Monday, June 22, 2009

"This is what we envisioned when we began direct teaching"

Neither rain nor sleet nor snow can keep the friends in Vermont (A) from teaching. Here is a story of an uplifting home visit, and is yet another example of how bonds of friendship and unity are the strongest foundation for teaching efforts.

Due to the torrential downpour and lightning, no one was outside; it was quite unusual to see the courtyard deserted, as most of the time it is full of children of all ages. We visited a couple of apartments of people we had previously met, but were not able to find anyone at home. So T suggested that we visit her friend __, who leaves nearby and who has been meeting with T and sharing prayers for over a year. . . .

__ welcomed our damp group of four into her home with open arms, seated us in the living room, and showed us wonderful hospitality and joy. Three of us chatted with her in her native language. We said some healing prayers for her son. We also recited two prayers of the Báb, “Remover of difficulties” and “God sufficeth”, and shared a little about the life of the Báb. __ read the prayers out loud and showed compassion and distress for the martyred Báb.

We asked her if she would like to study together and have more discussions about the Faith, to shich she readily agreed. She and T will see each other and pick a time.

This meeting was what we had envisioned when we began direct teaching, and it came about from the long association, true loving friendship and patient development of the relationship which T has built with this friend. We will reflect and consult on this, and will take great care to accompany __ and her son in their investigation of the Faith.

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