Reinhard Bonnke returns to Nigeria for 'farewell message'
Renowned German Evangelist, Reinhard Bonnke, is set to return to Nigeria for a five-day crusade and a three-day multi-purpose ministers’ fire conference.
Oficials of his team, Christ for All Nations (CFaN), led by its African Director, John Darku, are expecting more than 10 million people across Africa at the crusade billed to hold at the large expanse of land close by Sparklight Estate, diagonally opposite OPIC Plaza, Isheri Osun, Lagos/Ibadan express way in November.
Bonnke has visited more than 200 countries with his life-transforming crusades leaving healing, repentance and prosperity on his trail.
Although the Lagos outing will be the last of Bonnke’s international crusade, CFaN will continue to carry on with its global evangelism project. Darku says the CfaN anticipates conversion of many souls to Christ as Bonnke delivers his farewell message in Nigeria.
“One of the highlights of the crusade will be a passing The Burning Torch Conference for leaders and church workers. Bonnke is believing God for many thousands of pastors and evangelists from around the globe to be inspired to evangelism,” says Darku.
He told journalists yesterday that the crusade promises to be the best of its kind just as he hinted of plans to recruit more than 500,000 counsellors, 200,000 intercessors, a choir of over 23,000 and a security force of over 10,000. “There is great excitement from all the churches in the country, and we are expecting a spectacular harvest of people coming to Christ,” he says.
Lead evangelist of CfaN and successor to Bonnke, Daniel Kolenda, expresses optimism that the landmark crusade will transform the church not only in Nigeria but also across the continent.
“I’m thrilled to join with Bonnke in this vision, and know that the results of this crusade will be farther reaching and of even greater consequence than we can even imagine.”
Expressing the optimism that the mother-of-all-crusades in Lagos would be an explosion in line with God’s commission to Bonnke, Kolenda says:“Ever since God gave Evangelist Bonnke a vision for a blood-washed Africa- a continent washed in the blood of Jesus Christ-over 40 years ago, he has been filled with a burning commitment to win the continent for Jesus.”
Nigeria is troubled on many fronts as its economy struggles out of recession. Cases of armed robberies, kidnappings, cultism and ritual killings have not only become widespread, but have also further compounded the country’s economic woes as youth unemployment escalates and politicians squabble for pecuniary things. “All these have fouled the air, putting the country in greater need of spiritual cleansing, says Apostle Alexander Bamgbola, Chairman Central Working Committee of the Crusade.
The organizers also say that all Christian groups will effectively participate in the all-important crusade that will also pray for Nigeria’s socio-political leadership and revival.
According to Apostle Bamgbola: “”For the Crusade to be planned at this period of grave challenges for our beleaguered city and nation indicates a gathering momentum in the heavenlies that will turn out providential not only for Lagos, but indeed for our country, which is pivotal to global evangelization.”
He urged believers to see the crusade as “God’s programme deliberately orchestrated to redeem famished souls of millions and transform our sin-laden environment with salvation.”
An excited Bonnke, who sent out an invitation on his Facebook wall, says: “Hello Friends, I have a special announcement for you today! I am returning to Lagos, Nigeria for my ‘Farewell Crusade’ in November of this year! This will be a truly momentous event, where we believe millions will, hear the Gospel, but will be saved, healed, and delivered! As much as I am concerned, I am inviting the whole world.”
“The Lord spoke to me, that I should go back for one more crusade in Africa,” Bonnke was quoted as saying. “I want not only to see a gigantic harvest of souls, but to pass my burning torch to this generation. Recently, I traveled to Lagos, Nigeria to meet with the spiritual leadership there and they gave their unanimous support. I believe God is going to do something I have never seen before,” he said.