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.