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I didn’t know what to expect as I walked into the lobby of the Sheraton hotel in Fort Worth, Texas, accompanied by a wrenching bout of anxiety. I was there to interview Charisa and Myles “Chairo” Munroe Jr., children of the late Dr. Myles and Ruth Munroe who died on November 9, 2014 with 7 others in a plane crash. Charisa and Myles Jr. were in town for the Kingdom Summit conference hosted by Dr. Darrell Wilson of Acts International Church, Fort Worth, Texas.
I had the privilege of interviewing Dr. Myles Munroe in 2006 and 2013. His simplicity, oasis of wisdom and infectious laughter left a memorable imprint on the wall of my heart. I wondered if his children would leave a similar mark or no mark at all.
My train of distorted thoughts screeched to a halt when Charisa (Dr. Munroe’s first child and only daughter) and Myles “Chairo” Munroe Jr. (his only son) crept up on me. I looked up, we exchanged pleasantries and looked for a conducive spot to hold the interview. Their politeness and approachable countenance calmed my nerves and ushered the butterflies in my stomach on a permanent hike.
Charisa, a split image of her father, had his megawatt presence while Myles Jr., whose striking resemblance to his mother Ruth is undeniable, came across as a man of few words.
I looked forward to finding out how these children that had to become adults overnight in the eyes of the world were faring. In no time, we commenced the interview.
Your dad impacted so many lives around the world. The last time I saw him in person was on an international trip abroad in 2013. I heard footsteps running towards the boarding gate of a flight I was waiting to board. I wondered who it was and received the shock of my life when I realized it was your dad. He had no body guard, no aide, no nothing. Just him, armed with his briefcase and trench coat flying in the air as he rushed to make the flight. What about your dad do you remember on a daily basis?
Myles Jr.: He was a people’s person, very humble, very modest. He always greeted everybody with the same respect regardless of status. He wasn’t judgmental; he was very compassionate. He tried to give everyone his time.
Charisa: To lose one’s parent is almost unbelievable. To have lost both parents is unimaginable What I miss the most is before he was anything else, he was dad. He was dad in my life. People wouldn’t fathom this intellectual icon who they see on stage as otherwise. They probably thought he was serious all the time. But when he was home, he was like any girl’s daddy and every girl needs her daddy. He and my mom were parents first. He knew how to be the serious person and how to switch roles. I think that’s important for a lot of ministers who are not like that in their homes as they do everything ministry while their family gets pushed aside. For my dad, family was first, then ministry and other needs.
I want to ask a very difficult question, please bear with me. Where were you when you heard the news or how did you hear the news of what happened to your parents?
Myles Jr.: We were in Freeport, Bahamas at the time preparing for an upcoming conference. Since my sister and I were part of the planning team, we were making sure everything was in place for my dad, his team and those coming for the conference. We were working and expecting their arrival when phone calls started coming in about a possible crash. We were confused and didn’t know what was going on or who had the right story.
When did it sink in that their departure to glory was real?
Charisa: The first Sunday, a week after the crash, we were all back in Nassau and were in the church. So you can imagine walking into dad’s church for the first time, he wasn’t there and where he and mom would be seated was robed in nice blue covering. They were just not there. Every time we go back home, Chairo and I go back to the church and it gets harder and harder because they really are not there. I guess it’s sinking in slowly. I can’t describe it. I can’t describe it. It’s almost like it’s sinking in but it’s still unbelievable.
I can only imagine. I have experienced the pain of losing a parent. Healing will come with time. You have very big shoes to fill. I am reminded of Pastor Joel Osteen of Lakewood Church in Houston, TX. I believe you have a ministry in you. What are your plans?
Myles Jr.: I don’t look at it as big shoes to fill. A lot of people say that but my dad will be the first to say don’t worry about his shoes; I should just be me and who am supposed to be. There is no need trying to impress anybody. It’s something he taught us growing up and we carry it with us even now. A lot of people say ‘you guys have big shoes to fill’ but I don’t really pay too much attention to it. I get a lot of compares to Pastor Joel Osteen because he lost his father and had to be propelled into being a pastor almost immediately. I understand the similarities but it is two totally different stories and situations. He has done well for himself carrying his father’s legacy and we plan to do the same for our parents. There is no pressure on us, we have a good support system around us. We have our family, individuals that have been around like Pastor Wilson and his wife who have been family friends for a long time. We are kind of walking in our own shoes for now as we carry his legacy forward.
Wow. I am so blown away by your firm decision to be yourself.
Charisa: This is the message my dad preached to so many people about finding out who you are – your identity. There are so many people that want to be like other people. My brother and I don’t want to be like him; we actually want to be better than our dad. It is what he has been teaching us and any one around him. We don’t want to rush to fill his shoes but with God’s direction, at our own pace and in our own way carry his legacy forward.
At what age did you experience God? The way both of you are holding onto the word of God is remarkable. When did you begin to embrace the word of God?
Charisa: It wasn’t a particular age. We have seen God show Himself in the lives of our parents and family. We were born into this. God was never pushed or shoved in our faces. That is one thing our parents never did. They never said you have to go to church or you have to come work for me. Everything Chairo (Myles Jr.) and I did was by our own choice or by an encounter that we personally had with God. My dad never forced us to do anything. I am a Social Worker by profession while my brother is a Business man. We are not pastors and never went to Bible College. We were able to live our lives and follow our own dreams. It just so happened that along the way we realized and made the decision ourselves to be a part of our dad’s vision.
Myles Jr. : When you experience and see God work, there is no need for you to search for anything else. I have seen God show Himself. There were times when being in business with my dad we experienced ups and downs. When I was not confident about certain outcomes, my dad never worried about it. He wouldn’t even pay attention to it because he knew and believed what it ought to be. As humans, sometimes we are so blinded with what our physical eyes see. It takes faith to believe that something you can’t see is something that is supposed to be. That is what my dad brought to life for me. Today, when am faced with difficult times like how my sister and I are going to get through a particular situation, I am reminded of what my dad taught me on how to respond to a situation. It has become second nature to me. We are not made to be worriers. As kingdom citizens we have been instructed to seek the kingdom of God and His righteousness will follow.
SOURCE: Manna Express Online – May Olusola