Chairo Munroe speaks to the delegates at the end of the convention in Grand Bahama yesterday to thank them for their love and support following the death of his parents, Dr Myles Munroe and his wife Ruth, and seven others in a plane crash. Chairo’s sister, Charissa, stands at his side during the speech, wearing a peach jacket, left. Photo: David Mackey
By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
MYLES Chairo Munroe, the son of Dr Myles and Ruth Munroe, with his sister Charissa and other family members, stood bravely before the Global Leadership Forum and thanked everyone for the outpouring love and support following the tragic deaths of their parents, and the seven others who died on Sunday in a plane crash in Grand Bahama.
Surrounded by his family, Chairo, 29, said that while loved ones are affected by the tragedy, they are not “hopeless.”
“I would like to make it known that although we are grieving our losses and are deeply saddened by this tragedy, we have never been, nor will we ever feel hopeless,” he told the crowd.
“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 among Heavenly angels,” he said.
Dr Munroe, founder and president of Bahamas Faith Ministries International, his wife Ruth, Dr Richard Pinder, a BFMI executive, Lavard and Rudel Parks, BFMI youth ministers, and their son young Johanan were on board.
Pilot Capt Stanley Thurston, co-pilot Frankan Cooper, and Diego DeSantiago, an American, were also killed.
The plane went down in severe weather just after 5pm and crashed in a junk pile at the Grand Bahama Shipyard, after hitting a crane on its approach to land at the airport.
Investigators have recovered the cockpit voice recorder and a probe into the cause of the crash is underway.
The group was heading to Freeport to attend the leadership conference, which Dr Munroe hosts every year in Grand Bahama. The event is attended by many persons from around the world.
Before the close of the conference, Chairo and his family made their first appearance since the tragedy.
“I hope the conference has been a blessing to everyone,” he said. “I take this time to address everyone here and around the world who has shown their support and expressed condolences during this difficult time.
“We know there are many questions as to how or why something like this would be allowed to happen to such great individuals, but still God is in control,” he said.
“The past few days have been the most difficult times for my sister and I, my family, and all affected by this loss. We are all saddened, but comforted and encouraged by outpouring of love and support we received from everyone around the country, and from those around the world at large.
“I want to thank everyone that has called, that has emailed, that has left messages, or that has just given words of encouragement. We are truly grateful,” he said.
Dr Munroe, 60, was an internationally renowned religious leader, best-selling author and business coach. He has travelled all over the world conducting leadership training, teaching and preaching.
His son has vowed to carry on his father’s legacy.
“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 a new era.
“An era of new generation that will carry on the vision and legacy of my father and mother and of each individual whose life was lost so unexpectedly,” he said.
“So let’s not mourn their deaths, but let us celebrate their lives and find joy knowing that although God may not explain himself, he will reveal Himself.”
He ended, by quoting words of his father by saying, “The greatest tragedy in life is not death, but is in dying without purpose. We know there is a greater purpose in all of this and we are now the vessels for this new vision and this new legacy to be carried on.”
Attorney General Allyson Maynard-Gibson also addressed the conference on Wednesday. She extended condolences to Dr Munroe’s children, and the families of the other victims.
“I am sure that many of you like me would like to wake up and realise that it was all a bad dream. But the tragic events of this week. . .is a reminder that in the midst of life we are in death,” she said.
Mrs Gibson said that Dr Myles Munroe was an iconic leader, who led change in a globalised world.