You also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual
house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices
acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
Among the programs offered by Upper Room Ministries is The Walk
to Emmaus, an experience of Christian spiritual renewal and formation
that seeks to develop servant-leadership and encourages participants to
live discipleship in community. (For more information, visit
In September 2016, the first Asian Emmaus Ministries
Leadership Development Event was held in Seoul, South Korea.
It brought together Emmaus community leaders from Russia, the
Philippines, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Taiwan, Singapore, and South
Korea to create spaces in which participants could both experience God’s grace and continue to grow in it. As part of the event,
our team also led a workshop to teach people how to write for
The Upper Room magazine.
Strangers came together to grow in knowledge and faith.
Time spent in worship, table discussions, and at meals gave these
leaders opportunities to encourage and pray for one another, to
exchange ideas, and to learn about the cultures of fellow participants. God used this opportunity to break down barriers and
build bridges. Those who participated in the gathering promised that together they will contribute to the building of God’s
kingdom in Asia.
With a similar aim, we come together here each day through
the pages of The Upper Room — where the
world meets to pray. God uses the opportu-
nity of our gathering together as readers to
break down barriers, build bridges, and draw
us closer together. I can think of no greater
joy than to see people come together to grow
in knowledge of God and one another, bring-
ing to life God’s kingdom here on earth.
— 1 Peter 2: 5 (NIV)
Director, Emmaus Ministries