In 1974, an evangelistic organization was born out of an unknown preacher's desire to reach the people of Africa for the Lord. Only 100 people showed up to the first event hosted in Gaberones, Botswana, but news of physical healings that happened during the crusade spread across the city. By the time the final meeting rolled around, Reinhard Bonnke preached to a packed stadium, and thousands came forward not only for healing but also for the salvation found in Jesus Christ and the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
The soul-winning dynamic of Christ for all Nations (CfaN) hasn't changed in 30 years, but the number of souls saved through the ministry has. More than 74 million have come to Christ in Africa through CfaN's efforts—and more than 6 million people attended a five-day crusade in Nigeria alone.
In 2011, Bonnke appointed 29-year-old Daniel Kolenda as his successor, and the ministry hasn't skipped a beat. But getting souls saved is only part of CfaN's mission, Kolenda says.
"What most people don't realize is that more than half of our effort and expense goes into the follow-up system—because Jesus did not say, 'Make converts,' but 'Make disciples of all nations,'" he says. "Our tested and true system prioritizes the discipleship of these new converts by connecting them with local churches that have been trained to follow up on every new believer. We have seen this marriage of discipleship and evangelism shake entire nations!"
Africa, of course, isn't CfaN's only focus. The ministry has held crusades in Malaysia, the Philippines, Indonesia, Singapore, India and South America. And beginning in September 2013, with Orlando, Fla., as its first host city, CfaN launched a schedule of crusades for the United States. The next stateside event is set for July 18 in Miami, Fla., and others are scheduled for Greensboro, N.C., and Long Island, N.Y., later this year.
In addition to holding many large-scale evangelistic crusades per year, Christ for all Nations is committed to training up a new generation of Holy Spirit-empowered soul winners. The ministry has published more than 190 million books in 104 languages, the majority of which have been given away free of charge. Christ for all Nations also conducts its School of Evangelism, Fire Conferences, online correspondence training and in-church personal evangelism training around the world. The ministry produces an internationally syndicated television program and has thousands of followers on Facebook.
Cleary, Bonnke's vision established years ago—to "plunder hell and populate heaven for Calvary's sake"—is still relevant today.
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