Tribute to a Legend of Faith and an Apostle of Purpose, Dr. Myles Munroe
“They that love beyond the world cannot be separated by it. Death cannot kill what never dies.” -Williams Penn
“For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.” -1 Thessalonians 4:14
These quotes become so apt at this critical moment that we received with rude shock and disquiet the news of the transition to higher glory of our revered mentor and friend of Covenant University, Dr. Myles Munroe, a legend of Faith, an Apostle of Purpose, a quintessential Transformational Leader, a Pan-Africanist and a lover of Christ. Dr. Munroe and his wife, Mrs. Ruth Ann Munroe, died in a plane crash late Sunday night (November 9, 2014) in the Bahamas.
Dr. Myles Munroe to us is an inspiration and will remain an inspiration forever. This is particularly so when we remember his invaluable contributions to the robust takeoff and development of our university. He was among the facilitators during the First Induction Programme for Pioneer Faculty and Staff of the University. His robust presentations such as ‘THE LEADERSHIP SPIRIT OF EXCELLENCE’ and ‘THE EMERGENCE OF THE THIRD WORLD’ are still apt in our quest for excellence as well as the University’s visionary drive of raising a new generation of leaders for our continent.
A pan-Africanist, Dr. Myles Munroe, though from the Bahamas, believed and worked towards African renaissance. Just like his friend, our Chancellor, Dr. David Oyedepo, he held the view that the Blackman is not inferior to his White counterparts.
He was a passionate follower of Christ whose heart pants after God as the deer pants for the water brooks. He lived to see the lost saved; as an encourager, an intercessor, a minister of the gospel, a faithful follower and an example of the love of Jesus manifested through an earthen vessel.
As an Apostle of Purpose, he believed that “The graveyard is the richest place on earth, because it is there that you will find all the hopes and dreams that were never fulfilled, the books that were never written, the songs that were never sung, the inventions that were never shared, the cures that were never discovered, all because someone was too afraid to take that first step, keep with the problem, or determined to carry out their dream.” Myles Munroe lived what he preached. He lived a purposeful life and had many awards to his credit, including 1988 Silver Jubilee Award for providing 25 years of outstanding service to the Bahamas and the Queen’s Birthday Honour, OBE (Order of British Empire). He was an internationally renowned preacher and best-selling author/co-author of over 100 books. Indeed, he emptied himself. He will definitely go to the grave empty
Indeed, this is a loss not only to Bahamas Faith Ministries International Fellowship, where Myles and his wife served as the senior pastor and the co-senior pastor respectively, but also to the entire world which currently seeks to build legacies for qualitative and transformational leadership rooted in the fear of the Lord.
Our consolation, however, rests on the fact that he and his wife are at the bosom of our Lord Jesus Christ where they are already being commended for their good and faithful service on earth. May we all be comforted by this truth while trusting the Holy Spirit to minister life to all their loved ones in Jesus Precious Name. Amen!
Adieu great Leaders of Leaders- Dr. Myles and Mrs. Ruth Ann Munroe.
Professor Charles K. Ayo
For: The Covenant University Community