|Myles Munroe, wife killed in Bahamas plane crash|
|Written by Christine D. Johnson|
|Monday, 10 November 2014 10:53 AM America/New_York|
Pastor and best-selling author Myles Munroe was killed Sunday, Nov. 9, when his private jet struck a construction crane and crashed at the Grand Bahama International Airport in Freeport, Bahamas. The Lear 36 Executive jet had taken off from the Bahamian capital of Nassau and crashed as it was landing.
The crash killed nine people on board, including Munroe’s wife, Ruth, and his Bahamas Faith Ministries deputy, Richard Pinder, along with another pastor and his family. The cause of the crash has not yet been determined, though there had been heavy rain across the region.
Munroe was senior pastor of Bahamas Faith Ministries International Fellowship. He was an internationally renowned best-selling author, lecturer, teacher, life coach, government consultant and leadership mentor. He has traveled around the world training leaders in business, government, education, sports, media and religion. The multi-gifted motivational speaker served as a business consultant to governments, Fortune 500 companies and corporations.
His books include Understanding the Purpose and Power of Prayer (Whitaker House); Burden of Freedom (Charisma House); and Passing It On (FaithWords). Destiny Image planned to publish Rediscovering the Principle of Kingdom Citizenship in June.
Munroe was on his way to his 2014 Global Leadership Forum, which was slated to start today, Nov. 10. The forum was shortened but will go on as scheduled because, according to Myles Munroe International’s Facebook page, “this is what Dr. Munroe would have wanted. Please keep his family and the ministry in prayers.”
Andrew Young, former mayor of Atlanta and former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, is scheduled to speak at the forum and released the following statement through his foundation: “Ambassador Young expresses his deep sadness over the tragic death of his friends Dr. Myles and Mrs. Ruth Munroe. He offers condolences to the Munroe family and the families of the other souls who lost their lives as a result of this shocking plane crash.”
Oral Roberts University President Billy Wilson called Munroe an outstanding alumnus of the university.
“His work in extending Christ’s kingdom in our generation was exemplary and world changing. He was a servant to the university as both a member of the Board of Regents and, most recently, on the Board of Reference,” Wilson said. “Over the years, Myles was a much beloved chapel speaker and contributor to our university community. Rev. Munroe also served as co-chair of the Empowered21 Caribbean cabinet and a member of the Empowered21 Global Council. His energy and enthusiasm for imparting Spirit-empowered Christianity to new generations was contagious.”
Munroe represented his country as the youngest recipient of the Queen’s Birthday Honors of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) Award 1998 bestowed by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth of England, for his spiritual and social contributions to the national development of the Bahamas. He was also honored by the government of the Bahamas with the Silver Jubilee Award (SJA) for providing 25 years of outstanding service to the Bahamas in the category of spiritual, social and religious development.
“Myles Munroe breathed, lived and died expanding the kingdom of God,” said Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference/Conela. “His passion for Christ made him a true ambassador of grace and righteousness. My prayers accompany his family, church and all the people of the Bahamas.”
Many leaders are tweeting condolences and remembrances of Munroe:
Harry R. Jackson tweeted: “Good Morning America. Let us pause and pray for the #MylesMunroe family today.”
Smokie Norful tweeted: “Prayer for the world that will miss him. #MylesMunroe”
Mark Rutland tweeted: “#Myles Munroe, who was killed yesterday in a plane crash, will be sorely missed. He was an encouraging, edifying friend to many and to me.”
The Munroes leave behind daughter Charisa and son Chairo (Myles Jr.).
Jennifer LeClaire contributed to this story.