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

 

Adopted in the Best Family

 

 

 The Bible talks about spiritual adoption as one of the blessings bestowed on us by God. God did not ask anybody‘s opinion to take us in his family as children by the process of adoption.  In fact, Ephesians 1:5 states that “In love, he [God] predestined us for adoption to himself as children through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will” (ESV).   This statement is an eye opener because it reveals our identity.  We belong to God’s family. No one could ask for better than this because it is the best family.

 

Romans 8: 15-17 states “For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!”16 The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.” (ESV).  This is even better.  We are God’s heirs and should be aware of our rights and responsibilities. We can approach God in prayer by faith in Jesus’s name with confidence because he knows what is best for us.  But what is required of us is to know the family’s rules (Bible) and live according to them. 

 J. I. Packer wrote this: “if you want to judge how well a person understands Christianity, find out how much he makes of the thought of being God’s child, and having God as his Father. If this is not the thought that prompts and controls his worship and prayers and his whole outlook on life, it means that he does not understand Christianity very well at all. . . . “Father” is the Christian name for God. 

I encourage all of us to develop this idea that we are adopted by God. I truly believe that it will give us a better understanding of being a Christian.  

 

Blessings, 

 

Pastor Patrick Munyakazi