For the past six years, “Emmaus: Europe in all of its facets!” has given participants an opportunity to explore the history and values of the Emmaus Movement. Taking place within a welcoming environment, Emmaus activists are invited to extend their knowledge so they will feel a greater sense of belonging to the Movement. This year’s training session was hosted by the Emmaus Cologne community on 2nd – 5th June 2019. Vlad shared the experience with us.
What is your background within Emmaus?
I first joined Emmaus 19 years ago in a community near Lisbon in Portugal, where I stayed for 6 months. Then, I moved to Emmaus Cologne in Germany where I spent 5 years. On 17 December 2018, I returned to the Cologne community with my wife and 3-year old son.
What prompted you to take part in the “Emmaus: Europe in all of its facets!” training?
I’ve known Emmaus for 19 years now. I wanted to find out more, to get more involved in the Movement, so the first step was to learn all about it. The training is ideal for this. For me, it felt important to understand the history of Emmaus in order to continue the work that our founders began.
What did you learn through the training? What will you find useful in your daily life?
I learned a lot about the history of Emmaus and how it operates internationally. I also learned a huge amount about our organisation’s values. I think this training is very important in helping to understand how we operate and what our values are. Our task is to be able to pass on these values to others who are not aware of our history.
What did you most enjoy? Did anything surprise you?
I really enjoyed the social aspect of this training course. It was very friendly and I felt very at ease. I was surprised by the diverse range of activities in which Emmaus groups are involved.
Would you recommend the course to other members of the Movement?
Yes definitely. I would advise all companions to do this training as it will boost their credibility when spreading the word about the Movement. They will meet really nice people and get to know other Emmaus groups. It’s a valuable and rewarding experience. Thank you.