Number 11 April 2007 (Easter)
Isaiah 53v4&5 Surely He hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we esteem Him stricken, smitten of God, and
afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was
upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed.
In February 1998 I had my first experience of Walk to Emmaus. I believe it was the first Regional Walk held in this country –
it was Walk NW1 held at Loyola Hall, Rainhill, nr Liverpool. For those three days I stepped aside from a life that had
shunted, for a number of years, my Christian priorities to one side. In the days of that weekend, where my inner being had
responded to the fellowship, the opening up of well known scriptures, the prayer time and the special moments, I felt as if
my spiritual being was being put back on track.
Of that weekend I had and still have two recurring thoughts, one that
Jesus speaks to me:
“you did not choose me: I chose you. I appointed you to
go on and bear fruit, fruit that will last.......
This is my commandment to me: LOVE ONE ANOTHER”
And the other is the role of the Holy Spirit in our lives. On our Walks, in our Gatherings and Reunion Groups we recite the
Prayer to the HOLY SPIRIT
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in
them the fire of your love. Send forth Your Spirit and they shall be created. And you shall renew the face of the earth.
O God, Who by the light of your Holy Spirit did instruct the
hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may
be truly wise and ever enjoy your consolations; through Christ
our Lord. Amen
Let us pray for a daily in filling of His Power.
Since Walk NW1 there have been many National and Regional Walks. As a result many have been moved to rekindle their
Christian lives and rise to meet new challenges that Christ has placed in their hearts. These challenges have been within
the Church, within Prayer life, within family and Community, and within Walk to Emmaus & associated Fourth Day
movements such as Kainos/Kairos (Prison Ministry). Some have entered (or are training for) full-time ministry and others
are training or have completed their training as Local Preachers. These challenges have been/are numerous and have
been/are being taken up by all age groups.
Recently, for my 70 birthday, I received a book from an Emmaus member. The book is titled “The Real Smith
Wrigglesworth, The Man. The Myth, The Message” and is written by Desmond Cartwright (ISBN: 1-85240-280-6) The book
and others are distributed throughout the world by Sovereign World Trust; for more info visit their website www.sovereign-
I mention this book because it is essentially about the workings of the Holy Spirit in men and women of an earlier time.
They were challenged to step out in faith.
Just over 100 years ago (winter 1904) there was a great religious revival in a small part of south Wales. Over 100,000
conversions were recorded. People travelled there from all over this country and from different parts of the world. However,
in reading the book it shows that the Holy Spirit was working mightily in different parts of the world at the same time – there
was a reawakening. Some of those involved considered it was a similar experience to that recounted in the Bible about the
Day of Pentecost. As a consequence, new church movements were formed, lives turned upside down, and many folk were
miraculously healed. The North-East was included in this outpouring of the Holy Spirit and the book mentions the work that
was being wrought in Sunderland from 1907 until the First World War and beyond.
One convert that came from the Welsh Revival was George Jefferys, a coal miner. Our Emmaus Community has held a
number of Walks at the Elim Bible College (it is no longer called that), Nantwich. The first Principal of the original Elim Bible
College in London was George Jefferys; his picture hangs at Nantwich near to the Walk to Emmaus Conference Room.
George’s brother, Stephen, his brother, also a miner also became a minister and an evangelist. This was true for so many
who responded to Christ at that time. It has also been the case for some men and women who have responded to God’s
calling through Walk to Emmaus.
In the 1890s a Rev Thomas Waugh wrote a series of papers for the Methodist Times; those papers were put into a book
titled “The Power of Pentecost”. (For me these articles, except for minor changes, could be printed in our Methodist
Recorder.) We who have been on an Emmaus weekend have also sensed this power. Let our hearts be warmed by the
Holy Spirit (as the men and women of Sunderland a 100 years ago), so that Christ can be at the centre of our lives. Let us
pray that the Walk to Emmaus experience will continue to challenge us in our faith and into a deeper experience of working
Mark 15v34 And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? Which is being
interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?
Mark 15v39 And Jesus cried with a loud voice, and gave up the ghost.
Mark 15v46&47 And when he (Pilate) knew it of the centurion, he gave the body to Joseph. And he bought fine linen, and
took Him down, and wrapped Him in the linen, and laid Him in a sepulchre which was hewn out of a rock, and rolled a stone
unto the door of the sepulche
FROM THE CHAIRMAN OF THE NORTH-EAST (NE) WALK TO EMMAUS COMMITTEE
Let us just remember what the Easter period is about and embrace it with Christian love. As we were told in our 4 day talk,
go out and share God’s love with everybody else. Jesus is alive and He is counting on us to do our small bit for the Glory of
God. So take this as a challenge and support the walks either on team or at the gatherings. We thank everybody for their
support and love that they have put in to the NE walks. It’s been a pleasure to be part of the growth of the NE Emmaus
community. Let us keep it growing through the reunion groups as well. Our family’s prayers for you are that you will
experience the message of the cross yet again this Easter and that it will be a reminder of God’s eternal love for each one of
us. De Colores Bill
FROM THE SPIRITUAL DIRECTOR OF THE NORTH-EAST (NE) WALK TO EMMAUS COMMUNITY
The Right Revd David Jenkins, when Bishop of Durham, caused a furore when he spoke about one way of looking at the
resurrection as "a conjuring trick with bones". Though Christians disagree as to the exact nature of the resurrection, there is
one fact about it which is crucial to actually being a Christian: without the resurrection there would be no church. If Jesus
had not risen from the dead then he would have long been forgotten as another crackpot pretender to the Messiahship;
Peter and the others would have gone back to fishing and stayed there; and Christians would not have gone to the lions for
their faith. But even more importantly, if Jesus had not risen from the dead then he could not be with his disciples "always,
until the end of the age", and we could not have a personal relationship with him. The resurrection is the key event for
Christians. We celebrate it knowing Christ's presence in our daily lives now, and longing for that moment when we shall
meet Christ face to face. Christ is risen! He is risen indeed!
De Colores, Neil
A FEW WORDS FROM THE REV. DAVID DURHAM
FROM THOSE ALIENS IN ANGLE-LAND
It was Christmas during my sophomore year in college when God whacked me up side of the head and said, "No Foreign
Service for you, David (that was my idea of a good career). I want you in ministry to college kids." Well, that was not my
idea, but that is what happened. Forty years later, some on campuses and some in local churches, I retired...well, sort of.
Kathy and I began to test our prayer life for options.
The American Church doesn't use its supernumerary ministers very effectively - and besides, we love travel, meeting other
people, going to fresh places in God's wonderful world. And so, God blessed us with the opportunity to spend a wonderful
year (2003-04) in the Stanley Circuit. And, being gluttons for the joy of Christian service, we came back for another year,
this time in the Ryton & Prudhoe Circuit. Will this gallivanting ever end? Who knows? We don't! We'll see what next year
brings! "Hello, Lord...?"
In the meantime, we are approaching The most special day of the year, Easter! Jesus' teachings are really not novel, the
virgin birth story is not unique, others have been martyred for their faith - ah, but that empty tomb! That Resurrection that
breaks down the wall between heaven and earth, that throws a bridge across the chasm that separates the creatures from
the Creator, that destroys the power of death - now, there you really have it.
When we worship the Lord - not on the Sabbath (that's Saturday), but on the first day of each week - we are
commemorating again that first day of the Resurrection. I like to think we worship on the 8th day, as each Sunday is a day of
renewal and empowerment, a day of fresh hope and promise. When we look upon the empty cross we are reminded that
death could not hold our Lord - and it can't hold us either!! A song we sing is "Every morning is Easter morning from now on;
every day's Resurrection Day, the past is over and gone."
That's all we need, dear friends: the empty cross brings peace/shalom to my soul. No fear now!
May the joy of Easter light every corner of your life!
David (and Kathy) Durham
Presently of Ryton - occasionally of Rochester, NY, USA
FROM JULIET PORT, A PILGRIM ON WALK NE2, NOW WORKING IN A REMOTE REGION OF ARGENTINA
Juliet’s January 2007 Newsletter Juliet Port c/o Familia Santillán
Calle Amapola 546
San Salvador de Jujuy C.P. 4600
Thank you so much for writing, emailing, encouraging and praying for me. Christmas and New Year here were
great, and my adoptive family think Christmas crackers (which my real mum sent out) are the best thing since giant sized-
portions of beef (they don’t really do sliced bread here). Am mainly going to let you know what’s going on with my work
ABUA… In January I went to the annual national training conference for ABUA students, with the theme God’s Word in
Post-modern times. 6 members of the ABUAJujuy group went to the week. Here we were able to share ideas and pray with
students from all over Argentina (this was an interesting challenge for me with all the non-Jujuy accents) and I was again
really encouraged to see how as a group (of about 90) they longed to understand and apply God’s word to their lives
(shouting out questions and debating in the middle of the main talks…how very unenglish). Thank God for the opportunity
I had to get to know Jujuy students better.
In the last few months it’s been amazing getting to know the lives of the group members, especially of the girls:
Betty, María, Dani, Bal and Anthony (Antonia…but she likes the English male version of her name) and newcomers Carmen
and Carla. I find it hard to hear the struggles they have/are facing, especially in their families, but the way each one is
trusting in and depending on God is also a joy to see and teaches me a lot. Pray that I’d keep learning to just love them
and that they’d persevere in God’s grace and love.
On Saturday we had our ABUA group planning day: You can really praise God that we made some firm decisions
and have some definite target dates.
Our major project is an Evangelistic Bible Study Group where people will be able to learn who Jesus is through studying the
gospel of Mark. We’ve also decided to study Mark in depth within our ABUA group. Pray that the Spirit would give us
understanding in preparing the studies and boldness in inviting students. Also that the truth that Jesus is Lord and
how this effects our daily lives would be shown to us and other students who don’t yet know Him. Do pray that the
group would be a place that spurs us all on to live and speak for Jesus Christ in our families, with our friends, at work and
Ingresantes (first year students) begin to enrole this month though classes don’t officially resume until March.
These new students are not given much guidance or support by the uni, so as a group we want to be distinctive and
available to love these students practically. 5 Marchish we’re holding a workshop about study methods (which my group
tell me will attract 100s) pray that through inviting people (26-2 March) and the event we’d make long-term contacts
and raise awareness for the Evangelistic Bible Studies.
In general… Please pray that we’d be prayerful and wise in our plans and God would provide all the rooms and
resources we need for events. I’m so excited that God has provided a source from which we can get hold of booklets of
the individual gospels, please pray as we get the word of God into the hands of Jujuy students.
And back in Scouser-land… Liverpool Christian Union is preparing for its annual Mission Week. Pray that
students there would come to know Jesus as Lord.
In church… When the regular youth meetings start up again in March, after summer holidays, I hope to help out particularly
in the area of evangelism training. I had started to think this might be a weak area in the church and that many of the youth
were unsure about why or how to share the good news about Jesus with their friends. However, I was really nervous about
how I could help and about discussing this with the youthleader Daniel. So praise God that when we did chat, Daniel also
had seen the need and has started working in this area and is really encouraging me to get involved.
I really feel need of wisdom and better time-management skills so that I’m helping build up long-term ministries here, rather
than just helping out with odd events for the year. I’d also really appreciate your advice and prayers about whether to stay
on for longer than one year here in Jujuy.
The Santillán Family… with whom I live here, are quite simply fantastic in how they love, encourage and support me
every day and even put up with the demands that my tea addiction makes. Thank God for them. Sadly, games of Uno (a
card game) with Gonzalo and Leandro have escalated into a full-scale inter-continental war, and I’m sorry to report that
team England has had to listen to a lot of Argentine victory cries and renditions of their national anthem of late.
Thank you, thank you, thank you for reading. Please start/keep telling me what you’re upto and what I can pray for you.
Lots of love and one more thank you, Jules xxx
Reunion groups will meet for the moment all together on the second Tuesday of the month at Prudhoe church. We need to
start more reunion groups but will try and do it naturally as new pilgrims in new areas attend the walk. The Prudhoe group is
happy to host the big group for the moment and felt that they need the support and commitment from the entire group. So
please join them. Ann Worthy and Judith Dunn are the co-coordinators for this group should you need to contact them.
NATIONAL WALK 27 FOR WOMEN – 15 to 18 March, 2007, also at CLIFF COLLEGE
I attended the Walk as a Prayer Chapel member. The Walk was only attended by 11 pilgrims, but God had a plan for each
one of them. It was not the easiest Walk I have worked on, but in God’s Grace and in the power of the Holy Spirit, God has
done it yet again. I don’t know why it always amazes me. He is faithful if we are willing to serve Him. The work of the Holy
Spirit and the love of the team were evident in Closing on Sunday when the pilgrims stood up and spoke about their Walk,
one even did it in rime. Peter Richardson even had to pay her for that. We had all 4 seasons over the weekend, but that
could not dampen the Spirit. Candlelight and Closing were well attended and even our NE Region was well presented.
Thank you for all your prayers, agape and love that made this weekend possible. We might not be able to change the
world, but we can change and touch the people around us. We belong to a wonderful loving family, and I am proud to be
part of it. De Colores, Blanche
PROGRAMME FOR 2007
WALKS & FLIGHT UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE NATIONAL BOARD IN 2007
NATIONAL WALK 26 FOR MEN – 12 to 15 July, 2007 AT CLIFF COLLEGE (Hope Valley, Nr Sheffield)
The Lay Director for this re-arranged Walk is Dave Padgett, 10 Haweswater Place, Morecombe, Lancs, LA4 5TZ; telephone,
01524 410908 7 e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org . The Team has been selected and Bill Phillips is part of it. There is also a
Pilgrim from the North-East.
CHRYSALIS FLIGHT 8
Chrysalis Flight 8 will take place from Fri 31st August to Sun 2 September at Hill End Residential Centre, Farmoor, near
Oxford. Please be praying about who you could sponsor, and if you would like to be considered for the team. Applications
for team need to be returned to Becca Andrew (Lay Director) by 1 April. If you have any questions please do get in touch
with Becca or myself, and please pray for the preparations for the flight. Becca’s contact details are; 5 Gravel Pit,
Kirmington, Ulceby, North Lincs, DN39 6YU; Tel, 01652 688826; e-mail, email@example.com
God bless, Sarah Lewis
REGIONALLY ORGANISED WALKS IN 2007
WALK NE 3 IS BOOKED FOR THE 2007 AT MINSTERACRES – 25 October to 28 , 2007
Make sure these dates are marked off in your diaries as we are already in the process of preparing for this Walk in seven
months time. Whoever reads this prompt for next October please support us as there is so much to do. Even though it
could be a real winter Walk in the north, you will still be able to experience the beauty of Minsteracres in its magnificent
surroundings. The Lay Director is Blanche Phillips. Contact details, 78 Park Field, Ryton, Tyne & Wear, NE40 3RN – tel,
0191 413 4710 – e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org
The LD was selected by the Board and Team selection was done. Here is our Team for NE3. Please continue to hold them
in prayer for the upcoming walk.
Spiritual Director – Rev Isobel Akers(from Darlington), ASDs – Revs Graeme Dutton(Cockermouth) and Liz
Kent(Whickham), Visiting ASD – Rev Dave Tompson(Blaydon), Lay Director – Blanche Phillips(Ryton), ALDs – Lynne
Graham(Prudhoe), Ann Worthy(Prudhoe), Glen Smith(Stocksfield), Table Leaders – Diane Dickson(Hebburn), Judith
Dunn(Prudhoe), Dave Padgett(Morecambe), Dawn Woodward(Prudhoe), ATL – Alan Bright(Prudhoe), Peter
Holland(Bolton), Glad Passmore(Prudhoe), James Tulip(Crawcrook), Agape – Eileen Coombe(Hull), Irene
Laidler(Blackhall), Trudy Jones(Peterlee), Margaret Tulip(Crawcrook), Prayer Chapel – Shirley Holland(Bolton), Peter
Laidler(Peterlee), Eileen Rushton(Crawcrook), IT – Helen Perry(Prudhoe), Music Team – Margaret
Smithson(Eastleigh, Hants), Helen Taylor(Prudhoe)
We spoke at the Crawcrook Church and had an excellent response. Eileen Rushton and Margaret Tulip gave
talks on their Emmaus Walk. Please pray that God will continue to water the seeds planted
We have 9 pilgrims so far, 3 from Peterlee, 4 from Crawcrook and 2 from Prudhoe, (six women and 3 men). Please start
praying NOW for these pilgrims that this will be an invitation by God alone and that His timing for this Walk is perfect in their
lives. Pray for their hearts and minds and for all the fears and preconceived ideas that we all remember so well for our own
Walks. So do not get tired of spreading the word and praying for whom we can sponsor. If anyone needs financial
assistance, please contact Bill Phillips. Finances and travelling arrangement must never be a problem. Do not get tired of
spreading the word.
Dawn Woodward and Helen Perry spoke in Peterlee to a women’s meeting. They were well received and interest will be
We also have another speaking appointment on 1 April at Whickham Community Church. Please pray for Dawn Woodward
and Leeanne Rich as they speak about their Emmaus experience that morning. Please pray that God will prepare the soil
and that our seeds will not be falling on barren land.
WALK SOUTH-EAST 9 – to be held at West Wickham, Nr Croydon, South London on 4 to 7 May 2007 – Lay
Director Mike Peck, contact details 21 Cavendish Road, Felixstowe, Suffolk, 1PLL 2AR; Tel, 01394 279187; e-mail,
WALK NORTH-WEST 18 – to be held at Loyola Hall, Spirituality Center, Warrington Road, Rainhill, Prescot on 4 to
7 May 2007 – Lay Director, Mrs Pat James, contact details 32 Woodfield Road, Cheadle-Hulme, Cheshire, SK8 7JS;
Tel, 0161 4853390. You can e-mail Pat from the website.
WALK SOUTH CENTRAL 6 – to be held on the weekend of 4 to 7 October; the Lay Director has been named as
Fran Jenkins. Her contact details are, 93 Ringwood Road, Southsea, Hants, PO4 9JJ – tel, 02392 821639 – e-mail,
email@example.com. The Spiritual Director is Rev Lesley Martin.
WALK EAST MIDLANDS 8 – to be held at the Briars, Crich, Derbyshire on 25 to 28 October 2007 – Lay Director
Debbie March. The Lay Director is Debbie Marsh. Contact details, 01724 735137 – e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org .
The Spiritual Director is Rev Louise Grosberg. Contact details 01159 208013 – e-mail,
WALK SOUTH WEST 7 - The dates and venue have yet to be arranged.
Please pray for the following:
Juliet Port and the Christian work that she is involved with in Argentina; let’s pray that there will be a rich harvest in that
That a full quota of Pilgrims will be sponsored for Walk NE3. We can accommodate 28. It would be stupendous if the
Walk is full to the rafters!
That more prisons will be able to hold Kairos weekends and that Brixton will open its door again to the work that has
been started. Please also pray and support the prison ministries as discussed above by Alastair Bulley. A magazine is
produced by Kairos and the internet also contains information about the organization. Walk to Emmaus is one of a
number of Fourth Day Movements, others include RC Cursillo, Anglican Cursillo and Tres Dias. All of them participate
in Prison Ministry.
Within our Community there are those that are in need our prayers of intercession and our agape. Let us pray for
healing, and for the Holy Spirit to fill them and strengthen them. Those that come to mind are Dawn Woodward and her
husband Tony, Sheena Anderson and her son, Yvonne Local and her husband Gordon, David & Glen Smith’s
daughter, Lara and her boyfriend, Carol Cassidy, and Pat & Alan Bright. Let us as a Community encircle with love and
prayers, without ceasing, this small group and others we know that are suffering, grieving or under severe pressure.
Please pray for Peter Laidler, a Pilgrim from NE2, who is part through his training for Methodist Local Ministry. Please
also pray for Juliet Port as she serves in Argentina.
Give thanks to God for all the prayers that has been answered and that He still provides every day in our needs.
Give thanks for the wonderful NE community that just loves God so much and that are so eager to serve Him and do
His will. This is a wonderful body of Christ to belong to. We are so blessed!
WALK TO EMMAUS WEBSITES
The Upper Room
All information about International Walks is held in, The Upper Room, Emmaus Office, PO Box 340004, Nashville,
TN37203-0004. Their website is www.upperroom.org/emmaus ,and it provides all the information on all international Walks.
It also contains a copy of their Newsletter. (Their e-mail address is email@example.com ). There is an International
Emmaus Newsletter issued from the Upper Room. It can be obtained on the internet by registering at,
http://www.upperroom.org/emmaus/registry/register.asp . A printed version can be obtained by sending your name and
address to the address above.
Walk to Emmaus(UK)
David Andrew is the Web Servant for our Emmaus website, http://www.emmaus-walk.org.uk. For Login type: emmaus and
for Password type: news. The following information is provided: details of Walks, Candlelight & Closing, together with
contact details of Lay Directors, Community Newsletters, Chrysalis News, Team Selection Forms, and other template forms.
The website is also for our use, it’s where our opinions, thoughts, views of Emmaus can be discussed. In the Guest Book
you will find names of people who want to contact Emmaus members, so please visit. Dave welcomes copy, contact details
are: firstname.lastname@example.org or 01652 688826.
Mark 16v3,4 & 6 And they said among themselves, Who shall roll us away the stone from the door of the sepulchre? And
when they looked, they saw that the stone was rolled away; for it was very great. They looked in and saw a young man.
And he saith unto them, Be not affrighted: Ye seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: He is risen; He is not here:
behold the place where they laid Him.
The Walk to Emmaus story – Luke 24v33 & 34 And they (Cleopas & his companion) rose up the same hour and returned
to Jerusalem and found the eleven gathered together and them that were with them, saying, The Lord is risen indeed, and
hath appeared to Simon.
Mark16v36 And as they thus spake, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you
May his love, joy and peace focus our thoughts,
words & deeds at this Easter time and throughout what remains of 2007
De Colores, George & Liisa Mullard (Contact details: 01434 381811 or email@example.com )
[Contact details of Bill Phillips (Chairman) and his wife Blanche are 0191 413 4710 or firstname.lastname@example.org ]