Reinhard Bonnke : The World Famous Evangelist Dies at 79

German Pentecostal evangelist, Reinhard Bonnke, is dead. He died on Saturday at the age of 79.

Bonnke, who had been an evangelist and missionary in Africa since 1967, recorded 75 million conversions of souls to Christ.

The popular evangelist who was known for his gospel missions throughout Africa, held several crusades in Nigeria, including his ‘farewell gospel crusade’ in Lagos in November 2017.

Announcing his death, Anni Bonnke said in a statement: “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.”

Reinhard Bonnke : The World Famous Evangelist Dies at 79

Reinhard Bonnke Biography

Reinhard Bonnke (April 19, 1940 – December 7, 2019) was a German Pentecostal evangelist, principally known for his gospel missions throughout Africa. Bonnke had been an evangelist and missionary in Africa since 1967. Bonnke oversaw 75 million recorded conversions to Christianity.

He was born again at the age of nine after his mother spoke with him about a sin that he had committed. He left for missionary work Africa at the age of 10 and says that he had the experience of Baptism in the Holy Spirit. After war service, his father had become a pastor.

Bonnke studied at The Bible College of Wales in Swansea, where he was inspired by the director Samuel Rees Howells. In one meeting after Howells spoke of answered prayer, Bonnke prayed, “Lord, I also want to be a man of faith. I want to see your way of providing for needs.” Passing through London, he had a chance meeting with the famous preacher George Jeffreys, who encouraged the young German student. After graduation, he pastored in Germany for seven years. He began his ministry in Africa, with which he is principally identified, preaching in Lesotho in 1967. He has subsequently held evangelical meetings across the continent.

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