Farmer evangelist Angus Buchan expressed thanks and praise to God for news of good rains in KwaZulu-Natal that began days after he led a community prayer meeting for rain on a sports field at Ashton International College, Ballito.
“It’s answered prayer like this, that reaffirms to me personally that Jesus Christ is alive and that He’s real, and He always answers the prayer of faith,” said Buchan on Monday (February, 2, 2015) in a telephone interview from Brazil where he is on a men’s ministry mission.
Speaking to George Carpenter, Executive Producer for Shalom Ministries, about the rainfalls since the prayer meeting that was called by desperate sugarcane farmers facing possibly the worst drought in 100 years, Buchan said: “If someone had to ask me what the most important thing to come out of this is, I would say ‘when I remember the small children standing on that sports field in the blazing heat with their little hands raised up to the sky, praying the prayer of faith and asking Him to bring rain to their area, and He has done that.’ And they particularly asked for sustaining rain. And He has done it, then I say Lord, it’s worth it.
“This is what we need. Not just one big storm but sustaining gentle rain. Life giving rain. We give all the praise, all the honour, all the glory to God. Not to any man.
“I want to thank God for the representative KZN north coast farmers who visited us at Shalom and asked us to come and join them to pray that the Lord would forgive our sins and send life giving rain.
Prayers of faith
“We praise God for the farmers, for the relief for the towns’ water supplies but most of all that those little children will never forget how God answered their prayers of faith. He is indeed the rain maker.
“The same thing happened on the 31st of January last year in Bloemfontein. A crowd of people met together and prayed the ‘prayer of faith’ for rain and God brought rain for 4 months. They experienced one of the heaviest crops of maize in the last 30 years.”
According to a report in The North Coast Courier yesterday the sugarcane farmers are still facing a crisis despite a recorded average of 101.1mm of rain in the Ilembe district between January 23 (the day of the prayer meeting) and February 2. South African Cane Growers Association executive director, David Wayne said in a media statement on Tuesday that while welcome, the recent rainfall would have little impact on the existing crop. The South African Weather Service’s seasonal climate watch brought more bad news for cane farmers, continuing to indicate below-normal rainfall conditions for late summer to autumn, reports the paper.