Ravi Zacharias receives grim prognosis on cancer battle; scheduled visit to Nagaland cancelled
Eastern Mirror Desk
Dimapur, May 11 (EMN): Renowned Christian apologist Ravi Zacharias, who has been battling a rare form of cancer of the spine, has received a dire prognosis.
Zacharias’ daughter and CEO of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM) Sarah Davis informed about her father’s condition in an update on the RZIM website.
“We have just learned that while the tumour in my dad’s sacrum has been responding to the chemotherapy, the area where the cancer metastasized has actually worsened. His oncologist informed us that this cancer is very rare in its aggression and that no options for further treatment remain. Medically speaking, they have done all they are able,” Davis wrote.
An official from RZIM Nagaland, who wished not to be named, informed that Zacharias was scheduled to visit Nagaland in February this year, but his trip had to be cancelled because he was unwell. “Because of this situation, no one really knows what will happen but still there will be RZIM events,” he said.
Regarding Zacharias’ health, he added, “unfortunately the prognosis is pretty bad and humanly and medically speaking, he is in his last stage and nothing can be done.”
The family will be returning to Atlanta after his latest medical visit to MD Anderson Cancer Centre in Houston. Davis indicated that his medical treatments are at an end, and the family will cherish whatever time they have left with him. “After many weeks of separation, our family is anxious to spend time together,” Davis said.
“We know that God has purposed and numbered each of our days, and only He knows how many more Ravi will experience on this Earth. One day, likely sooner than later, we will be serving without our beloved founder, though I know his love and legacy will convict and inspire us to service of his Lord even greater than we have seen before. While we are full of so many emotions, we are also at peace, resting in the truth that God knows all, sees all, and is sovereign and good. I think of the great joy my dad will have and I am comforted,” Davis wrote.
Zacharias founded his international apologetics ministry RZIM in 1984. At 74, he remains widely sought after for his eloquent answers to life’s biggest questions. He has been a prolific author, debater, and academic throughout his life.