Pastor

Pastor Patrick Munyakazi

To the saints of Walker UMC, may the love of our God and the peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

I am Pastor Patrick Munyakazi.  I was born in Africa and arrived in the United States in August of 2000.  I am married to Mamyna Munyakazi.  We have 4 wonderful children (2 boys and 2 girls) David, Daniella, Dashny, and Dashella.  My children are going to Prairie school in Cedar Rapids.  My wife has an associate degree from Indian Hills Community College and is working as a nurse aide in a long-term care facility in Cedar Rapids.   I came to ministry while still a university student in my home country of The Democratic Republic of Congo.  I am a licensed local pastor and serving as a ¼ time associate pastor at Asbury UMC in Cedar Rapids.  I am the leader of the International French Fellowship Ministry (IFFM) which is a ministry of Asbury UMC that targets French-speaking immigrants in Cedar Rapids.   I obtained my associate degree in nursing from Kirkwood Community College.  I am a family man.  I like to read and take pictures.

I am very honored and humbled to be your new pastor.  I am here for you and will make myself available for church members.   I see Walker UMC as a big family where we are going to know and learn from each other as we spend time together.  My wife and I speak 4 languages (English, French, Lingala, and Swahili) and we have an accent.  We will be glad to repeat for you, just ask.   Do not hesitate to let me know about people who need assistance or prayers.  My phone will always be opened for you.  My number is 319 431 8319 and my email is pastmkz@gmail.com.

Yours in Jesus-Christ,

Pastor Patrick Munyakazi

Pastor's Corner

Easter is the Most Important Christian Celebration

 

In 1 Corinthians 15: 12-19 Paul is sharing with us the meaning and importance of Easter!

Now if Christ is preached as raised from the dead, how is it that[c] some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised; 14 if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain [useless, amounting to nothing], and your faith is also in vain [imaginary, unfounded, devoid of value and benefit—not based on truth]. 15 We are even discovered to bear false witness to [misrepresenting] God, because we testified concerning Him that He raised Christ, whom He did not raise, if in fact the dead are not raised.16 For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised, either; 17 and if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless and powerless [mere delusion]; you are still in your sins [and under the control and penalty of sin]. 18 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. 19 If we who are [abiding] in Christ have hoped only in this life [and this is all there is], then we are of all people most miserable and to be pitied.

This is an excellent scripture that every Christian should know and use to defend their faith. Christianity is unique because of the teachings and works of our Master Jesus Christ. His speeches were so persuasive and transformed many lives. Jesus Christ told his followers in John 15:25, "I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he dies, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die.  Jesus Christ died and rose from the dead as he promised.  He is alive. We celebrate Easter to remember the victory over sins. If Jesus Christ was not resurrected, we would still be slave to our sins and powerless.  The apostle Paul is reminding us that Easter is the essence of Christianity. Without Easter, our faith will have no meaning. With the resurrection of Jesus Christ, we have salvation, power, hope, and eternal life.

Romans 8:11 states that The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in us. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to our mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within us.  I would like all of us to realize that the power used to perform the miracle of Easter is available for us to use.  We are alive because of Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit.  No matter what struggles we're facing, or what hardships the world is up against, we can still celebrate the resurrection of our Lord.

My prayer is that this Easter celebration should be a life-changing experience for all of us.

Blessings,

 

Pastor Patrick Munyakazi