What does it mean to “raise up a protagonist”? How are core activities “the foundation of a new civilization”? In fact it’s not so complicated. Here is a beautiful story from Newport Beach, CA (A) that literally speaks for itself. In this case, a parent sees the value of children’s classes and their positive influence on their child, and THAT is what drives their involvement. And the Bahá’ís’ explanation of our goals is just as simple and crystal-clear: To make a better world.
We had a great day today. The “Moms class” continued inside T's house. The hardship of the rain brought us a bounty as N, the mother of one of the children in the children’s class, extended her gracious offer from last week and hosted the children's class in her home. The class went well, and afterward N said her son watches through the window for us to arrive each week. She said the children's class had so much positive impact on her son that she wants to do anything she can to help us. She told us, "My house is your house, what can I do to help you?" She then asked why we are doing this. We explained that we are trying to make a better world by teaching spiritual education to children. One of the teachers then went on to give her some information from Anna's conversation. She cut up fruit for the children and made us feel welcome. It was a wonderful experience I wish you all could have felt. It was confirmation that all the work, all the teaching efforts, all the institute courses, practices and core activities can be rewarding for those who have not yet had the bounty of hearing the words of Bahá’u’lláh. There are opportunities to make a difference in the lives of many receptive souls.