Reinhard Bonnke, the celebrated German evangelist, has died at the age of 79, according to a post on his official Facebook page. During his more than 60 years of preaching, Bonnke was best known for his work with the Great Gospel Crusades throughout Africa.

Bonnke said that he became born-again at the age of nine. His father had also been a preacher. Bonnke, a native of Königsberg, East Prussia, Germany, attended Bible College in the Welsh city of Swansea. In one biography, Bonnke said that he made his first missionary trip to Africa before he was 13 years of age.

That profile says that it was well Bonnke was in Lesotho, a country surrounded on all sides by South Africa, “God placed upon his heart the vision of ‘the continent of Africa, being washed in the precious Blood of Jesus.” In 1984, Bonnke commissioned the construction of the largest mobile tent that was capable of holding 34,000 people. During his life, Bonnke oversaw the conversion of 77 million people to Christianity.

Here’s what you need to know:

1. Bonnke ‘Passed Away Peacefully, Surrounded by His Family’

Reindhard Bonnke Wife Anni
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Bonnke and his wife pictured in November 2019.
The statement on his Facebook page first appeared around 8:30 a.m. EST on December 7.

The Death of Evangelist Reinhard Bonnke & his final recorded video to Evangelist Ankit Rambabu2019-12-07T17:49:14.000Z
The statement reads in part, “It is with sorrow that the Bonnke Family would like to announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, and grandfather, Evangelist Reinhard Bonnke. He passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, on December 7, 2019.

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