Virtual Walk and Challenge: The Results are In!

November 19, 2021 by The Upper Room Emmaus Ministries Team

Pilgrims, you did it! Congratulations to all for participating in the first-ever Emmaus Ministries Virtual Walk and Challenge. We offered this event in hopes that you would focus on your physical and spiritual wellbeing as part of your Fourth Day commitment, and you didn’t let us down. There were 208 pilgrims and donors involved in the Virtual Challenge, representing Emmaus communities across the U.S. and in Singapore and South Africa. Together, the group walked 20,891,283 steps totaling 10,447 miles. That’s nearly 1,500 trips from Jerusalem to Emmaus!

The campaign raised $10,670 for the Fourth Day Fund, which supports the International Office of Emmaus Ministries, providing valuable support and leadership to our community structure.  Thank you.

Since the Virtual Challenge was a friendly competition with scores based on total footprint points earned (steps + activities + dollars raised), we have a few awards to announce.


The Top Three Community Teams will receive a cash gift to support their local community efforts. Congratulations to:

  1. Southern Maryland ($1,000). Team members: Marijo Cosmas, Cynthia Altimus, Charlie Zibreg, Donna Zibreg, Roger Wilson, James J. Damico Sr., David Reyno, Diane Reyno, Herb Duberry, and Terraine Duberry.
  2. Western New York ($500). Team members: Cynthia Hull, Mary Kay Williams, Paul Williams, Bob Schooley, Darrell Rublee, Jim Keiper, and Lora Kieper
  3. Lagniappe Country ($250). Team members: Tracie Wharton, Tre Wharton, Ginger Hughes, Scott Calkins, Pattie Riche, Anne Clouatre, and Walda Gibbs

We will be connecting with your community treasurer this week.

The Top Ten Individuals based on total footprint points will receive a complimentary one-year subscription to The Upper Room daily devotional guide plus a copy of our best-selling devotional book, The Upper Room Disciplines 2022

  1. David Reyno – 1,465,611 steps!
  2. Ellen Dickhaus
  3. Walda Gibbs
  4. Cindy Brown
  5. Mark Buenafe
  6. Valerie Steele
  7. Buddy Perdue
  8. Becky Vicknair
  9. Jim Keiper
  10. Marijo Cosmas

We’ll direct message each of you with details. Way to go!

Friends, your support has truly inspired and encouraged us and given us much to be grateful for this Thanksgiving. We continue to celebrate The Walk to Emmaus’s 43rd Anniversary in ministry of strengthening disciples for the renewal of the church.

May the love and peace of Christ be your companion during the Advent season ahead. 

P.S.  If you ordered an event T-shirt, it is in the mail and on the way.

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