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 60


Women's Walk 60



Women's Walk 60A


To say that I am honored and completely humbled is an understatement to be serving our Almighty God and the Emmaus Community as Lay Director on Women’s Walk 60A.  I am beyond blessed by this opportunity and I ask that you join me in prayer for God to equip me and this Team- that this weekend would be truly Glorifying to HIM!

Women’s Walk 60A will be held March 19-22, 2020. The scripture is Nehemiah 8:10 The Joy of the Lord is My Strength & our theme is “Delight in HIM.”  The theme song is “Joy of the Lord” by Rend Collective.

(Right-click on the link and open in new tab - turn it up & sing it out!) J

It is with great Joy & excitement that the team of Women’s Walk 60A is preparing for this special weekend.  It is our prayer that the pilgrims will leave the campground knowing and never doubting where their True Inner JOY comes from!  We Pray that their relationship with the Lord is strengthened and renewed and they would feel equipped & eager to share the Love of Jesus with those around them when they leave! 

~HIS JOY must be in Us, to make our JOY Full~

Our request to all Fourth Day is to help us lavish Love and JOY all around these Pilgrims with lots and lots of AGAPE! The simplest note can warm a heart!


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 if you feel led.  But most of all, we ask for your continued prayers for these precious pilgrims and for our team and all families involved.  

Please feel free to contact any of the Head’s below if you feel led to serve in anyway on Walk 60A- We would be truly blessed by any Fourth Day Servants! 

Thank you for your prayers and for your servant’s hearts!  Prayers of Blessings & JOY over each of you!

Delighting in Him~

Rhonda Parsons, SIWE 36A

Table of Rose


Rhonda Parsons, Lay Director                                                   812-259-1578

Susi Brower, Assistant Lay Director                                        812-881-5659                     

Mel Camp, Head Spiritual Director                                   812-766-3275       

Deb Rhoads, Co-Head Liturgist                                              812-486-6941

Courtney Owens, Co-Head Liturgist                      812-698-0848       

Sina Gilbert, Head Stew                                                             812-381-0141       

Meredith Firestone, Co-Head Musician                        812-709-0481                       

Stephanie Henning, Co- Head Musician                           812-486-9815

Theresa Weitkamp, Head Warden                                      812-295-6573

Vanessa Cullison, Head WE Helper                             812-384-7024

Amy Lengacher, Head Agape                                      812-698-8705     

Patty Fuhs, Head Cook                                                                   812-486-8414                     

Julie Neal, Board Rep                                                              812-890-0459

Emily Moreland, Board Rep                                       812-910-0565     




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


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 12/19/19.  Please discard all others.  Thank you.

Click here to download a Chrysalis Team Request Work Form