Our community started with the vision of one couple, who after making numerous trips to attend the Northern Indiana Emmaus Walks at Oakwood in Syracuse, Indiana, entertained the idea of an Emmaus community closer to home.
For you see, Bob and Sandy Coolman, on a good day were driving at least 2 hours one way to get to a walk. If you were a sponsor that meant making at least 3 trips or enduring 12 hours of driving for one Emmaus weekend. In addition, there was an hour time difference to contend with.
In the spring of 1999, six couples, who had attended the North Indiana Emmaus Walks, came together as a steering committee to establish a new Emmaus Community. There were many meetings; leadership training and educational tools received, from the Upper Room and our host community, North Indiana, helping to plan and implement the Midwest Crossroads Emmaus Community, also know as M.C.E.C.
Our mission is to make disciples for Jesus Christ, based on Luke 24:13-35.
Emmaus is open to members of any Christian denomination and is for the development of Christian leaders who:
- are members of a local church,
- have a desire to strengthen their spiritual lives,
- understand that being a Christian involves responsibility, and
- are willing to dedicate their everyday lives to God in an ongoing manner.
Our walks take place at Camp Lawrence just north of Valparaiso, Indiana. Walks are normally scheduled on the 2nd and 3rd weekends of October.
Since October 1999, there have been over 900 people who have experienced the Walk to Emmaus though our community.
We welcome you to join us on our pilgrimage with Christ.