The Board of Trustees at BFMI issued a statement saying: “We have literally been flooded with calls and well wishes from all over the world. We have also received a number of phone calls from several Head of States including Presidents of Countries, Prime Ministers as well as well known Pastors, Singers, Actors and Dignitaries expressing their sympathies and who have all indicated a commitment to attend.”
“On behalf of the Family of Dr Myles and Pastor Ruth Munroe and Dr Richard Pinder, we would once again like to thank the Bahamian people as well as people from around the world for their expressions of love, well wishes and support. It truly means a lot to us.”
The Munroes, Pinder and his family were killed when their private jet hit a shipyard construction crane as it flew into Grand Bahama International Airport earlier this month.
The Prime Minister of the Bahamas, Perry Christie, publicly mourned the loss of his “personal friend and spiritual mentor”. “It is utterly impossible to measure the magnitude of Dr Munroe’s loss to The Bahamas and to the world… He was indisputably one of the most globally recognizable religious figures our nation has ever produced. His fame as an ambassador for the Christian ministry preceded him wherever in the world he travelled.”
Leader of the Opposition Dr Hubert Minnis also expressed his condolences. “Tonight my heart is heavy and like millions around the world we are deeply saddened by this tragic loss of one of the world’s most noted spiritual leaders,” he said in a statement released the night of the incident.
“This tragedy is both difficult to comprehend and accept but we know that Pastor Myles and his colleagues and family all enjoyed a deep and personal relationship with God and as such are resting in his arms.”
However, some critics have denounced Munroe as a “false teacher”, after footage from a sermon in which he declared “Jesus is not the Gospel” was shared on the internet.
In a statement online, Myles Munroe Jr and his sister Charisa shared their gratitude for the support they have received in the days following their parents’ death, writing: “We would like to take this time to address all of you here and everyone around the world that has shown their support and expressed their condolences during this difficult time.
We want you all to know that in spite of the recent tragedy…we all have comfort in knowing that God is in control. We know there are many questions as to how or why something like this would be allowed to happen to such great individuals, but yet still God is in control.”
The pair continue: “We would like to make it known that although we are all grieving our losses and are deeply saddened by this tragic event, we have never been nor will we ever feel hopeless. There is no question in our hearts that the spirits of the nine persons whose lives were taken are now resting with our Heavenly Father. We rejoice for we know they are in a better place watching over all of us and rejoicing amongst the heavenly angels.
“We will not allow death to claim any victory, but we celebrate the life and legacy of each individual. This tragedy does not mark the end; the end of life, the end of a vision, the end of a journey, nor the end of a purpose, but it marks the new beginning of an era. An era of a new generation that will carry on the vision and legacy of our father and mother and of each individual whose life was lost so unexpectedly.
“So let’s not mourn their deaths but let’s celebrate their lives and find joy in knowing that although God may not explain himself, he will reveal himself. In the words of our father, ‘The greatest tragedy in life is not death, but a life without a purpose.’ We know there is a greater purpose in all of this and we are now the vessels for this new vision and legacy to be carried on.”
Pastor Benny Hinn issued a two-part tribute to Dr Myles Munroe (video below) and stated on his ministry’s website: “Along with our deepest condolences to the Myles Munroe family and everyone who is a part of the Bahamas Faith Ministries International (BFMI), Pastor Benny presents a two-part tribute today and tomorrow to Dr. Monroe, his wife Ruth, and others on board the plane that crashed last week while making a landing approach at the Grand Bahama International Airport. The Munroes were long-time and dear friends with Benny and Suzanne Hinn, and it is with great love and respect that our ministry offers this special re-broadcast of an interview about wisdom, leadership, and spiritual authority as we honor the memory and legacy of the Munroes.”