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Popular Defender of the Christian Faith, Ravi Zacharias, Dies of Cancer

Renown Christian apologist, Ravi Zacharias has passed away, two months after he announced that he had cancer of the sacrum.
The popular author and Christian teacher was known for his work through Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM), which focused on apologetic arguments for the existence of God and the reasonableness of Christianity.

Ravi was born in India, a Hindu, but grew up as an atheist, until at age 17, while on his suicide bed, after he tried to take his life, he got saved, and would go on to live the rest of his life, defending the Christian faith

Ravi moved to the West, first settling in Canada, before getting his American citizenship. As a result, he was a citizen of three countries, India, Canada and the United States of America.

He married Margie, a Canadian, in 1972 and together, they had 3 children. They had recently celebrated their 48 years of marriage.
He preached in more than 70 countries and authored more than 30 books in his 48-year career, teaching Christians to engage with skeptics and arguing that the Christian worldview has robust answers to humanity’s existential questions.

Zacharias started his ministry with the Christian and Missionary Alliance (CMA). A graduate of Ontario Bible College (now Tyndale University) and Trinity International University, he was commissioned as a national evangelist for the United States in 1977 and ordained in the CMA in 1980. He founded RZIM in 1984, and the organization has grown to about 200 employees in 16 offices around the world, with more than 70 traveling speakers.

His best-selling book, Can Man Live Without God?, sold about 500,000 copies in 1995. His most recent book, The Logic of God: 52 Christian Essentials for the Heart and Mind, won the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association’s 2020 Christian book award in the Bible study category.

Ravi on his sick bed with his wife Margie, on their 48th anniversary.

A statement by Ravi’s daughter and RZIM’s CEO, Sarah Davis, said, “This morning, our beloved founder and apologist Ravi Zacharias went home to be with Jesus. My dad, at 74, has ‘join[ed] with the triumphant saints that sing [his] Savior’s praise.’ We who knew and loved him celebrate his life, and more importantly, his Savior.”

“It was his Savior, Jesus Christ, that my dad always wanted most to talk about. Even in his final days, until he lacked the energy and breath to speak, he turned every conversation to Jesus and what the Lord had done. He perpetually marveled that God took a seventeen-year-old skeptic, defeated in hopelessness and unbelief, and called him into a life of glorious hope and belief in the truth of Scripture—a message he would carry across the globe for 48 years.”

“His thoughts and conversations in recent years and his final weeks were saturated with gratitude for this team of evangelists, apologists, and staff that he called family: RZIM—Ravi Zacharias International Ministries. He spoke of our evangelists’ tender hearts and their love for people. Some have said my dad blazed a trail when he began commending the Christian faith and addressing life’s great questions of meaning nearly five decades ago. As one friend dear to him remarked, he has also paved that path, desiring that his teammates around the world would continue so untold millions might know the same Jesus he faithfully served—the one he now sees face-to-face.”

Margie and the Zacharias family have asked that in lieu of flowers gifts be made to the ongoing work of of the Ravi Zacharias International Ministry. Ravi’s heart was people. His passion and life’s work centered on helping people understand the beauty of the gospel message of salvation. Our prayer is that, at his passing, more people will come to know the saving grace found in Jesus through Ravi’s legacy and the global team at Ravi Zacharias International Ministries.