Wednesday, October 17, 2007

If We Invite Them, They Will Come. . .

Baha’is all over the country, such as these in the New Hampshire (A) cluster, are learning that a key to involving friends, family, neighbors, and coworkers into the activities of Baha’i community life (and helping them to declare their belief in Baha’u'llah) is simply inviting them to do so. A sensitive, yet up-front invitation is often all that seekers need to take the next step.

“Last evening we had another seeker declare his belief in Baha’u'llah! The joy in sharing this is that a youth who is a member of a teaching team was persistent in inviting his college professor to a fireside during the first cycle of the New Hampshire Cluster’s Intensive Program of Growth! It took 3-4 invitations for this seeker to accept the invitation but after his first experience he has been attending firesides twice a month and is on fire with his investigation and his search.

This seeker was… asked if he would like to enroll and be a part of the Bahá’í community. Very tenderly and patiently he was asked, “Are you ready? Would you like to be a member of this Faith whose mission is to unite all the peoples and religions of the earth?” He immediately answered yes… and that it gave him hope when he had been hopeless.

Three declarations in less than 6 weeks! Who would have imagined such a bounty! This was the direct result of teaching teams…unity of focus, fulfilling personal pledges to engage in home visits, to outreach, invitations to core activates and accompanying the seekers on their path of search.”

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