Religious and political leaders across the globe on Tuesday continued to mourn Myles Munroe, the evangelical pastor and motivational speaker with a devoted following who was killed in a plane crash in the Bahamas Sunday.
Munroe, 60, founder and president of Bahamas Faith Ministries International, died along with his wife, Ruth, co-pastor Richard Pinder and six other people when the small plane they were flying in struck a shipping crane on approach to landing in stormy weather Sunday night at Grand Bahama International Airport, the ministry and Bahamian authorities said.
Prime Minister Perry Christie called Munroe “indisputably one of the most globally recognizable religious figures our nation has ever produced.” In a briefing with reporters Tuesday, he said, “I ask myself why would God take the life of someone who was one of his angels, one his disciples, one of his apostles.”
An investigator with the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board was arriving Tuesday to assist in the inquiry, the government said.
Munroe frequently appeared before mass audiences at Christian events with other famous preachers, like Bishop T.D. Jakes and Morris Cerullo. He wrote or co-wrote more than 100 inspirational and motivational books, many of which were best-sellers in the U.S. and elsewhere.
Joshua DuBois, former director of the White House Office of Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships in the Obama administration, called Munroe a “great man of God” and said word of his death was “devastating news.”
Munroe was a vigorous proponent of self-sufficiency in Christian communities in Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America, and he devoted several of his books to promoting Western investment and economic development in the world’s poorest nations.
In January, at the annual world conference organized by Cerullo, a prominent Pentecostal leader, Munroe talked at length about death and dying. He said the greatest goal of anyone was to “secure your legacy and pass it on. … Live in such a way that you wouldn’t need a tombstone.”
Here are other ministers who mourned the great preacher
Praying for Myles Munroe Family I know God is faithful and He will show Himself strong in this situation! Nothing takes Him by surprise 🙂
— CeCe Winans (@cecewinans) November 10, 2014
Saddened by the loss of Myles Munroe, his wife, daughter & others. We have no fear of death. Our last breath here is our first breath there!
— Pastor John Hagee (@PastorJohnHagee) November 10, 2014