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German evangelist Reinhard Bonnke, whose record-setting crusades led him to be nicknamed "the Billy Graham of Africa," died Saturday at age 79. His ministry, Christ for All Nations (CfaN), claims that more than 79 million people came to Christ as a result of Bonnke's career, which spanned from 1967 until his retirement in 2017. The Pentecostal evangelist preached a prayerful message of Christ's transforming power while also boasting miracles and healings. "Those who knew him off-stage can testify to his personal integrity, genuine kindness, and overflowing love for the Lord," said his successor, CfaN evangelist Daniel Kolenda. Christianity Today reported from Bonnke's largest in-person event, where 1.6 million gathered on a single night to hear him preach in Lagos, Nigeria.
CT featured Bonnke and his ministry in an issue the following year, calling him "one of the continent's most recognizable religious figures." Historians have said that no Western evangelist spent as much time in sub-Saharan Africa as Bonnke. Following his death, many African Christians offered their condolences on Twitter, saying "Rest well" and "Africa will never forget you." The government of Nigeria stated that President Muhammadu Buhari, who is Muslim, "joins Christendom at large in mourning the passing of renowned evangelist, Reinhard Bonnke, 79, describing his transition as a great loss to Nigeria, Africa & entire world." Kenyan politician Esther Passari shared how "I spoke in tongues for the first time at Rev. Reinhard Bonnke's 1988 crusade. Only within the past several years has the ministry organized crusades in the US, CT reported, where Bonnke's name was more familiar among Pentecostals and charismatics than evangelicals at large. Hillsong senior pastor Brian Houston cited Bonnke as an inspiration, saying, "I love the way salvation resonates in his spirit, whether he's on a platform speaking to millions or behind the scenes having a chat—Jesus is always on his lips." Reinhard Bonnke, the celebrated German evangelist, has died at the age of 79, according to a post on his official Facebook page. During his more than 60 years of preaching, Bonnke was best known for his work with the Great Gospel Crusades throughout Africa.
3. Bonnke Said in November 2019 That He Underwent Femur Surgery & Needed Time to Learn How to Walk Again Hundreds of thousands of people attend his gospel crusades in Africa; in the last ten years, over 53 million people have committed their lives to Jesus in his meetings. Reinhard has a passion to equip believers to operate in the gifts of the Holy Spirit and to faithfully proclaim the Word of God in power to win people to Jesus. A spokeswoman for Emopowered21 told the Christian Post at the time, "Reinhard Bonnke has totally dedicated himself to soul-winning for 50 years now. Through his ministry, Christ for All Nations, over 73 million people have made registered decisions to follow Jesus Christ. On his Twitter page, Bonnke said that he was living in Orlando, Florida, at the time of his death.
Evangelist Reinhard Bonnke, founder of Christ for All Nations, dies at 79 Evangelist and Christ for All Nations founder Reinhard Bonnke has died at the age of 79. In a statement, Bonnke's wife, Anni, said he "passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family." Bonnke is also survived by his children, Kai-Uwe, Gabrielle and Susie, and eight grandchildren. "Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, it is with sorrow that the Bonnke Family would like to announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, and grandfather, evangelist Reinhard Bonnke," she said. For the past 60 years he has preached the glorious Gospel of Jesus throughout the entire world. The Bonnke family have asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be given to Christ for All Nations' Gospel Crusades — large scale evangelistic events held in Africa. News of his death Saturday was shared by Daniel Kolenda, Bonnke's successor as president of Christ for All Nations. "It is with great sadness that I and Christ for All Nations announce the death of our founder, friend and spiritual father, Reinhard Bonnke," he said. "All told, more than 79 million people made Christ their Lord as a result of evangelist Bonnke's ministry. Bonnke spent six decades preaching around the world, but Africa was a particular focus of his ministry. He stepped back from full-time ministry several years ago for health reasons, passing the reins of Christ for All Nations to Kolenda. Ifeanyi Okowa, the governor of Nigeria's Delta state, said: "My prayers are with the family of Evangelist Reinhard Bonnke of Christ for All Nations, who passed away earlier today. Bonnke's work all over the world, especially in Africa, supported the faith of millions of Christians across several generations. Renowned German evangelist, Reinhard Bonnke, has died at the age of 79. Anni said, "Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, it is with sorrow that the Bonnke family would like to announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, and grandfather, Reinhard Bonnke. "We want to thank you on behalf of him and our family for your kind love and unwavering support, which enabled him to preach the matchless message of salvation to countless people. Reinhard Bonnke, evangelist who 'won 77 million souls', dies at 79 President Uhuru Kenyatta (right) and renowned German evangelist Reinhard Bonnke (left) unfasten a ribbon during the dedication ceremony for the Faith Evangelistic Ministry's Family Church in Karen in August 2016. Celebrated German evangelist Reinhard Bonnke is dead, his family has announced.His wife Anni Bonnke, in a statement shared on the preacher's Facebook page, said he died peacefully, surrounded by his family, on December 7, 2019. "For the past 60 years, he has preached the glorious Gospel of Jesus throughout the entire world. We want to thank you on behalf of him and our family, for your kind love and unwavering support, which enabled him to preach the matchless message of salvation to countless people. He preached Jesus," Anni said, adding they had lost a beloved husband, father, and grandfather. The family has asked mourners to make a donation to his church Christ for all Nations (CfaN) – Africa Crusade in lieu of flowers.