Muslim-turned-Christian apologist Nabeel Qureshi is speaking out after a bittersweet meeting he had with evangelist Ravi Zacharias and fellow staff members at Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, saying he has renewed faith that God will heal his cancer.
As Faithwire previously reported, Qureshi got together with his fellow evangelists in Atlanta on May 8 and 9 to have fellowship and say a potential goodbye after doctors told Qureshi that his stomach cancer had spread and that radiation hadn’t worked.
The evangelist was somber at the gathering, clinging to hope while delivering the realities of his diagnosis.
“I told them, ‘I am hoping in the Lord. God can still do a miracle and I’m actually hoping for him to do a miracle and believe he will,'” Qureshi explained in a new YouTube video he released on Wednesday. “‘But in case he does not, this may be the last time I will see you’ … I just wanted to make sure while I was there that I got to say goodbye to the people I love.”
But the evangelist also noted that something profound happened after that meeting, as he encountered many people who were continuing to fast and pray for him, while also offering kind words of encouragement: he found himself reinvigorated.
“When the results came back from the scan and they saw the cancer had spread into my chest, I was really distraught,” Qureshi admitted, noting, though, that the support he saw afterward profoundly lifted him up. “Over those days I regained a sense of hope.”
The evangelist explained that his chances of survival were always just 4 percent and that those chances lowered to around 1 percent when doctors said radiation hadn’t worked. While those survival chances remain low, Qureshi remains optimistic.
“My hope has been restored. I am very, very thankful for those who are asking, ‘Nabeel have you given up hope?'” he said. “No, I haven’t given up hope. I really, truly honestly do believe that I will be healed — against all medical odds, against all the statistics.”
Watch Qureshi’s remarks below:
Qureshi said he believes God will use the healing to glorify himself, though he’s aware of the fact that there are no guarantees.
While he said doctors have run out of the most effective “first-line treatments,” he said he’s “not giving up yet.” Physicians have suggested a number of additional treatments, including the Taxol chemotherapy drug along with an antibody — an effort “to attack the cancer and to have it shrink.” They have also discussed immunotherapy, which could help extend his life.
Qureshi concluded by thanking everyone who has continued to offer support.
“Thank you for always being there for me even when it looks like I have given up hope,” he said.
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