Deputy Prime Minister Philip ‘Brave’ Davis among the congregation at Bahamas Faith Ministries last night.
Photos: Shawn Hanna/Tribune Staff
By RASHAD ROLLE
Tribune Staff Reporter
“WELCOME to day two of the new life of BFM.”
Those were the words a senior pastor of Bahamas Faith Ministries (BFM) told congregants gathered for an emergency prayer meeting at BFM last night, a day after Dr Myles Munroe, his wife and seven others died in a plane crash.
“Pastor Myles made preparation for this time and let me assure you that God wasn’t surprised,” he said, adding: “The Lord sees everything, knows everything and returns everything over to him.”
Acknowledging the “sacrifice of praise” many in attendance had to offer, the ministry’s praise and worship leader later added: “If Pastor Myles had a word for you, he would say give your best praise.”
With people still shocked by the news of the fatalities in Grand Bahama, Deputy Prime Minister Philip “Brave” Davis addressed the congregation on behalf of the government.
“The Bahamas is sad on the passing (of those who died in the crash) and truly no assembly of words is sufficient at this time,” he said.
“Tragedy often shakes the root but we should not allow it to uproot the foundation. In Lamb’s Book of Life there’s a time for all of us to pass from this world to a place fit for us. Nothing can delay us from that root, no skill, no artistry, no knowledge, no competence; nothing. No one knows the time, nor the place nor how.
“Our faith, though, is steadied by our grasp and adherence to the admonition that we are not to lean on our own understanding. As a member of the Christian community and a Bahamian patriot, I join the Bahamas and the rest of the world in saluting the lives of Pastor Dr Myles Munroe and his wife, Ruth Munroe, senior pastor Dr Richard Pinder, youth pastor Lavard Manifest Parks, his wife Radel Parks, his son Johanan and also their unborn child, the pilot captain Stanley Thurston, and I also extend condolences to the family of the unidentified woman from Africa that travelled with them.”
Mr Davis told congregants that the deceased triumphed in life.
“We realise that these men and women glorified God,” he said. “Pastor Myles, along with his wife, sought to develop people as leaders. Literally millions of lives around the world were inspired by their messages to discover their personal purpose, to develop their true potential and to manifest their unique leadership abilities. That is the triumph.
“It rests in that contagious message of inspiration, motivation and truth. And that message did not die last night. It is as alive today as the souls that have past to eternity.”