Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Venturing out for first steps

Everything begins with a first few steps. The friends in Philadelphia SW, PA (B) recently ventured forth for the first time to share the message in a neighborhood in their cluster. The area teaching committee secretary shares their reflections on their experiences:

A total of four teachers came together. It became the first time ever to visit a neighborhood in this cluster to share the Message of Bahá’u’lláh. We felt privileged to have been part of this small yet historic beginning.

Seeing the effects of reciting the Word of God to total strangers moved all of us tremendously and was very confirming of our Faith. . . .

Two of us stood on a windy street corner with the first young man we encountered on our first day; he listened intently to the presentation, and then told us that he feels it is true that Bahá’u’lláh is the Manifestation of God for today. His eyes lit up when we told him, "Then you are already a Bahá’í." This was the highlight of the weekend.

On reflection: We have made the first small steps. We need to do more preparation next time. Also, we need be sure to gather together for prayer and reflection at the conclusion of each day we go out, as well as pray together before we set out.

Area Teaching Committee Secretary

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