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

Start your Own Journal

 

I would like to share with you three verses in Psalms 145 (The message).   Vs. 6, “Your marvelous doings are headline news; I could write a book full of the details of your greatness.” Vs 17-18 “Everything GOD does is right— the trademark on all his

works is love. GOD’s there, listening for all who pray, for all who pray and mean it.”

This is very powerful regarding God’s greatness.  Imagine if we all write about God’s wonders and actions. Imagine if we can read each other’s life story.  Imagine reading your parents, friends, coworkers, pastors, doctors, teachers, senators, neighbors, firefighters, and their testimonies.  Their successes and failures can inspire, humble, and transform you.

I know it is impossible for some of us to write a book but at least we can journal about God’s greatness and love.  I journal about my relationship with God.  I will admit that I do not do it every day, but I record as much as I can about things, people, and events.   I record all God’s answers to my prayers and the good things that He is doing in people around me.

My journal is now a part of my motivation and encouragement routine. It does not replace my Bible, but I use it to reminisce about the good things that God has done for me. My Journal helps me to not worry or be anxious because the Bible says in Philippians 4: 6-7, Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

I know if God has rescued, protected, and blessed me in the past, He will do it again because he is faithful.  This article is to encourage you to record all that God’s goodness has done for you and your family.  My journal is a tool for gratitude. It enables me to stay positive and have faith in God. It is a reminder that life is too short to have a heart full of bitterness, anger, fear, jealousy, envy, worry, anxiety, and hatred.  When I read my Bible and journal about my life, I realize God’s love for me and pray for people.


Blessings,
Pastor Patrick Munyakazi