By Sam Eyoboka, with Agency reports
THE world woke up yesterday to hear the shocking news of the death of world-renowned televangelist, Dr. Myles Munroe, his wife, Ruth and their daughter, Charisa in a plane crash close to his hometown.
The Munroes and six others died as their plane flew low and was mangled in a crane in Grand Bahama Ship Yard, Bahamas.
Born on April 20, 1954 in Nassau, Bahamas, Dr. Munroe until his tragic death on Sunday, was the president and founder of the Bahamas Faith Ministries International (BFMI) and Myles Munroe International (MMI), a Christian growth and resource centre.
He was chief executive officer and chairman of the board of the International Third World Leaders Association and president of the International Leadership Training Institute.
Dr. Munroe, a renowned motivational speaker had authored 69 books.
Myles Munroe was born in Nassau, Bahamas in 1954 and had been a lifetime resident of the Bahamas.
His wife, Ruth was co-pastor at BFMI. He had a son Chairo and daughter, Charisa and said his family is his greatest responsibility and his marriage, his most sacred trust.
Dr. Munroe travelled throughout the world as a speaker, addressing government leaders, businesses, schools/universities and church congregations.
He once said, “My vision, is wrapped up in one statement: I exist to transform followers into leaders. My philosophy is trapped in every follower is a leader. My belief is, if that person is placed in the right environment, the leader will manifest himself or herself.”
Myles Munroe was the author or co-author of over 100 books, study guides, and audio tapes currently in print, and he is a contributing writer for various Bible editions, journals, magazines, and newsletters, such as The Believer’s Topical Bible.
The African Cultural Heritage Topical Bible, Charisma Life Christian Magazine, and Ministries Today. His works cover Christian interpretations of the Kingdom of God as well as guidance on love, sex, family relationships, and finances.
The first reaction to the tragic incidence came from the Bahamian Ministry of Tourism who joined the nation and the world in mourning the untimely death of Dr. Myles Munroe and his wife, Pastor Ruth Munroe who worked closely with her husband in the ministry.
This week, Dr. Munroe was to host the 2014 Global Leadership Summit in Grand Bahama Island, in a bid to bring thousands of people to the nation’s second city.
National president of Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor who played host to Dr. Munroe two years ago during Jubilee Word Festival 2012, expressed shock, saying that he didn’t believe the initial story when he was woke yesterday morning with the news.
Pastor Oritsejafor said that Dr. Munroe was billed to be part of this year’s Jubilee Word Festival but he declined because of the 2014 Global Leadership Forum which was scheduled to begin yesterday and end on November 13. Munroe and his wife recently returned from a three-week tour of eight east African nations.
According to the CAN president who quietly marked his birthday yesterday, the passage of Dr. Munroe is a big blow to the Church Universal, but it also reminds all those who are still alive to get ready at all time because nobody knows when he or she will be called.
“We must learn to live our lives each day. There should be no procrastination, we must live right at all times because no one knows when the bell shall sound. Dr. Munroe’s deaths created a vacuum in Christendom, but the Owner of the Vineyard is able to fill the vacuum. My heart goes to the family, the son and other relations Dr. Munroe has left behind,” he stated.
Spiritual leader of Saint Joseph’s Chosen Church of God, SJCCG, Apostle Hayford Alile in a telephone interview yesterday expressed shock at the news of Dr. Munroe who was the speaker at his church special event in 2009, Nigeria, a new beginning.
“It was very shocking. All I can say for now is that the Master who sent him to the world knows it was time for him to come back home. In every circumstances that we find ourselves we must give glory to God who knows everything,” he stated.