A miracle in the Free State veld — Alf James

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Angus Buchan preaching at It’s Time on Saturday April 22. (PHOTO: Riaan Janse van Vuuren)

A full report on Angus Buchan’s message at the “It’s Time” national day of prayer by Alf James who was at the event.

As he gazed over the million-person crowd that stretched for kilometres over the Free State veld at the “It’s Time” National Day of Prayer, Angus Buchan said he was looking at a miracle.

“I love you and Jesus loves you,” he exclaimed and the crowd answered with applause.

He said the presence of the Holy Spirit was palpable and that people would be healed without anybody praying for them.

“When I arrived in the helicopter, I started crying, because God‘s in South Africa and this country is going to be saved. God is going to use this crowd to permeate this nation, and this country will be saved in Jesus’ name.

“This is a Christian country. Jesus is Lord. Amen!”

And the crowd responded, “Amen”!

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An aerial view of the It’s Time gathering. (PHOTO: @DrMichaelMol)

Meeting about God, not man
The man of faith said he would read the Word of God, because the meeting was about no man or people, it was about God.

“This is a Jesus meeting!”

He said what was happening at “It’s Time” was a new beginning and would spread from South Africa into Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Botswana, Namibia and right up to the top of Africa

Opening the Bible, Uncle Angus said Jesus prayed more than any man.

“Now if the Son of God valued prayer so much then you and I are going to become a praying people.”

He read from Matthew 26:36-46, which describes our Saviour praying in the garden of Gethsemane and submitting himself to the will of God even though he was troubled and sorrowful even to death. Though he asked Peter and the two sons of Zebedee to keep watch, he found them asleep on both occasions he returned to them between praying three times.

O My Father, if this cup cannot pass away from Me unless I drink it. Your will be done,” prayed Jesus . . . Then He came to His disciples and said to them. “Are you still sleeping, and resting? Behold the hour is at hand”.

Uncle Angus said, “Today, we are going to die to self and we are going to start living for Jesus, because He is the only one worth living for”.

God is a miracle worker
“He is a miracle worker. I wish you could see what I am looking at. This is a miracle that took place in less than six weeks!

“What is the name of this event,” asked Uncle Angus.

“It’s Time,” said some of the crowd.

“Can you say that with me,” asked the farmer-evangelist.

The crowd shouted, “It’s Time”.

“One more,” he said.

“It’s Time,” rang the unified voice of the crowd.

“It’s Time,” cried Uncle Angus, “It’s Time,” echoed the gathering.

“It’s time to say to the devil, ‘this far devil, but no further’.

“This is not a political meeting this is a Jesus meeting.

“There is only one man that I will be speaking about this afternoon and He is the one who saved me when I was on my way to hell.

“He is a miracle worker. His name is Jesus, the Son of the living God. He is eagerly waiting to hear from us, to help us.

“When the Israelites were standing at the Red Sea with the might of the Egyptian army behind them angry because their first-born sons had died and they wanted revenge, Moses told them to stand still and see the salvation of God, for, the enemy you see today, you will see no more by the grace of God.

“Amen,” shouted Uncle Angus!

“Amen,” replied the crowd, “Amen”!

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Those gathered joined hands in prayer and stood in unity. (PHOTO: Riaan Janse van Vuuren)

Can a nation be born in a day?
“Ladies and gentleman, I am very emotional today, because I am not speaking to a Church or a congregation, I am speaking to a nation and I want to ask you a question.

“Can a nation be born in a day,”?

“Yes,” responded the crowd!

“A nation can be born in a day,” said Uncle Angus.

“Isaiah 66:8 Who has heard such a thing? Who has seen such a thing? Shall the earth be made to give birth in one day? Or shall a nation be born at once? For as soon as Zion was in labour, she gave birth to her children.

“We are a people who live by faith and not by sight. We are calling those things that aren’t as if they were. We are believing for a Christian government very soon.

“2 Chronicles 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

“This meeting today is a prayer meeting, it is not a gospel concert, it is not an evangelistic outreach, it is a prayer meeting. We are going to pray together and we are going to pray individually.

“This meeting is not about blacks and whites, male and female, or young and old. This meeting is about good and evil!

Taking back this nation
“We are here to take back this nation and the only way we can take it back is on our knees in prayer, but God will not listen to the prayers of someone who is not a believer.

“Before we start to pray, we need to confess our sins, because if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9),” said Uncle Angus.

He said that we were gathered together to make a decision, a very simple decision: ‘not my will, but Thy will be done’. Once we make that decision, when we leave the gathering, we would be restored, but first we had to do some serious confession.

“When I hear a million people confessing Jesus unashamedly, then I am very happy to go home.”

Uncle Angus reminded the crowd that there were people all over South Africa and around the world praying for the gathering.

He said the gathering needed to repent on behalf of the nation.

“I looked up the meaning of the word prayer. The meaning of the word payer is a solemn request for help.

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Angus Buchan spoke of the importance of praying with faith. (PHOTO: @DrMichaelMol)

Prayer of faith
“We need help, ladies and gentlemen, I need help, but God does not answer prayer, God answers the prayer of faith.

“If you don’t believe it, don’t waste your breath, but there is nothing too hard for God to do, if you believe.

“Faith has got feet. Faith is a doing word. Stop talking about it and start doing it. Let’s start loving each other. Let’s start praying for one another. Let’s see this country change in a day. Amen,” exclaimed Uncle Angus!

The crowd stood as one and prayed, confessing sins, asked the Holy Spirit to come into our lives, acknowledged our dependence on God, and acknowledged Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour and held hands with the people next to them.

The gathering then repented before the Lord, each and every one on their knees, asked Him to be Lord of our lives promising to serve no other God, thanked Him for dying on the cross of Calvary for us sinners, and prayed in faith that South Africa will be saved.

Everyone hugged the person next to them and expressed love for each other.

Keep focused on Christ
Uncle Angus explained that from that moment on it was imperative to keep focused on Christ and not look behind at their sins or mistakes, which the Lord had forgiven.

He said from that day on we should be positive about South Africa watch our words and if anyone says anything negative to respond, “But God”.

“Some of us are so negative about this country that the devil has no work to do. If you have nothing good to say about South Africa, then with all respect, shut up.

“We have to stop looking to people who don’t know Jesus Christ to give us hope. Our hope is in God alone.

“I am so proud to be a South African, look around you, look at the sun shining, it is a beautiful afternoon, there is a gentle breeze blowing and you are the most handsome crowd I have ever seen,” said Uncle Angus laughing.

He congratulated the organising team on a job well done to host a crowd of a million people that only took six weeks, whereas it took other organising teams up to two years to arrange events much smaller in size.

“I am looking at the biggest crowd I have ever seen in my life.”

The man with faith like potatoes warned all present to focus on their families and not try to save the world if their own home was in a mess.

“Put your own house in order before you go try and help someone else.”

All in the assembly then prayed individually for their families and relationships.

It's time overhead
(PHOTO: Riaan Janse van Vuuren)

Presence of the Holy Spirit was tangible
As a cool and gentle wind blew across the veld Uncle Angus asked the crowd to feel the beautiful breeze, which was no coincidence, but God-incidence. The presence of the Holy Spirit was tangible.

“I want to say to you that this has been the most amazing event and when you go home the Lord, who is holy, is going to be able to speak to you, because you have repented.

“Jesus sent 12 men out and they changed the world. We have a million people here this afternoon, we can change this country.

“If someone slaps you on the cheek, offer the other cheek also. If someone says they hate you, say I love you.

“The most powerful force on earth is love. Greater love hath no man than this that a man lay down his life for his friends. Jesus died for you and for me.”

Uncle Angus led the gathering in prayer for the nation and government, and against racism, hatred, senseless murder and rape, unforgiveness, immorality, drug addiction, alcoholism, and witchcraft.

Lastly, he prayed for the safe travelling home of everyone who attended the gathering, reminded the crowd to only speak positively about South Africa, and if anyone speaks negatively about the country to correct them by saying, “But God”, meaning that the Lord is able to resolve any situation if we pray for it in faith in Jesus Christ’s name and submit to His will being done.


  1. As im reading this I can gear Angus words resounding in my ears…and my heart is overwhelmed by the goodness grace and mercy of our God who loves us!

  2. A great review of the remarkable occasion. The only thing I feel that needs to be added is the sign that followed after Angus lead us all in the prayer for our nation near the end. I was suddenly aware of shouting some distance behind me as everyone around suddenly stood and faced the back (while Angus was still speaking), a friend of mine who was further back told me that the gazebos were flapping so violently in the sudden gust of wind that people were holding them down, suddenly umbrellas and hats flew straight up into the sky as I held on to my cap. Looking ahead now there were items of debri flying way above the speakers at the front as Angus exclaimed, “Look at the wind!”. It all lasted only a few moments in what was an otherwise calm and still day. Just felt like our Lord showing his pleasure over us for coming together to seek Him. It was undoubtedly a holy moment to end off an event of Biblical proportions! I will remember it for the rest of my days!

    • Yes Jethro, I was also struck by that sudden bout of wind. It reminded me of the wind that came up during the It’s Time day of prayer in Bloemfontein the previous weekend. [EDITOR]

      • It was awesome. Some people saw feathers fall from the sky during that big wind. I saw a South African flag being swept up, so high into the sky whilst 2 whirlwinds danced to the left of the stage. Despite the gusting wind there was no other pick up of dust or grass.