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

Word of Encouragement

 

2 Kings 4: 8-36, tells the story of the prophet Elisha and the woman from the town of Shunem.  Elisha used to pass through the town and a woman noticed him. She convinced her husband to invite the prophet to eat and they even built an extra room for him so he could rest every time he was in town. Because of their kindness and hospitality, the couple received a miracle of a son despite her husband being too old to have kids. But a few years passed and the boy dies. The woman’s faith was shattered but she remembered to go to the prophet for help and then the boy came back to life.

I like the story because it demonstrates the power of love, kindness, and hospitality. One thing you will notice in the story is the woman was the only person to offer hospitality to Elisha. I am convinced that every day God places opportunities in our lives so we can show kindness and love to people.  The woman had a strong conviction and did not hesitate to follow it. She went the extra mile to build a room for the prophet. Can you imagine the money that the couple had to spend on the project?  They did it because they knew it was the right thing to do. They did not expect or ask for anything in return.

Their kindness and hospitality were like seeds that produced two powerful miracles in their lives. I know that it would be difficult and almost impossible to demonstrate that kind of hospitality today but there are many other ways to assist people. I do believe that every act of hospitality, love, and kindness will always bring many blessings back to our lives. Whenever you have an opportunity to help, take it because you never know what kind of miracle will come back to you.

 

Blessings,

 

Pastor Patrick Munyakazi