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A profile in courage: Peggy Buller

How would you respond to losing your daughter? I can’t imagine a more horrific thing. When the call went to Dwight and Peggy Buller that their daughter Sarah had been in a terrible car accident in South Africa and didn’t survive, they had just returned from church.   Their whole community …
By Seth Barnes
By Seth Barnes
How would you respond to losing your daughter? I can’t imagine a more horrific thing. When the call went to Dwight and Peggy Buller that their daughter Sarah had been in a terrible car accident in South Africa and didn’t survive, they had just returned from church.
 
Their whole community of 750 in rural Minnesota mourned with them. And despite the searing pain, Dwight and Peggy were determined that God be glorified in her passing. Everything they’ve done since then has been to that end. They held a community memorial service attended by everyone in town and many from out of town. They communicated her heart for serving Jesus to all that have sent their condolences.
 
And if you talk to them about Sarah, their conversations always point to God and his redemptive purposes in this tragedy.
 
Yesterday, Peggy flew to Atlanta to hug the necks of Sarah’s returning teammates. She brought Sarah’s sister, Rachel, with her. Rachel wants to carry the banner that Sarah carried by going to the nations with the gospel as Sarah did. And she is here to signal that commitment.
 
This morning, Peggy shared with our staff here in Gainesville. We were overwhelmed by her courage. Rather than focus on her own pain, she pointed us to our common commitment to Jesus and to build his kingdom. We listened to her, prayed with her and Rachel, and heard God speaking through her pointing us to look at him and to continue fighting the good fight.
 
Afterward, I cooked lunch for them at our home and we had a nice time sharing on the porch. I plan to go up and visit the whole family in another month or so. Dwight is a farmer and he’s promised to put me to work on the piece of property that Sarah used to take care of.
 
What an inspiration they are to us all. Their example gives us the opportunity to look at the quality of our faith and ask, “If I were in their shoes, how would I respond?” I pray that I’d respond as Peggy and Dwight have.

Comments (11)

  • This is reality. Amazing Amazing Amazing! It makes me think of the dad from one of the girls killed in Columbine. He rocked this nation with her obedience to Christ and her memory! Praise the LORD!

  • I bet Sarah would be delighted at how much glory God is getting out of people’s response to what happened to her. What a fantastic family.

  • I find the Buller’s to be amazing – amazing in the calm, Christ-centered way in which they’ve handled the passing of their daughter – amazing in the way they have not lost the vision their daughter had, or the vision we all should have; that no matter what, in the face of whatever comes, our mission is simple: win the lost.

    What happen to any of us, & where would we spend eternity, if the people who were responsible for us connecting with our life-giving Abba Father had decided that the price they paid to share that Good News had gotten too high?

  • As one of Sarahs leaders from her PE team, the bullers are a huge encouragement. They are the light and have the hope that so many of us struggle to have and to hold on to in times of trouble. I know that they will make it thru this time and help so many others make it too. Mama buller i love you and want to be like you when i grow up.

  • What a response! Just blows me away. I gotta admit, I’m not sure that I would be so strong.

  • Amazing! What a woman of great faith and remarkable courage!
    She is an example of the Scriptures being alive and active as she is living out it’s TRUTH:

    “I will sing of the Lord’s great love forever; with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all generations.
    I will declare that your love stands firm forever,
    that you established your faithfulness in heaven itself.”
    Psalm 89:1&2
    Father God, bless Peggy Buller in a new way today! AMEN

  • WOW What a godly woman,she shows that her daughter was not her own but belong to the Lord Jesus Christ,just as we dedicate them to the LORD,we give them back to Him.And her sis to pick up that mantel WOW,WHAT A MIGHTY GOD WE SERVE
    Mary lou

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