Ravi Zacharias, Chairman of the Board at Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM), will undergo spinal repair surgery on February 20, and has canceled his speaking appearance at the NRB 2020 Christian Media Convention in Nashville, Tennessee, as he’ll be recovering from the surgery until April.
Zacharias has a history of serious back issues and to date has had two surgeries, the first of which resulted in 18 “good years” in which he said the Lord brought him comfort and strength.
“But over the last year, I have battled several flare-ups, and after my last trip to the Philippines and Sri Lanka, it’s a miracle I got home on my own two feet,” Zacharias reported in an update on his ministry’s website.
“A subsequent CAT scan and MRI showed no option but to go into a surgery immediately,” he added. “It’s time for a serious repair job that will take me off the road for close to eight weeks.”
Zacharias was scheduled to speak on February 25 at the NRB 2020 Convention's Opening Session, sponsored by Mercy Ships. Taking his place that evening will be Abdu Murray, Senior Vice President of RZIM and Host of the RZIM podcast The Defense Rests, and Jonathan Evans, Managing Director at The Urban Alternative and son of Dr. Tony Evans and the late Dr. Lois Evans.
“We will be in prayer for Ravi – before, during, and after the surgery – and we encourage others to do the same,” said Troy Miller, Interim CEO of NRB.
“While Ravi will be missed at NRB 2020, we are incredibly excited to have Abdu Murray join us as an Opening Session speaker. Abdu speaks regularly at conferences, churches, and college campuses. As a former Muslim, he has dedicated his life to sharing the truth that he now knows can only come from Christ,” Miller continued.
“We are also excited to have Jonathan Evans speak at the Opening Session,” Miller added. “Jonathan is a passionate and dynamic speaker. He is a theologian whose beliefs and teachings are rock solid. What a great way to kick off NRB 2020!”
Next week, thousands of Christian media and ministry professionals will converge in Nashville for NRB 2020, which will feature more than 80 speakers, dozens of exhibitors and sessions, and various networking events.
NRB’s annual Convention is the largest nationally and internationally recognized event dedicated solely to the field of Christian communications.
For the NRB 2020 full list of speakers, schedule, hotel information, sponsorship and promotional opportunities, space and event reservations, registration, and more, visit nrbconvention.org.
The theme of the 2020 Convention, taking place February 25-28 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center, is "Look Forward," based on Proverbs 4:25, which states, "Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you."
By NRB Staff
Published: February 19, 2020