Our name tells our story. In Luke 24, two disciples are walking from Jerusalem to Emmaus, on a seven-mile-long road. Jesus has just died and all their hope has been shattered. For the first time in their lives, they had dared to believe that they could experience peace, justice, and grace. Then their savior died. While they are on this seven mile road, Jesus comes alongside these hopeless disciples and begins to explain to them how the Scriptures point to a suffering-servant-savior who would not only defeat empires, but who would defeat death itself.

At first, they don’t recognize Jesus. Later, when they’ve reached Emmaus, he breaks bread with them and their eyes are opened. Their hearts are full as they come to see the truth, goodness, and beauty of the gospel. Grace comes flooding in. Their hope is restored—even more than they could have imagined. After Jesus leaves them, they run back to Jerusalem down that same seven mile road to tell everyone the good news.

That’s our goal. We want to come alongside people on hopeless roads and introduce them to Jesus so that they find life, place, and meaning in Christ. We want to see souls redeemed for His glory and their joy. We want to see our neighbors become family, sent back on mission with good news to share.