Ex-SA man travels from Oz to hear Buchan

2010-04-17 00:00

PASTOR Nico van Deventer, originally from South Africa, has travelled all the way from eastern Australia’s Gold Coast to attend this year’s Mighty Men conference.

Van Deventer, who has lived in Australia for five years, says the Australians are generally an unbelieving bunch.

He tells about a jockey who always used to walk with a limp and then injured his leg one day. He asked the man if he could pray with him, but the guy said he doesn’t believe “that stuff” about Jesus or God.

“But I believe it,” Van Deventer answered him. He prayed for the man, whose leg was instantly healed. The surprised jockey stood up, walked around, stomped the foot of his healed leg on the ground, and said he didn’t believe it.

Two weeks later he encountered the jockey, who was clearly in pain — he had fallen off a horse and broken a rib.

“Can you pray for me again?” the jockey asked. Van Deventer did and the man was healed again, and this time he could lead him to conversion.

Van Deventer says Angus Buchan, presenter of the Mighty Men Conference, has made a big impact in Australia, particularly in the farming community.

He relates how, during a great drought in the farming area of Towoomba, it started raining as Buchan preached. It was surprising, he says, to see how it started raining everywhere Buchan preached.

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