Personal message from Evangelist Daniel Kolenda
Just one day after Evangelist Reinhard Bonnke went home to be with Jesus, his successor, Evangelist Daniel Kolenda recorded this personal video, speaking directly to the CfaN mission partners. Daniel speaks about Reinhard Bonnke's wisdom in looking to the next generation years ago, when he was still at the pinnacle of his ministry, and also of our great sense of loss.
Holy Spirit Night
Day 3 Highlights
This highlights video from the third day of the CfaN Gospel Campaign in Ado-Ekiti captures the power and joy of Holy Spirit Night, when Evangelist Daniel Kolenda preaches on the baptism in the Holy Spirit to a crowd of hundreds of thousands. In a deeply moving moment, Daniel Kolenda informs the crowd of Reinhard Bonnke's passing, and prays for Nigeria.
Message from Daniel Kolenda
Dear Mission Partners,
The third night of our campaign here in Ado Ekiti, Nigeria has just come to a close. The last few days here have been amazing. The power of God is moving and multitudes have been touched. However, as you might imagine, today has been marked by one extraordinary event.
This day will go down in history as the day one of God’s greatest generals went home. When I woke up this morning, I had no idea that my day would end with such a whirlwind of emotion. I have both deep sorrow and great joy. Sorrow because Reinhard Bonnke was more than a great man, powerful preacher and influential leader. To me, he was like a father and one of my dearest friends. The Apostle Paul tells us that such gifts in our life are incredibly rare. “Even if you had ten thousand guardians in Christ, you do not have many fathers…” (1 Corinthians 4:15). The sense of loss I feel in this moment is profound. But I am so happy that Evangelist Bonnke has finally entered his eternal reward. He is now with the One that he loved so much and that he lived his whole life to please. I am sure that all of heaven is rejoicing.
I was not at his side when Evangelist Bonnke passed away earlier today. Instead, I am on the other side of the world. But I can think of no greater way to honor one of the greatest evangelists that has ever lived, than laboring here in Africa, preaching the Gospel and leading multitudes into the arms of Jesus. Tonight, when I informed the huge crowd about Evangelist Bonnke’s passing, they were visibly and audibly moved with emotion. Many of them can still remember when Reinhard Bonnke came to this same city more than a decade ago. The love for Bonnke in Africa is unparalleled. He left an indelible mark on this continent and we are still walking down the trail he forged over many years of faithful preaching of the Gospel.
Just a few days ago, I was preaching in Orlando about that great cloud of witnesses we read about in Hebrews 12. Today Evangelist Bonnke has joined that mighty host. I’m sure he has a seat of honor among them. And from heaven’s grandstand he is cheering us on. We must continue to run with patience the race set before us until we all meet again at the feet of Jesus.
Yesterday our ministry celebrated “Founders Day” – 45 years since Evangelist Bonnke started the ministry of Christ for all Nations. Today we celebrate his homegoing. What an amazing and remarkable legacy of harvest he leaves behind.
My phone has been blowing up with texts, emails and phone calls from so many of you giving your condolences. Thank you all so much for your love and prayers. Please continue to stand with us. The work is not finished and the harvest is still plentiful. The best is yet to come!
Yours in the Gospel,
Evangelist Daniel Kolenda
Together with the whole CfaN team
Pictures by O. Volyk
Highlights from Day 2
The second day of the CfaN Ado-Ekiti Gospel Campaign began with the Fire Conference, where hundreds of pastors and church leaders received teaching and inspiration. In this highlights video, you will also hear Daniel Kolenda preaching, extending the invitation to the crowd to receive Jesus as their savior.
Day 1 Highlights
Watch this short video of highlights from the first day of the Ado-Ekiti Gospel Campaign. You’ll get a sense of the atmosphere, the hunger for God, and the joy. Along with a short excerpt of Evangelist Daniel Kolenda’s preaching, you will also see moments from the testimonies, when those who have received a miracle come up to testify to the crowd.
She was deaf since birth in her left ear. She can hear now and Daniel tests her hearing on stage. She can hear, but not as good as the right, so Daniel prays that the left ear hears even better.
She couldn't bend for 2 weeks due to pain, but has no more pain now.
Daniel Kolenda’s Arrival
Last night, CfaN’s Gospel Campaign started in Ado-Ekiti Nigeria. We’ve been praying for a wonderful result there, for many thousands to come to Jesus, and for the entire region to be shaken by the power of the Gospel.
We can’t wait to hear what God is doing there! And of course, we’ll be updating you throughout the campaign, with videos, photos and testimonies every day. Please make sure you don’t miss out on anything, by checking in with our campaign blog every day. Your spirit will be uplifted and your faith strengthened, as you see God’s power in action there.
Right now, we want to share our anticipation with you, through this video of the team’s arrival in Ado-Ekiti, including Evangelist Daniel Kolenda and Rev. Peter Vandenberg meeting with the press and the local traditional leaders.
Please keep praying for Daniel and the team, as they preach and pray for the sick. We are believing God for a mighty wind to blow through Ado-Ekiti, in Jesus’ name.
With you in Jesus,
Your CfaN International team
My donation for the campaign in Ado-Ekiti
Mother with young son. He couldn't turn his left leg. He also had stomach ache, which is gone now too.
Daniel starts his message and reads from Romans 10:13. "Everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved."
John introduces Peter on stage. Peter starts preaching his message, 'First steps in receiving the power of God' and reads from Ezekiel 37:1-10; the valley of dry bones.
One more day, then we will start our Gospel Campaign
Arrived safely at Ado-Ekiti. Ready to start offloading and setting up our equipment.
Diesel quality was terrible this time. The diesel filter was full of dirt, so we had to change the filter to get the engine working again.
We’re sleeping on the road in the heart of Nigeria tonight. Tomorrow we should make it to our destination.
Like always, we started with a prayer meeting this morning with Winfried Wentland and the CfaN team. Powerful!
5 – 8 December 2019
Ado-Ekiti is the capital of Ekiti state in southwestern Nigeria. It lies in the Yoruba Hills, east of Ibadan. It was founded by the Ekiti people, a subgroup of the Yoruba.
The urban area of Ado-Ekiti is estimated to be home to around 465,000 people. This does not account for the enormous agricultural areas surrounding the town, where many thousands more live and farm.
Trade and Commerce
Ado-Ekiti it the urban and industrial hub for the region. Thanks to the people having a long-standing tradition of cotton weaving, it became the site of a large textile mill in 1967. The town also produces shoes and pottery and is a collecting point for commercial crops such as cocoa and timber. Crops such as yams, cassava, maize, rice, and fruits are marketed locally.
Ado-Ekiti has a typical tropical savannah climate, with distinct wet and dry seasons. Winter is much drier than Summer, but it is still hot and humid.
This area has not been significantly affected by colonisation, so the local traditions and hierarchies are strong. There is a local king, known as the Ewi of Ado-Ekiti. People here are very proud of their local culture, and regard the “Ado Calendar” as starting in 1300 AD, when the kingdom was first formed.
The most common religions in the area are Christianity and Islam, but there is also a strong tradition of animism/paganism.