Big crowd at prayer meeting led by Angus Buchan at Kouga Dam amidst E Cape drought, locust crisis

Angus Buchan leads the Revival Rain prayer gathering at the Kouga Dam near Patensie in the Eastern Cape on Saturday. He said it was the first big meeting he has attended in two years — since the 2020 Mighty Men Conference at Jeffreys Bay

About 2 000 people attended a gathering at the Kouga Dam on Saturday afternoon led by farmer evangelist Angus Buchan who was invited by church leaders in Gqeberha (formerly Port Elizabeth) and Jeffreys Bay to pray for rain in the drought-stricken area.

Most of the people in probably the biggest crowd ever seen at the camping ground beneath the 94.5m wall of the major storage dam near Patensie had travelled a considerable distance to attend the event. After arriving an hour after the scheduled 3pm starting time Buchan said the devil had tried to keep him from leading the meeting. He said his flight from Durban had been seriously delayed and he only managed to keep his appointment after a last-minute arrangement was made to fly him by helicopter from Gqeberha to the venue.

As a result of the holdup the so-called Revival Rain prayer meeting ended at 6pm, an hour late. But nobody appeared to mind the delay as a peaceful atmosphere of unity and hope prevailed.

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Christian singer Joe Niemand who travelled from Gauteng to attend the prayer gathering sings a song he wrote on the morning of the event. The lyrics include these words: “Locusts take away your fields. Will you return unto Me? Your animals are carried away. You return unto Me.
I withheld your rain. Will you return to Me?”

Buchan preached a rousing message, telling the crowd they were going to phone Jesus at his telephone number Jeremiah 33:3 — “Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.”  

He urged everybody to believe with him, that the dam, which was 16% full at the time, will overflow as a result of God’s power released through prayer. He emphasised the need for knowing God’s name, repentance, and exercising faith.

Buchan kneels as he leads the meeting in prayers

Buchan called the crowd forward to the stage and led prayers of salvation, healing, for marriages, against stress and depression, for revival — and finally for rain and against a massive locust invasion in parts of the Eastern Cape, Western Cape and Northern Cape.

Gateway News editor Andre Viljoen lays hands on the shoulder of a farmer as Angus Buchan prays against a massive locust invasion after the visibly-emotional farmer told him about the devastation the swarms are causing

Agri Eastern Cape president Jan Cloete told Gateway News today that the locust invasion is “of biblical proportions”.

“Nothing on this scale has been seen in living memory. I don’t know if we are going to win,” he said.

He said that since the weekend locusts have arrived in the Patensie citrus area.

He confirmed that two helicopters which had been controversially grounded by the Department of Agriculture were back in the air again spraying the swarms. He said they were trying everything they could to fight the invasion. He welcomed the prayer at the Kouga Dam on Saturday and ongoing prayers.

As I was writing this report this afternoon the sky went dark as heavy rain fell in Gqeberha accompanied by a dramatic thunderstorm — and a ripple of social media activity praising God for answers to prayer.

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  1. The prayers of righteous men will avail much! PRAISE THE LORD! Thank you brother Angus for allowing yourself to be HIS voice!

  2. DEAR LORD , will YOU look down from Heaven ,as YOUR PEOPLE humbly seek YOUR FACE , and will YOU hear from Heaven above , give good and ongoing rain, and let the locust leave and disappear , as only YOU know best . Bless Your people LORD , Amen.