Reinhard Bonnke’s Christian crusades drew millions in Africa
Reinhard Bonnke who’s Christian crusades in Africa drew huge crowds has died, he is aged 79
His wife Annie Bonnke said in a statement that “He passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family,”
Bonnke who lives in the United States is known for his work with Christ For All Nations Organisation throughout Africa.
His organization claims 79 million conversions have been recorded through his preachings.
“It’s no exaggeration to say that his work transformed the continent,” it said in a statement.
In one of his huge rallies in Lagos Nigeria in 2000 that drew about 1.6 million people – – Bonnke claimed to heal people using the powers of God. He also told followers he had witnessed resurrections.
In tribute via twitter, the Nigerian President has this to say about Bonnke “His death was a great loss to Nigeria, Africa, and the entire world ”
Born in 1940 in Konigsberg Germany. The city on the Baltic Sea is now called Kaliningrad and is in present-day Russia.
Before founding Christ For All Nations mission organization, he had become involved in missionary works in Africa at a very young age, his organization was headquartered in South Africa and later Germany.
He stepped down from the organization in 2017 due to illness after a farewell gospel campaign in Nigeria.
There are times in Africa when his activities lead to controversies.
In 1991, there were religious riots in the Nigerian city of Kaduna after police granted permission for Bonnke to hold a revival meeting and thousands of Muslims took to the streets in uproar. At least eight people were reported killed.
In 1999, 16 people died in a stampede during a rally organised by Bonnke in Benin City, Nigeria.
In 2014, the Associated Press reported that he was living in a $3m (£2.3m) apartment near Palm Beach, Florida.