Thoughts from Community Board


On behalf of the Board of Directors of Southwest Indiana Walk to Emmaus (SIWE), we look forward to working with 4th day to continue building Christian men and women into leaders for Christ who will provide Christian leadership in their churches, communities and families. We all have a continuing responsibility to work towards spiritual maturity not only in our selves but in each other as Hebrews 5:11–6:3 tells us. Emmaus strives to be a step in Christian maturity, but not a substitute for actively attending a church and continuing study.

We continue our partnership with Camp Illiana and look forward to the continued strengthening of this relationship. We are blessed to have a facility that meets the needs of SIWE, and so it is important that we always leave the weekend events in a manner that reflects the Christian values of humbleness and service

We request that you prayerfully consider individuals to sponsor for a Men’s or Women’s walk. Emmaus is intended for those individuals who regularly attend a church and are looking to deepen their relationship with Christ. It is this deepening relationship that moves individuals to become Christian leaders

Walk dates can be found near the bottom of this page. We ask for your prayers for the Emmaus community, the teams and pilgrims. Please feel free to contact any of the Board members if you have suggestions or concerns.  We meet monthly (1st Tuesday of the month) at the First Baptist Church in Petersburg, Indiana, at 7:00pm

May Christ lead you in all your days

Brian Hemmerlein, Community Lay Director

SIWE 28, Table of Mark


Lay Director's Report

See the Pilgrim Lists page for upcoming Walks


Men’s Walk #55A

It is a pleasure and honor to serve God and the Southwest Indiana Walk to Emmaus Community as we prepare for Men’s Walk 55A, which will be held November 30 – December 3!   With each name He has called to the team, another piece of a beautiful puzzle has fallen into place.  It is with great anticipation the team of Men’s Walk 55A is preparing for this special weekend.  It is our prayer that the pilgrims of Walk 55A will leave with the campground that Sunday with changed lives and a vibrant, renewed relationship with our Lord.  We pray that they leave strengthened and prepared to go back to their home churches and actively engage in Kingdom work.    

The theme for Men’s Walk 53 is “Love Wins” and the scripture is Matthew 22:37-40; 37 “Jesus replied: "'Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' 38This is the first and greatest commandment. 39And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' 40All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments."   

The theme song is “The Proof of Your Love” by For King & Country and the theme picture is titled “Save Me” by artist Yongsung Kim (

Agape is such an important part of Emmaus.  In introductions at our first team formation, I asked the question what is the one thing each team member remembered about their own Emmaus Walk.  Over and over again, the response was all the Agape they received from people they didn’t even know!   For this reason, I am asking that you pray about providing Agape to the Pilgrims of the Fall walks. Those little gifts, trinkets and cards mean so much.   Please mark Agape as either “Table” or “Bed” so we can deliver accordingly (if you have a preference). 

Also, we would certainly appreciate any “Green Agape” for our Cooks and we would love to see you help serve at one of the meals.  And most importantly, we ask for your continued prayers for these precious pilgrims and for our team.   1 John 5:14 promises us that if we pray ANYTHING according to His will, He hears us!  So we thank you, as a team, for the prayers our Father has already heard on our behalf because of your faithfulness and we ask that you not grow weary in this task! 

Should you feel led to help serve on the Men’s Walk 55A weekend in anyway, please feel free to contact any of the Head’s below:

Alex Zehr, Lay Director                                               812-309-3269  

Andy Burkhardt, Assistant Lay Director       812-709-0305

Darrel Land, Head Spiritual Director                darrel@redemptionIN .com      812-630-3813

Tim Padgett, Co-Head Liturgist                        812-661-2266

Ryan Stiles, Co-Head Liturgist                          Ryanstiles@redemptionIN .com  812-631-0370           

Kyle Evans, Head Stew                                     812-890-4098       

Kyle Street, Co-Head Musician                                317-501-599              

Gary Brick, Co-Head Musician                                    812-639-0052

Justin Buss, Head Warden                                       812-890-5625

Brad HIslip, Head Weekend Helper                812-690-0079  

Justin Wolfe, Head Agape                               812-291-0640  

Dan Henning, Head Cook                                          812-295-7020              

Damon Fair, Board Rep                                            812-789-3263

Jay Singleton, Board Rep                                           812-890-3950


Thank you, Fourth Day… these weekends would not be possible without your prayers, support, and humble service!



Alex Zehr



See the Chrysalis page for upcoming Flights and Journeys


Other News


The Emmaus Pilgrim Application, as well as the Chrysalis Caterpillar Application, are available at the bottom of the sponsorship page. 



Parking Coordinator

Thank you to Andy Jones for becoming the new parking coordinator.  His contact information is: cell ph. 812-827-9127  email:

Andy doesn't have a list of people willing to help park cars. Please call and leave a message, text, or e-mail him if you are willing to help.  He will make a list and call for help as needed.


Note concerning Team Request Work Forms

All Emmaus Team Request Work Forms will be kept on file for a period of 5 years.  If you would like to be considered to serve as a team member on a Walk to Emmaus weekend and haven't filled out a Team Request Work Form recently, you will need to resubmit a new one.  You can do so by downloading the form from the bottom of this page, and mailing it in to the team selection secretary, Brian Hemmerlein, 6158 N US Highway 231, Jasper, IN 47546.


Help Needed Burning Names on Crosses

If you have the equipment and would be willing to burn the Pilgrim/Caterpillar names on their wooden cross, please contact webmaster at  You will be added to a list of possible people to call. 



"Greetings! My name is Susan Gadberry and I am in charge of coordinating the local Fourth Day Gatherings that occur on the months there is not an Emmaus Walk or Chrysalis Flight/Journey occurring.  If you are in a church that would be interested in hosting one of these events, are a musician interested in leading worship at a Gathering, or know of someone who you feel would be a great witness speaker, please feel free to contact me at 

Serving Him,



Click here to download a SIWE Gathering Announcement


Help Needed Making Lanyards

Any Fourth Day who would like to make lanyards:   SIWE yarn is called MEXICANA. Chrysalis and Journey yarn is called SHERBERT PRINT (Red Heart Yarn #4 Medium).  Some use a Embellish-knit machine to make them. Embellish-knit machines (more modern but on the same principal as the old spool with nails) are available for purchase online at or by calling Bond America at 1-800-811-2325.


Email Prayer Chain

Do you have a prayer request? Contact Kim Fair about the Prayer chain. All you have to do is send prayer request or a note stating that you would like to be added to the chain to Or you can call her 812-789-3034 to add a prayer to the chain.


Upcoming SIWE Walk Dates


Winter 2017-2018

Men’s Walk #55A                        November 30 - December 3, 2017

S. O. Journey #38                        December 29 - 31, 2017


Spring 2018

Men’s Walk #56                          March 8 - 11, 2018

Women’s Walk #56                    March 15 - 18, 2018

Women’s Walk #56A                 March 22 - 25, 2018


Fall 2018

Men’s Walk #57                          September 6 - 9, 2018

Women’s Walk #57                    September 13 - 16, 2018

Women’s Walk #57A                 September 20 - 23, 2018


Winter 2018-2019

Men’s Walk #57A                        December 6 - 9, 2018



Want to sponsor a pilgrim on one of these Walks?  Check out the sponsorship page for information and an application!


Team Work Voucher Forms

This form has been updated as of  10/17/17.  Please discard all others.  Thank you.

Click here to download a SIWE Team Work Voucher Form


Team Request Work Forms

This form has been updated as of 12/16/15.  Please discard all others.  Thank you.

Click here to download a SIWE Team Request Work Form


This form has been updated as of 5/9/2016.  Please discard all others.  Thank you.

Click here to download a Chrysalis Team Request Work Form