Tony Evans revealed that his late wife Lois Evans “saw a glimpse” of Heaven before her passing and asked supporters to continue praying for him as he grieves her death.
“So many of you prayed for my wife, so many of you sent cards, so many of you gave encouraging words,” Evans, who is the senior pastor at the Oak Cliff Fellowship Church in Dallas, Texas, said in a recent Instagram video.
Lois Evans passed away on Dec. 30 at the age of 70 after battling a rare form of cancer.
“It was a long journey,” Evans admitted. “While God didn’t give us exactly what we wanted, which was total healing of course, He did extend her life beyond what doctors said she had given the rare nature of this particular disease.”
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Evans said that the prayers of supporters sustained his family “through the ups and downs, through the struggles and stresses, through the pain.”
“It was a difficult season and life does hit us that way sometimes,” he acknowledged. “But I just want you to know what your prayers are doing for me now: They are keeping me strong. I still trust God. I don’t always understand Him, but I do trust Him.”
“I choose to believe, even with the loss of Sister Evans, my precious wife of 49 and a half years, that He’s still good, He still knows what He’s doing … He’s still the God of my salvation and I will rejoice in Him. I want you to rejoice in Him too. And I want you to keep trusting and keep praying to Him.”
The pastor said his wife of nearly five decades “went home well.”
“As things got closer, she asked me to let her go because it was clear that it didn’t look like God was going to bring about the healing we wanted on this side,” he said.
“As she got closer to Heaven, she said, ‘They want to give me an award. They’re just waiting to play the song.’ She got a little glimpse of forever and even then was supported by your prayers.”
The founder of the Urban Alternative asked supporters to pray “for me, our family, and our ministry, that the Word of God would go forth stronger than ever.”
“When she got sick, she said to me, ‘Don’t let my illness stop the Word of God from going forth,’” Evans said of his wife. “That shows you what kind of woman she was, what kind of wife I had.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leah MarieAnn Klett