Rheinhard Bonkke - "The Billy Graham of Africa"

Rheinhard Bonnke, the man the New York Times dubbed "The Billy Graham of Africa", died in December 2019 aged 79. I was saddened to hear of his death, but rejoice in his life well lived.

The statistics that arise from his ministry over 50+ years are staggering. His vision, that was birthed soon after arriving in southern Africa, was:

"The continent of Africa, being washed in the precious Blood of Jesus."

That's right - he didn't just believe in a town or a city, or even a nation coming to know Jesus, but the whole continent! Now that's a GOD vision!

By the time of his death, it is estimated that in excess of 78 million people gave their hearts to Jesus as a direct result of his ministry.

Rose and I had the privilege of hearing Rheinhard speak at the 2005 Hillsong Conference. His passion for the lost was as genuine as it was infectious. I have no doubt Rheinhard has heard those precious words from Jesus, "Well done, good and faithful servant" (Matthew 25:21).

We are not all as gifted an evangelist as Rheinhard, yet we are all called to "do the work of an evangelist" (2 Timothy 4:5). We all have circles of influence that potentially are untouched by other Christians. This is why we all have a role to play in sharing our faith with those around us.

Perhaps you are the only person that can plant the seed that yields salvation for that individual?

Perhaps you are a part of a succession of different people who speak into the life of someone, that may just bring them to faith?

Perhaps your story can not only change a person's life but just possibly their eternal destiny?

Sometimes you may discover the impact of your faithfulness in reaching out to others. Sometimes you won't know until you stand before Jesus.

May I encourage you << Test First Name >> - step out, be courageous and share your faith - in love.

God bless,

Tim Connelly

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