Here is another wonderful example, this time from East Valley, AZ (A), that shows how the institute process empowers new believers to take an active role in the teaching work and in contributing to a new civilization.
The cluster reflection meeting this last Sunday was conducted by a new believer, who joined the Faith this last April. Below also she has shared her story of becoming a Bahá’í. She has completed Ruhi Books 1, 2, and 3 so far and is among the active teachers in the cluster.
After many years of testing and exploring many religious faiths that I easily identified with, I came to the conclusion that I can take messages from each religious Manifestation and learn something from everyone of them. I couldn’t believe that there was a faith that recognizes what I knew all along with the purpose of serving humanity. From the very first day, I‘ve been welcomed with such open arms in the Bahá’í Faith and everyone made sure that I was greeted with kindness and happiness. . . .
The study circles, devotionals, children’s classes and firesides are all constructed with such loving care, influence and dedication from tutors, Local Spiritual Assembly and Bahá’í community members that it has given my life such direction and influence when I was spiritually directionless before. Practicing the word of Bahá’u’lláh has also gave me a new spark to understand the messages and lessons to know God, Bahá’u’lláh’s message of humanity, and my capacities and strengths—all which inspired those who surround me in daily life.
I have met people from so many backgrounds and explored so many cultural experiences that I could have never experienced in a classroom or without living outside of the country. Becoming a Bahá’í has become the greatest most important decision that I have made in my life and with that I continue to grow spiritual in the teachings of Bahá’u’lláh and to spread the message of humanity to every man, woman, child, regardless of ethnic background, social-economic, religious faith, etc.
We’re all one human race, “So powerful is the light of Unity that it can illumine the whole earth.”