German evangelical preacher Reinhard Bonnke, died at age 79 on the Dec 7, 2019.
Known as the “Billy Graham of Africa,” Bonnke’s Christ for All Nations ministry has converted millions to Christianity throughout his career.
“It is no exaggeration to say that his work transformed the continent,” said his successor at Christ for All Nations, Daniel Kolenda.
Bonnke had a huge following in Africa and preached often at open-air events. His obituary states he held some of the largest live audiences in history, including one in 2000 in Lagos, Nigeria, that drew 1.6 million attendees.
Bonnke was born in 1940 in Königsberg, Germany — a city on the Baltic Sea that is now Kaliningrad, Russia.
He began proselytizing as a young boy and in 1967 his ministry started work in Africa. He retired in 2017 due to health reasons.
Christ for All Nations was first based in South Africa but moved its headquarters to Germany in the 1980s to distance it from the then-Apartheid government.
Bonnke, who lived in the US, raised the dead, healed the deaf, blind and disabled, drawing criticism from skeptics, other faiths and more traditional Christian churches.
Bonnke is principally known for his great gospel crusades throughout the continent of Africa.
Bonnke is the founder of the international ministry Christ for All Nations, which currently has offices in the United States, Canada, Germany, United Kingdom, Nigeria, South Africa, Singapore, Australia and Hong Kong. Since the start of the new millennium, through a host of major events in Africa and other parts of the world, the ministry has recorded 55 million documented decisions for Jesus Christ.