17.4.10

Mighty Men Conference

This is a photo of 200 000 men worshipping and praising God and listening to Angus Buchan during the 2009 Mighty Men Conference on the farm Shalom, outside Greytown in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.




In 1978 Angus Buchan, had to sell his farm in Zambia due to political unrest.  He sold his farm for whatever he could get for it and moved down to South Africa.  He bought a farm in KwaZulu-Natal, outside the little town named Greytown, and because of the ridiculously low price he received for his Zambian farm, he could not afford to build a house for his pregnant wife and three children.  They lived in a caravan for several months.


Angus, of Scottish descent and fiery character, often clashed with his Zulu farmworkers, especially with Simeon Benghu, his foreman.  However, all this changed when he accepted Jesus as his Saviour and decided to to trust God for everything.  Today, Simeon and Angus are brother in Christ and closer than any natural brothers could be.  His story can be read in the book "Faith like Potatoes" (also made into a movie), or over here for a short biography.  Miracle upon miracle occurred in his life and he decided to start telling people about the wonderful change that Jesus made in his life and the rest is history.  Today he is a well-known evangelist in, and beyond the borders of South Africa.


In 2004, he held the first Mighty Men Conference on his farm Shalom.  Over the years this conference has grown bigger every year and for the last three years, the farms of neighbours were also involved in housing and catering for those attending the conference.


This meant that none of the farmers involved, could plant crops.   This year, will see the last MMC on Shalom and neighbouring farms.  From next year on, the conference will be held in different locations in all the provinces, firstly to make it more accesable for more men and secondly, to give the farmers in his neighbourhood a chance to grow their crops again.


As I sit here, typing this post, in excess of 250 000 men are gathered on Shalom for the last time.  Last year, Hubby and our son, attended the conference and here are a few photos of their experience.


The roads were rough,

and ablutions crude,

yet they came from near and far
to celebrate and share...
he brightness and warmth of God's love and grace.

PS:  Isn't our God amazing.  I wonder if Angus, back in 1987, could even imagine what God had planned for him.

10 comments:

Jo said...

Wow Ann; am I glad you posted about MMC. Sitting here in Khartoum, North Africa, I have no idea what is happening in my erstwhile home - town Greytown. Yes, isn't living for Jesus just the greatest? So many men have come to know their Saviour at Shalom. Thanks for a beautiful post. Bless you.

leilani said...

WOW!! i love the gathering of people for the positve! =0D

Argent said...

There is something so stirring about so many people of like mind getting together. I had not heard of Angus before - very interesting.

Susan said...

Nice to see men gathering in such numbers for peaceful purposes.

Gaelyn said...

That's an amazing story Anna. I can't hardly imagine all those men gathered in one place. Must be some very powerful energy going on.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

I know a lot of frends who are there this weeken Anne. What a fantastic gathering.

Jo said...

Wow! I had never heard of that. Thanks for sharing it. It must be a nice experience, and very positive.

A human kind of human said...

Thank you all for your comments. My urgent prayer for MMC 2010 is that the men present there would receive "peace that passes all understanding" in their hearts this weekend. Many of those gathered there are from the grouping in my country who are very angry at present because of recent happenings (political) in my country and this weekend, and the message preached there, could make a huge difference.

Sandy aka Doris the Great said...

Our God is amazing! I saw the movie and thought it was a wonderful story and testament to God's provision and guidance. How wonderful to know that it's continues. Thank you for this post.

Arley said...

How interesting! I love those horns! I wonder how they sounded....