“He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” – Rev. 21:4
Lois Evans, wife of Pastor Tony Evans and Senior Vice-President of The Urban Alternative, passed away early Monday morning December 30 after a long, hard-fought battle with biliary cancer.
After doctors determined that neither chemotherapy nor radiation was having an effect, Pastor Evans pleaded for “all the faithful” to pray that God intervene and perform a miracle in the healing of his wife.
Although God didn’t answer Evans’ prayer for his wife’s miraculous healing, the pastor confessed that God heard his family’s plea for Lois’ pain to be removed:
God answered our prayers this morning by relieving her of suffering. But the truth is, He has been answering our prayers all along,” Pastor Evans said. “Lois lived beyond medical expectations, not once, but over and over again. God has been so kind to give us more time to make wonderful memories.”
Although dealing with the pain of his wife’s death will be challenging, Pastor Evans knows that Lois “would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord” (2 Cor. 5:8).
“Just before the sun came up this morning, the love of my life, Lois Irene Evans, transitioned from earth and watched her first sunrise from Heaven,” Evans said on the morning of her death. “I had the privilege of holding her hand as she was lulled into eternity.”
In response to the many questions Pastor Evans received concerning how people could support the family, he replied, “In honor of Lois, I would also love for you to consider sending flowers this week to your pastor’s wife.”
“Lois loved receiving flowers but she also loved giving them. Because her passion was ministering to pastors’ wives and making sure they felt loved and cared for, your gift of flowers in her memory would be a gift to us as well.”
Lois’ funeral service was held yesterday at 11 am at Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship Church in Dallas, Texas, where Evans is the pastor.
In lieu of sending flowers, He asked that fellow Christians “continue the ministry to pastors’ wives that was dear to Lois’ heart” by donating to The Urban Alternative’s Pastors’ Wives Ministry.