Evangelist Reinhard Bonnke dies at 79
German evangelist Reinhard Bonnke, who drew huge crowds in Africa over decades of preaching, has died aged 79.
The family lives in the United States but Bonnke was best-known for his work with the Christ For All Nations organisation throughout Africa.
The Pentecostal preacher oversaw more than 79 million conversions to Christianity, his organisation claims.
“It’s no exaggeration to say that his work transformed the continent,” it said in a statement.
His demise, was declared by his wife Annie Bonnke on his verified Facebook page on Saturday. The message reads:
“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. He passed away 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…
“Great and marvelous are Your works,
Lord God Almighty!
Just and true are Your ways,
O King of the saints!
Who shall not fear You, O Lord, and glorify Your name?
For You alone are holy.
For all nations shall come and worship before You,
For Your judgments have been manifested.”
Anni Bonnke and Family
We kindly ask, in lieu of flowers, to please make a donation to Christ for all Nations – Africa Crusade.”
Meanwhile, the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, has described his demise, as a great loss to Africa, and the world at large, and condoles with the great people of Germany, and the family of the evangelist. He said this on his Twitter handle in reaction to the evangelist’s death on Saturday.
Read more about the president’s tweet on tweeter