From the Desk of the Lay Director – May 2021

Hello Llano Emmaus Community,

I pray you are all doing well. I had a bit of a scare week before last. I could tell my heart was beating fast. My Fitbit which is not always right showed my heart rate was 144. I went to the Heart Hospital and their equipment showed my heart rate was 165 pm. They managed to get it down to 124. The next morning it was all over the place, 124, 110, 84, etc. I had lots of friends and family praying for me. The nurse came in around 1:15 and asked if I had been told that my heart went back into normal rhythm at 12:30 pm. It has been normal ever since. They did the electrocardiogram, and my heart was normal. My blood work and enzymes were normal so the sent me home. It was a spiritual attack to try to keep me from working the Kairos Outside the next weekend, but God would not let it prevent me from working it.

At the Kairos Outside last weekend, God showed up and touched those ladies in a special way. It was a great weekend.

This month’s Community meeting will be Thursday May 6th at Lakeridge United Methodist Church at 4701 82nd Street. Brown bag meal at 6 pm. Bring your own meal and beverage and fellowship with all your friends in Emmaus. Masks are optional but please consider wearing one the protect each other. Community meeting will be at 7:15. Please come worship with us.

The following are the walks that are coming up.

  • Men’s Walk 107 – May 13 – 16 at Mercy Center
  • Women’s Walk 153 – June 24 – 27 at Mercy Center

Please be in prayer for these walks and sign up for agape.

Troy Brooks
Community Lay Director

From the Desk of the Lay Director – Apr. 2021

Hello Llano Estacado Emmaus Community,

Well, today is April Fools Day. I hope you have not been fooled. Of course, there are all the old tricks, like in a large office, giving someone a phone message to call Mr. Lion with a number to the Zoo. Since I have worked out of my home office for the past 16 years, and am now retired, I have not had anyone but my wife to try to fool and she isn’t very gullible. I pray you are having a wonderful week.

I watch David Jeremiah every Sunday morning and his messages have been “Moving from Fear to Fear Not.” His messages have been inspiring. So, the scripture I want to share this month is one I have shared before: Isaiah 41:10: Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

The following is a list of walks that are coming up:
Men’s Walk 107 – May 13-16
Women’s Walk 153 – June 24-27
Women’s Walk 154 – July 15-18

Please get your pilgrims signed up for these walks.

The following is a weekend for Kairos Outside
Kairos Outside 20 – April 29 – May 2

We are praying that the upcoming Men’s and Women’s walks will be at The Mercy Center. The Kairos Outside Weekend will be at The Ark in Amherst.

Please be in prayer for these walks and weekends and furnish agape. Please plan on attending send off, candlelight, and closing and show your support.

We need to fill the following positions:
Fund Raiser Coordinator
Pray Vigil Coordinator

Please be in prayer and if you feel that one of these positions is a fit for you, notify one of the board members.

Our next Community Meeting will be April 8th at Lakeridge United Methodist Church 4701 82nd Street. Bring your own meal and drink and socialize with all your old friends at 6 pm. Babe Chick meeting will be at 6 pm. Community Meeting will be at 7:15 pm.

Lakeridge United Methodist Church has graciously put our community on their monthly schedule. We will be having our Community Meetings at their church the rest of the year. This is a tremendous blessing as it is exceedingly difficult to find a church that will allow us to meet. Not because we are a bad group, but due to the virus pandemic.

Well, since the board decided that myself as the Community Lay Director and the remaining board will stay in place for another year, you will have to put up with us another year and that is not an April Fools joke. It has been a struggle all year to have Community meetings and walks. I guess they think I have not had enough experience, so they want me to stay on. The board has been great to work with and I am looking forward to an easy year!!

May God richly bless each one of you in a special way and may you prosper you to be in health.

Troy Brooks
Community Lay Director.

From the Desk of the Lay Director – Mar. 2021

Hello Llano Emmaus Community,

I pray you had a wonderful weekend. I know for sure the Women and men on Women’s walk 156 had a wonderful weekend. According to their testimonies at closing, God touched them in a special way.  

The scripture I want to share is Psalm 18: 1-2.  “I will love You, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom will I trust; My shield and the horn (strength) of my salvation, my stronghold.

At candlelight, during the song service, we had a lady collapse. There were two ladies in the audience that were EMTs and they started working with her. They could not find a radial pulse in her wrist. Chris stepped up and lead us in prayer for her. The ambulance came and took her to the hospital. We were blessed that the ambulance was gone when the pilgrims came over. The EMTs came to me later and told us that as soon as we prayed her radial pulse came up. They said they have never seen that happen before. We got a report on her yesterday at closing and she was home recovering. God hears and answers our prayers.

It has been a year since I have done a candlelight and closing and the last one I did was when Karen Cox was the Community Lay Director. That was considered “practice” and it appears that the practice helped as I made it through with only one blunder. But I felt the presence of God at all activities that I attended.

Are you ready for our Community Meeting? It is Thursday March 4th at Broadway Church of Christ, 1924 Broadway at 7pm. No meal at this time. Please come and worship with us and enjoy the fellowship.

Ladies of Women’s Walk 156, please go to our facebook page and ask to join. The page is Llano Estacado Chrysalis/Emmaus Community. Please come to this website for information on Community Meetings and Walks. I hope to see you Thursday March 4th at the babe chick meeting and our Community Meeting.

Our next walk is March 11th through 14th. If you have pilgrims, please get them sponsored and start praying for this women’s walk. Just looking at the calendar, that Sunday will be the change to daylight savings time, so the ladies will not only be tired from the weekend but will also loose an hours sleep. 

We have had several say that they want to get back involved with our Emmaus Community. So, get ready, we are coming back stronger than ever by the grace of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.   

I pray that the God will bless you in a mighty way and that His love and grace and peace will surround you. I pray that you will prosper and be in health.

Troy Brooks
Community Lay Director

From the Desk of the Lay Director – Feb 2021

Hey Llano Emmaus Community

Please plan on attending our Community meeting at Agape United Methodist Church, 1215 Slide Road on Thursday February 7th at 7 pm. We will be live streaming it on our Facebook page and it will remain there for the next 30 days for your viewing. We will be praying for the Women’s Walk team. The walk will be February 25th- 28th. Please be praying for this walk. I will be sending out information later regarding community participation on this walk. Sponsors will be receiving a call from a team member with final instructions for send off, candlelight, and closing procedures.

I hope everyone is doing well and the virus is staying away from your door per Psalms 91. We are doing well by the Grace of God.

The board has voted that the officers that were to go off the board April 1st, this year will remain in place until April 1st, 2022. This means that all board members will remain in place for an added year. This is due to most walks being cancelled last year. The walks being cancelled especially affected me as I was not able to host community meetings, candlelight, and closing ceremonies. This means we should get bonus pay at the end of the year, right? Please pray that all walks will be able to take place, and none will be cancelled this year and no one, team member or pilgrim will be affected by COVID-19 or other illnesses.

I am looking forward to worshipping with you Thursday night. If you cannot make it to the meeting, you can view it on our Facebook page.

Troy Brooks
Community Lay Director.

From the Desk of the Lay Director – Jan 2021

Hello Llano Estacado Emmaus Community.

Well, it is the beginning of a new year and I am looking forward to a new beginning.  Even though Covid-19 is still prevalent, I am believing that it is on the way out.  I hope your Christmas was a wonderful time as we celebrated our Savior’s birth.  We celebrated with just Bonnie and I, but it was really special.  I am kind of getting bored with Hallmark movies though.  

I want to share a scripture I have shared before because it still holds true today.  Isaiah 41:10 “Fear not for I am with you:  Be not dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you.

The board decided that with several circumstances involved, we have moved the January Men’s walk to February 18th -21st.  The Women’s walk is still February 25th-28th.  Please get your pilgrims notified and signed up for these walks.  There is a Kairos Outside weekend on April 9th -11.  If you know a lady that has been affected by incarceration, please get them signed up for this weekend.  Please be in prayer for these weekends events that God will touch lives again through our Emmaus Community.

We have reached our goal of $5000.00 and will be sending the final check with a matching amount from the Emmaus Community to make a total donation of $10,000.00.  Thanks so much to all who donated to meet this goal to help the Mercy Center through this trying time.  

We have cancelled the January Community meeting due to Churches are still not letting us use their facilities and the few that are, we do not want to abuse that privilege.  Looking forward to a February Community meeting when we can again worship together.  

May God richly bless each one of you!!

Troy Brooks
Community Lay Director