Emmaus Journey - Michael (Mike) and Rachel Dill Family Mission
Emmaus Journey is a Catholic evangelistic and discipleship ministry that is conducted primarily in and through Catholic parishes.
Emmaus Journey has embraced Goal #1 of the National Evangelization Plan Go and Make Disciples: "To bring about in all Catholics such an enthusiasm for their faith that, in living their faith in Jesus, they freely share it with others."
We are so excited to be serving as a full-time missionary family! Christ commissioned his followers to "Go and make disciples of all nations." (Matt 18:19-20) We are devoting our lives to make disciples of Christ that they may know, love, and serve God throughout their lives.
I (Mike) began leading Bible studies in high school, helped found an evangelical Catholic campus ministry as an undergrad at Cornell University, and continued practicing discipleship in the Army with training from the Navigators, the same group that Rachel found a spiritual home in as a college student. In June 2014, I left my active duty Army career and we joined the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS). Their training helped launch us into professional apostolic work. Now that we are serving with Emmaus Journey, our mission can expand beyond the scope of the college campus to include parish life and families like our own.
It surprises many to hear that this mission work is actually very practical and methodical. Mature disciples of Christ grow through an experience of conversion and transformation until the love of Christ compels the disciple to mobilization for the Kingdom of God. By drawing on Christ, the source of all life, and by showing others how to do the same, missionaries can effectively win, build, and send out people as spiritual leaders for future generations. This practice is not new; the Church has been at it for three millennia. St. Paul used this threefold process in Thessalonica, a model parish in the Early Church. To read more about this, check out A Vision for Ministry by Rich Cleveland.
How Can I Help?
Your role is essential in this mission. We cannot provide an authentic, stable witness without your prayers and financial support. With your faith in God and investment in us, your gift enables us to share the good news with many. Many wish they could engage in missionary work, but may be disappointed to think that it’s not their full-time calling. In truth, everyone can participate in the mission of the Church. As Mother Teresa said, “Some give by going, others go by giving.”
So come with us! We invite you into this vital work by joining our mission support team. In doing so, your daily work becomes evangelization, and your gifts make an eternal impact. You can click the "Donate to this Project" button found on this page.
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Your instruments in mission,
Michael, Rachel, and Sophia Dill