Friday, June 6, 2008

Making use of "the silent teacher"

Here is a report from an individual in an A cluster in Michigan, who describes an initiative that made use of the Bahá’í House of Worship in Wilmette, IL—often referred to as “the silent teacher”—to help advance ongoing teaching efforts among colleagues.

After a period of six years of contacts with the staff and presenting many Bahá’í books, it was recently decided to gather all interested individuals in one place in a spiritual environment and directly present the Faith to them. It was realized that the best place for this purpose was the Bahá’í House of Worship in Wilmette. A general invitation for a free tour of the House of Worship was issued to everyone. There were 80 positive responses, so a caravan of two buses was arranged.

The gathering at the Foundation Hall was beautiful and the presentation of the Faith initiated many questions. The participants were guided to the auditorium where they offered their own prayers. During the tour of the lower level many questions about the Faith were answered. We arrived back at home at 3 o'clock in the morning with unanimous praise and appreciation from the participants.

Follow-up activities were arranged at the Bahá’í Center for individuals who wished to learn more about the Faith or who had additional questions. Twelve individuals attended. There was a detailed introduction of the Faith with much discussion throughout the evening. One person expressed her wish to hear Anna's presentation, after which she was eager to declare. Many others also expressed their wish to attend study classes in the Center. Your prayers for their guidance are greatly appreciated.

Bahá’í love,


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