Reinhard Bonnke: The man who changed the face of Christianity in Africa

German-born evangelist Reinhard Bonnke, who attracted massive crowds in Africa during decades of preaching, is being mourned by millions of Christians across the continent following his death aged 79. Kenyan writer Jesse Masai looks back at his influence.

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Who was Reinhard Bonnke?

  • Born in 1940 in Königsberg, Germany
  • Founded Christ For All Nations (CFAN) mission organisation in 1974
  • CFAN claims Bonnke oversaw more than 79 million conversions to Christianity
  • Died on 7 December 2019
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People attend the speech of German pentecostal evangelist Reinhard Bonnke during his "farewell gospel crusade", on November 9, 2017
A vendor sells posters with photographs of German pentecostal evangelist Reinhard Bonnke and his successor Daniel Kolenda ahead of the "farewell gospel crusade" of Reinhard Bonnke, on November 9, 2017 in Lagos.