From the Desk of the Community Lay Director:
Johannes Gutenberg was born in Germany circa 1400. He was a blacksmith, goldsmith, printer and publisher. In 1439 he introduced the process of mechanical movable type printing. This innovation played a key role in the development of the Renaissance, the Age of Enlightenment and the scientific revolution.
The first major book printed using this new process was the Bible. It became known as the Gutenberg Bible, and was first available around 1454. It is estimated that there were only 30,000 books in Europe at that time. Fifty years later there were more than 12 million. This invention literally changed the world.
Mass production of the Bible allowed for greater access to God’s Word for everyone. Some have attributed the Protestant Reformation to this accessibility.
The Bible has now been translated into 1000 languages. Lives are being changed everyday as His Word reaches out to people around the world.
These words from a beloved hymn come to mind:
Open my eyes that I may see
Glimpses of truth Thou hast for me
Place in my hands the wonderful key
That shall unclasp and set me free.
It is truly a blessing to read God’s Holy Word. It is simply stated in John 8:32, "Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."
Thank you, Johannes Gutenberg, for your wonderful innovation.
Your Emmaus Community continues to prepare for Fall Walks. As the teams are formed, please prayerfully consider serving, if you are called upon. Include Jonetta McDonald and Byron Johns in your prayers, as they will serve as Lay Directors on the Walks.
Please complete and submit Pilgrim applications to Anne Wojcik, so that we can have full walks for men and women. Take a moment to remember the blessings that you experienced on your walk, as we prepare the way for the pilgrims on the Fall Walks.
Thank you all for your servant hearts. Have a blessed summer.