Reinhard Bonnke

Africa shall be saved!

Evangelist Reinhard Bonnke founded Christ for all Nations (CfaN) in 1974. Before that, he served as a missionary in the African nation, Lesotho, for several years. His deep and passionate desire to reach all of Africa with the Good News of Jesus Christ originated in a God-given vision that declared, “Africa shall be saved!” Several confirmations of the vision consolidated the powerful call on Reinhard’s life. From that day, his only goal was to reach Africa with the Good News of the Gospel “from Cape Town to Cairo.” For the next 40 years, Evangelist Bonnke was president of the ministry he founded.

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Reinhard Bonnke


Reinhard Bonnke was born on 19 April 1940 in Königsberg, East Prussia, Germany the son of an army logistics officer. With his mother and siblings, he was taken to Denmark during the evacuation of East Prussia, and spent some years in a displaced persons centre. 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 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.

Bonnke studied at The Bible College of Wales in Swansea, where he was inspired by the director Samuel Rees Howells. In one meeting after Howells spoke of answered prayer, Bonnke prayed, "Lord, I also want to be a man of faith. I want to see your way of providing for needs." Passing through London, he had a chance meeting with the famous preacher George Jeffreys, who encouraged the young German student. After graduation, he pastored in Germany for seven years. He began his ministry in Africa, with which he is principally identified, preaching in Lesotho in 1967. He has subsequently held evangelical meetings across the continent. Bonnke met Anni Suelze at a gospel music festival, and admired the grace with which she recovered from a wrongly pitched music performance at the expense of losing the competition. He offered to preach at the church she attended one Sunday and fell in love with her. They married in 1964 and have three children and eight grandchildren. Bonnke's Autobiography, Living a Life of Fire is a collection of stories of his life including accounts of his childhood growing up during the Second World War and living in prison camps to his early years in ministry and how he believed God used him to bring the gospel of salvation to Africa.[