Ravi Zacharias, Ministry Team Say Preliminary Goodbyes to Cancer-Stricken Nabeel Qureshi

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Itinerants at the annual Ravi Zacharias International Ministries team meeting pray over apologist Nabeel Qureshi, who was diagnosed with advanced stomach cancer in 2016.

Christian apologist Ravi Zacharias and his international ministry team recently said their “preliminary” goodbyes to one of their own, best-selling author Nabeel Qureshi, who recently announced that tests have revealed his advanced stomach cancer has metastasized and there is little hope for survival.

Qureshi, a former Ahmadiyya Muslim who converted to Christianity and served as a speaker for Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, revealed last summer that he was diagnosed with stage IV stomach cancer and only had about a 4 percent chance of surviving the next five years.

Even though Qureshi reported last November that something “remarkable” happened and doctors could no longer find the large tumor in his stomach, Qureshi declared earlier this month that the radiation didn’t work and the tumor was still there. Additionally, he said the cancer had spread to more lymph nodes which means he’s no longer a candidate for surgery.

“This is about the worst news we’ve received since we were first diagnosed,” the 34-year-old husband and father said in a video blog. “And the cancer is now worse.”

In a blog post published on his ministry’s website Monday, the 71-year-old Zacharias revealed that he was recently with Qureshi when he spoke in Malaysia. When they returned from Malaysia, Qureshi asked if he could attend the RZIM annual itinerant team meeting because he “viewed us as family.”

“I was torn by the request because with each passing day, he was hanging on by a more slender thread,” Zacharias wrote. “The last thing I wanted to happen was for his final breath to be taken while he was away from his precious wife and daughter. But he was confident he would be fine to make the trip.”

At the meeting, Qureshi gave an address on the opening morning.

“He told us that the doctors have given up hope and that there will be no surgical intervention (which was to have happened only if the chemo and radiation had worked),” Zacharias explained.

“Medicine feels it has done all it can. It has been the privilege of RZIM to cover Nabeel’s medical expenses and carry him and his family through this entire treatment since the discovery of the cancer,” he added. “RZIM’s generous donors have been more than willing to help us bear the financial cost, which is small in comparison to the emotional and physical agony — to say nothing of the shock of it all — that he and his family are facing.”

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SOURCE: The Christian Post
Samuel Smith