This site is dedicated to providing information about the Walk to Emmaus community in the Central California region and upcoming events sponsored by CCWTE.
Praise God for successful Spring Walks! Sponsor’s – please bring your pilgrims to the next local area gathering!
Day of Prayer and Praise – July 13, 2019
Men’s Fall Walk: October 3-6, 2019
Women’s Fall Walk: October 10-13, 2019
Letter from the 2019 President
This morning, I watched a demo of an Emmaus Community database application provided by the Upper Room in Tennessee. The International Lay Director was showing how to enter the information about an upcoming walk. In the description field he entered, “Best Walk EVER!” So apparently that’s not just a Central California Walk to Emmaus community thing! Why is every Walk the “best walk ever?” I’m sure there are many reasons, not the least of which is – because God is in all the details. I’m going to speculate for a bit about one reason why our “hearts burn within us” at the end of each walk. In today’s world, it is easy to be very self-indulgent, self-centered, self-absorbed. We take “selfies” and post our latest status on multiple social media apps. We’re told to “look out for number one.” Marketing messages come from every direction pushing products to help us look better, feel better, and generally turn our focus on ourselves and our own needs and wants. When we leave the world behind, and join our besties on a Walk weekend, all of that changes. We leave the social media, the TV ads, the Internet, the magazines all behind. Instead of focusing on our own needs, we turn the majority of our attention to those around us. Everyone of us is working together toward a common goal – to glorify God and help others (especially the Pilgrims) grow by learning who we are in Christ, ridding ourselves of the obstacles to grace, and understanding more about what God is like, how much He loves us, what He has done for us, and how we have been freed for joyful obedience. One of our main objectives is for the Pilgrims to grow, but everyone of us would agree that we all grow as we take the focus off ourselves, and for 72 hours, serve others, putting them ahead of ourselves. Philippians 2:3 – “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves…” It seems that this change in perspective (putting others first) contributes greatly to the growth and the closeness to God we feel at the end of the 72 hours. The more of this we do in our daily lives, the closer we will be to God and others. We are to spread The Word and do good deeds in every way we can throughout our lives. What a great training ground the Walk to Emmaus weekend is for practicing those principles!