Chrysalis Jan 2018

           Susan Gillespie

Hello Emmaus Community,

Happy New Year! Let me introduce myself. I am Susan Gillispie and I have the blessing of serving you this year as the Chrysalis LD. I have been married to Joe for 29 years and we have 3 sons, a beautiful daughter-in-law, and the cutest granddaughter on the planet! We own a landscaping/lawn business here in Lubbock and that keeps me on my toes most days.

As I sit here at my desk on this January 1st I am reflecting on this past year and looking forward to this New Year. I hesitate to make the typical list of resolutions as I have done in the past. You know the typical lose 30 pounds and get healthy, read the Bible in a year, declutter my drawers, etc. Why you might ask….because I always seem to fail at them before February 1st. But I do want change this year…I want change but what should that look like and how do I make those changes? What is it really that needs to change in my life?

That’s a hard question but no doubt one that God has already answered for me. It’s really neat to see how God will speak to you; maybe it’s through a sermon; through prayer; through a silly Facebook quiz you know the one from Dayspring asking what your 2018 word will be; and of course, through his Word. Over the past few days all of that has led me to this phrase of change for me; Simple Humility.

I hear God telling me simplify. It’s more than a to do list to check off. The answer is so simple I have missed it. I was reminded yesterday from my pastor that the best way to embrace the New Year is to grasp the One Thing…Psalms 27:4 says One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple. Simply behold and gaze on the beauty of the Lord. How? Simply by seeking Him, abiding in Him, beholding Him, and believing Him. Why? So that I may see Jesus as He is and see everything else through Him.

So where does the humility part come in…I haven’t always been a huge fan of that word then I looked up the biblical definition of the word. Oy! The biblical definition of humility is living in total submission to God. Simply, I need to get myself out of the way. Everything we want or ever need is in Him. All our answers to our problems are in Him. Simple humility. He is the answer to every resolution I could try to commit to.

So what change does Susan need to make this 2018? Simple Humility. Simply live each moment in the submission and awe of my God and his beauty. My pastor is beginning a new sermon series next week and I am super excited about it. It’s titled Soul-tending. And when I read the scripture reference for the series I got ultra-excited. Maybe it’s because of the landscaping reference and that being my profession but really it’s simply because I am excited about walking this 2018 in simple humility and ready to see the growth God has for me and for you. James 1:21 (Msg) In simple humility, let our gardener, God, landscape you with the Word, making a salvation-garden of your life.

Join us in praying over the Young Women’s Chrysalis #42 that starts this Thursday evening. Join us for sendoff, Community meeting, and Saturday for Candlelight. I am excited to see the soul tending that God is going to produce in each of these team members and caterpillars.

Fly with Christ,
Susan Gillispie

Chrysalis Sep 2017

Good evening community,

Can you believe September is upon us? As I sit on the back porch, I am once again reflecting on this past year as Chrysalis LD. What a wonderful tool God has provided us with Emmaus. The main goal of Emmaus is to make stronger Christians, and for them to plug into the “Church,” thus making a stronger Church.

That’s all fine and dandy, but we’re losing out on our pilgrims/caterpillars. They get so involved in the”Church”, they do not have the time for Emmaus. Forgetting what placed them there in the first place. Basically we are losing out on volunteers to serve on teams, board=s, and community.

This past weekend on Young Women’s #41, there were actually 3 “new” clergy, which is awesome!! New blood to help the “regulars” out. If I offend, I am sorry, but I have never been a good PC person, so here I go.

Agape Love – to me that means “serve for others, nothing less”. If you want self recognition then you are doing it for the wrong reasons, and basically we don’t need you. This past year has been hard for me, because I prefer the behind the scenes. I like watching God work on the pilgrims, and team.

It’s amazing what can get accomplished if we just get out of God’s way, and let Him work. To be on the board, or team, should be the main rule. If you are in it for anything other than to honor God, then you are in it for the wrong reasons.

With that being said, we have some Chrysalis Flights coming up: Young Men #33 with Dustin Johnson on September 14-17; Young Ladies #42 with Ashdon Hancock on January 4-7, 2018; Young Men’s #34 with Ryan Rathman on May 3-6, 2018. Please lift these flights up in prayer. If you feel led to help with Chrysalis, by all means come on. As you can tell, they’re not all that picky, look at me.

One more note as I continue to scatter shoot my way through this letter. Chrysalis caterpillars are all scholarshipped, as well as college age team members. To provide these scholarships, we have a fundraiser dinner. This year’s dinner will be December 9, 2017 at the Bayer museum. The meal will be a steak, pork loin, or prime rib, your choice, with sides. We will also be hosting a raffle for several items. Watch for details in upcoming newsletters and community meetings.

Thanks again for your time and help with Chrysalis, this year. Vaya con Dios.

Continue to”fly with Christ”
David Hunt

Chrysalis Aug 2017

Good evening community,

As I sit on my back porch giving thanks for the much needed rain that our Father sent, I’m reminded of the BLESSINGS we receive each and every day. One of those blessings is Emmaus, and the different programs it has – be it Kairos, Epiphany, Walks, or Chrysalis flights.

We are starting our Fall campaign with Chrysalis flights. The young ladies flight will be held August 31st through September 3rd with Susan Gillespie leading the flight. The young men’s flight will be held September 14th thru the 17th with Dustin Johnson leading the flight. The young ladies team has come together and the young men’s team is coming together. Now we ask you, as a community, to fill these slots up with caterpillars. Remember, this is no-cost for the caterpillars. It’s all scholarships, so there should be no reason for money to stop a prospective caterpillars.

So if you know of a young lady or young man between the ages of 18 to 24, sign them up. I promise they will be thoroughly blessed, as will the sponsors.

Fly with Christ,
David Hunt

Chrysalis May 2017

Hello community,

 Looks like the third time is the charm. This weekend May 4-7, young mens chrysalis 32 takes place led by Justin Smith, and Winfield Davenport. You still have time to sign up participants. Remember it’s an all EXPENSE PAID WEEKEND.

This team has been put together in 30 days. Yes it is a unique situation, but sometimes God calls us to work outside of our comfort zone. He has put together an awesome team, that is willing to oblige. Also, if you feel led, the outside team could use some come-and-goers for agape runs through out the weekend. 

 Please put this walk on your prayer wall. See y’all at send off this Thursday, and candlelight this Saturday.

Fly with Christ,

David Hunt

Chrysalis March 2017

Hello Llano Emmaus community,

 We have a young men’s flight coming up March 9-12. We are in need of pilgrims. Plain and simple. It’s an ALL EXPENSES PAID weekend,just get them to Mercy Center on the 9th. The week following is spring break, so what better way to send them into the break coming off an awesome weekend of God’s Love.

 Get your applications turned into Jonathan Bloxom by the 7th.

Fly with Christ,
David Hunt