Pastor Dr. Tony Evans’s Wife Faces Another Cancer Battle: ‘We Need God to Intervene’

April 30, 2019 Updated: May 14, 2019

Dr. Tony Evans, the widely renowned senior pastor of Dallas “megachurch” Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship, is asking for everyone’s support.

Dr. Evans’s wife, Lois, recently learned that the gallbladder cancer that had for some time been in remission has returned. The discovery was made by Lois’s doctors during an otherwise routine scan, and the family was left devastated. Naturally, in this time of feeling helpless, they have turned to God for comfort and hope.

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On April 2, 2019, Dr. Evans broke the sad news to his followers on Instagram. “Friends, Please pray for my wife, Lois,” the pastor began. “We need God to intervene as we continue our search for an effective treatment.”

It is not the first unexpected tragedy that has befallen the Evans family. In late July of 2018, Evans’s niece Wynter Pitts passed away during the night, leaving a husband and four young daughters behind. Describing his niece as “bright, loyal, generous, [and] diligent,” Dr. Evans went on to share how Wynter’s “ministry to her family paved the way for her to encourage girls to follow God.”

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“While I will miss her terribly and am heartbroken at the sudden loss of her life here on earth,” the pastor wrote after his niece’s untimely passing, “I am encouraged to know that ‘to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.’ (2 Cor 5:8).”

With the return of his wife Lois’s cancer just eight months after the family’s first heartbreaking loss, there is much grief and heartache to be navigated. The pastor’s family are pooling their strengths; they “trust God in the dark for a solution.”

The pastor opened up about the ambivalence that can sometimes test his faith: “My faith is being tested in a way I’ve never experienced,” he admitted, “but I trust God. I choose to believe.”

“Our whole family is choosing to believe that, even now, He knows what He is doing.”

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Prayers from his congregation and from followers far and wide only add courage to the fight against Lois’s battle with poor health. And while Lois’s prognosis remains uncertain, the family is making the most of their time supporting Lois through treatment by taking stock, and contemplating the love and faith they have in God, and in one another.

On April 25, 2019, Dr. Evans posted an update on Lois’s journey. “We are so grateful for your prayers,” he began. “The flood of your prayers, calls, cards, emails, and direct messages have encouraged our hearts,” he continued, intimating that his initial heartfelt request for support from his devoted congregation had been answered with gusto.

“We feel your love,” he assured.

Update on my wife, Lois: We are so grateful for your prayers. The flood of your prayers, calls, cards, emails, and…

Posted by Tony Evans on Thursday, April 25, 2019

The pastor went on to comfort his followers by explaining that while Lois’s diagnosis was indeed serious, she was in no pain. “We are actively in and out of doctor’s offices,” he went on, “as we pursue both conventional and alternative paths.” Lois’s condition is rare, and currently, there is no known cure.

The pastor reflectively discussed the “gift of additional time” to converse with God. “We have the opportunity—and we do view this health crisis as an opportunity,” he said, “to tune in to God at a new level.”

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Likening the family’s crisis to that of a storm, Dr. Evans described tuning in to God as much the same as tuning the radio for the best advice on how to weather a storm. God, Dr. Evans shared, “has never failed to guide and direct us in times past.”

The pastor asked for prayers a second time. “But we wanted you to know that she is doing well,” he shared, thoughtfully, “and that we are looking up and expecting God to do a miracle.”

Miracles can happen, and we hope that a miracle is on the way for the Evans family. Keep praying.

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