Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Many facets to the "welcome package"

Here is another example of a new believer in the Central region whose path to the Faith involved both study via the internet and local Bahá’í gatherings. In this brief report you will see a variety of elements contributing to the “welcome”, including the internet, the House of Worship, affirmation, firesides, follow-up by local believers, core activities, and even traditional US Mail!

Dear Friends,

I am honored to write to you on this lovely Thanksgiving day to say that __ called me last evening a few minutes before we were ready to leave for the Day of the Covenant commemoration. His affirmation was completed and he is ready to be enrolled. . . .

__ called in response to a welcome letter sent by US mail which also included a brief overview of the Faith. When I spoke with him he said he had no further questions. He is clear on his desire to become a Baha'i.

His first contact with the Faith was an online search for places of worship. The Bahá’í House of Worship came up first on the list. He read information about it and about the Faith, then went to Wikipedia to study it further. The principles of unity in diversity and the laws were attractive. He said that he had already been living in line with the laws. Then he visited the House of Worship. He also recently attended a fireside hosted by some local believers. He said it was an amazing experience, and it confirmed his desire to be a Bahá’í.

He wants to start attending a devotional meeting and will meet with another local believer next weekend.

What a wonderful bounty we have seen in the past few weeks. Best wishes with welcoming the new Bahá'ís into your community.

Loving Bahá'i regards,


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