Romans 1:16 – For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.
It is with great sadness of heart that I write you this letter in the early hours of this morning from my quiet time room.
On the virtual eve of my departure for a four Nations preaching campaign to the UK, to preach the undiluted Gospel of Jesus Christ, I have come under the most severe attack and resistance I have ever experienced in my life since becoming a Christian in 1979.
Starting in the beloved home country of my dearest Father and Mother, “Bonnie Scotland”. I am so pleased that the old Scottish blacksmith and his dear old wife are no longer alive – both safe in the arms of Jesus now.
Effectively, the gay rights movement have banned me from preaching the Gospel in their town called Galashiels situated on the Scottish Borders. The Sanhedrin (governing body), have put such huge pressure on the young pastor who invited me, that he has been forced to cancel the proposed Gospel event.
This action has now spread across the Irish Sea to the beautiful “Emerald Isle” and there is a tremendous uproar taking place as I write this letter to get me banned from preaching the Gospel there as well.
I am accused of being a homophobe, and many other unsavory things, but all I am doing, and still intend to do in Great Britain, is to preach the undiluted Word of God, “The Bible” in its entirety, not compromising one word. It is because I love people and do not want them to perish and go to a lost eternity.
John 17:17, states very clearly, “Sanctify them by your truth. Your word is truth”.
That is all I have ever done in the past, and that is all I will ever do!
I love homosexuals, and I love lesbians, but I cannot condone their way of living, their lifestyle, because it is contrary to the teaching of God’s Holy Word!
Please pray for me, and my family, and loved ones, our team and very especially the team of gallant soldiers of the Cross who are boldly withstanding the full onslaught of the powers of darkness at this very moment in the United Kingdom and Ireland. 1 John 4:4.
In conclusion, it is so heart wrenching for me as a born African, who is simply attempting to take the precious Word of God back to the very country that brought it to Africa so many years ago, and at a great price. Those missionaries taught us well and they taught us to be “Bible believing Christians”, and they taught us that the Word of God is sovereign, and must never be tampered with or changed.
By His grace I shall return to my roots, taking with me the very same Gospel that was brought out to us in Africa by the early missionaries, (who brought the good news, with much love, blood, sweat, and tears at cost of their very own lives), and am trusting that I shall at least be afforded the opportunity to share Gods Holy Word with a dying World.
“Do not be afraid but speak, and do not keep silent: for I am with you, and no one will attack you to hurt you; for I have many people in this city.” – The verse Jesus gave me, 1989, when I was called to preach the Gospel.
Wonderful news! We can say with great joy and extreme excitement that the FNB stadium has been officially booked for a great national gathering of the children of God on the 19th November 2016.
Entrance is FREE, so that the ‘whosoevers’ can attend (Romans 10:13). No person will be turned away, all will be welcomed, from the richest person to the poorest person, from the oldest to the youngest, black and white, coloured, and Indian.
The word of God will be preached, read out publicly, people will understand, and after much repentance, forgiveness, and healing, will leave the “Calabash” (FNB stadium) with much joy and peace in their hearts (Nehemiah 8:1-12).
People are desperate for hope, for real meaning in their lives, for direction, and as they understand their purpose in life through the uncompromised word of God, they will leave the gathering in one accord.
We believe with all of our hearts that this meeting will have national consequences for good (2 Chron 7:14).
We are trusting God that as we would humble ourselves before Him together as a nation, black, white, male and female, that Jesus will accomplish a revival in this nation among his people.
Please put this date in your diary today and start praying for it. Pass it around. We are trusting Jesus for a full house, and his Holy Ghost fire is going to fall.
We are back out on the water, deep water, but God has given us this mandate, and he will provide for it just like he has always done in the past. All He requires from you and I is much faith (Hebrews 11:6).
God Bless you as you pray for a national change for South Africa!
Angus and Jill Buchan.
Acts 18:9 “Do not be afraid but speak, and do not keep silent: for I am with you, and no one will attack you to hurt you; for I have many people in this city.”
To donate to the funding of the “Sacred Assembly” event at FNB Stadium, please use the following banking details:
First National Bank
Name: The Gathering
Account: 62 633 222 451
In the book of Acts we see that when St Paul’s ship sailed to Rome and got into severe trouble because of a storm, they got rid of all their excess weight. They threw overboard all their tackle and all their merchandise, in order for the ship to be saved. As it turned out the ship did eventually crash into the shore at Malta, but the good news was that not one passenger was drowned or lost at sea – Two hundred and seventy-six persons were saved. This was because they listened to the instructions Paul had received from an Angel.
Sometimes we also need to get rid of a lot of excess baggage we are carrying in order to save the day, even our very lives.
As I write this letter to you the Lord Jesus is impressing upon me that you are carrying around on your back, a fifty kilogram bag of cement and it consists of all the things that weigh us down: unforgiveness, anger, fear, hatred, etc.
It is weighing you down, making you tired, and you are losing direction in your life, losing hope , and even becoming depressed, as the storms of life increase, and as a result you are starting to sink!
Jesus says very clearly to you today, “Cast your cares upon me for I care for you.” (1 Peter 5:7)
Get rid of that baggage today and you will never sink or be shipwrecked, get rid of all the excess, and concentrate on the great Mariner of the Sea: Jesus Christ. He alone will steer you into a safe and peaceful haven.
Angus and Jill Buchan.
Once you have been commissioned by God, and approved by trusted friends in Christ Jesus, then get on with it: ‘Just do it’.
Stop talking about it, and do it.
A young man approached me in a church service this last Sunday morning and asked me if I would please pray for him. He said that I had prayed for him when he came forward at an alter call many years ago. He was sixteen years old at the time and at present is over forty years old. We had been praying for people to get actively involved in serving Jesus, for them to live out their dream. Sadly, he told me, with tears running down his face, that he had done nothing about it all of these years. The young man basiclly asked if it was not too late to start again. With great joy we told him that it is never too late to start again. We anointed him with oil again, and then prayed that he would realize his dream from almost thirty years ago. The man and his wife went off together rejoicing with a determination to ‘just do it’.
Never forget, the road to hell is paved with good intentions, so no more procrastinating for us. As God’s children let’s finish what we started for God.
Galatians 6:9 “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.”
Angus and Jill Buchan.
In the Old Testament book of Numbers 2:31, the Word of the Lord says that the tribe of Dan must break camp and travel last, bringing up the rear end of the twelve Tribes of Israel.
Looking in from the outside one could almost think that they were possibly the most inferior of the tribes but that assumption could not be further from the truth. You see, as the last tribe they had the enormous responsibility of collecting all the stragglers and lost property on the trail.
The Rear Guard is also a place of danger, because the enemy lurks in the rear, as much as the front. And then there are the disillusioned folk, the tired folk, sick folk, who have to be encouraged by the last tribe to keep on going.
Sometimes I have asked a lady what she does for a living, and often her reply is, “Oh, I’m just a House wife.” Well, I need to remind all house wives reading this letter, that I believe that you hold the most important occupation there is in this world.
Mary the Mother of Jesus, surely had the most important responsibility that the world has ever known, to nurture, protect, and see to the well-being of God himself, in the form of a helpless and defenceless babe. And that is why she could say that God has regarded her worthy to look after the Baby Jesus (Luke 1: 46, 55). Indeed, the most blessed of all women, ever.
What about Stephen, who waited on the tables while the disciples spent time praying and reading the scriptures, and receiving the ministry of the word (Acts 6: 1, 5). And yet He became the first martyr in the New Testament. He never compromised his testimony, or ran away, or denied the Lord like the disciples had previously had done. What a Man of God!
We could go on and on with many so more examples of folk holding down the ‘so called’ menial jobs in life, but then again, who says that any job done for Jesus is menial?
My dear friends I think we are all in for some huge surprises when we get to Heaven one day because the Saints who will be heralded by God will be: the old praying granny, the lonely missionary, the Bible translator in the jungle, the Christian school teacher who refuses to water down the Gospel, and so many others who are hardly ever mentioned, or noticed, or even recognized here on earth.
So press on, those who maybe sometimes feel used, abused, and taken advantage of, because your reward, a big one, is still coming. Jesus never overlooks anyone!
Angus and Jill Buchan.
Matthew 25:40, “Inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me.”
Let us never cease to be provoked by Our Lord, the Holy Spirit, to speak up when we see people worshipping idols.
The apostle Paul could not contain Himself; he had to warn the people, because father God had given Him such a love for those who are lost, who are directionless, and who are literally grasping at straws!
The philosophers called Paul a “babbler” – meaning a seed picker, an idler who makes a living picking up scraps. How wrong they were.
I was called that once too, a “babbler”, but nevertheless, the truth always prevails, because God has put eternity into the heart of a man, and eventually the most ardent critic will want to hear what you have to say, hence the invite to Paul from the Philosophers, to speak on Mars Hill.
Angus and Jill
Thanks for joining. May this letter be a challenge to you. I also want to use this opportunity to demonstrate certain contradictions that we find in our society and societies the world over. You be the judge regarding the type of society you would prefer.
I am sure that you are aware of all the student unrest that South African universities experienced since the beginning of the year. It became so violent that most universities had to close down for a considerable time directly and indirectly as a result of the damage done to buildings and other assets that belonged to the Universities. Peaceful and devoted students, who happened to be in the majority, had to go home. Their rights to study peacefully and abide by the rules of the Universities were rudely and selfishly ignored by a minority group of people who terrorised the university staff and the rest of the students. The amazing thing is that they actually succeeded to bring a Parliament with a 60% majority in the House of Representatives to their knees – acceding to their demands! The outcome of this was the prevalence of fear, uncertainty, emotional dismay and panic with the majority. The question that needs to be asked is whether this is indeed the way forward? Recently at least 23 schools were set alight and destroyed under the same spirit! This was exploited by the press to the most extreme limit and broadcasted the world over. If this is the answer, then the question is – ‘what’s next?’.
Conversely, at the same universities Christian students and other peaceful students resolved to respond with a different spirit, a spirit of love, a spirit of meekness, a spirit of reconciliation, a spirit of obedience to authorities. These students, spearheaded by Christian leaders on Campus, consulted with University officials and received approval that Angus be invited to come and preach the good news of the Gospel to all that were willing to hear. Seven Universities responded positively. The meetings were extremely well attended. Thousands of students resolved to become Christians for the first time, receiving the free gift of salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ and understanding the love of God. Peace returned to these universities, the atmosphere changed and soon classes could be continued with. Strangely though, virtually no mention of this was made in the press. We know that, if this is the answer – the next will be more peace.
Joshua said to the nation of Israel, ‘Choose you this day whom you will serve….!’
Come let us pray together, ‘Our Heavenly Father, may your name be honoured; May your kingdom come, and your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us daily the bread we need. Forgive us what we owe to you, as we have also forgiven those who owe anything to us. Keep us clear of temptation, and save us from evil’.(J B Phillips translation)
Please refer to the last paragraph in May’s prayer letter
and continue to fervently pray for Angus and Jill. They need your prayers and lots of rest.
As for me and my house we will serve the Lord.
Lots of blessings,
Having just completed a very rigorous campus tour of all the major Universities in South Africa, interspersed with huge MMC conferences, I am sitting in my “quiet time” shack in the garden.
Birds are singing outside, especially the African dove. It is so very peaceful. Next to me a small fire is burning brightly in the hearth which my dear wife, Jill, has very kindly prepared for me to take the chill off the early morning air.
I am sitting here meditating on the goodness of God over these past number of weeks, and the miraculous work He has done. I am realizing, yet again, the importance of preaching the undiluted Word of God. (2 Timothy 4 : 2 ) The power is in the Word!
Like never before there is a full onslaught on authenticity the Bible, and yet these young students are just so hungry and desperate to learn of the truth and power of God’s Holy Word.
Just one practical example of what happens when God’s Word is preached took place at the meeting in the University of the North West (Potch). The presence of God’s Holy Spirit was so strong, almost tangible that night as we were preaching the gospel. Then there was a disturbance from the side of the huge hall, and we saw a middle-aged lady walking with her friend towards the platform, weeping uncontrollably. She had been paralyzed through a stroke, had been brought to the meeting, unbeknown to anyone, in a wheel chair, and through the simple preaching of God’s Holy Word, had got out of the wheel chair by herself and walked, completely healed.
No person laid hands upon her; she had found the meaning of life and Jesus healed her!
We must never rationalize the Bible, nor take anything from it, or try to add anything to it.
Jesus Himself is the Word, and says if I be lifted up, then I will draw all men to myself – John 12:32.
Remember, one genuine miracle equals a thousand sermons!
Angus and Jill Buchan.
This may be the first time that you read a prayer letter on Angus’ webpage. I want to assure you that Angus deeply appreciates your support. May I suggest that you encourage your friends, family and acquaintances to pray regularly for Angus, his wife Jill, and everyone who labours behind the scenes of Shalom Ministries, giving thanks also for every single person who supports this ministry financially?
There is a great desire that the Lord open a door for Angus to minister the word on Kyknet. Although this may be a costly venture it is not beyond the reach of the Lord who owns all the cattle on a 1000 hills and the gold in every mine! Let us humble ourselves before the Lord in faith and trust that He will hear our prayers and make this venture possible!
During the past month Angus had the privilege of ministering the gospel at various universities in South Africa. This was indeed an answer to prayer. Let us trust that this was not just a once off but that it will grow from strength to strength in the years ahead. Let us also express our gratitude to all the Christian students under the spearhead of Shofar Church who trusted God for this great rock. Let us continue to pray that more universities will open their doors and facilities for the preaching of the gospel. Pray also for the thousands of students who opened their hearts for the Lord Jesus Christ for the first time, as well as those that recommitted their lives to Him. Pray that they may be able to stand strong in the Lord and power of His might. The Universities visited so far are Stellenbosch University, University of Cape Town, University of Johannesburg, University of Pretoria and the University of the Free State at Bloemfontein. On the 18th May Angus will be ministering at the University of Potchefstroom. Keep this one in your prayers as well.
The Lord poured out His Spirit at the Karoo Mighty Men Conference which occurred during 29 April -1 May. Many souls were saved and restored and the Lord confirmed his word with mighty miracles and signs! Please pray for every person that was touched by the Lord, that they may be able to continue in faith and that they will receive power from the Holy Spirit to become witnesses for the Lord Jesus Christ.
Thanks to all who prayed for the Goudveld Mighty Men Conference which took place at Fochville from 13-15 May. Angus, as well as Ben Loubser and Rican Brits, ministered the word of God and there was a mighty anointing that will touch the lives of men eternally.
The past two months were very busy and taxing for Angus, both physically and spiritually. He needs to draw aside and rest a while with the Lord. He also needs to catch up with all the other forms of ministry such as, writing books, preparing spiritual articles for various magazines and newspapers, the producing of Grassroots for daily broadcasting and television viewing on various TV and radio channels and many other engagements – too many to mention, not forgetting his responsibility and affection for his family. Please pray!
The Lord reigns,
If we look at the last verse, of the last chapter, of the last book, of the Old Testament, Malachi 4:6, Father God tells us very clearly that it is the time for the hearts of the fathers to be turned towards the children, and the hearts of the children to be turned towards their fathers.
You and I do not have to be prophets to see that we are living in the last days.
Over this last six or so weeks I have seen, with my natural eyes, Father God doing an amazing work amongst the fathers and their children!
Being so very privileged to speak one week to the children (students), through the major University Campuses in the nation, and then the very next week speaking to many fathers, through the Mighty Men Conferences throughout the land.
There is no doubt in my mind that our Lord, Holy Spirit, is putting this particular area of reconciliation very high on His priority list and He wants us to urgently cooperate with Him.
Undoubtedly the hardest place to be a Christian is in ones very own home because we know each other so intimately and cannot fool each other. Nonetheless, the Father desires for charity (love), to begin in the home.
It is the family unit that can make or break this nation, and the devil himself is working overtime to try and utterly destroy this God-given gift of moms and dads, boys and girls.
Why, we might ask? Well, quite simply because the evil one knows just how precious to Father God the family unit is, and the evil one knows that if he can disrupt the family, and bring division, divorce, and rebellion into the family then he has won the day.
Like never before please pray for this fatherless generation, because there is a huge revival stirring on the campuses amongst the students who are finding out the true meaning of life. Also among the Men through the Mighty Men Conferences taking place all over the land with capacity crowds attending, they are learning to love their children unconditionally, and to become the Prophet, Priest, and King, in their respective homes.
Angus and Jill Buchan
James 5:16 “The effective fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.”