Monday, September 29, 2008

Learning and Planning in Nevada North

If one had to sum up in five words or less what the friends in the Nevada North (A) cluster are doing, I would say, “Lots of learning and planning.” A common thread through the wide range of their activities is looking at clearly and consulting about what has been done so far, what results have been achieved, deciding what to do next, figuring out how to do it, and then doing it! What follows is adapted from a few articles of a recent issue of the cluster’s newsletter, which is rightly named The Reflection. Enjoy!

Here is a summary of what occurred at the cluster reflection meeting:

One of our new believers shared her personal story of why she declared her belief in Bahá’u’lláh.

A sing-along raised our spirits. . . .

We studied the guidance from the Universal House of Justice and consulted on what we had learned from our previous intensive teaching effort.

We shared statistics on enrolments and core activities and home visits.

We set goals on establishing new children’s classes and engaging more of the friends in teaching activities.

Teaching packets distributed and we went out into the field.

Everyone who has participated in teaching has been excited by the experience of receptivity to the message of Bahá’u’lláh. We noticed a common theme from all the interactions: a strong interest in classes for children. Based on that need, a class was initiated in that neighborhood.

The effect of the teaching efforts has been significant. For example:

“The teams, fresh from teaching, shared some stories at the Reno Feast. . . . It was expressed that the excitement of the teaching that is going on is really felt in the community.”

Also: “The good word is getting around. A family from out of state expressed interest in participating in our next intensive teaching effort, to learn firsthand what we are doing and apply it to their *C-stage cluster.”

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