An Update on My Health: Starting Chemotherapy

A personal update from Ravi Zacharias

Dear Friends,

I wanted to take a moment to thank you for all your support and encouragement the past few weeks. It truly cannot be gainsaid how grateful Margie and I are for your love and prayers.

As we previously shared with you, during my recent back surgery, the surgeon spotted something that concerned him enough to take a biopsy and the biopsy revealed that I had cancer.

Our doctors in Atlanta were initially concerned that I couldn’t start cancer treatment until fully healing from the back surgery. However, since then we have been able to consult with doctors at the renowned MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. Truly God did a miracle in getting me here, literally a day or two just before they had to close to treating any patients outside of Texas. My doctor, a Sarcoma specialist, feels confident in starting a regimen of chemotherapy and we have begun that. Since this treatment is coinciding with the COVID-19 pandemic, I will remain here in Houston for the next few months until I finish the chemotherapy treatment. I am so grateful that both Margie and Naomi can be here with me. God has given me the best doctor, and I look forward to gradually seeing this disease mend.

The Bible assures us that at all times God is with us. He is our comforter; He is our healer. He is our physician; He is our provider. He knows better than we do. While some nights have been painful, my heart has been at rest that this is all God’s plan. I want to get better; I want to be well. I want to be in his will and honoring to Him.

Certainly, it is too soon to begin making plans to speak and travel—due to my treatment progress and the uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus—but my doctors here are eager to extend my active ministry and I believe God still has more for me to do. I will serve the Lord from here whether on my back or on my feet. I look forward to being back in his service. And as our team also serves the Lord with me, we will help to make this world a better place as God enables and by his grace. I am so grateful to be seeing many of my colleagues from around the world now speaking and ministering online and am grateful for all they continue to do during this season. I have often said only God could have put this team together, and I believe that more than ever as I see all that He is enabling them to do and to minister in a time such as this.

Please continue to stand with us. We need you more than ever. We are grateful for you, our brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ. And we do not take your prayers for granted. Our prayers are for you in these challenging times. I have come to know that the greatest family on earth is the family of God. If there is any way we can serve you, please let us know.

I will close with this poem. One of my colleagues from our Austrian office reminded me of this poem by Annie Johnson Flint that I have often quoted. The words and truths for us are beautiful as ever.

"He giveth more grace when the burdens grow greater,

He sendeth more strength when the labors increase,

To added affliction, He addeth His mercy,

To multiplied trials, He multiplies peace.

When we have exhausted our store of endurance,

When our strength has failed ere the day is half-done,

When we reach the end of our hoarded resources,

Our Father’s full giving is only begun.

His love has no limit, His grace has no measure,

His power no boundary known unto men,

For out of His infinite riches in Jesus,

He giveth and giveth and giveth again."

God Bless You,

Ravi

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