Do you remember how much your Walk to Emmaus meant to you? It would not have been possible without the prayer and sacrifice of your sponsor. The responsibilities of being a sponsor are many and crucial to the effectiveness of the experience. You can share God’s love with someone you know by sponsoring him or her during an Emmaus weekend.
Prayer for discernment: The Sponsor’s first responsibility is to pray for discernment. Take a list of names into your prayer room and share that list with God. Leave the list with God and wait for Him to reveal the name to you. It may not happen immediately. Just be patient and wait on God.
Pray for your pilgrim: Pray for when to discuss the walk with your potential pilgrim. Pray for God to guide you in the discussion. Pray for an openness of the potential pilgrim’s heart for the Walk to Emmaus.
Meet with your pilgrim: Pray for God to give you calmness, assurance, and perseverance. If your pilgrim is married, you must meet with both partners to discuss the Walk to Emmaus. The design of the Emmaus movement is to affirm the sanctity of marriage and commitment of spouses to each other.
Give your potential pilgrim an application form. Explain everything on the form. Answer any questions that are raised. Request that the potential pilgrim prayerfully consider the opportunity to attend the Emmaus event. Ask the potential pilgrim when you can check back for their response. Pray for the person. Don’t take a refusal personally. It may not be God’s timing or Emmaus may not be for this particular person.