Here is a sample
sponsor letter that should increase your effectiveness, help you
properly interpret Emmaus to others, and effectualize your
responsibility in sharing God's grace as a Sponsor to those you ask
to write letters on behalf of your Pilgrim. Simply copy and paste
the text below into a text editor (Word, Notepad, Wordpad) and
change the items in bold type accordingly. Make copies and send them
out. It's as simple as that and the effect it will have on your
Pilgrim... well you probably recall yourself from your Walk.
(Pilgrim's Full Name Goes Here), a dear friend, loved
one, family member, or acquaintance to you will be attending what is
known as a Walk to Emmaus, (Walk#
???) at on (Place where Walk is occurring) on (Date Walk is occurring). (Pilgrim)
touched your life in some way, shape or form and I ask for your
assistance in making (his/her)
Walk that much more special.
What is a Walk
to Emmaus you ask? The Gospel of St. Luke relates the story of
Cleopas and his friend walking along a road to a town called Emmaus.
The risen Christ joined them and explained the Scriptures as they
walked. After Cleopas and his friend recognized Christ, they rushed
back to Jerusalem to tell others of the good news (this can be found
in Luke 24:13-35). Like the same walk that happened so many years
ago, this Walk that (Pilgrim) will be attending is a 72
hour experience that strengthens and renews discipleship and can
change a person forever. Some changes are spiritual in nature,
others can affect relationships with family, friends, coworkers,
etc. All in all, this is a great experience that I wish everyone
could experience for if they did, our world would truly be different
as many say it is one of the happiest they have ever known once they
have returned from their Walk.
Some may ask "is
(he/she) joining a cult"? No. The
walk to Emmaus is nondenominational and is definitely not a cult.
This will be a weekend that will provide spiritual growth, Christian
love, be full of happiness, and will be full of surprises. One such
surprise is receiving notes from family, friends, coworkers, and
loved ones. This is truly a welcome surprise since (Pilgrim) will not have contact with the
outside world or those of us in it during the 72 hours (he/she) is there. In fact (he/she) will be free from grueling
schedules, phones, computers, TV, radio, and work; in other words
free from all the stresses we each deal with daily.
As (Pilgrim's) Sponsor, I am contacting
as many folks as possible who know (Pilgrim), including (his/her) other family members, friends,
coworkers, and loved ones from her past, present, and believe it or
not even (his/her) future, and are
asking them to send a letter to (him/her). (Pilgrim) will receive these at a very
special time during (his/her)
This is an
opportunity for you to tell (him/her) how (he/she) may have influenced your life, or
recall a humorous event, or reminisce on a special event that is
very special to just you and (him/her). It can be just a general letter
of support and need not be religious in any way if you choose. This
is a letter of love and/or friendship that will be read by
(Pilgrim) alone; not even
I as (his/her) Sponsor are able to
read the letter you sent.
Would you please
help me make (Pilgrim's) Walk to Emmaus special
by doing the following?
a note or letter. There is no requirement on length; it
can be as long or short as you want.
- Sign your
letter and place it in a sealed envelope.
(Pilgrim's) first and last name
(Pilgrim's Full Name Goes Here), on the envelope.
Please do not write your name on the envelope in order to ensure
(he/she) is surprised.
- In the upper
right hand corner of the envelope mark one of the following
- F for
- C for Close
- or O for
Others (like long lost friends, former classmates,
- Put the
envelope in a larger envelope with your return address and mail it
to me at the following address: (Remember
to give your mailing address)
Please do not
let (Pilgrim) know about your letter
or this request in order to ensure (his/her) surprise. Your letter should
be sent to me preferably no later than (Date
one month prior to the Walk).
On (Pilgrim's) behalf, I thank you for
your time and effort and greatly appreciate you taking time to make
(his/her) day. I know (he/she) will appreciate your response even