Emmaus NCA E147 ~ Here I am Lord!
and after the Walk,... It's DDU Time!*
E147 New Windsor - Apr. 30 - May 3, 2009
Cadre and Team
Matthew Billingsley ~ Table Leader, Chapel Reading
Ed Blackwell ~ Assistant Chapel Cha, Life in Piety Talk, Stations of the Cross Reading
Wes Conner ~ Spiritual Director, Means of Grace, Justifying Grace and Sanctifying Grace
Dave Downer ~ Head Cha, Lord, I have time Reading
Kent Eshelman ~ Table Leader, Chapel Reading
Joe Forrer ~ Old Buffalo, Floater Cha, Stations of the Cross reading, Who Me? Reading
Matt Glomb ~ Assistant Head Cha
Brian Gorham ~ Assistant Palanca Cha, Priesthood of All Believers Talk, Chapel Reading
Jon Holstine ~ Talk Room Cha, Chapel Readings
Jim Krauss ~ Mananita Cha, Assistant Closing Cha, DDU Fourth Day Talk, Via Delorosa
Tom Lambert ~ Table Leader, Body of Christ Talk, Chapel Reading
Jim McCray ~ Assistant Dining Room Cha, Agape Cha, Changing Our World Talk
Mike McLean ~ Assistant Mananita Cha, Closing Cha, Priority Talk
Dave Moore ~ Palanca Cha, Chapel Reading Reading
Craig Muffley ~ Spiritual Director, Prevenient Grace, Means of Grace, Obstacles to Grace
Jay Nesmith ~ Music Director, Who Me Reading
Tom Pinto ~ Chapel Cha, Chapel Reading Reading
Jamie Place ~ Assistant Music Director, Talk Room Cha, Growth Through Study Talk, Please Hear What I'm not Saying Reading
Charlie Porter ~ Table Leader, Discipleship Talk, Chapel Reading
Rev. Jose Saldana ~ Table Leader, Chapel Reading
Jeffrey Tidd ~ Dining Room Cha, Assistant Agape Cha, Christian Action Talk
Larry Towne ~ Assistant Rector, Perseverance Talk
Don Watkins ~ Rector, Fourth Day Talk
Jeremy Wood ~ Table Leader, Chapel Reading
A Message from the "R"
"Here I am Lord!”
Isaiah 6:8 – Also I heard a voice of the Lord saying whom shall I send and who will go for us? Then I said “Here I am, send me.”
When I was called to be the Rector of E-147 I thought of all the giants that have gone before me as Rector’s. The men I have served with have done great jobs as Rectors and I didn’t feel qualified to be considered for many reasons. Then I had a flashback to E-45 when I heard the song “Here I Am Lord, Send Me”. There on the mountain, I raised my hand in the air and said “I will go Lord if you lead me. After that I was given a verse about Moses. God called Moses and Moses said “If you please Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither in the past, nor recently, nor now that you have spoken to your servant; but I am slow of speech and tongue”. Finally, I heard about a book called “Twelve Ordinary Men”. I realized that the disciples were ordinary men. I saw that God called Moses and the disciples and did a great work through them. I am asking the Lord to lead me and the team at this time and place.
The team of E-147, as ordinary men like the disciples has said “Here I Am, Send Me”. In the Christmas season that has just past, I heard the story again about Mary and Joseph and how they were ordinary people in an ordinary place. Yet God used them accomplish an extraordinary event. Of course I am talking about the birth of Jesus Christ. We are open to God leading us to the mountain in April and using us as ordinary people to touch hearts and change lives.
The team knows that with God’s leading the pilgrims and team members alike will grow stronger for Christ. It is such an honor to be part of God’s plan even knowing that he doesn’t have to use us, but he chooses to use us. We are excited to see God move on E-147.
Keep praying for the team and the pilgrims of E-147 that we will keep our eyes on Jesus. Pray that everything that we do will bring praise and honor to Jesus and that God will look down and say “It is good” or at least I can work with that.
Yours in Christ,
Don Watkins, Rector, E-147
Paul C Andersen - Our Savior's Way Lutheran Church, Ashburn
Charlie Carrol - Quest Church, Manassas, VA
David Manthey - St. John's UMC, Springfield , VA
Brian McDonald - Triangle Baptist Church, Triangle, VA
Sly Samudre - Grace Baptist, Woodbridge, VA
John Swift - Hatcher’s Memorial Baptist, Bristow, VA
* Day of Deeper Understanding
Our E147 DDU will be held at 8:30AM, Saturday, May 9 at Old Bridge UMC. This will be a wonderful reunion, and a chance to learn a bit more about this amazing organization. Come hear about the history of the Emmaus NCA, how the weekends are pd, and how you can help with this blessed ministry opportunity.
Remember, you must attend a DDU before sponsoring friends or joining a Team.
Christ is Counting on You ~ See you there!!!