As the sun rose yesterday in Uganda, giving way to a new week, the sun in Bahamas was setting on internationally renowned best-selling author and preacher, business and leadership coach, Myles Munroe of Bahamas Faith Ministries International.
Munroe died in a plane crash in the Bahamas together with his wife, Ruth Ann Munroe, daughter Charisa and six other people on board. His plane reportedly flew low and struck a crane.
By mid-day, some Ugandans were still praying that the news, that made rounds in international media houses, was either incorrect or yet to be confirmed.
It was only later in the afternoon that the news sunk in, pricking hearts of many who met the preacher through some of his more than 60 books and physically when he graced our Parliament’s 15th annual National Prayer Breakfast as guest speaker on October 8 last year.
At the event, coming on the eve of the independence celebrations, Dr Munroe appeared to have tickled hearts of all and sundry, with the president and first lady paying keen attention to his key note address, delivered in a guttural voice, each word forming a building block of another.
Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga was the first and only government official by close of business yesterday to share her eulogy.
In a press statement, she wrote, “I was honoured that he could respond to my invitation at rather short notice, given that usually because of his busy schedules and itinerary, he normally required two year’s notice. His special message for Uganda is still fresh in the minds of many who interacted with him or who watched him on the live telecast on October 8 2013”.
Ms Sarah Kagingo, the president’s special assistant for communications, who relayed on Mr Museveni’s social media accounts events and photographs at the breakfast, told this newspaper: “He was very inspiring. He spoke to humanity no matter your faith. Even as a Muslim, I was touched and moved. He said the only thing worse than dying is living without purpose. His seven principles of the eagle also touched me.”
Former head of political intelligence desk at state house, Mr Charles Rwomushana said, “No preacher impacted me more than the late Myles Munroe. He cracked the horizons of knowledge to establish where the Almighty God puts human souls after this earth’s life, adding, “And with your usual generosity at sharing knowledge, you would love to share with a poor soul like Charles Rwomushana.”
For those upon whom his books made a lasting impression and the messages in the talks sunk in the hearts of hearts, Dr Munroe’s sudden demise means the loss of a man only greatness can define. To believers, he has only gone to rest with the Lord whose purpose he duly served.
Who is Myles Munroe?
Born on April 20 1954, Munroe was the author of 69 books and a motivational speaker whose teaching cut across leadership, philosophy, theology, human inter-relations and contemporary politics.
Online sources report that he had degrees in fine arts, education and theology from Oral Roberts University (1978), a Master’s degree in administration from the University of Tulsa (1980), and has been awarded a number of honorary doctoral degrees.
He traversed the world as a speaker winning audience from government and business leaders, academic institutions and church congregations. The father of two personally addressed over 500,000 people each year on personal and professional development, and received hundreds of invitations annually to speak worldwide.
SOURCE: Daily Monitor