Men, it’s time
Camp out with The Mighty Men Conference leaders
– interviews with Angus Buchan and Robin Mark
by Jack Taylor
So he answered and said to me: “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the Lord of hosts. Zechariah 4:6 (NKJV)
Angus, what would you like Canadian men to know about the Mighty Men campaign?
This Mighty Men campaign is not just for rural men, it is for all men: businessmen, schoolteachers, professional sportsmen, doctors, lawyers, artisans, old age pensioners, schoolboys from the age of 12 years old upwards, who will come with their dads. It is an experience none will forget camping side-by-side with men from different walks of life, different denominations, different age groups, but all looking to one God, the Lord Jesus Christ. He will not fail us; He never has in the past. He will restore marriages, He will heal the sick, He will bring new life to those who have maybe backslidden or never ever known Jesus Christ in a personal way before. I really believe it will impact the beautiful country of Canada and will bring about a revival.
Angus, what do you think will draw Canadian men to respond to a Mighty Men campaign?
We believe God has ordained this Mighty Men Conference phenomenon. We also believe that Canadian men have the same interests as South African men, and indeed men all over the world. We speak the same language, we seek the same answers from God and we have the same responsibility as leaders in our homes, and in our businesses, throughout the world, to be prophet, priest, and king in our homes, to lead our families, to be a spiritual example in serving Jesus Christ, and to put bread on the table!
Days of Elijah and Revival in Belfast worship leader joins Mighty Men for ‘It’s Time Canada’.Robin Mark shared his thoughts on the upcoming Mighty Men conference from his base in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The worship leader from Christian Fellowship Church, with 13 albums to his credit, has ministered in every province in Canada and every state in the US.
“Days of Elijah” became his signature song in 1996 and raised him to international recognition. He wrote the song after watching footage of the Rwandan genocide in 1994. He thought that scenes like he witnessed could very well happen in Ireland with all the sectarian violence. He began to argue with God about how God could let such things happen. God gave him a sense that we were in days similar to Elijah where people could get killed for standing up for God. These were days where His servants were called to work out His purposes in the society in which they lived and worked.
Robin, what is the story of your spiritual journey?
I was born in 1957 and raised during the chaos of bombs going off in the streets. I was brought up in a nominal Christian family. I always had a sense of a need for Jesus. I went to meetings in a one-room Brethren church where up to 250 children (ages 4-10) heard Bible stories you couldn’t forget. My father took me to a congregational church on Sunday evenings, along with my brother and older sister. It was boring. When my father died, it was traumatic. I was still young. My mother sent us kids to the local Methodist church. I always had a sense of God’s purpose and calling and I made my decision to follow Jesus while I was there. Interestingly, it was after hearing a Catholic man tell a story about a sparrow and the moon. I was 14-15 years of age working as we did in those days. The man talked to us younger ones about eternity. He said, ‘Do you know how long eternity is? It’s the length of time it would take for a little sparrow to fly to the moon, peck off a little bit of the moon and then fly it back to earth then return to the moon and peck off another little bit and return again until the whole moon had been moved to earth.’
Robin, how did you get into leading worship?
Believe it or not, I didn’t like singing. You could get beat up for singing in my neighbourhood. It was considered wimpish. I went to a youth fellowship. I met a girl there who would become my wife. Someone lent me a guitar. I was actually educated to be an engineer and in those days we were given grant money to attend the university. I used the grant money to buy my own guitar and taught myself how to play. As a civil engineer, I taught about things like the environment and lighting etc. to make a living.
The turning point and catalyst for all that’s happened occurred when my wife and I went to visit the Christian Fellowship Church. The worship team had just stepped down because of a dispute. Paul Reid, who would be the pastor, knew me and somehow God confirmed with him that I should be the new worship leader. He asked me to lead. I asked him for “how long?” He said “let’s see what happens.” There were never any formal plans.
Robin, what drew you to participate in the Mighty Men conference here in Canada?
I had a friend in South Africa and saw what Angus was doing to change the landscape of men in that country. I visited Angus in his home and felt that ‘here was a man of God.’ I was amazed at what I saw. We invited Angus to come to Belfast to participate in a day of prayer and again we were amazed. When he asked me to be part of this ministry in Canada, I was delighted. I love this country and the people.
Robin, what is there about your music that appeals to men?
I was at a promise keepers conference and was told by one of the leaders that my songs were manly. I don’t know what it was in my background. I grew up in tough times. I’m not a hunter, fishing, macho type. I would rather run from a fight. It may be something in my past. My father died when I was a young teen. I had to take on the role in my family. I write the songs God gives me. I’ve been all over the world sharing those songs. I hope that men will be inspired and they’ll sing and see that there is great power in praise and worship. We pray to see a change in men’s heart and in their families. Perhaps we’ll see a change and a difference that will impact all of Canada. The only persons that can do that are Canadians and God together.
The Mighty Men Conference ‘It’s Time Canada’, June 28 – 30, Pass Creek Fairgrounds Castlegar, BC. Book online at itickets.com, $24.57. Details firstname.lastname@example.org 250.352.5007, email@example.com