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

My gift for Jesus’ Birthday

 

As we celebrate another Christmas this month, I am inviting all of us to remember that it is Jesus’s birthday.  As for any birthday, people are eager to receive gifts, cards, visits, eat cake with family and friends, or at least get a phone call.  Birthday is a day when most of us feel very special and loved. Everyone expects something on his or her birthday. Thanks to social media such as Facebook, we can feel very special because of the many messages we get, even from strangers. Let me ask you a question, do you have a gift for Jesus on his birthday.   Not only Jesus Christ’s birthday is a special day but Jesus Christ, himself, is special of us.  Jesus Christ’s birth was announced by the prophets in the old Testament.  Jesus Christ is God’s best gift for humanity. Jesus brings God’s presence in our hearts. We have peace, joy, power, and rest in him.

 

Therefore the Lord himself will give you[a a sign: The virgin[b] will conceive and give birth to a son, and[c] will call him Immanuel. Isaiah 7:14 (NIV)

 

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6 (ESV)

 

If the birth of Jesus Christ is the best thing that could happen to us, none of our gifts can measure up to it except our love and obedience.  Our love for God (and neighbor) and obeisance to his words will demonstrate that we value the gift of Jesus Christ in our lives. So, as we enjoy this Christmas season with loves ones and friends, we will remember to say thank you to God for his son Jesus Christ’s birth.

 

Merry Christmas

Rev. Pastor Patrick Munyakazi

 

Walker UMC 2020 Goals

 

I would like to share with you the goals we set during our last charge conference for our church Walker UMC

  • Mission: we are mission-oriented church.

  • Discipleship:  encourage and train church members to became disciples of Christ.

  • Hospitality: create a welcoming environment for visitors and new members.

  • Evangelism: witness God’s love to people and invite them to church.

  • Community: Increase our community presence with ideas and projects.

Everyone has a specific gift and talent that God can use for his Glory. I am encouraging each of us to pray and ask for discernment to know how to serve in the church, family, and community. 

Merry Christmas and Happy New year.

Blessings,

Pastor Patrick Munyakazi