A memorial service honoring the life of Christian apologist Ravi Zacharias will be livestreamed on Facebook and YouTube on Friday with tributes from Passion Movement founder Louie Giglio, Tim Tebow and others.
Zacharias, who died of a rare form of cancer on May 19 at age 74, was ordained by the Christian and Missionary Alliance and founded Ravi Zacharias International Ministries in 1984.
He later launched an apologetics training center in 2017. Zacharias also had a weekly radio program called “Let My People Think” that was carried by an estimated 2,000 outlets in more than 30 countries.
“Ravi Zacharias spent the past 48 years traveling the world to commend the Christian faith and address life’s greatest existential questions of origin, meaning, morality, and destiny with eloquence and grace for a variety of audiences,” RZIM said in its announcement about the memorial service that will broadcast at 11 a.m. Eastern time.
“Through his founding and leadership of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, Ravi launched a global team of nearly 100 Christian scholars and authors who continue to speak, resource, train, and address the questions of millions around the world.”
According to the announcement, a memorial message will be given by Giglio and musical artists Matt Redman and Lecrae will perform. Others who will give tributes include Brooklyn Tabernacle Senior Pastor Jim Cymbala and RZIM President Michael Ramsden.
On March 12, Zacharias announced that doctors discovered a malignant tumor of the sacrum called sarcoma a few weeks after he underwent back surgery. The sacrum is a shield-shaped, bony structure located at the base of the lumbar vertebrae and is connected to the pelvis.
After undergoing chemotherapy in an attempt to shrink the tumor, Sarah Davis, the CEO of RZIM and Zacharias’ eldest daughter, announced earlier this month that the area where the cancer was had metastasized even though chemotherapy shrunk the tumor.
“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 said.
She added that her parents left M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, to return home so her father could spend the remainder of his time on Earth with his family in Atlanta, Georgia.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Melissa Barnhart