As the family of Tony Evans adjusts to life without their matriarch, Lois Evans, one of their daughters is struggling with her own health issue. Evans’ daughter, Priscilla Shirer, announced on Facebook on Friday that she is undergoing surgery today (Monday, January 13th).
“Three years ago, my doctors discovered a small nodule in my left lung. Several pulmonary specialists and I have watched it meticulously since then,” Shirer wrote on her Facebook page. “This past summer, it was clear that something surgical needed to be done as the nodule had begun to grow and show signs of dangerous irregularities.”
Shirer went on to explain that the surgery was put off due to the past few months being “filled with a lot of difficulty” for her family.
In April, Shirer’s father, Evans, announced that Lois’ biliary cancer had returned for a second time. In October, he followed up that announcement asking for urgent prayer and saying that the cancer was not responding to traditional treatment. Lois passed away on December 30, 2019 at the age of 70.
Additionally, in November the family lost Evan’s father, Arthur S. Evans, Sr. Evans described his father as his “foundation” and that his entire family had come to saving faith because of him. The loss of Arthur and Lois occurred after Dr. Evans’ niece, Wynter Evans Pitts, died suddenly in her sleep in the summer of 2018 at age 38. Pitts was the founder of the ministry For Girls Like You and the mother of actress Alena Pitts, who played Danielle Jordan in the movie War Room. And only six months before Wynter’s death, Dr. Evans lost his brother. Adding to these tragedies, Evans lost his sister, Beverly Johnson, unexpectedly in January of 2019.
Still, Shirer and the entire Evans family remains hopeful about the future and the surgery she is undergoing. Shirer explains: “This Monday, 1/13/20, surgeons will be removing an entire lobe of my left lung. Thank you for praying for me and for our entire family. We refuse to cave to fear, anxiety or a decrease in faith…because, well. . . .ain’t nobody got time for that!”
Despite all the trials and loss the Evans family has faced over the last two years, they remain committed in their faith and grateful for the people who are praying for them. Shirer writes:
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.
I’m incredibly grateful to you for lifting me, Jerry, our sons…and my entire family up to our Father. We are tired but we are holding steady.
Shirer even took the time last night to post about an impromptu “celebration” when her sister, Crystal Evans Hurst, and friend Beth Moore showed up to cook and clean at her house.
Please join us in praying for Priscilla and the Evans family during what can only be described as a very difficult and potentially discouraging season.
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