When Henry Pike and his team from Die Bron church in Cape Town step on the stage to lead worship at the Speak Jesus national prayer day in Krugersdorp on September 24 they will be on familiar ground — they led worship at all three of the previous It’s Time mass prayer events: in Bloemfontein, Mitchell’s Plain Cape Town and Pretoria.
Each of those events led by evangelist Angus Buchan was special in unique ways, said Henry. And now his heart is being stirred by the upcoming Krugersdorp event because he originally came from the region – and he was once addicted to alcohol and drugs. One of the expectations at Speak Jesus Krugersdorp is that God is going to deliver people from bondages.
Henry, who co-leads Die Bron with his wife Justine, is also a radio presenter and a father of three girls. He told Gateway News that he met Buchan for the first time when his team was asked to lead worship at a Christian event in Malmesbury, where the evangelist was preaching. He said it was an honour and a privilege to be part of the service.
After the event he said Buchan invited him and the team to meet him where he was staying and he anointed and ministered to each one of them. He was amazed that Buchan reached out to them after a demanding time of public ministry.
“And then one morning in 2017 we heard about It’s Time — that there’s going to be this prayer meeting in Bloemfontein –and my wife and I and our family, we thought: ‘You know, it’s going to be such a special moment –we would like to be there ourselves.
“And one morning, just after six, my phone starts ringing and I’m not used to my phone ringing so early in the morning — and it’s a private number, so there’s no number showing. And I just thought, do I just pick up the phone or not. I did, it was Uncle Angus speaking: ‘Henry, will you please minister the worship in Bloem?’ And that’s how it started.”
He said the prospect of many Christians from around the country gathering to pray at Krugersdorp is “awesome” because it is a poverty-stricken mining community “where people are trusting things apart from God to give them joy and life” — as he once did before he was radically saved by Jesus and set free of addictions from which he could not free himself, no matter how hard he tried.
“I mean God did it for me. He can do it for someone else too. That’s just the spirit of prophecy.”
Henry said he believes the Speak Jesus prayer event at Krugersdorp will minister powerfully to both unbelievers and to believers who are struggling after the Covid lockdown disruption and are looking for fulfilment in things other than God — like money, health, or relationships.
“This [the national prayer day] is God putting His finger down and drawing a line in the sand and saying: ‘Listen, are you going to love me with your whole heart, soul. mind and all your strength? Or are you going to fall away in these Last Days?’ “
“I believe this is such a move of grace at this moment, where people will be able to understand how they need God,” he said.
He said his team members have been preparing their hearts for the Speak Jesus prayer day. “I always say to the guys, God builds his Kingdom on the condition of our hearts. We’ve really stepped up to the plate. I believe this time, more than we did for previous times, we really pressed into the presence of God and I believe something great has happened in our team.
“There is a greater unity and a greater peace that has come in that process. We’ve become aware that if we need Jesus Christ so much every day, how much more somebody else. And we go with that revelation in our hearts. We are just there to minister. So we will speak life, we will create a prophetic atmosphere for God to do things again — great testimonies that people have experienced, He will do again. And that is what we are trusting, in the worship, will happen.”
He said they believed that as they and those gathered at the event just exalt God, His enemies will be scattered.
Henry urged people from all over South Africa to make an effort to be at the event. “Desperate times require desperate measures,” he said regarding people responding to the Holy Spirit’s call to make right with God. He also said that by nature Spirit-filled believers are gatherers who are willing to do what is necessary for a great move of God to happen.
Information about the Speak Jesus national prayer day is available on the Angus Buchan app and on the Angus Buchan website at: https://www.angusbuchan.co.za/speak-jesus
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