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Reactions trail demise of Reinhard Bonnke



DEMISE of a popular preacher, Evangelist Reinhard Bonnke has continued to generate reactions from Nigeria’s President, clergy men and  other groups. 

President Muhammadu Buhari has described his death as an incredible misfortune to Nigeria, Africa and the whole world.

According to a release by the Special Adviser to the president on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, Buhari mourned with the legislature and individuals of Germany, loved ones of the incredible evangelist and instructor of the Bible, and all his co-workers in the vineyard, praying that the Lord would comfort everyone  that grieves him.

The General Overseer, Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye said the entire  Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) family would miss Reinhard Bonnke.

Pastor E. A. Adeboye who wrote on his Twitter account @PastorEAAdeboye said, “we are deeply sorrowed for the loss of our beloved evangelist that has dedicated a large portion of his life evangelizing the gospel of Jesus Christ. He would be missed greatly as we appreciate all he did for the kingdom even as heaven receives him with great Joy.”

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), described his death as a huge loss to the body of Christ all over the world. In a statement by the the CAN President, Rev Samson Ayokunle through his Special Assistant on Media and Communications, Pastor Bayo Oladeji, he described Bonnke as “one of the greatest generals of the gospel of eternal salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ on earth.”

Ayokunle stated, “CAN and the entire Christian communities in Nigeria join the rest of Christians all over the world to mourn this fiery preacher and teacher of the Gospel and mentor to several evangelical leaders all around the world today.”

The Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), has expressed sadness over Bonnke’s death, saying he would be missed by millions of Nigerians.

PFN National President, Rev Felix Omobude, in a statement commiserated with his family and all members of Christ for All Nations.

In recognition of his massive evangelical work in Nigeria, the PFN recalled that it presented Bonnke a lifetime achievement award during his last crusade in the country in 2017.

Meanwhile, Daniel Kolenda, the successor to Bonnke, said he did not  desire to fill the late evangelist’s shoes.

Kolenda, who is the President/CEO of CFaN,  stated this on Friday at the on-going crusade in Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State, organised by CFaN in conjunction with various Christian bodies and CAN.

According to him, “in those shoes, there is grace, there is anointing and I can say by the grace of God, we have seen an increase since Reinhard Bonnke handed over the ministry to me. There has been an increase because nothing diminishes in God.”

More so, the Governor of Delta State, Ifeanyi Okowa has expressed sadness on the demise of Reinhard Bonnke.

In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, on Saturday, in Asaba, the governor said Evangelist Bonnke would be sincerely missed by those whose lives he impacted on with his over 60 years of evangelism in Africa, America and other parts of the world.

Bonnke, who died at the age of 79, was born in  April 19, 1940, in Königsberg, East Prussia, Germany. He was born again at the age of nine after his mother spoke with him about a sin that he had committed. He left for missionary work in Africa at the age of 10 and says that he had the experience of Baptism in the Holy Spirit. After war service, his father had become a pastor.  He was the founder of the International Ministry of Christ for all Nations (CfaN) with offices in the United States, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Czech Republic, United Kingdom, Nigeria, South Africa, Singapore, Australia, and Hong Kong. The ministry has recorded more than 77 million documented decisions for Jesus Christ.

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