Bible teacher, actress and author Priscilla Shirer took to Instagram this week to thank the public for prayers after undergoing lung surgery she described as “curative.”
"I am recovering well from the surgery,” Shirer, the daughter of prominent pastor Dr. Tony Evans, said in the video. “My breathing is still pretty labored so I am working on my lung capacity, but doing really good ... and the surgery was curative so Praise the Lord."
Shirer, founder of Going Beyond Ministries, announced earlier this year she would undergo surgery on Jan. 13 after delaying it because of her mother’s battle with terminal cancer. Lois Evans died on Dec. 30, just two months after the family disclosed her chemotherapy treatments weren’t working.
As reported by Christian Headlines last month, Shirer said doctors had been monitoring a nodule they discovered three years ago on her left lung, but decided last summer that removal was imperative after the growth began showing “dangerous irregularities."
“Thank you for praying for me and for our entire family,” she said at the time. “We refuse to cave to fear, anxiety or a decrease in faith … because, well … ain’t nobody got time for that! Through it all, we still believe God. We are trusting Him for a favorable outcome and that I will return to full health personally and full function in ministry.”
Shortly after Shirer left the hospital, CHVN 95.1 FM radio reported the evangelist plans to continue with her speaking engagements, starting with her Fervent conferences in May.
Shirer’s successful surgery is a welcome relief for the Evans family who has suffered a string of deaths in recent months. Tony Evans' sister passed away unexpectedly in January and his father died in November. Nearly two years ago Dr. Evans' niece, Wynter Evans Pitts, an author, ministry leader and mother of four young daughters, also died suddenly.
"Thank you to all of you who have been so mindful of me and have been asking how I am doing and how our family has been doing, we are so grateful," Shirer said in this week’s social media posting. "Thank you from the bottom of my heart for praying for us and for being mindful of us."
Shortly after his daughter’s surgery, Dr. Evans also took to Instagram to offer thanks for the ongoing prayer support for his family, especially in light of his wife’s passing.
"It was a long journey and while God didn't give us exactly what we wanted, which was total healing, He did extend her life beyond what the doctor's said she would have...given the rare nature of this particular disease," he said in the Jan. 22 video.
"But your prayers sustained us through the ups and downs, through the struggles and stresses—through the pain. It was a difficult season and life does hit us that way sometimes. Your prayers are keeping me strong. I still trust God...I don't always understand Him, but I do trust Him."
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Lori Arnold is a national award-winning journalist whose experience includes 16 years at a daily community newspaper in San Diego and 16 years as writer-editor for the Christian Examiner. She owns StoryLori Media and is a member of the Evangelical Press Association.