Naomi Zacharias
Naomi Zacharias, a daughter of Ravi Zacharias, and former head of Wellspring International, the humanitarian arm of RZIM.

Naomi Zacharias Announces End of Her Leadership of Wellspring Intl; Website Goes Private

By Julie Roys

Naomi Zacharias, daughter of disgraced Christian apologist, Ravi Zacharias, announced on Instagram this weekend that Friday was her last day leading Wellspring International, the humanitarian arm of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM).

The website for Wellspring International is now private. I reached out to RZIM for clarification about the future of Wellspring, but did not immediately receive a response.

On March 10, RZIM CEO Sarah Davis, Ravi Zacharias’ other daughter, announced that RZIM would lay off more than 60% of its staff and reboot the organization to support victims of abuse. 

In her farewell, Naomi Zacharias thanked people and organizations around the world with whom Wellspring had partnered, as well as her own Wellspring staff.

The post made no specific mention of the sex abuse scandal involving Ravi Zacharias or his victims. However, Naomi referred to “the unanticipated turn” her life has taken and “cancel culture.”

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“Perhaps one day I will look back at this unanticipated turn, too, & see a faint trace of wings shaped not in spite of but through it,” Zacharias wrote. “Culture can help us reduce the whole of another to our understanding of the sum of their failures. For those whose hearts are inextricably linked, a cancel culture feels untenable as life resembled the photos of that epic movie of the 80’s & parts of us disappear, too.”

Zacharias added that some have told her she is “filthy because of my last name; that I need to know my dad had no love for me . . .” But Naomi Zacharias wrote that her father gave her an “unceasing love.”

Zacharias ended her post with an excerpt from Michael Bolton’s song, “Father’s and Daughters (Never Say Goodbye)” and stated:

My name is Naomi Zacharias.I am the daughter of Ravi Zacharias. I am the daughter of God my Savior. I will raise my head.
For I am being called to carry on.

 

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43 thoughts on “Naomi Zacharias Announces End of Her Leadership of Wellspring Intl; Website Goes Private”

  1. Crystal Brooks

    How well said. It’s sad that people feel the need to try and punish her for the sins of her father. It’s horrifying that people are saying nasty things to her. And I’m sure many think they are Christians. She didn’t know the dark side of her father. He was obviously a good father to her and that does matter. He wasn’t a “total” failure as a human. I wish her success in her future endeavors.

    1. Ezekiel 18 says it all. She was not involved with his sinfulness. May the Lord look after her and give solace in the days to come.

      1. Godith,

        “She was not involved with his sinfulness. May the Lord look after her and give solace in the days to come.”

        You know that how? The above non-apology where she CONTINUES to defend her dad shows where her heart is.

  2. It’s too bad people are calling Naomi “filthy” because of her dad’s horrific actions.
    However….
    She seems unable to process that her father was very good and loving to her
    AND
    A lying, vicious sexual predator that purposely chose to flatten and crush those who spoke up, specifically LA Thompson.
    I truly wish Naomi God’s peace and understanding navigating the vast chasm between these two truths.

    1. You mean like he was good to Naomi because instead of spending time with this daughter he was in Bangkok “writing his books”? He was a good and loving dad when he sat at her graducations and peeked at snaps of young women from overseas instead of focusing in on his daughters big day? How about the time they all were overseas and RZ didn’t have dinner with his daughter but rather had to get a “massage” instead? You mean those loving times? I don’t think that is my idea of loving or good. That is faking it till you make it type of love. It is sad. I find it disturbing we might consider that love.

      1. godefredus janssen

        To know or not to know. It is time to move on. Help those who need it and let those with out sin let them throw the first stone. This family has paid the price, which was not their sin.

    2. Sandra,

      I’m pretty sure that someone who CONTINUES TO praise and defend a sociopathic predator (who she aided and abetted her whole life) deserves to be called “filthy”.

    3. Sandra, I appreciate your comment that recognizes the challenge of navigating two truths that are polar opposites. I also appreciate your point about name calling. Name calling does nothing to solve the problem and often incites others to pile on and vent their spleens in ways that promote toxic discourse. It’s important to leave room for people to express their viewpoints without fear of becoming the target of put-downs which muzzle opinions we don’t like. Civility, on the other hand, broadens participation and helps us learn from one another.

    1. I think you hit the nail on the head, Vicki. Book in the making too. Somewhere, sonetime down the road there will be a victim with God helping her overcome. She can feel your pain.

      It really took my breath away when she said part of her decision to close down shop was because of the public!! The nasty things that were said to her…. that we have no clue if they are true or not. Given all the lying from RZIM why should we believe them all in such a sort amount of time? We again are the problem for not being nice to this not so nice family. If ONLY we would act like the Zacharias family wanted us to! Then everything will be alright. Consequences for thee but not for us!

      After all that RZIM has done I am shocked she would even consider not shutting down Wellspring. RZIM abused peoople. We are just hearing the tip of the iceberg now.I am pretty sure there will be more from laidoff employees, more victims, more lawyers, more discovery and on and on. How can an organization that abuses people, not only those women but employees, uplift abused people through Wellspring??

  3. ““Culture can help us reduce the whole of another to our understanding of the sum of their failures. For those whose hearts are inextricably linked, a cancel culture feels untenable as life resembled the photos of that epic movie of the 80’s & parts of us disappear, too.””
    —————-

    having a hard time understanding what she means.

    perhaps it’s this:

    –she’s disappointed that the only thing people see are Ravi’s failures; she blames what’s called ‘cancel culture’ for this having happened to her father.

    –she refers to people who know each other well, who have a history in knowing each other (perhaps she and father); when such relationships are impacted by ‘cancel culture’, the experience is like the photographs in a movie from the ’80s (??)…

    –she feels like she is not permitted to have good memories of her father, and she is struggling to hold on the good memories, and struggling to hold on to parts of her life, too.
    .
    .
    that interpretation certainly provokes compassion.

    but then I remember the bigger picture.

    truly, i can’t comprehend why she offers no acknowledgement and concern for the lives destroyed, who were then lied about and their destruction covered up, donors who gave to the point of sacrifice who were lied to and whose sacrifices were used to fund sexual assault — all of which she extravagantly benefitted from.

    i’m really floored by the total disconnect.

    further, whenever I hear people complain about ‘cancel culture’, it is in response to egregious and unethical acts that deserve to be exposed and condemned. It’s as if they are blind to how all that is fair, right, and just demands accountability for such things.

    1. Maybe that “epic movie of the 80’s” to which she refers is Back to the Future? When Marty McFly is starting to disappear from his photo because his parents weren’t kissing on the dance floor? The family she thought she was a member of is all disappearing?

      It sounds like she is still partly in denial, at the very least. Her former lifestyle was based on a lie, and she is trying to hold onto something from it that was good. Unfortunately, there had to have been so many layers of deception that she was raised in by her parents, that she has no one who was outside of it to help her process the unraveling not only of her father’s reputation and the organization he founded, but her own life and career, too.

      She still has a lot of grieving to do. But that’s not the fault of “cancel culture,” but of her parents and those who supported them.

  4. Wow so much hurt to go around. It’s amazing how many lives can be destroyed by one mans action. While I applaud Naomi for her strength for not letting others put her fathers shame on her, her belief that her father loved her because of words he said but his actions were not those of love towards his daughter. Someday she may come to realize that and grieve out that loss and forgive him. She has a lot to process. I have great compassion for her struggle. We are all broken vessels who desperately need Christ’s love and sacrifice to transform our wicked hearts. We desperately need the Holy Spirit to take us from a Saul to a Paul from a weak impulsive unstable Peter to a Rock Christ’s church is built on. We need Him so much right now. I pray for Naomi that the Holy Spirit, Christ’s love and Gods word will help her to sort out all the twisting of truth that has come through this and one day be able to help us all understand better as well. We really really need a savior right now. Come lord Jesus, come!

  5. I doubt we will ever know how much certain individuals knew and when they knew. I have compassion for her because I have a daughter and it is easier to talk than to truly love someone. I do believe her dad loved her imperfectly and Naomi is possibly downplaying his absences and I would assume her intuitions that all was not right. I am skeptical when someone praises a parent too much. Very few match-up.

    It does bother me that she does not speak of the victims and all the cover-ups. Ravi destroyed the lives of Lori Anne and her family. What about the therapists and untold numbers of women in Third World Countries? It would be interesting to hear what some of the victims are thinking when they read what Naomi said-relating specifically to her not mentioning victims?

    I stand with the women who were abused-Jesus never mistreated women! He loved and cared for them even at great cost to Himself.

    And we must not forget that it was women who discovered the Empty Tomb while the guys were hiding out somewhere.

    May his Mercies Be Renewed Every Morning.

    Amen

    1. ” It does bother me that she does not speak of the victims and all the cover-ups. Ravi destroyed the lives of Lori Anne and her family. What about the therapists and untold numbers of women in Third World Countries?
      I find it quite disturbing she did not acknowledge the victims.Wellspring was a ministry supporting abused and disadvantaged women.

      This response by Naomi Zacharias to this article – 2008

      NOTE* these words (by Naomi)

      ”how it feels to have untruths said about your father, to see someone make harsh judgments that are so inaccurate to the person they strike, and feel deeply wounded at the injustice and inaccuracy and inappropriateness of it all. First and foremost, truth should prevail. Our words should be accurate and true, and remember that behind every figure stands a number of people affected by what you say and do. It is one of the more beautiful parts of life and yet one of the most vulnerable as it is can be easily wounded by anyone who chooses to see themselves outside of the boundaries and limitations of truth and graciousness.”

      https://truedsicernment.com/2008/04/24/ravi-zacharias-refuses-to-use-the-name-of-jesus-during-national-day-of-prayer-event/

      Naomi Zacharias
      ”I found your articles and comments regarding Ravi Zacharias to be so disappointing and incredibly hurtful. You attacked his character, his credibility, his effectiveness, and his faith and I shudder at the words and accusations that were made. This is a man who has dedicated over 30 years of his life to boldly preaching the Gospel, who regularly goes into hostile settings and not only proclaims his beliefs in Jesus Christ but defends the faith as a whole and has led many to believe. He has risked his wellbeing and at times his life in the environments he has put himself in to share what he knows and believes to be true about Jesus Christ, and done so in arenas I would venture to say few of us will find ourselves in. He has sacrificed what is often physically healthy and given up time he would have rather spent safe and sound with people he loves to dedicate himself to an intense itinerant life. Others around the world including those from the Middle East and Asia who know risk and persecution well recognize the weight and impact of what he has done for the sake of the Gospel. And yet from another Christian he is broken down and you have chosen to condemn him. Your claim that he refused to speak of the name of Jesus is completely without merit. The prayer you have targeted so vehemently is undoubtedly a Christian prayer, and honestly it strikes me as so sad that we have reached a point where we even criticize each other’s conversation with God. You don’t have to like him, you don’t have to like me. But for you and others to question his commitment and his courage is going too far and leaves me deeply saddened and personally offended. I know the character he has, I know the price he has had to pay, I am aware of the risks he has taken that as his daughter, I selfishly wish he wouldn’t. And with limited knowledge and gross misrepresentations, you have made claims about him and his ministry that are not right. I am a committed Christian, and yet I can honestly say that what has proved to make my faith most difficult is not in what I know or what remains mysterious about God, it is not the prayers that don’t get answered the way I hope, it is not whether or not life turns out the way I think or want. It is when I see fellow Christians deliberately say and do something that is so damaging and hurtful, and when they do so using the name of Christ and righteousness. As one who grew up in ministry and Christian circles, this is my biggest challenge and the source of my greatest hurts and disillusionment in life.

      My father would never respond to you defensively or in kind with insults and assumptions. He is not that way. He does not know I am writing, and if he did I am certain he would tell me to simply let it go. His calling is from God, he lives his life to honor him, and he knows that is what matters. However, I unfortunately did not inherit all of his graciousness and special wisdom and feel the need to voice my thoughts. I am choosing to trust that you are seeking the truth and so will hear and consider my words. His life speaks for itself, it needs to defending, and He has lived it for God and not for man. I believe that should be said, but there is something further as well. Whether in political circles or in something like this, I wish people would remember that these individuals are real people with real families. They have children, they have spouses, they have people who care about them. You cannot slander someone and think you are not also slandering and hurting his
      family as well. You have taken a man’s entire life’s work and with the aid of one piece of inaccurate information you have tried to question his entire faith and effectiveness. I watch news reports and often feel a pang of hurt, hearing what is said about someone and imagining how I would feel if that was said about my father or my mother or someone I cared about. On behalf of the Chelsea’s, the Barbara’s, Jenna’s, and Laura’s of the world, I would ask that we all keep this in mind with our words. I do not at all know what it is like to live in the spotlight and fishbowl that they do, where it seems anyone all over the world is allowed to rub salt in deep wounds and hurl insults without boundaries, thought, or even merit at times. But I do know, from choices such as yours, on some level how it feels to have untruths said about your father, to see someone make harsh judgments that are so inaccurate to the person they strike, and feel deeply wounded at the injustice
      and inaccuracy and inappropriateness of it all. First and foremost, truth should prevail. Our words should be accurate and true, and remember that behind every figure stands a number of people affected by what you say and do. It is one of the more beautiful parts of life and yet one of the most vulnerable as it is can be easily wounded by anyone who chooses to see themselves outside of the boundaries and limitations of truth and graciousness.

      I know you have a challenging and demanding job and appreciate your position and role in community and society. I do wish you God’s best, and thank you for considering my thoughts.”

      Sincerely,
      Naomi Zacharias

    2. Vance, “hiding out somewhere “ ???
      Try getting a grip on
      something a bit more
      helpful, say, like read-
      ing scripture as a
      mirror, rather than
      another stone!

    3. Vance,

      Naomi’s entire life was devoted to be her father’s defensive attack dog. This is pure evil. This woman sold her own down the river for the money and glory of her father’s heinous global sex assault machine. Even now she defends him, whining about him being “canceled”. There is NOTHING to feel sorry for about her.

  6. I won’t give a dime to any member of that monstrous and predatory family. Naomi knew what her dad was doing and looked the other way for sweet $$$.

  7. As a long time leader of a public non profit, she conveniently didn’t reveal what the Ravi scandal meant to her salary, and other compensation.

    I am a non believer who likes to show that Christianity isn’t really any different than the rest of the world. Christians HATE this, generally speaking.

    1. This is an interesting comment. Thank you for stating that Christianity isn’t really any different than the rest of the world. At least you recognize that sexual harassment is rampant in the rest of the world, too. My interactions with non-believers is that they believe their lack of belief is better than Christianity.

      1. Megan,

        You said, “My interactions with non-believers is that they believe their lack of belief is better than Christianity.”

        This kind of interaction is in direct proportion to christians who put down everyone except for themselves (ie-disparaging by referring to them as “the world”), and yet demonstrate such poor integrity and personal responsibility.

        i think people have just had enough with the humble-brag arrogance, the hypocrisy, all laced with doublespeak.

        (spoken as a christian who has had enough)

      2. Megan,

        “My interactions with non-believers is that they believe their lack of belief is better than Christianity.”

        Count me down as agreeing that honest unbelief is preferable to “Christianity” that whitewashes and protects predators. Look at all the pretzels God’s church twisted themselves into to justify Trump.

    2. Marc,

      Of course she didn’t reveal that information. I am sure in her mind one does not bring up such details about her “family business” in public just like members of Genovese crime family. I guess now she has to find another line of work.

  8. Jaunute (Helen) Foster

    Wellspring International Private??? What on earth does that mean ???? The whole thing should be closed down and ALL the monies that they collected for their own consumption to be used for those poor women abused. Mrs Zacharias was party to a young woman getting an abortion years ago. This family needs exposure, their finances etc. Naomi uses ” Christianize” language to hoodwink gullible christians. Its a disgrace that Naomi in her flowery language did not mention the women abused once…..Not Once !!!!. I hope and pray that ALL will be shouted from the rooftops of the world. The festering boil of filth that Ravi perpetrated has exploded, lets not put a “COVER” on any of it by “Christianise” language but Antiseptic which is the TRUTH so that those abused for so many years can get some semblance of healing.

    1. I agree that Wellspring International should be shut down. Given R. Z. apparently participated in some form of human trafficking, Wellspring’s stated mission is horribly, sickeningly ironic.

    2. I guess the truth is that at this point it is all hearsay from both sides. The information that has been given is not from a court of law where both sides have the right to examine, defend or question the allegations. The information we have is from parties seemingly interested in guilt alone. Now what if Ravi’s family and others actually do not believe the allegations. What if there is information to the contrary? If you knew opposite truths to allegations placed against you, would you mention what you saw as untruths?

      Maybe the best thing we can do is save judgement and allow this battle for truth to land where it does. If for some reason there is a certain agenda to defame Ravi unjustly, what a life and work that would be to ruin. If he was guilty, then these judgements can be aired upon that actual discovery.

      As far as the attack on his family at all, that is despicable. There is no place for that from any decent lips. It is the action of wolves. There is no love there at all. Be careful the hate you spread, you just might be accountable for it.

      1. We are accountable for what we do. Truth is not hate. Truth is not interested in guilt, it is interested in truth only. Truth is light. Truth is Gods will. Let truth prevail. Bless the Lord almighty, maker of all things good and light. Let His will be done. Amen.

  9. It doesn’t seem unlikely for people to compartmentalize aspects of their behavior, keeping those behaviors separate from their sense of self and identity.

    Many parents have committed adultery in this world, but it doesn’t automatically erase their love for their children, even if they lied to their children about where they were at times.

    This capacity might extend to more behaviors than just one behavior.

  10. Nobody notices that there’s not one iota or remorse or grief for her dad’s victims in this? That says all you need to know about this “Godly” woman.

  11. I don’t think this “Roy’s Report” was helpful. To print Naomi’s defence of Ravi and to leave off with the privacy of WellSpring begs further investigation. I personally found Naomi’s long response a language exercise (not unlike Ravi’s apologetics) and nowhere did I read or sense a solidarity with the mission of WellSpring, that is, vulnerable and victimized women, which is now suspect. And who will lead the new direction of the old RZIM, now a granting organization supposedly to women/victims of abuse? Will Naomi and/or Sarah now be employed to lead that? People should also understand that the salaries of these daughters under the umbrella of their “family” ministry have been significant (in the 6 figures).

    Please, Julie, continue to follow where/who the money from WellSpring, and from RZIM goes to from here. There has never been transparency, and if family members simply transfer from one “ministry” to another without full disclosure, transparency, and without acknowledging the abuses rather than defending their father, nothing will change. I have compassion for them. I can’t imagine their pain. But the darkness must be faced, and not deflected.

    1. Connie Braun,

      What specifically is so inadequate? I think it’s perfectly clear where Julie stands on Naomi and the rest of the Zacharias family viper brood. She posted Naomi’s non-apology whinefest about how her dad is being canceled, yadda yadda yadda. I’m sure she or some of the writers she uses/links to will come out with more in the coming weeks but in my eyes, there’s no doubt of what’s going on.

  12. Julie reported on what was headlined. Maybe she will have a different headline for additional information at a later date. 🤷‍♀️(I know Ms Roy’s is pretty good at keeping up on things.)

  13. The statement by Naomi Zacharias is tragic. A ministry to vulnerable women is being wound up, but she uses the announcement to mainly talk about herself.

    In such a communication, you would normally expect pronouncements about the importance of the cause itself, a call to not to give up the good fight, and perhaps even a shout out to good alternative organisations that could be supported.

    Instead, this statement makes it look like Wellspring was primarily a vehicle for personal fulfillment and identiy formation. When it folded, the big question to Zacharias was apparently not “What will happent to the women we can no longer support?” but rather, “What will happen to me?”.

    And, why does RZIMhq not control these kinds of own goal public statements? They are so damaging. Not just to the organisation, but also to Naomi Zacharias, who comes across as incredibly self-centered.

    This tragedy is really the gift that keeps on giving.

  14. On The Other Hand

    So sad.

    Had she stood up her own ministry and been separate from RZIM organization, I think the pressure for her to resign or step back would have been non-existent. Children aren’t responsible for their parents’ sins. But, she was on the RZIM board, director as I recall, was influential, personally and financially profited, and undermined efforts to find out the truth about the abuse.

    Cancel culture is not what brought her here. Blind loyalty to her father and refusal to hear victims that are the causes of criticism. She critically failed as a leader.

    It sounds like this Wellspring ministry will just operate privately without a website, under the radar. There may be good reasons for that. It’s hard to tell.

    Perhaps, after a season out of the limelight, she can return to a more public role in ministry. Her excuses and defensiveness indicate she needs more time to process all that’s happened. Sometimes we both love and hate loved ones. We can love them for what they mean to us and still hate their behavior. But it is often hard to reconcile these things emotionally. It takes time.

    I wish her well.

  15. Her life was a mess before her dad ever did this. She just never had to stop and settle and be still enough to see reality. Money. Power. Fame. It was all at her disposal, so the repercussions of life choices never came to roost.

  16. As a 30 year donor to RZIM in amounts over 5 figures a year I am appalled on so many levels. While what he did personally to women was horrific. The fact that he paid himself and his family the amounts he did is also quite disturbing. I realize some “Christian leaders” make millions a year via donations. I would never consider donating to those organizations. I always felt that RZIM was different in this regard. I feel like they have stolen my money that could have been used elsewhere to further Christian charity.

  17. My wife’s grandfather was a decorated WW2 veteran and hero. When I met him, I learned his glowing nick name, “dead eye” because he was such an accurate sharp shooter. However, this man sexually abused his own daughter, my mother-in-law, and even still as a senior citizen herself, she is psychologically damaged. When people live a secret double life, it is hard to accept it. Their own brokenness and damage plays out in ways that hurt and damage others. There is not excuse, yet none of the victims nor those deceived should be accused of being filthy or blind.

    For those of us who trust in Christ, we must remember who the real enemy is. As it is written, “The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” (2 Cor 4:4) Nether Sandra, Nathan, Naomi Margie, Vince & Jo Vitale, nor anyone at RZIM are filthy. Blinded, yet, but evil or filthy – NO! Ravi allowed Satan to use him and as a result, he hurt untold millions, including me. But my pain is nothing like what all of those are feeling that are enduring this terrible, terrible revelation. My prayers and heart goes out to everyone in the ministry and to everyone in the Zacharias family.

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