Monday, June 1, 2009

Immediate and unstoppable enthusiasm for teaching

This story from the Southeast region just came across our desk and it is INCREDIBLE. Let me say that again: it is INCREDIBLE. First, you have a series of new believers, immediately and eagerly sharing the Message of Bahá’u’lláh with their friends as soon as they declare. Look at the chain of teaching: A teaches B who teaches C who teaches D who teaches E—all in a short period of time. See the sheer enthusiasm and joy of the new believers. And see how openly and simply they are sharing the Message and inviting their friends to become Bahá’ís (in a variety of venues). Most of all, this conveys the stories of people who have experienced the sweetness of teaching.

Earlier this year F took a bus to return to his hometown. The passenger sitting beside him began a conversation with him and introduced the Message of Bahá’u’lláh. By the end of their bus trip, F had recognized the significance of Bahá’u’lláh’s Revelation. . . .

Shortly afterwards, F met J casually and started talking to him and shared the Message of Bahá’u’lláh. F makes friends easily and brought J to a fireside where J declared his Faith. Right away, J joined the local direct teaching project and he told a lady they were teaching about the reason why he became a Bahá’í. He shared that when he became a Muslim he did so because he was so attracted to prayer. When he heard about Bahá’u’lláh, it was a natural step for him. He told her that the “prayers are unlimited” and “the growth is unlimited”. The lady he was teaching declared as well. Her friend came into the room and she said to her friend: “I am going to join the Faith—would you like to?

F’s enthusiasm for teaching is not stopping. This past weekend he participated in a Black Men’s Gathering in the Triangle, NC cluster. He told the Bahá’ís and seekers there that we should “get bullhorns and tell everyone about Bahá’u’lláh”. He returned home and was on fire from the weekend’s spirited and uplifting gathering. He got together with his long-time friend, S, and started talking to him about the Faith. They went to a local fireside and F asked his friend, “So, is it time? Are you ready to become a Bahá’í?” S said that he needed to first get his life in order. F said, “No. The question is, do you believe that Bahá’u’lláh is the Messenger of God for today?” S said, “Yes, I do.” F’s response was, “Then you are already a Bahá’í.”

Yesterday, F was on the phone with the Auxiliary Board member who serves his cluster and told her, “I have S here with me and he is listening to us talk.” The Board member heard S’s enthusiastic “Alláh’u’Abhá!” She asked him, “So S, what are we going to do about this cluster? He responded, “We are going to teach the Faith to everyone in the cluster.”

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