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

Be a “Daniel” in this time of Panic and Fear

 

As I have been praying and thinking about the Corona pandemic, I thought of Daniel’s story.  In Daniel 2, the king gave orders to kill all the wise men (Daniel included).  The order was published in the entire city. Today, it would be breaking news everywhere (CNN, Fox News, Washington Post, Facebook, Twitter, The Gazette, The Chicago Tribune,).  Imagine the terror in the hearts of these people and their families.  I would like to compare this story to the Corona’s pandemic which has created a lot of anxiety, worry, panic, and fear in people’s lives. I do believe that Daniel was terrorized but remained calm and chose to seek God’s face in prayer.  He also encouraged his friends to do the same.  In Daniel 2:18, he urged them to plead for mercy from the God of heaven concerning this mystery, so that he and his friends might not be executed with the rest of the wise men of Babylon. His prayer changed the course of the kingdom and many lives were spared (NIV).  

 

Can you imagine that anybody can catch this disease despite all the precautions?  In this time of crisis, I urge my brothers and sisters in faith to stand in prayer first, ask God to give us peace, and why not a revelation?  Despite the uncertainty of the future due to the Corona Virus, God can give the courage to remain calm and help others. In Philippians 4:6-7. the apostle Paul asked us not to worry and neither be anxious but to pray.  Jesus also mentioned in John 14:27 that true peace comes from him and the world is not able to give it to us. I strongly believe that God’s peace in our hearts is his first best response. When we have peace, we can control fear and other negative emotions. We can activate the spirits of faith, strength, love and courage when we pray because we know that God will never leave us or forsake us. At the end of this pandemic, we will also praise and thank God like Daniel did (2:20-23).  During this crisis, pray, encourage one another, be safe, and help someone.

 

Blessings,

 

Pastor Patrick Munyakazi