Former NFL star Tim Tebow has paid an emotional tribute to Christian speaker Ravi Zacharias, as it was this week announced that his cancer is incurable.
America’s highest profile Christian athlete stated on Instagram, “Just wanted to share this message in regards to my good friend and a hero of the faith, @ravizacharias. A couple of things, please join me in prayer for Ravi and his family as he battles this fight against cancer.
“Also, if Ravi has touched your life or inspired you along the way, I would love for you to share your story in the comments. I hope to be able to deliver your comments to Ravi and his team to encourage them in this time.”
Louie Giglio commented on Tebow’s post, stating, “Verified. I feel you. Devastated. Heartbroken. Grateful.”
Judah Smith, pastor of Churchome, the church Justin Bieber attends in los Angeles, said, “Thank you for this! I have never met Ravi but his words have affected me so deeply.”
Just this week, Christine Caine posted a similar video, stating how Ravi’s preaching had impacted her ministry and also the importance of telling people what you think of them while they are still around to hear it.
Just three months ago, the author of numerous Christian books and founder and chairman of the board of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, announced that he had serious back issues and after struggling following two previous surgeries, was going in for further surgery.
The host of radio programs ‘Let My People Think’ and ‘Just Thinking’ released a statement in late February this year asking for prayer. “I seldom go to any lengths to talk about personal challenges but am making an exception because I know you will pray for me—and for my family and the team,” he stated.
While his healing was taking longer than expected, his wife, Margie, put it down to the fact that he was 18 years older now than when he had his previous back surgery, thus the healing would take more time.
However, it turned out that the severe pain was more sinister, with him announcing that he in fact had cancer. While he and his family have asked for prayer, the latest diagnosis is that his cancer is malignant.
Ravi’s daughter and the CEO Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, Sarah Davies, said in a statement to staff and supporters: “Thank you so much for your faithful prayers for my dad and for my family in recent months as he has undergone back surgery and treatment for cancer. Truly, words fail to convey the depths of our gratitude for your many expressions of love.
“We have just learned that while the tumor in my dad’s sacrum has been responding to the chemotherapy, the area where the cancer metastasized has actually worsened. 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.