77-year-old German evangelist, Reinhard Bonnke, is returning to Lagos for a “farewell message” eight years after his last visit.
The crusade is expected to be the last international evangelical trip for the renowned preacher who has witnessed 75,913,155 decisions for Christ in over 200 countries.
The farewell crusade holds on November 8 at a large expanse of land close by Sparklight Estate, diagonally opposite OPIC Plaza, Isheri Osun, Lagos/Ibadan expressway.
An advance team is already in the country to prepare for the crusade that will also witness a three-day ministers’ conference where he is expected to pass on the torch.
Over 10 million people from neighbouring Ghana, Cameroun, Togo, Benin and Mali are expected to be part of the historic crusade.
Bonke says he is led by God to return to a country he visited eight years ago for his “farewell message.”
His choice of Nigeria (and Lagos for that matter) for what would be his “final fire” in Africa, according to the Christ for All Nations (CFaN) which runs his crusades, was by a spiritual leading to bring down God’s power on the nation’s economic hub.
His managers say he is ready to pass the “gospel torch” to God’s ministers in Africa with Nigeria as focal point.
The renowned evangelist is handing over to a younger generation of evangelists led by Daniel Kolenda.
According to Bonnke: “The Lord spoke to me that I should go back for one more crusade in Africa.
“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.”
CFaN officials led by its African Director, John Darku, say more 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 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 believes God for many thousands of pastors and evangelists from around the globe to be inspired to evangelism,” Darku explained.
Darku told newsmen 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, 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, Kolenda expressed optimism that the landmark crusade would transform the church in Nigeria and Africa.
“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 expressed the optimism that the Lagos crusade would be an explosion in line with God’s commission to Bonnke.
“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,” he says.
Apostle Alexander Bamgbola, who chairs the Central Working Committee of the Crusade, said all Christian groups will effectively participate and pray for the nation’s socio-political leadership and revival.
CFaN describes 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 Darku’s remarks, 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 also be saved, healed and delivered! As much as I am concerned, I am inviting the whole world.”