Tuesday, June 16, 2009

"I gave him the 800 number and he called right there on the spot"

This story from the in Los Angeles, CA (A) cluster confirms that, yes, you CAN share the Message while still in your pajamas! But even more important, it underscores the point that seekers are eager to meet Bahá’ís who live near them to learn more about the Faith. In this case, the seeker IMMEDIATELY called the phone number he was given.

I was on vacation in California to attend a wedding. The day after the wedding my one-and-a-half year old son woke me up during an hour of the morning I never knew existed before parenthood. I took him in the backyard of the home where we were staying. He became restless, so I decided to take him out the front yard, despite the fact that I was wearing my pajamas. . . .

He started running down the sidewalk and paused at a car that was parked on the street where a man in his twenties or thirties was sitting with the window unrolled. “Hey little buddy,” the man said.

“Hi,” I said.

“Has he been to the House of God?” the man asked right away.

At first I didn’t know what he meant.

The man pointed to the church across the street. “Has he been to church?” (He was just coming from there.)

Realizing we had been led to him, I said “We are Bahá’ís.”

“What that?” he asked.

I just began to tell him about the basics of the Faith, and he interrupted and said, “That’s what I believe.” He asked if we believe in God and I told him Bahá’ís believe God is Unknowable in His Essence but we know Him through the Messengers He sends, like perfect mirrors reflecting the light of the sun.

He shared with me a little about his beliefs. I acknowledged the truth of what he was saying and mentioned that we are all likes drops of one ocean. He asked where there are Bahá’ís. I said all around the world. He said, no, where are there Bahá’ís in that town. I explained I was from out of town but I could give him a toll free number so he could contact the Bahá’ís. He said okay. I gave him the number for the 1-800-22-UNITE line and he called right there on the spot. He kept telling me how he was really interested. At that point, someone else jumped into the car and they drove away, but I was glad that I was able to give him the 800 number.

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