For the past three weeks farmer evangelist Angus Buchan has been preaching to capacity crowds at South African universities that have recently experienced rioting.
“This [campus] tour has taken precedence over everything else. I’ve even had to cancel a trip to the United States of America because of the urgency of the hour,” he said in an interview today after completing five of six campus meetings on his SA campus tour from April 27 to May 19. He says the campaign was initiated at the request of students at Stellenbosch University.
“We are following in the footsteps of all the unrest that took place on the campuses. But I can honestly tell you we saw no sign of unrest, or anger or any kind of violence — in fact the opposite.
“These young people are wanting to get on with their lives. They are wanting to study, they are wanting to make their parents proud. I met a young man who is a third year law student. His mother is cleaning toilets in Johannesburg. And all he wants to do is to pass, so he can honour her and take care of her.”
He said his rally at the University of the Free State last night “was inundated, there was no room left”. UFS students were joined by matrics from Grey College. “There were blacks, coloureds, whites together, completely caught up in the Spirit of God — reconciliation like I have never experienced in all my preaching.
“And when I asked those who were suffering from depression and anxiety and stress and fear to put their hands up, literally the whole auditorium raised their hands. And the tragedy is these are all young people from the ages of 18 to 25 years old, but they are absolutely on fire for Christ.
“We sang the famous chorus at the end, No Longer a Slave to Fear, and I’ve never heard that chorus sung like that before, the roof literally lifted.”
At the University of Johannesburg (UJ) Buchan and his team arrived very late because they were held up for four hours after their plane broke down in Johannesburg.
“But those [UJ] students never left, They waited for us from quarter past 12 to half past one and the response again was 100% commitment to follow Jesus Christ and no-one else.
“At Stellenbosch we saw a young man get up out of a wheelchair and walk. He had not walked for two years. He had been in a motor vehicle accident — and it was without any encouragement from us at all. It was after the meeting was over. So we’ve seen lots of signs and wonders and miracles; the most important one is the reconciliation between man and God.”
He said at their first meeting, at the University of Cape Town, they saw some people protesting about gay rights and feminism outside the venue. The meeting organisers invited the protesters to come in and join the meeting but the declined.
The Angus Buchan SA Campus Tour will end on Wednesday, May 18, with an event in Potchefstroom for students at North West University. The other stops were in Cape Town, April 27, Stellenbosch, May 4, Johannesburg, May 6, Pretoria, May 8, and Bloemfontein, May 11.
Asked about campuses such as those in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal that he has not visited, he said: “Other campuses will take their turn. Once we complete the Potch campus on Wednesday, we will start making inquiries.”