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How a street evangelist become Reinhard Bonnke’s successor

World-renowned German Pentecostal evangelist Reinhard Bonnke (R), with his successor, Daniel Kolenda (L). Courtesy Photo.

A young man who gave his life to Christ at age 6, started massive open-air evangelistic campaigns at age 16,  knocking on doors and witnessing to anyone who would listen, is today successor to world-renowned Pentecostal evangelist Reinhard Bonnke.

Reinhard Bonnke,77, passed the leadership torch of his international ministry, Christ for all Nations (cfan), to missionary evangelist Daniel Kolenda during his “farewell” crusade in Lagos, Nigeria recently.

Why Daniel Kolenda?

Christ for all Nations  (cfan) describes Daniel as a gifted, fifth-generation preacher whose ministry is marked by a powerful evangelistic anointing and incredible miracles after the model of Jesus; preaching, teaching and healing.

“He carries the same anointing, but he also carries the classic evangelistic message of how I would define evangelism. I can see that it would be a continuation.” Bonnke said in 2011, as he announced his plan to step down as head of CfAN “I have tested and tried him and found him to be the right man.”

Passing the touch

Kolenda’s full inauguration and anointing ceremony happened in front of everyone in Nigeria, 13th November 2017.

“The Lord specifically told me that He has appointed and anointed Daniel Kolenda as my successor,” Bonnke said, according to TheNewsGuru, an online news outlet in Nigeria.

After this, Bonnke took to his Facebook page to share that;

“I am praying for Evangelist Daniel Kolenda and his wife Rebekka to keep carrying the glorious Gospel with CfaN into the future. (Acts 13:2+3) Let it be known, that with him, the anointed is appointed,”

“We will build on the foundation that has been laid by Evangelist Bonnke and the CfaN team and God will do even greater things in the days to come. As Evangelist Bonnke often says, ‘Nothing diminishes in God.’ I believe that,” Evangelist Daniel Kolenda said. “God has spoken to me about a ‘Decade of Double Harvest’ that we are now stepping into. We will take that baton of the Gospel and run with all our might. The best is yet to come.”

‘Our relationship has been an organic one’

Here is how he [Daniel] put it:

“I started out in the ministry of Christ for All Nations working in the warehouse. I was pastoring a church. I have just planted it. And I needed to support my family financially.

“And evangelist Bonnke found me working in the offices in Orlando. And he invited me to travel with him as an assistant. And so I was just following him around the world and helping him in whatever way I could help. And then I went to one of the great Gospel crusades in Africa. And when I saw the great multitudes of people being saved it changed my life.

“And I knew that I couldn’t do anything else other than evangelism. I left the ministry of Christ for All Nations and I started my own evangelistic ministry. And then later evangelist Bonnke invited me to come back and minister at his side. As evangelist Bonnke described our relationship has been an organic one. We’ve seen how the Lord has brought us to this place where we are today and we work very well together.”

Kolenda has been under the guidance of Bonnke for around a decade, according to CBN News.  He graduated from Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida and the Brownsville Revival School of Ministry in Pensacola.

According to the Christ for all Nations website, Kolenda’s “greatest education has come from the years of ministry side-by-side with his mentor and spiritual father Evangelist Reinhard Bonnke.”

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