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Thousands celebrated Dr. Myles Munroe and his wife, Ruth, two influential leaders in Christianity who were laid to rest Thursday in a state-recognized funeral in the Bahamas.

The funeral came nearly a month after the couple died in a plane crash along with eight others from their church Bahamas Faith Ministries.

Bahamas Prime Minister Perry Christie called Dr. Myles Munroe “indisputably one of the most globally recognizable religious figures our nation has ever produced.”

The story of that rise to prominence is incredible. He was born to poor parents in 1954 and is one of 11 children.

Prime Minister Perry Christie says that Dr. Munroe may have known that his end was near. The funeral followed a memorial service at the Thomas A Robinson Stadium, at which Christie also spoke. In his address he referred to the last meeting he had had with Munroe, at a gathering of religious leaders he had convened to discuss constitutional reform.

Christie said: “Dr. Munroe took a lively part in the discussions at the meeting but what I most vividly remember about him that Saturday evening was how he was one of the very last to leave the meeting and to leave my office after the meeting.

“Looking at it in retrospect, it seems that there was a lot on his mind, much more than normal; and that a sense of urgency now attended him; a sense that there was no time to waste; a sense that the challenges of our times summoned us all to leadership in one form or another so that the problems of contemporary Bahamian society that so troubled him could be more aggressively addressed and remediated.”

He said: “I think about that now; I wonder about it now because it does suggests to me in retrospect that Dr Munroe was perhaps sensing at some instinctive level, perhaps even at some prophetic level, that his days were numbered, and that the end of his numbered days was drawing nigh.”

Three hearses carry the bodies of Myles Munroe, his wife, Ruth, as well as those of late-senior vice president and fellowship pastor of Bahamas Faith Ministries Richard Pinder, and pilots Captain Stanley Thurston and First Officer Frahkan Cooper in New Providence, Nassau, Bahamas, on Monday, November 17, 2014. (Inset) Myles Munroe and wife, Ruth.

Source: Excerpts Courtesy of Christian Post and Joy105