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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yours in Jesus-Christ,
Pastor Patrick Munyakazi
Grace and Easter Joy to you this day from our Risen Savior Jesus the Christ in whose Servant ministry we are all involved.
The 14th chapter of John’s gospel contains this promise our Lord gave his disciples: “If you love
me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the father and he will give you another Advocate (Comforter), to be with you forever.” (Jn 14:15-16)
Jesus added: “I will not leave you orphaned; I am coming to you. In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me; because I live, you also will live” (Jn.14:18-19).
What a wonderful promise! Jesus knew he would be dying. He knew the disciples would see his resurrected body. But even after Jesus ascended into heaven, the disciples wouldn’t be alone. The Holy Spirit would come to comfort and empower them.
“My peace I leave with you,” Jesus concluded. “Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.” (Jn.14:27). WOO HOO!!!!!
In His Service,
The Best Mathematical equation I have ever seen: 1 Cross + 3 Nails = 4 given.
RECIPE FOR A MORE MEANINGFUL EASTERTIDE
TAKE 1 heaping hour on Palm Sunday & walk in the shoes of our Lord as he rode into Jerusalem.
ADD 1 hour & gather on Maundy Thursday around our Lord’s Table & experience the Last Supper & events that preceded his arrest.
BLEND in 60 minutes at the foot of the cross on Good Friday.
SIMMER all the ingredients until Easter Eve.
ADD 90 minutes of worshiping, listening, baptizing, singing, proclaiming and welcoming in the new day on Easter Morning!!!
CHECK through to be sure all of the ingredients have been mixed well.
FROST with a liberal portion of worship on Easter Day.
Give others a taste by telling it out with a joyful noise the next 50 days!!!!
(Copied from Paton-Churdan Newsletter)