Tenn. Arena Packed for 'Mighty Men' Conference

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Thousands of men packed an arena on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University Friday for an historic meeting.  Its was South African evangelist Angus Buchan's first "Mighty Men" in the United States. 

But Buchan told the men their struggles aren't much different than the struggles of men he preaches to back at home and around the world.

Buchan is a South African cattle farmer turned evangelist.  His life story has now been the focus two films: "Faith Like Potatoes" and "Angus Buchan's Ordinary People."     

Will Wade was one of 10,000 men who united for the time of pray and worship -- and to hear from Buchan.

"I am looking for something that's just magnificent," Wade told CBN News moments before the conference began.  "All day, I have been waiting to come here, just to see what I am going to get, what I pray to get."

Before Friday's meeting, Buchan sat down with CBN News at World Outreach Church in Murfreesboro, Tenn.  World Outreach is the church that sponsored the gathering of men.       

"My message to the American men tonight, hot off the press, is that we have got to speak the truth," Buchan said. "Thy word is truth. This is my agricultural manual."

"I am telling you, Efrem, people laugh at me," he continued. "This is the book that tells you to love your wife, submit to your husband, respect your elders.  This is the book that says a lazy man doesn't deserve to eat.  This is the book that says a fair day's work for a fair day's pay."

"When we get back to the truth," Buchan said, "then we will have a revival."

Buchan calls his massive meetings Mighty Men's Conferences.  This was his first in the United States.  The conference was born on his farm in South Africa with just 40 men.  The final meeting on that farm drew some 400,000 men.

The cries of men in the MTSU arena were loud, and each had struggles he was praying to overcome.

For Dylan Higgins, 18, that struggle was the "pressure of my peers.  Like people at school, doing things I shouldn't do and not doing them," Higgins said.

While there were only men in the audience, they weren't sole focus of Buchan's message.

"You know a lot of ladies have given me stick, back home, saying you are a male chauvinist," Buchan said. "I can't even spell the word."

"I said, 'These meetings are not for the men," he recalled. "They are actually for the women and the children, to teach the man to be prophet, priest and king in his home.  Prophet, lead the way, from the front, not from the back.  Priest, to lead his wife and children in the things of God, every day. And King, to put the bread on the table.'"

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Efrem Graham

Efrem Graham

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Efrem Graham is an award-winning journalist, who comes to CBN News from the ABC owned and operated station in Toledo, Ohio.  He received his master's degree from the Columbia University Journalism School. He also holds a bachelor's degree in English Literature from the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.  Follow Efrem on Twitter @EfremGraham and "like" him at Facebook.com/EfremGrahamCBN.