Ravi Zacharias Announces Cancer Diagnosis

Ravi Zacharias addressed the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Dallas in 2018. BP file photo

ALPHARETTA, Ga. (BP) — Ravi Zacharias, 73-year-old Christian apologist and evangelist, announced through Facebook that he has been diagnosed with a rare cancer called Sarcoma after doctors discovered a malignant tumor on his sacrum.

In his post, Zacharias explained that the tumor was discovered when he underwent back surgery. Treatment for the tumor will not begin until Zacharias is fully recovered from back surgery. Speaking plans have been postponed until the summer.

“We are trusting the Lord in this, and we believe we have already seen evidence of His hand,” Zacharias said in his post. “For example, the tumor did not show up on any previous scans and was only discovered by my surgeon identifying it during surgery.”

Ruth Malhotra, public relations manager at Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM), said the organization is grateful for the support shown to Zacharias and the team at this time.

“The heartfelt prayers being offered and kind messages pouring in from around the world are a tremendous source of encouragement to Ravi and Margie and our entire global team,” Malhotra said.

RZIM is a team of apologists, evangelists, humanitarian workers and Christian teachers. Members of the RZIM team have begun to step in to help as Zacharias is off the road, Malhotra noted.

“RZIM’s team includes nearly 100 speakers who are deployed all over the world at any given moment,” Malhotra said. “God has blessed RZIM with what Ravi has repeatedly called ‘a deep bench,’ and our speaking team has risen to the challenge by stepping in for Ravi on key speaking engagements since he underwent emergency back surgery last month.”

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Source: Baptist Press