The Helper on Marriage
In this video series, Angus Buchan speaks on the subject of marriage using his personal experiences; it also incorporates helpful scenes from his autobiographical movie Faith Like Potatoes. "I'm not saying for a minute that we have it...
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In this video series, Angus Buchan speaks on the subject of marriage using his personal experiences; it also incorporates helpful scenes from his autobiographical movie Faith Like Potatoes.
"I'm not saying for a minute that we have it all together. We haven't. We are just an ordinary family, just like yours; but wouldn't you agree with me that at the moment marriage is under so much strain and pressure. Some first world nations even call it old fashioned. We know, however, that the sanctity of marriage was, and still is, God's idea. Of course, when the marriage is suffering, it works its way through the whole family. I believe that it is the devil's main objective to destroy the family unit. After all, a nation is only as strong as the family unit." - Angus Buchan
The Sanctity of Marriage - Genesis 2:18: And the Lord God said, "It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him." Marriage was and still is God's idea. The marriage union is the closest relationship that we can have with another person on this earth. It is also a sacred covenant and that's why we need to protect it.
One Flesh - Genesis 2:24: Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. Men and women could not be more differently made, not to mention coming from different backgrounds and with different personalities. But we know that it is God's good intention that the two individuals become one flesh through marriage.
Order in the Home - There is no such thing as a perfect marriage, but when we do it God's way, it brings order in the home. It brings security to our children and peace in our homes. They say "it takes two to make a marriage a success but only one to make it a failure." A godly marriage takes perseverance from both the husband and the wife.
In 1976, political upheaval in Zambia forced hard-driving Angus Buchan (born 1947, Rhodesia) to sell-up his farm for a pittance and relocate with his family to South Africa. Angus' funds were so low that he couldn't afford a farm with a house on it, but with typical determination he settled on a piece of land in KwaZulu Natal and set about raising crops and livestock.
In 1977, Angus startled those who knew him with his sudden conversion to Christianity, and in 1979 he and his wife Jill committed their lives fully to Christ during a service at Greytown Methodist Church.
In his best-selling autobiography, Faith Like Potatoes, published in 1998, Angus recounts how he learned to trust that God was at work building something substantial even if he couldn't see it, much in the way a potato grows underground, out of sight. In 2006 the book was made into a film, which went on to become a huge success in South Africa and worldwide.
In 1980, the Lord gave Angus and Jill a clear vision very simply and clearly through His Word:
The Great Commission - Mark 16:15
Caring for Orphans and Widows - James 1:27
Equipping Saints for the Work of Ministry - Matthew 28:20.
This was the inspiration for Shalom Ministries, which has grown from an evangelistic outreach in Angus' own community to an Africa-wide concern. Without any formal higher education or theological training, Angus followed God's call and conducted his first preaching campaign in 1990 in Ladysmith, KwaZulu Natal. In the years since, Angus' reputation has grown to the extent that he now fills stadiums across the African continent.
Since 1995, Shalom Ministries has administered a home for AIDS orphans and a farm-school in Angus' home district of Greytown. Also, between 2003 and 2010 Shalom ran seven annual 'Mighty Men' Conferences - outdoor worship camp-outs for men and boys that grew from 40 attendees at the start to over 200,000, and have proven to be highly influential. Angus' evangelistic and worship events have been recorded live, bringing his distinctive down-to-earth teaching style to a worldwide audience. He also presents a twice-weekly Christian television program 'Grassroots', filmed mostly on his farm.
Despite the demands of his ministry as a full-time evangelist, Angus remains a man who values quiet times with God and maintains a simple, no frills lifestyle on his farm, which is now run by his two sons Andrew and Fergus. Angus and his wife Jill also have three daughters Robyn, Jilly, and Lindi.