Monday, September 8, 2008

Learning how to directly share the message

Bahá’ís try to share their Faith with others through a wide variety of activities. When Bahá’ís speak about “direct teaching”, they are not referring to a specific type of activity. Instead, it simply means telling people clearly and directly that Bahá’u’lláh has come with a new message for humanity, and this can be carried out in almost any place that our daily life brings us. Teaching could involve knocking on a neighbor’s door and asking if they are interested to learn more about the Faith. Or it could involve a deep and intimate conversation with a person sitting next to us on a bus, train, or airplane. Everywhere the friends are learning about how to share the message of the Faith in a variety of venues. This report from Boston, MA (A) highlights some of experience that has recently been gained in their latest teaching effort.

Dearest friends,

Much love from the Boston Area Teaching Committee to each and every one of you!

We wanted to give you an update as to the progress of activities in your Cluster.

We finished a wonderful teaching effort in the community in which 10 people declared their belief in Bahá’u’lláh. In addition to visiting neighborhoods, friends focused on personal efforts to share in a direct manner the message of Bahá’u’lláh. There are a number of examples, including holding devotionals followed by a talk on the fundamental verities of the Faith, praying for the success of the teaching efforts, and sitting in a cafe with Anna's Presentation (after having fervently prayed for blessings), and offering the presentation to whoever sat beside them. All these, and many more, are wonderful examples of service in our cluster.

The friends are visiting the new declarants on a regular basis, have started Book 1 study circles and children classes, as well as junior youth groups. Yesterday, one of the families that declared attended the Green Acre picnic and had the opportunity to meet their fellow Bahá’ís from around the Northeast!

With much love

The Boston Cluster Area Teaching Committee

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