This joyful story from Lower Maine-New Hampshire (A) just came across our desk. It shares the story of a group of Bahá’ís from Eliot, ME who visited Portsmouth, NH to engage in direct teaching in a park. You can see the power of prayer and unified action and the confidence that you will meet a receptive soul. Also note how having core activities in place set the stage for following up after an initial encounter.
Thanks to everyone who prayed for our teaching success today! A group of us plus children had a picnic in a park in Portsmouth. We said a few prayers together. Then some of us went walking around searching for receptive souls while the others stayed to sing prayers. . . .
We came across a woman with her father and introduced ourselves. We started talking about my young niece who was with us and one thing led to another and pretty soon we were talking about the Faith and she said, "Well, I think I'm a Bahá’í!" And I offered to talk more about it, and she said she would like to get together sometime soon. We exchanged contact information and I invited her to L and G's devotional gatherings and she said, "I hope you have a lot of room because I'm gonna bring all my friends!" I also invited her to the upcoming concert at Green Acre Bahá’í School and invited her to come early so we would have a chance to talk more. I gave her a little introductory booklet and some prayers.
She was the sweetest lady. What a great experience. This kind of stuff happens every time as long as you have the intention and rely on God, and it was so natural.
We want to make a point to go regularly to Portsmouth for the purpose of meeting people and teaching. Next week some of us are going to meet in Portsmouth again around noon. Feel free to join in! And keep up the teaching prayers because they are obviously working!