De Colores Brothers and Sisters!!!!
I pray all of you and your family are safe now that Irma has passed. It certainly delivered a lot of chaos and damage across the Caribbean and throughout Florida, even some as far north as Georgia and points northwest of us. We are a family brought together by this wonderful thing called “Walk to Emmaus”, and as family we help each other in need, so if you are in need of any help of any kind, don’t hesitate to reach out to your Reunion groups, Emmaus family, or to me. We’re all here to help each other.
As much as I hate to make this next announcement, the board decided last night to cancel the Men’s weekend #87. This was a prayerful and difficult decision, but we felt it was the right one to make for several reasons. Among them were …
1. As of yesterday we only had 6 confirmed pilgrims. I know Irma had an impact on the lack of applications in the past week or two, however even before the storm appeared , we had 2 confirmed men, so we cannot blame the storm for our low numbers.
2. But we can blame Irma for the timing. Since there is still a lot of clean up going on (including at my own house), we felt that many of us – community, team, and pilgrims would not be in the frame of mind and spirit to commit ourselves fully to an Emmaus weekend
Samuel is in the process of notifying his team, which will be asked to reassemble for the Spring 2018 Men’s walk #89, again led by Samuel Battle. PLEASE BE IN PRAYER for this team, and PILGRIMS. But do more than pray. Our prayers are very important, but they’re meaningless if we don’t act on the urging the Holy Spirit puts on our hearts. WE NEED ACTION! WE NEED PILGRIMS! It’s the responsibility of every single person in the community, myself included to seek out the people who would benefit from an Emmaus experience and sponsor them.
On a positive note, the Women’s weekend is in good shape. Carolyn is wrapping up her team meetings and the ladies are eager to be the hands and feet of Christ for the 20 pilgrims we have for the Women’s weekend. Please keep them in your prayers also
Lastly, I want to extend our deepest support and prayers to our brothers and sisters in the Caribbean and throughout the Keys. I’ve been in touch with a representative at Marathon UMC and they assure me that they are actively reaching out to all our Marathon Emmaus brothers and sisters, and so far ALL ARE SAFE! The property damage, however is extensive. So, once they get a chance to assess their needs I would ask that our community plan a supply run to the keys to offer whatever assistance we can. Obviously, this can only be done after non-residents are allowed back into the Keys and we know what the needs are. As soon as I know more I will pass it on – please be prepared to offer supplies, funds, and even a strong pair of hands to help them recover. More to come.
In His service,
Phil Connell, Oceanside Emmaus Community Lay Leader