German evangelist Reinhard Bonnke, who drew enormous crowds in Africa over many years of preaching, has died aged 79.
“He handed away peacefully, surrounded by his household,” his spouse Anni Bonnke stated in a press release.
The household lives in the US however Bonnke was best-known for his work with the Christ For All Nations organisation all through Africa.
The Pentecostal preacher oversaw greater than 79 million conversions to Christianity, his organisation claims.
“It is no exaggeration to say that his work reworked the continent,” it stated in a press release.
At enormous rallies – together with one in Lagos, Nigeria in 2000 that was stated to have drawn 1.6 million individuals – Bonnke claimed to heal individuals utilizing the powers of God. He additionally informed followers he had witnessed resurrections.
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Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari paid tribute to the evangelist, saying his demise was a “nice loss to Nigeria, Africa and [the] complete world”.
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President Buhari affirms that Bonnke’s crusades in Nigeria, throughout Africa and the globe strongly accentuated the message of Jesus Christ, & his imaginative and prescient and zeal for the salvation of souls clearly helped the world in understanding the facility of affection & kindness as common language.
— Presidency Nigeria (@NGRPresident) December 7, 2019
Bonnke was born in 1940 in Königsberg, Germany. The town on the Baltic Sea is now referred to as Kaliningrad, and is a part of Russia.
He grew to become concerned in missionary work in Africa at a really younger age and in 1974 based the Christ For All Nations mission organisation, which was headquartered in South Africa and later in Germany.
Bonnke’s held a farewell gospel marketing campaign in 2017 in Nigeria, after which he stepped down because the organisation’s chief resulting from well being points.
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His actions in Africa at occasions stirred controversy.
In 1991, there have been spiritual riots within the Nigerian metropolis of Kaduna after police granted permission for Bonnke to carry a revival assembly and 1000’s of Muslims took to the streets in uproar. At the very least eight individuals have been reported killed.
In 1999, 16 individuals died in a stampede throughout a rally organised by Bonnke in Benin Metropolis, Nigeria.
In 2014, the Related Press reported that he was dwelling in a $3m (£2.3m) condo close to Palm Seashore, Florida.