A global livestream memorial service will be held on Friday (May 29) at 11pm (Singapore time). Photo by Carlo Millan.

A global livestream memorial service will be held on Friday (May 29) at 11pm (Singapore time). Photo by Carlo Millan.

A global livestream memorial service will be held for the late apologist and evangelist Ravi Zacharias this Friday (May 29) at 11pm (Singapore time) to honour his life and ministry.

Dr Zacharias, who founded Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM) in 1984, passed away on May 19 after a brief battle with sarcoma, a rare and aggressive cancer. He was 74.

Dr Zacharias’ family have asked that, in lieu of flowers, gifts be made to the ongoing work of RZIM.

The memorial service, organised by RZIM, will be streamed live on YouTube and on Facebook. A recorded version of the livestream will be available for replay after the service.

According to RZIM, tributes will include homages from family and friends, including RZIM president Michael Ramsden, athlete and author Tim Tebow, Brooklyn Tabernacle senior pastor Jim Cymbala and Passion Movement founder Louie Giglio. Musical artistes Matt Redman and Lecrae will also perform.

It added that Dr Zacharias’ family have asked that, in lieu of flowers, gifts be made to the ongoing work of RZIM.

Helping thinkers believe, and believers think

Widely regarded as one of this generation’s top philosophers, Dr Zacharias became a Christian after a suicide attempt at 17. Ten years later, he founded RZIM with a focus on evangelism undergirded by apologetics.

“Helping the thinker believe and the believer think,” was his tagline and motto, which spurred him to spend 48 years criss-crossing the world, commending the Christian faith and addressing life’s greatest questions of origin, meaning, morality and destiny.

“Our prayer is that, at his passing, more people will come to know the saving grace found in Jesus.”

Under RZIM, Dr Zacharias launched a global team of nearly 100 Christian scholars and authors, in 15 offices across the world, who continue to speak, resource, train and address the theological questions of many around the world.

Last November, Dr Zacharias stepped down as CEO and handed the reins of the organisation to his daughter, Sarah Davis.

On March 12, just a month shy of his 74th birthday, Dr Zacharias revealed in a Facebook post that he had been diagnosed with sarcoma.

A tumour in his sacrum had been discovered after emergency back surgery for a chronic back pain which had plagued Dr Zacharias for much of his life.

Less than two months later on May 9, Davis put out an update disseminated to staff that her father had decided to cease all cancer treatment and return to his home in Atlanta, having run out of medical options for further treatment.

“Ravi’s heart was people,” said RZIM. “His passion and life’s work centred 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 RZIM.”

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