Hope began to return to farmers in the Willowmore area yesterday at a prayer event called “Hope in the Karoo”, led by farmer-evangelist Angus Buchan,
Farmers were desperate after seven years of drought which had resulted in many selling their livestock because they could no longer feed them, said local farmer Callie Wannenburg, one of the organisers of the event.
He said Buchan’s personal testimonies of God’s faithfulness and his encouragement to hold onto Jesus and keep praying through this hard season had injected much-needed hope in the community.
Buchan told Gateway News that when he arrived at the venue he found an eager crowd waiting.
“Many were in tears, having lost hope — not just about the rain but about everything,” he said.
“One man, when I met and greeted him, broke down and wept and said: ‘Oom Angus please pray that the bees will come. He has no pollination for his onion crop. We prayed practical prayers.”
He said that like people he met during a recent prayer mission in the Northern Cape, he was struck by their resilience and “vasbyt”.
“Men, women, children, black and white together — we prayed all kinds of personal things. Not one person resisted at the altar call. Then we prayed for the sick. Many people were sick mentally, physically, distressed, fearful, depressed. But presence of God was overwhelming and when I left I knew that God had been there,” he said.
“Now I am anxiously awaiting the results of the bountiful answers to the prayers of Faith that went out over the course of this meeting,” he said.
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