(Photo: Jonathan Lestrade – Son Koerant)
[notice]Gerschwin Langeveldt joined a crowd of about 5 000 people who gathered in Mithchell’s Plain, Cape Town, on Sunday, to listen to farmer evangelist Angus Buchan who was the main speaker at the “Mitchell’s Plain Vir Jesus” event organised by Radio Tygerberg. He shares his impressions. [/notice]
It was a perfect, sunny, Autumn day that greeted visitors to Westridge Garden, Mitchell’s Plain. A fresh breeze cooled the bright sun in an almost cloudless sky. As I arrived the sound of singing could be heard from the adjacent Steven Reagan Sports Field where I parked.
Four friendly gentlemen passed me as I made my way towards the Gardens. They had made the trip from Hout Bay to come and hear what Oom Angus had to say. And they weren’t the only visitors to Mitchell’s Plain. Many seemed to have made the trip from all over Cape Town to do the same.
Inside the Gardens the praise and worship had already started. People were in good spirits as I was greeted by smiling faces and hellos. The mood was infectious and one couldn’t help being excited to be there to witness this event.
Oom Angus didn’t disappoint either. Seeing and hearing him preach was quite something. In his trademark hat, waistcoat and jeans he romped about the stage and gave a performance second to none. He had a message for Mitchell’s Plain.
Reading from Acts 4:13 he showed how God used ordinary people to do his work. He encouraged the crowd to turn to Jesus and serve Him — repeatedly making the point that everyone serves something or someone.
He went on to share with the crowd his own testimony; that he, an “average Joe”, no different from them, wanted to do something great for God. He wanted to preach the gospel to many. He testified of how God used him even though he was not qualified. He encouraged everyone to go and see his movie, Ordinary People, in which they would see God’s ability to use ordinary folk for His purpose.
Ex-Bok coach Peter De Villiers and ex Bok player, Eddie Andrews were among those who joined Buchan on the stage for the final prayers and altar call. Many present joined in the closing prayer, on their knees, the way Buchan usually prays.
As people were ushered away from the stage and to their cars by the nippy wind that had come up, I am sure the prayer of many of us was that Mitchell’s plain will be changed; that we would look back at Angus Buchan’s visit and see that this was a small part in the change that many of those present were praying for.
Indeed, Hardus Zevenster, chief executive officer of Radio Tygerberg, said days before the event: “We know that almost all households are suffering each day with different challenges. We also know the only permanent solution for these challenges is the freedom that only Jesus can give you. Angus Buchan has a unique gift to unite people across all denominations behind the powerful message of deliverance of Jesus Christ. We feel privileged to welcome Angus in Mitchell’s Plain. This truly is an opportunity not to be missed.”