Friday, September 12, 2008

Book 2 = empowerment

This story from a C-stage cluster in Texas is wonderful for many reasons. Not only is it another example of a seeker declaring after contacting the Baha'is through 1-800-22UNITE, it also shows how the training institute process empowers new believers to teach and carry out deepenings on their own. And here’s something new—“home visits” to study the deepening themes from Ruhi Book 2 over the phone!

T came to the 1-800-22UNITE number last summer, wanting to declare. In the autumn he and I had 6 phone call session deepenings using the Book 2 materials. He studied both Book 1 and Book 2 online since he doesn’t live near any Bahá’ís. I occasionally checked in with him during the winter and spring.

Another individual, M, then wrote to the national Web site in June. They also lived in the same area where there are not Bahá’ís nearby. So I called my one contact: T. I emailed him Anna’s presentation and asked if he would be willing to set up a meeting with her. They got in contact, met at a bakery, and went through the presentation together. T was really nervous, but had a great experience. The presentation was done on his laptop, so when M had other questions, they could look together for the answers on the various Bahá’í sites. She gave T her contact information, and shortly after, she attended a gathering at the nearest Bahá’í center. At that time, she then signed the card, sent it in and called T over the phone. They continue to be in email contact. T is now sharing the deepening themes from Ruhi Book 2 with M, just as he had received them earlier. Truly this is the institute process at work!


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