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Christ for All Nations Founder, Evangelist Reinhard Bonnke Passes Away at 79

12-07-2019
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Evangelist Reinhard Bonnke, founder of Christ for all Nations (CfaN) has passed away at the age of 79.

According to his family, he was surrounded by loved ones and passed away peacefully on Saturday.

"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."

Bonnke preached to hundreds of millions of people, especially in Africa throughout his 60-year career.

In October 2017, Bonnke held a farewell crusade to 1.7 million people in Nigeria.

The evangelist handed over leadership of Christ for All Nations to evangelist Daniel Kolenda due to his "health challenges."

"I don't want it to fall, I want it to go just seamlessly continue and rise. The world is so big and God gave me Daniel Kolenda and I am very very happy," Bonkke said.

He was well-known for his massive crusades in Africa where he has inspired 77 million people to make decisions for Christ for the last 35 years.

Shortly after the announcement of his death, many within the Christian community paid tribute to the crusader and missionary.

Evangelist Franklin Graham said, "Reinhard Bonnke was a powerful evangelist throughout the world, but particularly on the continent of Africa where his heart burned with compassion for people’s souls. Through the preaching of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, millions of lives will be in Heaven and we give praise and glory to God that His Word never returns void. Our thoughts and prayers are with Reinhard’s wife Anni and the entire family."

Bonnke spent several years developing the 'Full Flame Film Series,' a series of eight inspirational films aimed at inspiring and challenging the church to Holy Spirit evangelism.

He leaves behind his wife Anni, their children Kai-Uwe, Gabrielle, and Susie, and eight grandchildren.

BELOW: WATCH REINHARD BONNKE'S FINAL INTERVIEW ON THE 700 CLUB

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