Thoughts from Community Board


On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Southwest Indiana Walk to Emmaus (SIWE), we would like to thank the 4th day members for their continued prayers and devotion to our Emmaus community.  It takes a lot of hard work each walk season to orchestrate these events.  I have always loved Proverbs 27:17,  As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another”.    We see a lot of “iron being sharpened” on the Emmaus weekends, and our 4th day people are a big reason why.  All parts of these weekends are important, whether it be sponsoring a pilgrim, serving on a team, serving meals, making agape, participating in the 72-hour prayer vigil, attending a gathering or candlelight, and the list goes on and on.  There is a role for everyone to play in the Emmaus community and no one duty is more important than the other.  Christ calls us all to serve in different ways.  But each form of agape is needed to make each walk special for the pilgrims.

We want to thank Camp Illiana for the amazing facilities they offer for our walks.  Ben and the staff work very hard to keep our needs met in every way.  It seems they are constantly upgrading some part of the camp.  In return, we ask you help us to always return the camp as good or better than we found it.  This will insure that we can all enjoy this special place for many years to come.

Obviously, sponsorship is a key part to building the Emmaus community.  However, we ask that you prayerfully consider individuals when sponsoring.  Emmaus is intended for those who regularly attend a church and are looking to deepen their relationship with Christ.  It is this deepening relationship that moves those 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, and the Board of Directors as we make decisions for the community, always seeking Gods will in everything we do.  Please feel free to contact any of the board members if you have question or concern.  Our contact information is listed on this website.  We meet monthly (1st Tuesday of each month) at First Baptist Church in Petersburg, Indiana, at 7:00pm

Your Brother in Christ

Damon Fair, Community Lay Director

SIWE #37, Table of Paul


Lay Director's Report

See the Pilgrim Lists page for upcoming Walks



Men's Walk 59A



I am humbled to be the Lay Director for Men's Walk #59A.  SIWE #59A will be December 5th-8th at Camp Illiana.  As always, God has called an incredible team of men to serve the Pilgrims.  I cannot wait to see this team come together, grow closer to one another, and grow closer to Him over the next couple months.  

The theme for Men's Walk #59A is "Tell Me" and our song is "Tell Me" by Carrollton.  Feel free to check it out (HERE).  Our theme verse is Romans 8:16.  The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God's children.  So many of us (Pilgrims and team) come to an Emmaus weekend feeling like we are a nobody, like we don't matter, and like we can never do enough.  It is our prayer that this weekend will be a reminder of how much we do matter to God, how much we are loved, and the sacrifice that he made for us!  Our picture for the weekend is a painting by Mrs. Tawana Lynch.

Agape is always appreciated!  This could be in the form of bed agape, table agape, or green agape for the cooks!  Any of your Agape love is greatly appreciated.  Please contact myself or one of the Heads if you would like to donate Agape of some kind.

Thank you so much for your prayers up to this point and we certainly appreciate them moving forward.  Please contact myself or any of the heads if you have any questions.

Jason Lowe- Lay Director- 812-455-3913
Eric Elkins- Assistant Lay Director-812-890-0079
Darrell Land- Head Spiritual Director-812-630-3813
Brian Self- Head Liturgist-812-296-0524
Clay Harting- Head Liturgist-812-890-1753
Doug Stephenson- Head Stew-812-661-2771
Bill Brower- Head Musician- 812-881-7046
Dave Engstrom- Musician- 812-881-1000
Brent Harner- Head Warden- 812-569-1720
Aaric Correll- Head Weekend Helper- 812-789-3424
Justin Wolfe- Head Cook-812-291-0640
Justin Buss- Head Agape- 812-890-5625
Jeremiah Wilson- Board Rep- 812-213-5313
Joe Neal- Board Rep- 812-881-9381



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 Brent Harner for becoming the new parking coordinator.  His contact information is: cell phone 812-569-1720  email:

Brent 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 LOVEY (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 2019-2020


Men's Walk #59A                        December  5 - 8, 2019


S. O. Journey #40                        December 27 - 29, 2019


Sping 2020

Girl's Flight #55                          February 15 - 17, 2020


Men's Walk #60                         March  5 - 8, 2020


Women's Walk #60                   March  12 - 15, 2020


Women's Walk #60A                 March  19 - 22, 2020


Fall 2020

Boy's Flight #56                          August 15 - 17, 2020


Men's Walk #61                          September 10 - 13, 2020


Women's Walk #61                    September 17 - 20, 2020


Women's Walk #61A                 September 24 - 27, 2020



Winter 2020-2021

Men's Walk #61A                       December 3 - 6, 2020

S. O. Journey #41                       January 2 - 4, 2021



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 6/16/18.  Please discard all others.  Thank you.

Click here to download a Chrysalis Team Request Work Form