Pastor and author Dr. Tony Evans shared on social media this week that his wife’s cancer has returned. He posted the news on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, asking people to join him and his family in prayer for Lois’ healing.
Friends, Please pray for my wife, Lois. Lois has been a cancer-free patient under care for a while. However, her last routine scan revealed that her rare gallbladder cancer has returned. We need God to intervene as we continue our search for an effective treatment. We are going to trust God in the dark for a solution, and we are asking you to fervently pray to that end.
Choosing to Believe
The Evans family has suffered several significant losses over the past year or so. Dr. Evans’ niece, Wynter Evans Pitts, died suddenly in her sleep in the summer of 2018 at age 38. Pitts was the founder of the ministry For Girls Like You and mother of actress Alena Pitts, who played Danielle Jordan in the movie War Room. And only six months before Wynter’s death, Dr. Evans lost his brother. In his post, Dr. Evans said that the return of his wife’s cancer is a new level of testing for him:
I’m sure this news about Lois is shocking. It is shocking to us too. In recent days, we have had quite a bit on us as a family as you know. My faith is being tested in a way I’ve never experienced…but I trust God. I choose to believe—our whole family is choosing to believe that, even now, He knows what He is doing.
Dr. Evans said he doesn’t have much information to offer apart from the fact that the cancer has returned. He wrote, “This news is fresh and we don’t have many answers to give,” adding that the family will provide updates as they are able. But in the meantime, “as you wait—while we wait—we are asking for your prayers.”
Lois Evans has put up some posts pertaining to her cancer’s return, including a recent tweet with an image that says, “I am fighting for you.-God.” She offered it as an encouragement to her followers, saying that it was a reminder she needed herself.
This daily reminder from a calendar that was produced months ago by our ministry, The Urban Alternative. I know He is. I needed this today. AMEN. 🙌🏽🙌🏽🙏🏽 #morningreminder for you too. pic.twitter.com/cTaj7yfgsQ
— Lois Evans (@MrsLoisEvans) April 3, 2019
Many people have responded to the news with encouraging comments, saying they are praying for Lois and for the Evans family. One Instagram user said, “God please give the Evans family strength right now to endure the test that you have set before them. I ask that you comfort them as they encounter the unknown.”
On Facebook, one person commented, “Praying for you Mrs. Evans & thank you for your wonderful godly example of being a daughter of God,” while another wrote, “We are standing with you.” One woman posted, “Watching your family go thou [sic] life struggles has given me so much hope. Thank each of you.”
In his post, Dr. Evans expressed hope in God’s faithfulness and mercy: “Even during these uncertain times, we are strengthened by the joy of the Lord. We know that we will be strengthened also by the prayers of the saints in the days to come.”