Monday, April 14, 2008

Teaching is a joy

Joy, joy, joy in Lancaster, PA (A), which has just launched its first intensive program of growth. In this story, the power of prayer, the confidence gained from the friends directly experiencing the interest of their neighbors, and the courage of the friends to step into the field of action explain the joy.

Dearly loved friends,

Today our cluster witnessed confirmations that come from collective direct teaching that is inspired by prayer, reliance on the Concourse on High and the desire to learn through action. Following the cluster reflection gathering held to start us on our way in our first intensive program of growth, five teaching teams departed the Bahá’í Center to share Anna's presentation in a neighborhood in Lancaster.

Two hours later, we met together to share the many joyful stories of receptivity the teams enjoyed and delighted in the tidings of two new declarations of faith! Ya-Bahá'u'l-Abhá! Finally we understand that the kind of interest in the Faith that we hear of from other countries can be found right here in our own backyard!

This truly is a wonderful victory. The efforts of those who stepped out to offer the gift of Bahá’u’lláh’s teachings in Lancaster today were surely buttressed by the ardent prayers of those who were unable to join them. As you hear the stories of heart-felt confirmation in the process of opening our lips to teach the fundamental verities of the Faith, consider casting aside your fears and joining in when you are able.

If we all pray fervently, surely many more hearts will be prepared to hear the Message.



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