Thursday, August 14, 2008

Youth spread the message in Hampden County

In more and more places around the country, youth are arising with confidence to share the Message of Bahá’u’lláh with their friends and neighbors. Here is a report from one of the participants in a teaching effort in Hampden County, MA (B), where a spirit of openness and love has made new connections. They have also learned that some young people are eager to share the Message with others as soon as they are introduced to it.

Dear Friends,

Saturday was an exciting day in Springfield, Massachusetts. 5 youth from Franklin/ Hampshire cluster, two youth from Hampden County, one of their friends, plust two adults gathered together and prepared ourselves spiritually. We then went to visit some neighborhoods in Springfield.

Everyone had very rewarding experiences. One group met a mother who asked to hear Anna’s presentation in Spanish. During their presentation she was moved to tears by the creative Words of Bahá’u’lláh and ‘Abdu’l-Bahá. Another group met some high school students who asked to be contacted for information about participating in junior youth programs. . . .

We were once again confirmed by what the youth can do for the advancement of this Cause. We also witnessed that younger generations are very open to investigate and learn about the Bahá’í Faith. The junior youth programs and neighborhood children’s classes conducted in these neighborhoods have won the admiration and interest of the participants’ parents and friends.

By the end of the day, the friend of the Bahá’ís who participated in today’s teaching declared their belief in Bahá’u’lláh and signed a declaration card.

A follow-up to the above story:

Today, three of us went to home visit the new believer. She wasn’t home but another teenage family member was on the porch. She expressed an interest in listening to a presentation about the Faith. A youth gave Anna’s presentation with love, patience and confidence. The young woman listened with focused attention throughout the 40-minute presentation, and declared at the end of it. She then enthusiastically asked if she could share the Faith with her friends and bring them to a Book 1 study circle.

With love, awe & amazement,


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