While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and walked with them.
- Luke 24:15
The Valley Emmaus Community is an ecumenical organization composed of individuals in the Rio Grande Valley who have completed the Walk to Emmaus.
The Walk to Emmaus is a three day movement that came out of the Roman Catholic Cursillo Movement, which originated in Spain in 1949.
The objective of Emmaus is to inspire, challenge, and equip the local church members for Christian action in their homes, churches, communities, and places of work. Emmaus seeks to renew Christian disciples and strengthen local churches.
The Walk to Emmaus is a spiritual renewal and formation experience intended to strengthen the local church through the development of Christian disciples and leaders.
The Walk to Emmaus experience begins with the prayerful discernment and invitation from a sponsor who has previously completed a Walk. Once the invitation is accepted, an application is completed. The Emmaus leaders prayerfully consider each applicant and in God's time, the person is invited to attend. At this point, the applicant (called a Pilgrim), is invited to attend a three-day experience where they have the opportunity to have God's grace and love revealed to them through other believers.
Following the three-day experience, Pilgrims are invited to join in small groups which support one another in their ongoing walk with Christ. This accountable discipleship allows the participants to develop their individual gifts and servant-leadership skills, and offers encouragement to find ways to live out their individual call to discipleship at home, church, and in their community.