Monday, June 2, 2008

Southern Nevada IPG Days 6 - 9

Here is further news from Days 6 through 9 of Southern Nevada’s (A) expansion phase. The inspiring stories are numerous, and the friends are seeing the fruits of children’s classes, as well as witnessing entire families entering the Cause.

Dearest Friends,

Here we are at the end of the ninth day of the second intensive program of growth in Southern Nevada! Today, another 5 souls declared their belief in Bahá’u’lláh. This brings the total to 25 souls that have joined us in bearing aloft the Glorious Standard of the Cause! Now, the work continues with many follow-ups scheduled throughout the week. We need everyone's support in visiting the new believers. Please see below for more information.

We are being flooded with inspirational stories from the field. These stories teach us the key elements of success – perseverance, systematic follow-up, and reliance on the power of divine assistance. Here are a couple of stories:

A youth reported her experience as a co-teacher. She recounts: "Halfway through our presentation at a home, we were invited inside. Our seeker explained to us that before we arrived, she was worrying about the war and other distressing news in the world. She was beginning to feel that there were only bad things in the world. She said that the presentation helped her. After further discussion she signed her declaration card and gave us a hug!" It was the first time this youth had given Anna's Presentation.

Here's another one of many stories: “Our team went out into the neighborhood with the goal of reaching out to the parents of the children's class students. We had four people on our team: myself, a youth, and two newly enrolled junior youth. We decided to visit ___, who has been attending the children's class since the first day three months ago. This person had mentioned that he was moving so we thought it would be best to talk to his parents before their departure. We visited his parents who I had met previously. I began to give Anna's presentation; they agreed with everything they heard. They kept asking their son to read the quotes because they already identified him as a Bahá’í! At the end of the presentation I asked them if they believed in Bahá’u’lláh as the Manifestation of God for this day. They said yes! I gave them three declaration cards to fill out; they asked for more because they wanted to register their other children as well! The entire family is now part of our Baha'i family.”

With warmest Baha'i love and gratitude,

Your area teaching committee

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