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EVANGELISM BY FIRE
We speak to evangelist extraordinaire REINHARD BONNKE to
find out how his prayer of “please Lord, make me useable” has borne
incredible fruit for the Kingdom of God.
einhard Bonnke is a world-renowned evangelist
with a passion for the Gospel. Through his work
as the co-founder of Christ for all Nations (CfaN),
he has preached to millions of people in Africa
alone, and has shared the good news of Jesus to
some 55 million people since the start of the
In this interview with Champions, the charismatic
preacher shares more about his life and how his love
for God grows stronger each day.
You have been used powerfully by God in
evangelism for more than 40 years, what is
I did not pray “please Lord, use me”, but “please
Lord, make me useable”. He then took the hammer
and chisel, and stroke after stroke, released the image
of Jesus in me. Then, the River of God began to burst
When and how did you receive your call to Africa?
One day when we were at home, my brother left high
school and our father asked him: “What do you want
to do with your life?” Martin said: “I want to study
Natural Sciences.” He did so.
When my turn came, I prayed. Suddenly a realisation
struck me: what our hands create will someday turn
to ashes, all of it. But with my mortal hands I can
build God’s eternal Kingdom, and with my mortal
lips I can preach the eternal Gospel. In my mortality
I could be eternally effective. I was shaken and
replied to my father: “I want to do the will of God”.
And God sent me to Africa.
Who were some of your early mentors?
Ever since I was young, I have had numerous mentors
and fathers in Christ who helped me to understand
the Word of God, but the most outstanding to me
was the late George Canty from the UK. He taught
me things that I never knew.
How do you keep your passion burning in your
pursuit of God?
The fire of the Lord never needs fuel. “Our God is
a consuming fire” (Hebrews 12:29). It keeps our
passion paired with compassion. The flame of the
eternal Spirit of God never flickers or diminishes.
Moses saw the bush burning and not petering out.
The undying flame leaped into Moses’s heart, and
1,400 years later rested on the heads of the 120 first
disciples on the day of Pentecost. It burns on today
as bright as ever, igniting the hearts of millions.
There must have been many challenges and
setbacks in the early days of your life and
ministry. How did you overcome them?
There may be dark nights, challenges and setbacks,
but a man of faith has no reverse gear. When Paul
wrote at Ephesus that “a great door for effective work
has opened to me” (1 Corinthians 16:9), he was talking
about fruitful ground. These doors are still open and
these are doors that no devil or man can shut.
How do you deal with failures?
Human failures need not be final. Jesus crossed
through our minus and turned it at Calvary into a
plus — negative into positive and hell into heaven.
Rev. Bonnke rejoices
with a young man who
received healing at a
crusade in Nigeria, 2005.
Sharing God’s word with
thousands in Lagos,
C R O S S I N G B O U N DA R I E S
praying for people
at a crusade in
Is there a story that people often ask you to tell?
As a young man I graduated from Bible College in
Wales and was ready to return home to Germany.
Passing through London, I wanted to do some
sightseeing. Because I could not join an organised
tour due to a lack of money, I bought a day ticket for
all the public buses in London.
I crisscrossed London, changing buses, and
thought I needed to stretch my legs. I walked into
a beautiful suburb when suddenly I had a shock.
I saw a nameplate on a house with the name