After 16 years of producing TV programmes and an extensive range of highly impactful audio visual content for farmer evangelist Angus Buchan, Shalom Ministries executive producer George Carpenter — who is also a spiritual son of Uncle Angus — is relocating to the United Kingdom in response to God’s calling. In the testimony below he shares about the power of small moments
There have been many big moments that come to mind in the last 16 years. But right now it’s the little ones that seem to be meaningful to me. The small moments are as precious as the big ones. These are some that come to mind.
I remember the first time I travelled with Angus; we were at an airport and he handed me his wallet and asked me to go get us a muffin and a cup of tea. That became a tradition every time we were at the airport. I remember opening his wallet and seeing his worn-out ID book, and a photo of his wife Jill. I realised that day that he trusted me. I’d like to say to someone reading this, don’t take anyone’s trust for granted.
I remember he and I sitting with a few other people in a pie shop in Arkansas [USA], during a tornado warning, just laughing at the situation. He did preach later that night because the tornado dissipated and it was an incredible meeting. The stage was a trailer and the venue was a rodeo ring.
One of my favourite memories is sitting in Angus’s hotel room, after a massive meeting in the States, eating hamburgers. Not talking, (can you imagine) just humbly blown away by what the Lord had done that night.
Another beautiful memory is going into a Barnes and Noble book store with him in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. The look on his face. Angus loves books. He say’s you’ve got to keep reading. Another thing he insists on is, keeping a notebook. Angus has been my mentor.
The rumours are true, I have witnessed Angus reading his Bible on an aeroplane, listening to worship or writing notes. Often while everyone was fast asleep Angus’s’ light would be on and he was spending time with God.
Angus is exactly 30 years older than me, and I joke that he keeps me young. I don’t know anyone who works as hard as he does. Once, somewhere, when I fetched him for breakfast in the morning, it dawned upon me that the young man in the hotel lobby the night before had got our hotel rooms mixed up. When Angus let me in, I couldn’t see his fruit basket anywhere, and he didn’t have a fancy writing desk like I had, but was using his bed as a chair and an ironing board as a desk. Embarrassed, I gently broke the news to him and he laughed and laughed. Angus is also a beautifully humble man.
Like most things that are worthwhile doing, creating TV programmes is hard work. There are challenges with weather, wind and lighting. And getting good sound is part of the package and part of life in this field. But in recent weeks I’ve been watching some older shows, and the thing that struck me is that we’ve done a good job. Angus has taught me to be consistent. In those old shows, I see and hear the same man — his hair is a bit whiter now — and the guys behind the cameras are not young men anymore. His stories have changed but his message is still the same: salvation through Christ alone.
Before joining Angus when I was working as a directing cameraman, probably in the early 2000s, I went to Greytown to shoot a story about a student who had excelled in a science competition. We had such a miserable time on that shoot and I clearly remember saying to myself: “I never want to come back to Greytown ever again”.
Little did I know that I would drive to Greytown [vicinity of Angus Buchan’s farm, Shalom] hundreds of times again in the years to come.
It reminds me of this quote from Matt Redman, in his book mirror ball.
“Some things in life come easily, and there are other things for which we have to labour, toil, and fight. Those things might cost much — but they are worth every ounce of energy, drop of sweat, and tear that is shed. Love is not just a sweet smelling rose, delicate and fragrant for those who hold onto it. At times it is a battlefield, a place where the stakes are high and devotion expresses itself in hard won sacrifice.“
My wife and I and kids are excited for the next season. Why would God choose us to work with Angus Buchan all those years ago and why would he lead us into something new now? Isn’t it such a honour and a mystery?
My hope is that whatever we are called to do next, we would do with the same passion that we’ve always served Him.
God has called us to relocate to the UK this year. It has been about 18 months since He first spoke to us and we’ve been asking him to confirm many, many times since then – which He has done. So we simply trust and obey with confidence in the one who calls us.
I’ve seen God ask Angus to do many outrageous things over the last 16 years and this is the most outrageous thing that we’ve ever attempted. I’m excited to see what God has in store for us and for Angus especially as the Revival Train starts it’s journey.
CLOSING WORDS* BY ANGUS BUCHAN ABOUT GEORGE CARPENTER:
“I have rarely, very rarely, ever met a man who is so gifted from the Holy Spirit to do the kind of work which he has been doing and who has been very instrumental in taking our ministry to the next level.”
“He is totally trustworthy, he is honest, he is one of the most humble men I have ever met and yet has a wonderful sense of humour and a tremendous love for God.”
* Excerpts from testimonial