Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Twas the night before Christmas, and all over the house, lots of youth were stirring and teaching

Christmas Eve sure brought a surprise to one of the friends in Savannah, GA (A)! We will say little more, except to share his report. Note again of course how the friends’ experience at the recent Regional Bahá’í Conferences have inspired them into action, in this case, a few of the youth in the cluster . . .

Hello loved ones,

I have written recently saying that we are working hard to follow up with all the new enrollments we've seen in the past few cycles. Like other clusters we have found this to be a formidable task. Home visits and study circle activity have been two of our big foci over the last couple of months. Then we have been finding other ways to engage our more recently enrolled friends in the teaching work. One way has been to take them to places where they can experience teaching activities directly, both inside and outside of the cluster. This travel includes the Regional Bahá’í Conference in Atlanta. All of this has been to help the friends get the training that is absolutely needed for all of us to continue to grow in a sustainable manner. . . .

To that end, we are working with our regional training institute directly to do an intensive training program and wound up with three consecutive days of training with some of our youth. They were here until 8:00 PM on Christmas Eve: Think about that. But that's not all of the story. Some of you may know that as of today one more person had enrolled in the Faith. What a great guy this young man is going to be as a Bahá’í. However, as a result of the teaching and prayer sharing our youth did today in the course of their training, two more people declared their belief in Bahá’u’lláh. Two youth went out as a team by themselves and taught the Faith to two other youth. WOW!!!!! Fantastic is all I can say. Just fantastic. What a present given us on this day which is so special to so many people.

Run out and tell everyone that anything can be done if we just move our feet. What is God showing us. :-)

Please keep our new youth and their families and the rest of us in your prayers.

God is Most Glorious!



Wait, wait, wait a minute!!!!!!!

Just as I was sending the last email about today's recent enrollments my doorbell rang. It was one of the young men that I consider to be like a son of mine. He and I got to talking about the recent conference in Atlanta that he wanted to come to, and one thing led to another and now he has declared his Faith. We have another Bahá’í. He has been to numerous Bahá’í and Bahá’í-inspired events for many years. Among other things he has been a Ruhi Book 1 participant and has been to several Blackmen's Gatherings in Savannah. What a wonderful night we are having. What a spirit we are experiencing. I don't think I have ever been so happy on Christmas Eve.

What is God showing us. :-)

Please keep this dear new Bahá’í and his family and the rest of us in your prayers.

Wait a minute, there is someone at the door... Standby—the night’s not over. . .




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