A historic night – Lagos, Nigeria Day 5
Reinhard Bonnke’s Farewell to Africa – and a new season begins
Surely, when Reinhard Bonnke arrived in Africa in 1967, an unknown young preacher with a vision, he could never have imagined what his final sermon on African soil would be like, 50 years later. Tonight was that night, and this historic campaign meeting began with Reverend John Darku thanking all the bishops and leaders who served on dozens of committees to make this happen.
Then, with the joyful sounds of heartfelt worship still ringing in our ears, Evangelist Reinhard Bonnke stepped forward to preach to his last African audience, a great crowd of 750,000 people. It was an emotional, memorable moment for all those who have stood with his ministry for the last 50 years. From Luke 20:19-25, Reinhard spoke on the challenge Jesus answered so well; “Give Caesar what belongs to Caesar and give God what belongs to God.” The Evangelist showed how the devil tries to destroy God’s image in us with sin, alcohol, drugs and addictions – but through salvation, God’s image is restored in us. As he gave the altar call for salvation, thousands upon thousands of hands went up, and the counselors rallied to help the new converts.
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Evangelist Daniel Kolenda then gave a short teaching from Acts 3:1-7, about the frustration of the lame man who had prayed so long for healing, and encouraged those who have been equally patient, to keep their faith in Jesus and trust for a miracle.
With the crowd rejoicing at the evidence of God’s power and grace, Daniel then asked for 2 large boxes to be brought on stage. Inside them were prayer requests that were sent to CfaN offices around the world. Together with the pastors, the leaders and the crowd, Daniel prayed for God’s intervention, healing and blessing.
Finally, Evangelist Reinhard Bonnke returned to the stage to pray for Nigeria. He blessed the president, vice-president and the government on all levels. He prayed against poverty, for education for the children, peace and stability, against youth unemployment, for god-fearing leaders, foreign investment and freedom from corruption.
Over the five days, a total of 1.7 million people attended this historic event. It was a great climax tonight, both in attendance and impact. Hundreds of evangelists, pastors, leaders and business men from around the world joined us, to see Evangelist Reinhard Bonnke cross the finish line of his public ministry in Africa. They also witnessed Daniel Kolenda carrying the torch for CfaN, heading into a new season - a Decade of Double Harvest. We want to double the number of people ushered into local churches, from 75 million to 150 million in one decade. And it has begun!
You can revisit the event on the Video Channel.