Up and Running!
We are so pleased to announce that this Monday, August 15th, we began the tenth year of the Emmaus School of Biblical Studies!

Staff training & prep for student arrival

This is the tenth year of the school's existence, but the first year that we will be running it at Canterbury Retreat & Conference Center!

Tom teaching the importance of having a Biblical worldview

Things have been busy over the last couple of weeks as we have met, discussed different aspects of the school, bought food, set up dorm rooms, and picked up students from the airport. This week we are introducing them to the Inductive Bible Study method through the book of Philemon. Our students are already doing a fantastic job, and we are thoroughly enjoying getting to know them and having them get to know us. We have already seen them reach out to each other and begin to build a Gospel centered community that seeks to encourage each other in their pursuit of God and His will for their lives.

Classroom setup

Next week we will introduce the students to you. We will be taking individual as well as class pictures, so that you can follow along and put faces to the names of the ESBS class of 2017!
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Update on Evan & Upcoming Events
We just wanted to catch everyone up on what we've been up to at Emmaus, what we're working towards, and some exciting upcoming events we have planned!

First of all we'd like to thank everyone who has been and continues to pray for Evan Hays and his wife Roz. Evan has been transferred to Craig Hospital in Denver where he'll remain for another couple of weeks in rehab. He's doing well but still needs your prayers and encouragement as rehab is hard and he has a long road ahead of him.

We've been busy over the past couple of weeks running seminars for different churches. Two weeks ago we ran one for Trey's church, Grace Oviedo, and had a fantastic turn out to study the book of Philemon!

This past Saturday we ran another seminar on the book of Titus for Forge, a local men's Bible study group.

Even though we're all looking forward to this fall when we begin running the school again, it has been such a joy to run these seminars this year and form relationships with the churches in and around Central Florida.

On May 7th we'll be running another seminar on the book of Philemon for high school and college students.
May 15th - May 20th, Dan Dunn (a ministry connection with Venezuela) will be coming down to join us to create videos that will help train pastors and lay-people in churches throughout Latin America. Dan has requested that we help supply our Bible Overview as well as an Inductive Bible Study seminar. Please pray for both of these upcoming events, that they will be fruitful and lead others into a greater understanding of God's Word as well as a deeper relationship with Him.

In other news, we have been getting bunk beds ready for the new student dorms!

Once these are completed we'll be looking for more twin mattresses as well as lamps and other practical things needed to create a comfortable home for our students.

Please continue to pray for our students. We have four accepted, three in the process, and lots of interest. We are still hopeful for 10-15 students total.

Thank you to all who are praying with and for us, and for your continued encouragement and support! We could not do any of this without you!

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Please Pray with us for the Hays
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Dear Friends,

Please be in prayer with us for an ESBS alumni who's been hospitalized yesterday with a serious trauma to his brain.

Evan Hays (ESBS 2011-2012) was rock climbing yesterday outside of Colorado Springs when he took a 20+ foot fall to the ground.  He was admitted to the hospital and put into a medically induced coma to counteract brain swelling.

Evan's condition was stable overnight and this morning Evan was responsive and awake.  This week Evan was in Colorado Springs teaching the books of Kings and Chronicles at the School of Biblical Studies with YWAM Colorado Springs.  Evan and Roz own a cabin rental business in South Dakota, and have their winters/early Spring open for teaching and traveling.  While Evan was an Emmaus student in 2011-12, Roz was on our Emmaus staff full-time.  Since that year they've both spent multiple winters with us on our staff.  They're a huge part of our Emmaus community.

Evan is also currently a teaching pastor with Rimrock Church in downtown Rapid City S.D.  They need our prayers now!  Will you join with us in praying that Evan makes a full recovery.  Also pray for Roz, and for their two children Gibson and Eden.


Kris & Sarah Wise Join Emmaus Ministries!

Tell us a little bit about yourselves?

Kris: My name is Kris Wise. I’m 30. I have a B.A. in Digital Media from the University of Central Florida. I like hiking, camping & gaming. I’m a co-adventurer with my wife Sarah and my son Lincoln.

Sarah: We used to call ourselves monogamous adventurers, but we had to change it when we had Link. My name is Sarah Wise. I have a B.A. in History, B.A. in Public Administration, and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from UCF. I also have an Academic Master of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary with a course focus in Church History. I like reading to the soothing sounds of a Netflix fireplace, baking random midnight cravings, coloring and journaling. The Wise Family is a hub of self-proclaimed nerds. We enjoy Star Trek marathons, dressing up in period costumes for Civil War reenactments, Role Playing games, and international media (aka anime, manga, K-drama, and foreign films).

How did you meet?

Kris: I first met Sarah on Facebook through the old “You should know this person” feature. This was when you had to have a college email to be on Facebook. I didn’t know her but we had a lot of the same friends. I was invited to be on leadership at the Central Florida Wesley Foundation (a UCF Campus Ministry) and noticed that she was actually asked to come to the same leadership retreat. We hit it off and we’ve been adventuring ever since.

Sarah: The very first thing he said to me was “hey, are you the girl in the flower pot on Facebook?” (a reference to my profile picture at the time). We eventually bonded over our mutual love of all things nerdy and the fact that we were leading the same small group at CFL Wesley.

What are your faith stories?

Kris: I grew up in the United Methodist Church. Originally from Alabama, my family later moved to Orlando, FL. I continued to go to a United Methodist Church through high school. Through this time I claimed Christianity with my mouth but my heart still didn’t know what that looked like. Everything changed when I joined Wesley Foundation. I met others who acted as if they had found a hidden treasure and were doing everything to keep it close to their heart.

Sarah: I also come from a church-going family, though my story is a little different. While Kris may have struggled with the application of his faith, I outright denied faith for much of my youth. I was a crusader of atheism even while my family continued going to church. It wasn’t until I was college aged that I came to know God as my Savior and Lord. We met at Wesley at precisely the time when God was doing something profound in both of our lives.

How does your faith affect the way you live your lives?

Kris: Our time at Wesley, radically changed how we lived out our faith. It wasn’t about checking off the right boxes. It was about a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, listening to the Holy Spirit and living in authentic relationship with those around me.

Sarah: The key that clicked for both of us was a faith with feet within the context of one-on-one discipleship. Meeting with a mentor, getting in the Word, and applying our faith in tangible ways all changed the trajectory of our lives. After spending five years each at Wesley we were equipped with a robust relationship with Christ and a deep desire to serve God’s Kingdom. Kris and I continued to serve in ministry through local churches, nonprofits and seminary even while asking God the “what next” question.

How did you connect with Emmaus?

Kris: I let Sarah take this one.

Sarah: I actually met Tom at Asbury Seminary when I was giving a lecture about the doctrine of the atonement. At the time, Kris and I had been in a season of intentional prayer and discernment about what God wanted from us. We were prepared to move anywhere in the state, country or world. We were more than shocked to even entertain the idea that God could have something for us right here in our home city. Through that initial meeting with Tom, we eventually came to know the vision of Emmaus and the staff. Pieces clicked, and even in the midst of other job opportunities and career paths, God continued to bring Emmaus to the forefront of our prayers.

Why are you excited to be a part of Emmaus?

Sarah: It is exciting to be able to say, with confidence and assurance, that Emmaus is where God wants us. After months of prayer and discernment we feel that God has clearly answered our “what next” prayer. It is a perfect intersection of our gifts: teaching, discipleship, worship, social marketing and engagement.

Kris: We are excited about the community, the students, and discovering what God has for us in this season of our lives. I believe the Spirit led us to Emmaus for a purpose and I am excited to be a part of whatever that looks like.   

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Room Renovations
Most of the time being on staff with Emmaus means teaching, grading, and maybe cooking or having a one-on-one with a student. It's full of awesome things and the only reason you would ever do it (in our minds at least) is because you feel called by God, and you love it!

But sometimes being on staff with Emmaus means doing things that aren't in the job description.

The last two weeks we have begun renovating the five rooms that we will be using for this coming fall. By the end of next week 4/5 of the rooms will be complete! We tore out the carpet, scraped the floors, painted the room, and put down brand new flooring and trim! 

Take a look!

Before renovations began

It's not every day you get to rip stuff...especially carpet...

Scraping up excess carpet glue...stuff...

Painting, painting, painting...

Caleb putting down matting for the floor

Tom Roberts putting in our new wood flooring for us!

Tom: "This is how it's going to work from now on..."
Trey: "Good deal..."

A special thanks to Kelly for getting us a GREAT deal on the flooring!

Here's the trim...space was a little limited at the time so we had to get creative with where to paint it...

The bad news? We all got a little grumpy throughout the process. Props to Caleb for sticking it out with a migraine one day!
The good news? Nobody died either by accident or by the hands of a fellow staff member...

Just kidding! But seriously, the rooms are looking fantastic and we couldn't have done any of it without Tom Roberts! 

We are so excited at the prospect of filling these rooms with new students this August! We will post more pictures of the finished rooms once the new bunk beds are in place!

*Note: If you would like to give to our general fund to help us pay for these gorgeous rooms our students will live in, please visit our website here: http://www.emmausbibleministries.org/donate/

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