Ravi Zacharias, 74, passed away at his home in Atlanta, GA on May 19 from a rare form of cancer in his spine. He battled the disease with the help of doctors at MD Anderson, but in early May the family received word that no further medical treatments were available. Ravi was born in Chennai, India in 1946. He became a Christian at the age of 17 while recovering in a Delhi hospital after attempting to take his own life.
Zacharias immigrated to Canada in 1966 and graduated from Ontario Bible College in 1972. He married his wife Margie and moved to Illinois where he earned a Master of Divinity at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He founded a global apologetics ministry, Ravi Zacharias International Ministries in 1984. He was an author, debater and academic throughout his life. Let My People Think is the radio ministry that Ravi began in the 1980s and is now heard weekly in 32 countries.
Ravi is survived by his wife of 48 years, Margie; daughters Sarah and Naomi; son Nathan; and five grandchildren. Because I live, you also will live” (John 14:19)—seven words that changed the trajectory of Ravi Zacharias’s life some 57 years ago. It is a verse etched on his grandmother’s grave stone and will be etched on his too.
Please pray for the Zacharias family and the RZIM ministry staff.