German Pentecostal Evangelist, Reinhard Bonnke, is set to return to Nigeria for a five-day crusade and a three-day multi-purpose ministers’ fire conference, according to his team, Christ for All Nations, CFaN.
Mr Bonnke’s plan to visit Kano in October 1991 sparked riot that led to loss of lives and property in the Muslim dominated city.
While the German evangelist was given nod to hold the revival gathering in the ancient city, Muslims were angered because a few weeks earlier Nigerian authorities denied South African Imam, Ahmad Deedat, permission to hold a preaching session in the state.
In the wake of the violent riot on October 17, 1991, Mr Bonnke’s mission in Kano was therefore cancelled and the cleric evacuated.
But CFaN officials led by the African Director, John Darku, said the group is expecting more than 10 million people across Africa at the crusade billed to hold at the large expanse of land near Sparklight Estate, opposite OPIC Plaza, Isheri Osun, Lagos/Ibadan Express Way in November.
Bonnke, a renowned German preacher has visited more than 200 countries to stage, what the faithful described as ‘life-transforming crusades”. 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 said the CfaN is anticipating the conversion of many souls to Christ as Bonnke delivers his final message to a crowd of worshippers 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.
Darku told journalists 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 Mr Bonnke, Daniel Kolenda expressed optimism that the landmark crusade will transform the church not only in Nigeria but also across the continent.
“I’m thrilled to join with Reinhard 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.”
Kolenda said : “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.”
Apostle Alexander Bamgbola said that since Nigeria is troubled on many fronts , with the economy struggling out of recession, cases of armed robberies, kidnappings, cultism and ritual killings have not only become widespread. He said youth unemployment and politicians squabbling over money have further compounded the country’s economic woes.
“All these have fouled the air, putting the country in greater need of spiritual cleansing”, said Mr Bamgbola, Chairman Central Working Committee of the Crusade.
CFaN described Mr Bonnke’s return to Nigeria for his final international crusade as divine, because the global preacher has specific revelation and call to help the country fix its social fabrics and economy.
According to Mr Darku, Mr Bonnke strongly believes that the evangelism conference will “plunder hell and populate heaven.”
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, not only hear the Gospel, but will be saved, healed, and delivered! As much as I am concerned, I am inviting the whole world.”
Mr Bonnke, 77, has helped over 75,913,155 people make salvation decisions over the last three decades and plans to pass on the torch to a younger generation of evangelists led by CfaN’s lead evangelist and Mr Bonnke’s successor, Kolenda.
“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 added.