A must read from Dr. Myles Assistant ..”.
I provide this latest update and valuable info & insight I just received from Dr. Lucile Richardson, who has been a trusted personal writing assistant and coordinator for Dr. Myles for many years and very close to his family and ministry:
Due to the enormous amount of phone calls on all my phones and with me helping out at the church, I am unable to return your calls. Also, please do not call my cell phone because it needs to be repaired.
Allow me to update you while I am home for a brief moment. A month ago Dr. Munroe prophesied on a radio talk show that in the next month this nation will be shaken by the death of a very prominent leader and that person’s death will have an impact on the entire nation. Most of October he was in several countries in Africa/S.Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, and Burundi. When he returned a week ago he was on another talk show and said he has already written his obituary and that it something we all should do, because it helps you to know what you have and have not yet accomplished. That’s not the first time he’s made that statement in our midst too.
While in Burundi he invited the young lady in charge of organizing all the events for the govt. etc. to come to the Bahamas for our leadership summit being held in Freeport this week. She agreed and came. So on yesterday he called her up to share for a few minutes about her country, and he told us she would be traveling with them to Freeport on his jet after church So the news media is reporting that his daughter was on the plane, and some reports are saying a man from Africa when it was this young lady who he introduced to us.
The pilot was a very close friend since I first came to the Bahamas. His wife has just recovered from being very sick the past four years and near death a few times. No one could have imagined him leaving before her. Pas. Richard was my close friend and our fellowship pastor. He was in charge of the church because of Pas. Myles’ international traveling. He was married to Pas. Ruth’s sister, Sheena who had gone over earlier along with Pas. Myles son and daughter because of their involvement with the conference registration, etc. Yesterday Pas. Richard released 3 small books and he presented all 3 to Pas. Myles. One was on Leadership Legacy that he dedicated to Pas. Myles for having imparted so much in his life….it was an awesome moment of tribute shortly before Pas. Myles preached.
Yesterday Pas. Myles’ sermon was a summary of everything he has ever taught on purpose and potential as he started in Genesis ch. 2. It was a profound message! But we could not have imagined it being his last!
Also on board was our newly ordained youth pastor Lavard Parks and his pregnant (4 mo) wife Radel, and their 5 yr old son. This couple was very close and dear to my heart. Both consider me to be their mentor. Radel has a twin sister and they were best friends…this is ever so difficult for her and all of us. While we led intercession last night until most of the morning, several pastors came after the word hit this small island, as they were also in a state of disbelief.
One final note, yesterday we had no live streaming because all our equipment was already removed and sent over to Freeport for the conference. Andrew Young was suppose to be on the plane with Pas. Myles because he was already in Nassau speaking elsewhere, but he decided to take another flight.
Apparently the weather was very windy and there was a Bahamas Air flight that decided it was too windy to land and that pilot was instructed to turn around and return to Nassau. I understand that it was very foggy and Stanley had no way of knowing that as he came lower to get under the fog there would be a huge crane that he hit.
Please know that while I would love to return your phone calls and emails individually, I am unable to do so at this time. I’ve only had a couple hours of sleep and have to continue in assisting; hope you understand.
Appreciate all your prayers from around the world.
Dr. Lucile Richardson
(credit: Vicki Yohe’s Facebook page)
Just as Marysville- Pilchuck High School was preparing to begin the implementation of the share of their recently awarded $10 million grant to address emotional behavior among high school students, on Friday, October 24, a popular freshman entered the school opening fire on the students and before killing himself, injured 4 and killed 1. Today, it was reported that one of the injured, 14-year old Gia Soriano died of gunshot wounds.
While the police are working through the investigation and policymakers are working to understand the policies associated with gun control and school administration, it must be understood that there are students, teacher, families, and friends who were left devastated by the tragedy that struck their school on Friday.
Senseless tragedies often delay grief and give way to grief. Parents and friends can not begin to process the perspective that the person that they love are gone. Rather, the focus shifts to the why in hopes of trying to understand and process the why. Knees shaking and trembling voices leave no comfort to this community who in many ways are doorsteps from the tragedies that struck this state months ago during the Oso landslide that killed 43 people in early March.
What can you make of sending your child to school with the thought that their lives may be in danger not from outside of the school walls but within and at the hands of their elected and most popular student or a son or daughter of an employee who was acting out a temper tantrum that turned deadly. It makes no sense. Grant dollars are helpful to prevent, but the seed of senseless crimes are sown privately into children on a daily basis creating rage and uncontrollable anger.
Making sense of the senselessness makes my head hurt because with all of the methods of human behavior, it is often hard to predict what causes someone to snap and take other lives with them. The holiday season have begun, and like the parents who lost twenty children and 6 adults on December 14, 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School, facing the devastating and painful milestone of holiday grief with Thanksgiving and Christmas approaching, the wounds reopen.
Community trauma affects individuals differently and must be monitored to ensure that the well-being of everyone is respected. Giving people a pill and the 5 stages of grief no longer suffices the pain because denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance do not function in a straight line.
Grief is violent, exhausting, liberating, and above all necessary. Attempting to grieve the loss often gets cluttered with ensuring that justice is served for the life that was taken. Once can completely overthrow the other and can often result in unresolved grief.
Children may not understand that death is not reversible. You can not promise to got to bed and have your friends, family, or parent re-appear in the morning. Young adults may grapple with the factor of “Why them and not me?”
My prayers are that in the days ahead, the community will be comforted including the family of the young man who took and wounded so many lives on last Friday. That they will find peace and the courage to grieve in the days ahead.
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