21 "His master replied, 'Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!' -Matthew 25:21
First off I would like to say a huge Thank You to my friend Terri Flores for her sacrificial service to all of us this past year! Terri my prayer is that God will allow me to lead at least half as well and continue the great things you and those before you have done for this awesome tool we call The Walk to Emmaus.
Even though I know many of you in this community, I would like to take a little time to introduce myself. My name is Chad Oglesby, I have been married to my beautiful wife Wendy for almost 22 years now. We have 4 wonderful children; Ariana-16, Alexia-14, Alena and Christian-11. I grew up all over the US being an Air Force brat, but spent most of my school age years in Tennessee. We moved here to Lubbock in 1994 and since this is the longest I have ever lived anywhere in my life, this is where I call home. That is my life summed up quickly and neatly.
My love for Emmaus began on my pilgrim walk in April of '04. I had a face-to-face encounter with the Man I call my Savior. He met me right where I was that weekend in Slaton, TX, despite my rough, tough fašade. He revealed to me several things that I needed to change about myself to become a better son, husband and father. Things that deep down I already knew needed to be done different or better, but being a creature of habit who didn't like change, I resisted mightily until then. That began a process of trying to become better. I didn't do it to be liked or respected or popular. I did it because I had an encounter with my Living God who told and showed me that I was not the man He had created me to be. I am forever grateful to all who have been involved in this process along the way. I tell you this not to say I have arrived by any means, but to allow you to share in my journey. I am still a work in progress. As far as I have come in the past nine years, I have the rest of my life to continue to work on becoming who God has called me to be. Having said that, I want to encourage ALL of you to help this community become all that God has called it to be. I have noticed a steep decline in attendance at our community meetings in the last several years which I believe has had a direct impact on the number of men/women that are being sponsored on walks. I would love to hear your input about community, good, bad or indifferent. I am posting my personal email address here for you to feel free to contact me. firstname.lastname@example.org . I would like to hear from each and every one of you if you will take the time to write. Please tell me what you like or dislike, anything you would like to see different or anything you particularly enjoy. If you haven't been to community in a short while or a long time, please let me know why. I feel it is our job in leadership to figure out how to best serve each and every one of you and I will try my best to do just that. I am humbled and honored to be blessed to do this and am looking very forward to an exceptional year.
Blessings to you all with the love of Jesus,