The Vision for Emmaus
(the principal points below were taken from an
by Rev. Cherie Jones, in the April-June issue
of the Walk To Emmaus International Newsletter)
The scriptures remind us that, "Where there is no vision, the people perish"
(Prov. 29: 18 KJV).
A vision of where we want to go gives us a sense of direction as well as purpose.
The vision of the Walk To Emmaus is three fold:
FIRST - WE SEEK TO DEVELOP CHRISTIAN LEADERS.
We invite Christians who are active members of local churches to come to the three day weekend. While on their walk, they are challenged to take on the disciplines of piety, study, and Christian action for the rest of their lives.
SECOND - WE SEEK TO STRENGTHEN LOCAL CONGREGATIONS.
We want pilgrims to return to their local churches and continue to offer themselves in service to God through their congregations. They take back their understanding of a life marked by piety, study, and Christian action. They bring home a renewed energy for loving God and neighbor. They bring back a revitalized desire to offer sacrificial love within the church.
THIRD - WE SEEK TO CHRISTIANIZE THE ENVIRONMENT.
We want the pilgrims to return to their homes, places of work, school, neighborhoods, and be faithful witnesses to the grace of Jesus Christ. It is our hope and vision that their witness will make a difference in their world, that their lives will be marked by honesty and integrity, and that the light of Christ will shine through their words and deeds.