Monday, June 22, 2009

First teaching experience "will always be my story and the beginning of so many blessed stories to come"

Many seekers declare their belief in Bahá’u’lláh after being invited to join the Faith. But in this case, a seeker in Boston, MA (A) declared after INVITING someone else to join the Faith! This lovely story of how the teaching process transformed one individual needs no additional comments, except that it is beautiful.

A seeker had been participating in a Ruhi Book 1 study circle for some time, then happened to come “by accident” to the Bahá’í Center during the expansion phase just as we were about to go out to teach in neighborhoods. She asked if she could join us, and after the first visit, she declared. We recently invited her to speak at our reflection meeting; her job prevented her from attending but she asked if she could send a letter to be read to the participants instead:

Dear Bahá’í Family,

Looking back into who I was before coming to know you I find great hope and love for a universal community. I find great faith in my heart for God’s kingdom to dwell on earth with courage and knowledge of Him. I knew this was the path every human soul had to walk. . . .

I just did not know what the element was to hold it all together, the unifying piece, until I came face to face with it. And here I am telling you my story, which is but the story of a trusted heart in the ever shining sun. Bahá’u’lláh is my teacher. He is my prophet. He is the very essence of God in this our earth.

And I went through doubts and hesitation . . . And here I am; because by teaching what I had the blessing of having opened up endless possibilities. And because by telling this that was in my heart to __ with N and J will always be my story, and the beginning of so many blessed stories to come.

Thank you all for being there for me, and I can only hope to be there for you.

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