TEARFUL mourners gathered at Bahamas Faith Ministries on Sunday night, soon after they learned that Dr Myles Munroe died in a plane crash on Grand Bahama with eight others.
As somber parishioners converged at the Bahamas Faith Ministries (BFM) compound in New Providence, an anguished crowd had also gathered at the Grand Lucayan Resort in Grand Bahama, where Dr Munroe was to lead a conference today, hit hard by the news that his plane had crashed on its way to that island.
At an emergency press conference at BFM headquarters on Carmichael Road, BFM Pastor Dave Burrows led tributes from religious leaders to the acclaimed author and spiritual leader.
Pastor Burrows hailed Dr Munroe, 60, as a “visionary”, noting that he was the “foundation” of BFM. BFM board members received numerous phone calls from people around the world offering their condolences following reports of Dr Munroe’s death, he said. “We are all trying to console ourselves at this point in time because it is a terrible shock and it’s very difficult for everybody so we are just calling on the faith that we have,” he said. “He is the driving force behind everything that we have done and he has been the inspiration for all of the people in this boardroom and for people worldwide.”
Hours before his death, Dr Munroe led a Sunday morning church service in Nassau and then later left for Grand Bahama where he would have hosted a leadership conference on that island, Pastor Burrows said.
On Facebook, Rev Margaret Elcock, president/CEO of the Family Focus Broadcasting Network and ISAAC 98.1 fm, who is scheduled to speak at the Global Leadership Forum today on the topic “Globalisation and the Media”,expressed her shock at the loss of a man she called a spiritual father.“What a shock, I am devastated. DR Myles Munroe Statesman, Motivator, Consumaie Leader, my Mentor, Friend and spiritual father has gone home.I iLoved him and his Wife Ruth dearly. Still haven’t processed fully that they are both gone to be with The Lord. God knows best. I am in Bahamas , we all came to attend Summit 2014, now the focus has changed. Last time I saw him was at Apostle Bairds funeral earlier this year.. The Lord is calling home his Generals. Also lost is Dr Richard Pinter, his second in command. What a loss!!!. We will pray and comfort each other.”
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As news of the tragedy spread, hundreds appeared at the site of the crash, the Grand Bahama Ship Yard, where they lit candles and prayed. Before his death was confirmed, those attending the conference prayed and desperately sought information about his condition. Once they were informed of the tragedy, those attending the conference started screaming and crying.
As news of Dr Munroe’s death spread, condolences from prominent people within the Christian community spread across Facebook and other social media websites.