ORLANDO, FL — Christ for all Nations (CfaN) has just completed a landmark campaign, making history in mass evangelism. Over the past two weeks, the trailblazing ministry, led by Daniel Kolenda, has conducted 11 mass evangelistic campaigns in 11 different cities and districts across the nation of Zambia. These campaigns lasted 5 nights in each city for a total of 55 nights of massive evangelistic meetings in just a two-week period. During the initiative, which included a “Gospel Invasion” (in which evangelists trained by CfaN, flooded the streets and schools) the ministry recorded over 2.6 million in attendance and 1,040,720 documented conversions.
Crowds in some cities were so large and dense that on occasion barriers had to be removed for safety reasons. The masses were spilling out into busy highways, people were sitting on top of walls, on top of buildings, and even filling the branches of trees in the vicinity of the fields where the open-air meetings were taking place! Some people reported traveling for over thirty hours. Some made the journey by boat. Attendees were sleeping on the meeting grounds overnight because they had traveled from other towns and villages with no place to spend the night.
Christ for all Nations was founded by the world-renowned evangelist Reinhard Bonnke in 1975. In 2008 Bonnke handed the reigns of the ministry over to his successor Daniel Kolenda who has led the ministry ever since. Bonnke passed away at the end of 2019, but the ministry he founded is still gaining momentum nearly four years later—despite the pandemic and many other challenges. In fact, in the past, the ministry normally conducted 6 or 7 campaigns in a whole year. Now they have managed to conduct 11 campaigns in just two weeks. What’s more, over the last 38 months they have conducted 38 of these mass evangelistic campaigns, bringing the total number of conversions, documented by the ministry since 1987, close to the remarkable 90-million mark.
These astonishing milestones are part of a vision that Kolenda has been promoting for a “Decade of Double Harvest” in which the ministry aims to see 150 million people come to Christ by 2030. To achieve this vision, the ministry has been training a veritable army of evangelists, organizers, and technicians to multiply their reach many times over. The astonishing operation they have just completed in Zambia is proof of concept and the ministry says it is still just the beginning.
Kolenda’s nightly reports from the field have been filled with testimonies of remarkable miracles, demonstrating the power of God.
Among the accounts, a young girl with previously crippled legs took her first steps across the stage after prayer. A stroke survivor, previously bound to a wheelchair, experienced an astonishing healing, regaining the ability to walk unaided. A woman, blind for nearly a decade, was granted the gift of sight, awakening a sense of wonder, and restoring her connection with the world. A 17-year-old named Miriam, deaf since childhood, had her life transformed as her hearing was miraculously restored, eliciting a sense of awe among those in attendance. A woman plagued by a lump in her chest, impairing her breathing, experienced the miraculous disappearance of the lump and the restoration of her respiration after fervent prayer. These are just a few of the hundreds of healings witnessed by the crowds across Zambia during the two weeks of meetings.
In addition to the more than a million documented conversions and numerous reported miracles, the good news keeps coming in. For example, the CfaN team has received reports of witch doctors becoming Christians and drug addicts surrendering their drugs and paraphernalia. Zambian pastors have also reported large numbers of new converts attending their churches.
One of the most significant outcomes of this initiative is the way it is resulting in a multiplication of skilled evangelists, organizers, and technicians. Christ for all Nations has trained more than 1,200 individuals for this purpose since 2020 and hundreds of them are already on the mission field, many of them leading their own, newly established ministries. Just for this initiative in Zambia alone, nearly 200 graduates of the Bootcamp were involved. Some of them worked for months in the field to organize the 11 campaigns. In addition, most of the preachers themselves were graduates of the Bootcamp. This explains how the ministry was able to conduct 55 nights of meetings in two weeks.
In each of the 11 cities, a pair of CfaN Evangelism Bootcamp graduates carried the lion’s share of the ministry. Kolenda traveled each day to a new city and preached one night. This strategy allowed CfaN to maximize all resources. All their efforts (church mobilization, printing, advertising, transportation, technical, etc.) were leveraged to benefit all 11 cities (rather than just one) allowing them to conduct 11 crusades for nearly the same amount of money and time they formerly invested into a single event! Also, Kolenda’s name and the CfaN brand lended credibility to all the events in all the cities. But many other evangelists also gained invaluable experience and exposure that will certainly continue to bear fruit in their own ministries and in the world of evangelism for decades to come! It is true multiplication on every level!
Daniel Kolenda expressed his profound gratitude for the remarkable team that has worked for many years to make this historic multi-city event possible. Among those highlighted were Peter Vandenberg (who was the Vice President of the ministry and the right-hand man to Bonnke for nearly 40 years). As well as Bret and Silva Sipek, Jana Bielava, and Vojtech Trcka who were the main developers and organizers of what they call the “Operation Decapolis” strategy. In addition to the hundreds of CfaN team members and Bootcamp graduates working to make the event possible, there were also more than 97,000 Zambian volunteers. A true testament to the power of unity.
This most recent initiative exemplifies Christ for All Nations’ unwavering commitment to sharing the Gospel in Africa and multiplying laborers for the sake of a global harvest. By equipping and releasing a new generation of evangelists through initiatives like the CfaN Evangelism Bootcamp, Christ for All Nations is laboring to ensure that the transformative message of Jesus Christ reaches every corner of the globe.
To learn more about Christ for All Nations and their upcoming events, please visit www.CfaN.org.