Monday, September 21, 2009

Everyone can find a part to play

How do you increase community participation in an intensive program of growth or other teaching effort? The answer of Nevada South (A) is simply: love and encouragement! In this cluster’s most recent newsletter is the following, beautiful article. It shows (through a diverse range of practical, concrete examples) that there are so many ways we can assist with a teaching effort, that there is literally “something for everyone”. It really echoes the guidance of the Universal House of Justice’s December 6, 2008 message, where it stated: “May all find a part to play. May all appreciate the contributions of others.”

How can you help with the IPG?

There are many ways to serve in the teaching and consolidation efforts. There are many avenues of service that must go hand in hand for the IPG to be a success. The cluster reflection meeting is a great place to find what role you would like to play. Here are some ways you can help:

Offering to say prayers at home for the success of the teaching effort. . . .

Helping serve the friends with preparation of the meals.

Cleaning the Bahá’í Center.

Organizing the devotions during the teaching effort.

Offering to take notes of the teaching stories that are shared at the end of the day of teaching.

Offering to provide some program for the children while teachers are in the neighborhoods.

Offering to serve as a committed weekly children’s class teacher for the new Bahá’ís and neighborhood children.

Offering to make home visits to a new believer and share the deepening themes from Ruhi Book 2 and share prayers.

Offering to tutor a study circle in the home of a new believer.

Serving as a “silent prayer partner” for someone that wishes to share Anna’s conversation in the field.

Being a general bringer of good will and upliftment for the teachers as they return from the teaching effort.

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