Monday, November 23, 2009

Awakening souls in the shadow of the Tetons

No matter how remote one’s location or smallness of numbers, the friends are galvanizing themselves to reach out to their friends, families and neighbors and teach. Here is a story of an earnest teaching endeavor in Driggs, ID (C). This teaching effort was initiated by a recently-declared believer, and engaged the support of the friends both near and far and even farther. The public talk is going to be followed up by efforts to engage the participants in core activities.

On a Sunday in Fall, friends gathered from far and wide—from over 100 miles away in some cases—to support the efforts of the 2 Bahá’ís in the tiny resort town of Driggs, ID. The purpose of the gathering of the friends was the public talk about the fundamental verities of the Faith given by a member of the Regional Bahá’í Council. This event was initiated by a new Bahá’í of eight months who arranged for the speaker, posted flyers around town, advertised in town newspapers, invited family and friends to the event and arranged for the meeting space. . . .

In addition to the 18 Bahá’ís who were in attendance, 6 adults and 2 children from the wider community were present. 2 spouses of Bahá’ís attended. We were also pleasantly surprised to meet another Bahá’í, previously unbeknownst to us, who has been living in the area for many years.

Of the seekers who attended the meeting, there was a young couple with 2 children who provided contact information for further meetings. The wife had first heard of the Faith in another country and brought her family to the event after receiving a flyer—which was given to her by a local believer who knew of her interest in the Faith. Another of the attendees was a woman who has been studying the Faith for nearly a year.

Our hope and prayer is that through loving follow-up, the interest of these new contacts can be further stimulated through their involvement in core activities.

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