The son of Dr. Myles Munroe speaks out about the tragic death of his parents and the family’s plan to carry on the vision. Myles, Jr., accompanied by his sister, aunt, cousins and other family members, stood at the podium of the conference his father was slated to host and addressed the congregants and others worldwide in order to convey gratitude for all the expressions of love the Munroe family has received.
On the final day of the Global Leadership Forum Myles, Jr. accepted the opportunity to publicly acknowledge the pain of losing his parents and the seven others whose lives ended with them. He also wanted to let the attendees, and others who have shown concern, know that although his father was gone, his vision would continue to live on. Myles, Jr. said they are not without hope, but have comfort knowing that in spite of the pain God is in control.
He named each of the victims of the fiery crash and identified them as follows: His father and mother, Dr. Myles and Ruth Munroe, uncle Dr. Richard Pinder, church youth pastors Lavard and Radel Parks (and unborn child), Johanan Parks (their young son), close friend Diego Santiago, Captain Stanley Thurston (chief pilot) and first officer Frahkan Cooper. All nine of them died in the crash as they were headed to the leadership forum; Young Myles wanted to express his family’s condolences for each of them and their families.
Myles, Jr. described the past few days as very difficult times for all affected including his sister, family and himself. As he continued addressing the crowd the up and coming leader said he knew there are many questions that people have as to why or how God would allow something like this to happen to such great people, but he knows God is still in control. The young man emphatically reminded everyone when believers die in the faith, it is never final and there is no doubt the spirits of those who were killed are now resting with the Heavenly Father.
The family is grieving their loss and is extremely saddened by the tragedy but they are not now nor will they ever feel hopeless. As the crowd applauded, Myles added:
We rejoice for knowing that they are in a better place rejoicing among the heavenly angels and watching over all of us. We will not allow death to claim any victory, but we will celebrate the life and legacy of each individual.
According to Myles, Jr. this tragic experience does not mark the end of life, the vision, journey or end of a purpose; instead it marks the new beginning of an era. This is a new era of a new generation that will carry on the legacy and vision of Dr. Munroe, his wife Ruth and all others who lost their lives. He encouraged the listeners, instead of celebrating their deaths, to celebrate their lives and find joy in knowing although God may not explain himself, he will reveal himself.
Myles Munroe, Jr. ended his speech with words from his late father, “The greatest tragedy in life is not death but is a life void of purpose.” Myles said he knows there is a purpose in all of this and they are now the vessels that will carry on this new vision and new legacy to be carried on. In closing the son of this great leader paused again to thank people from around the globe for their kind messages, phone calls, emails and cards.
by Cherese Jackson (Virginia)