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

Christmas 2020: Time to celebrate and reflect

 

2020 has been a tough journey with some highs and lows.  Some of us experienced fear, anger, disappointment, worry, anxiety, loss, and grief.  We can only hope that nothing else will happen before the end of the year.  I always believe that Christmas happens at the end of the year to strength our faith, experience love, express our

gratitude, wipe our tears, bring hope, and restore relationships, and help us trust God for a better future.  Christmas is special because it’s a time for celebration. We celebrate God’s love for the world through the birth of Jesus Christ. We also celebrate the hope that strengthens our faith. Christmas reminds us that God can and is able to change things for our good.  Christmas is also a time for reflection. For this year 2020, Christmas will be an opportunity for many of us to think and reflect about our lives.  I would like to share with you some scriptures that can help to find answers to the pain, grief, worry, anxiety, discouragement, and disappointments of 2020.

 

1. Psalm 121:1-2

 I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.

 

2. Psalm 46:1

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.

 

3. Isaiah 9:6

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called   Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace.

 

4. Jeremiah 29:13

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.

 

There are numerous scriptures in the Bible to help us reflect about life during this holiday season. Christmas brings hope because Jesus Christ is the Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace for our lives. Despite all the troubles from this year, we can wipe our tears, smile, believe and pray for a better tomorrow because God loves and cares about us.

 

Merry Christmas

 

Rev. Pastor Patrick Munyakazi