Renowned pentecostal evangelist, Reinhard Bonnke, has passed on.
Bonnke, who started his missionary work in 1967, was known for his gospel missions throughout Africa. He oversaw 75 million recorded conversions to Christianity.
In 1991, his visit to Kano, Nigeria sparked a riot as it was alleged that he had made some scathing remarks about Islam.
The German missionary’s death was announced on Saturday by his wife, Anni Bonnke, via his official Facebook page.
She wrote: “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”.
Bonnke’s last post on Facebook read: “A PERSONAL MATTER
My dearest prayer partners,
“It is my desire to share with you my present situation. I definitely need your prayers, as Paul the Apostle needed it from the early churches for his personal needs.
“Right now, I am in hospital and have undergone a right femur bone surgery. All has gone well so far, but now I have to add a few weeks of learning to walk again. My spirit is rejoicing, especially when I think of you. I have been able to pray for you and your very many needs and am asking you to pray for me now. I will read every reply and thank you in anticipation and in the Name of Jesus.
“Pressing towards the mark with jubilation.
“Your fellow laborer in Christ,