Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Two conversations and a celebration

More and more people are declaring their belief in Bahá’u’lláh in Charleston-Berkeley, SC (A). This story, shared by an individual believer, has some beautiful gems. It highlights the fact that the teaching process is an intimate conversation between the seeker and teacher. It shows the central importance of the study and use of the Word of God. And the fruit of this teaching is not just numbers but the building of a community of unity and joy.

Dear Friends:

A truly joyful Ridvan!! With a heart overflowing with love and gratitude to the Blessed Perfection, I am pleased to report that we have had another declaration in our cluster, raising the number of new believers to 5 adults, 1 junior youth and 2 children. . . .

A declared his faith this evening at B’s home. A meeting had been scheduled but the regular participants were unable to come. A started the conversation by saying, “Now that we are alone, I would like to ask a few questions.” B continued the conversation with the Word of God, and some hours later, A declared his faith and asked to be enrolled.

It is especially interesting that A and B’s conversation started with some of Bahá’u’lláh’s words about backbiting—the same words being studied and memorized at a Spanish-language study circle. Both conversations were happening on the same day.

Our 12th Day of Ridvan celebration should also be mentioned. In attendance were 51 friends including 13 individuals from the wider community. Bahá’ís came from 6 different localities in the cluster, and all of the new believers except one also attended. I wish I had words to express the joy and love that animated the celebration.



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