance of blessings that over the course of our lives we have received. For although we are much older now, God and His Work continue to be the center of our lives, and we are most fulfilled when we are engaged in His business.

Recently, Jerry was asked to teach a session during the Garrett’s leadership retreat, so on Saturday morning we drove to Big Bear Lake–actually to the YMCA camp in Fawnskin–where those dear people had included us in their schedule. We ate breakfast and lunch with their group, attended a couple of sessions, and walked about the magnificent grounds.

Brother and Sister Garrett assumed the pastorate of The Lighthouse Pentecostal church about three years ago. Building on what other men of God before them had established, they have, through hard work and spiritual dedication, made significant progress toward building a great church in Yucaipa. They may be embarrassed when they see this, but I want you to look at a couple of images I snapped during Saturday’s seminar. You are seeing examples that speak to godly leadership and to subsequent church growth–both in spiritual and material senses.

They are amazing people, and my heart rests easy when I think of them and others of their caliber in whose hands–under God–resides the future of the Apostolic Church in the earth.

(Many more pictures of this event on my Flickr site:

By Shirley Buxton

Still full of life and ready to be on the move, Shirley at 81 years old feels blessed to have lots of energy and to be full of optimism. She was married to Jerry for 64 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. :)

4 replies on “Leadership Seminar at Big Bear”

It makes my heart glad too, Sis. Buxton. šŸ™‚
I really like the photo of everyone standing in the field. How did that come about?

The picture came about, dear Tena, because as I was prowling about the grounds, I spied that beautiful meadow and could just see all the people spread across it. I asked if on the way to lunch they would like to take pictures there.

I was about to have them join hands when one of the leaders of the facility came and very sweetly said we weren’t supposed to be in the meadow.. . snakes, holes, etc. “Let me snap one picture,” I pled. “Okay, but be quick,” she replied.

It was a gorgeous place. I had already prowled about in the other side of the meadow where that long footbridge is, and about stumbled in one of the deep holes. But look how beautiful the foliage was there. Loved it.

Love you.


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