It is with a heavy heart and deep sadness that I write about my mentor and father who went to be with the Lord this morning. This morning, I woke up to very sad news of the death of Dr. Myles Munroe, his wife Ruth Ann Munroe, His Senior Vice-President Dr. Richard Pinder, Newly installed Youth Pastors Lavard and Radel Parks and their son Johannan, Pilots Stanley Thurston and Farkhan Cooper and one additional passenger in a plane crush at the Grand Bahama Airport. To the world, you may have simply lost a preacher, pastor or business partner but to me I have lost a mentor and father. I bless the Lord for his life and legacy, he totally touched my heart.
I first got to watch Dr. Myles Munroe on TV after I lost my brother in February, 2011. His message gave me hope and helped me rediscover my purpose in life even when my family and I were going through a very tough time. Since then I have listened and watched thousands of messages that he has recorded over his lifetime. Myles Munroe and his entire ministry have not just been a source of inspiration to me but they restored hope in me, enabled me to discover the leader in me, challenged me to think of myself as a greater individual than I thought I was, and encouraged me to pursue my purpose in life. My life totally changed when I started listening to him.
Before his death, my dream was to meet him and I managed to meet and listen to him personally last year when he came over to Uganda as I celebrated my wife’s birthday and Uganda celebrated 51 years of independence.
Ringing in my mind right now are constant things I have heard from him that keep ringing in my mind. These include:
- Trapped in every follower is a leader however you have to become the leader you were created to be.
- Leadership is not ruling over people but over a gift.
- Your future is not ahead of you, it is trapped inside of you.
- The richest place on this planet is not the oil fields, mines etc but rather the grave yard.
- Ultimately in life we should strive to die empty.
And very many other phrases, Myles Munroe has been a role model, inspiration, father, mentor and an icon I have learnt from ever since I came into contact with him. My family and I will great miss him however the immense life lessons we have learnt from him will never depart from me.
Last November, I officially signed up for his mentorship program and learnt a lot from it. At the end of the program we were asked to create our life plans. It is so sad that this November, he has left the earth but one thing I am grateful for is that as a son he has left me behind with a vision and life plan for my life and when I work through it successfully his full impact of my life will be fulfilled.
This Saturday, another young man walked up to me and asked me to mentor him. He told me that he looks up to me and would want me to enable him be successful in his life. What this young man said to me touched my heart and took me back to the days when I have no purpose and barely anyone to look up to learn about God, principles of life, excellence, true leadership, vision and maximising potential in life. I pledge to continue the work the Lord Jesus Christ started, passed it on to people like Dr. Myles and now has been passed on to us to equip the next generation with these time-tasted principles.
I mourn with the Bahamas Faith Ministries, Munroe family, International Third World Leaders Association and all the other friends and partners. Dr. Myles and Mrs. Ruth Munroe will be dearly missed but I am certain his work is not going to die as he has mentored many of us to take over from him.
Bye bye Dr. Myles Munroe see you in Heaven and back on earth when our Lord Jesus Christ comes back and reconstructs it.