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Men's Walk #77 – April 30-May 3, 2015
Lay Director: Dan Janssen
Vice Director: Dan Hazel
Theme: Come As You Are
Song: "Come As You Are"
"Hi everyone, I'm Dan Janssen. I have been given the honor and privilege of serving as Lay Director for the upcoming Spring Walk in Newberg. Emmaus has been an incredible blessing in my own life since taking my walk (#62, His Light Will Shine) eight years ago in Vancouver, and I am excited to see what God wants to do in me and through me in leading this walk. It is a daunting challenge, and one that I didn't accept without trepidation, but I know you all will step up to the plate and fill in all the needed roles, and that really it will be what God wants it to be. I just get the very first front row seat this time! :-)
The week before I said 'yes', I had the theme and song all picked out, and it seemed to be that the Lord was prompting me to say yes. In the weeks that followed, however, a song by David Crowder drew my attention entitled "Come As You Are", and I was led to 'share' it on my Facebook page because it seemed to encapsulate some of my own 'journeyings' out of brokenness and sorrow. This led me to bounce my ideas off of my lovely bride, Melaine, and through that decided to choose this song as both my song and theme.
The important thing for all of us, no matter where we are in age, gender, social status, health, finance, triumph, sin, joy, sorrow, is to bring what we are to the foot of the cross, to the feet of Jesus, as we are, where we are. He is the One who makes us whole when we are broken, and only in Him can we be whole even when we think we aren't broken. Jesus own words come down to us even now - "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light." (Matt. 11:28-30)
Joining me in leadership will be Daniel Hazel as Vice Director, and we will be encouraging all of you to start inviting those people you have already prayerfully considered to sponsor, and keep asking until someone says YES. There are only 28 openings, so get yours while you
Women's Walk #77 – May 14-17, 2015
Lay Director: Melissa Ralston
Vice Director: Kathy Rankin
Theme: Glorious Day
Song: "Glorious Day"
I made my walk to Emmaus in 2003 and my relationship with Jesus was changed forever. It was on my walk that I went from knowing about Jesus Christ to really knowing Him and understanding that He also knew me and loved me, just as I am.
My choice of the theme and theme song "Glorious Day" was actually a surprise to even me. Over the years as I have served on different walks and noticed themes and theme songs, I planned that if I were ever called to be the Lay Director, my theme song would be 'Turn your eyes upon Jesus", I love that song and thought it would be an excellent theme. A few months ago, in church, we sang "Glorious Day" and a very clear message was put upon my heart " this is your theme song". I was a little surprised, I had no reason to believe I had any need for a theme song but it was very clear to me. It was a similar experience when I chose my Vice Director Kathy Rankin. Her name came to me even before I saw the list of eligible candidates. I was so certain that God was directing this choice that I was completely surprised when it initially looked like she would not be able to serve, but God made a way and Kathy said yes. I am so blessed to be her partner in service to Walk 77. I am also excited to see who else He is calling, is it you?
"Living He loved me, dying He saved me, and buried He carried my sins far away, rising He justified, freely forever, one day He's coming oh Glorious day, oh Glorious day".
Pilgrim Application Cutoff: April 11, 2015
Joint Team Meeting: April 18, 2015