Embracing the heavenly vision
One of the things I loved and admired about Evangelist Reinhard Bonnke was that he was a visionary. He was a forward-looking and forward-thinking man. On more than one occasion, I remember Reinhard, while preaching a sermon, stopping mid-sentence, turning toward me sitting on the front row, pointing his finger at me and saying in a commanding tone, “Daniel, you are not to become the custodian of my legacy. Preach the Gospel!” That was his admonition to me.
What he was saying – and what he did say many times – was that this was not about his name or his legacy. It wasn’t about building some kind of monument to him. Although we love Reinhard Bonnke and we never want to forget the extraordinary way his life impacted our generation, we honour him most by pressing forward with the same spirit that characterised his life, which was embracing the heavenly vision for the sake of souls.
And so, I think it is very appropriate here, by way of tribute to Reinhard, to talk about the future of the ministry he founded and invested his life into. Reinhard has passed on, but this is not the end – we are just getting started!
A Decade of Double Harvest
In 1987 (for the purpose of our local Church follow-up system) Christ for all Nations began tracking the individual new converts being saved in our crusades. Thirty years later (in 2017) the ministry reached a 75-million milestone. That’s when the Lord began to clearly speak to me about a “Decade of Double Harvest.” In other words, if we would grab hold of this word by faith, we could see the number of people saved double from 75 million in the first thirty years to 150 million in the next ten!
Now, if you think 150 million souls sounds incredible, I don’t blame you. Admittedly, these are massive numbers. But believe it or not, these numbers were not even the most exciting part of what the Lord showed me. I believe that, in this next decade, God will use CfaN to spark the greatest movement of world evangelism in history. Thousands of men and women like Reinhard Bonnke will arise and preach this Gospel throughout the world before Jesus returns. Hallelujah!
Holy Spirit Multiplication
You might ask, “How is this possible? Do you plan to conduct larger campaigns than ever? Or more campaigns than ever?” The answer to that is actually, “Yes.” We will conduct more campaigns this year than ever before. Also, I do believe we are going to see the largest campaigns we have ever seen. Even this coming year, I believe the campaigns in Africa will go to a new level; and there are some really exciting things happening on that front. But what’s more – and this is really what I want to tell you about – the Lord showed me that these results would come, not simply through addition, but by multiplication. We are going to multiply by training, equipping and launching thousands of evangelists. In fact, we’ve already been doing this on a small scale for the last couple years; and the results we’ve seen have been astonishing.
Our strategy for multiplying the harvest is multi-faceted, but just as an example: In Africa, our talented team of world-class technicians has built a fleet of custom-made, mobile campaign units – affectionately known as “Gospel Trucks.” They are designed to give our evangelists a platform in places we could never reach with our mass campaigns. They preach in villages, markets, schools, prisons, orphanages and street corners – basically anywhere and everywhere. These outreaches happen strategically for several weeks leading up to one of our massive Gospel campaigns.
Our mobile campaign trucks are in the field before the main Gospel Campaign, with teams of evangelists conducting outreaches anywhere and everywhere. A clear salvation call is given, and the sick are prayed for, with many wonderful miracles demonstrating the power of the Gospel.
In Nakuru, Kenya, more than a third of the population of the entire city showed up to our last night of meetings there. It was awesome! But even before I arrived, for 7 weeks leading up to the campaign, we had a small team of evangelists on the ground preaching the Gospel. They conducted up to 32 outreaches per day. Over those 7 weeks prior to the campaign, they ministered in 611 outreaches and lead more than 200,000 people to Christ!
I believe the days are coming when more people will be saved before the campaigns than during them – not because the campaigns are small, but because there is such a movement of evangelism swirling around the campaigns that they actually become the catalyst for something even greater than themselves.
The Nakuru outreach was just one of many such pre-campaign outreaches we have done over the last two years in many different cities and countries including Lomé in Togo, as well as Ogbomosho, Port Harcourt and Abeokuta in Nigeria. We’ve already trained and launched a couple dozen evangelists for this “Double Harvest” multiplication strategy and hundreds of thousands of souls have been saved as a result – but that was just the “beta test!” Now, in 2020, the Decade of Double Harvest strategy begins in earnest.
Our teams of evangelists preach in village squares, prisons, hospitals and markets – wherever we can get permission to go. Hundreds of thousands have been saved in these outreaches, and each one is funnelled into a local church.