Letter from our Community Lay Director August 20, 2022
Dear Emmaus Community,
The following news comes with great sadness and disappointment. We have reached a crossroad again as a community as we are faced with not enough pilgrims to hold the men’s or women’s walk weekends. Your Idaho Walk to Emmaus Board previously agreed that a minimum of 7 pilgrims is our deciding factor to hold the weekend and our community wasn’t able to meet this minimum for either men’s or women’s. Because of this, we have no choice except to cancel the Fall Walks that were scheduled September 22 -25th and September 29th – October 2nd.
In March of this year, we postponed the weekends because of the uptick in Covid. The health and well-being of our Emmaus community is very important to us.
We have two amazing servants in our community. They built teams to prepare for the March Walks which were postponed and then agreed to stay on a Lay Directors and continued to work on building teams for the Fall Walks. These two have put in endless amounts of time and energy in the preparation of both weekends as Lay Directors.
I would like to personally thank Mike Kroenke and Karen Egersdorf for their perseverance over this last year. Your servanthood has been amazing. Thank you, team members who were willing to commit to the weekend. We may not understand the why in all of this, but God does. He is counting on us as an Emmaus community.
I ask myself, and the community, how can this be prevented for future weekends and how can we sustain the Emmaus movement?
Remember back to your Pilgrim Walk, and when you received your cross. At that time, we were all commissioned to answer Christ’s call to be his disciples. The Idaho Walk to Emmaus Board prayer is that everyone remembers that there are others who would like to experience what the walk has to offer but if we aren’t active and serving others won’t know. We ask that everyone be in prayer about how you can serve and sponsor for weekends in the future.
Christ be with you,
Idaho Community Lay Director