‘I was a hard man until last year’s Mighty Men’

2010-04-17 00:00

“I WAS a hard man. I couldn’t cry. Now I shed a tear when I watch a sad movie. You feel the hurt of people inside of you.”

These are the words of Jan Olivier, a fitter and turner from Pretoria.

He is a good example of the many men who can relate how a Mighty Men weekend changed their lives.

Before last year’s Mighty Men he was an aggressive person, he says. He didn’t think before acting or speaking. His life was just one big rush. He would curse easily and not treat people with respect.

“I knew the Lord, but my heart wasn’t with Him. I was not living for Him or according to his standards,” Olivier says.

Then one of the guys from his cycling club invited him to take part in a cycle tour from Pretoria down to Mighty Men. His wife, Heidi, had previously put a thought in his mind about possibly going to the conference, but he says he doesn’t know if he would have done it if it weren’t for the cycling.

During the Cycle for Christ tour to Greytown Jan spent several days riding with a bunch of committed Christians. He experienced the way they reached out to the communities they passed through along the way.

In that respect, too, Olivier is an example of what Angus Buchan, who hosts and presents the Mighty Men conferences, says himself: that the most important part of the weekend is not his sermons, but the interaction among the men themselves.


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