Rain fails to dampen spirits at Greytown gathering

2008-04-21 00:00

There was unanimous agreement that the Mighty Men conference hosted by KZN farmer and evangelist Angus Buchan in Greytown this weekend was a huge success.

The turnout was even larger than the 40 000 expected — 60 000 men turned up for the praise and worship event, which was all sponsored by Buchan.

Among them were 42 from Australia, 17 full buses from Nelspruit, three planes from Cape Town and 16 000 bikers. All the men camped on three farms.

Yesterday’s rain made camping uncomfortable, and yet the smiles of all the men travelling in convoy back home confirmed the words of a participant: “It was absolutely amazing”.

Buchan told The Witness he has been running the conference for men from all over the world, irrespective of their religious denomination, for six years and the last day has always been blessed with rain. “The rain is like a sign, like a rainbow was a sign to Noah after the flood,” he said.

Buchan said this conference is exclusive to men, partly because men generally put on a brave face when surrounded by their wives, daughters and other women. This gathering gives them an opportunity to weep and praise without being embarrassed.

When asked how he came up with the idea for such a conference, he said: “The Lord laid it on my heart that men are not taking their rightful role in their households. The campaign was designed for ladies to get men to realise their rightful role as fathers disciplining their children and husbands protecting their wives.”

Last year he produced his own Christian show, Grassroots, and many people have been inspired by the film Faith like Potatoes, which was based on his life story.

Because they were expecting a larger turnout than previous years, the world’s biggest tent, which seats 30 000 and is nine storeys high, was erected.

Buchan said the support from his two daughters and two sons was amazing and he was moved by the energy of the ceremony.

“When men start doing the right thing in their own homes that spreads higher up into places like government and Parliament,” he said.

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