Jake, who is in his mid-30s, has served in the army for more than 10 years including tours in Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan; he recently contacted the Baha'is.
“I'm extremely eager to learn more from the local Baha'is. I've just started to become interested in the Baha'i Faith and I would like to learn as much as I can, especially on the subject of worship. I've been without a church for a long time now and I need support from caring people. Thank you for your time.”
A Baha'i who met Jake shares this about him.
He has been attending events for the past couple of months. He is stationed here . . . and had originally been learning about the Faith with some friends up in New York before he moved here. He contacted 800-22UNITE when he moved, saying that he was interested in continuing to learn more about the Faith and really wanted to meet the local community. I got in contact with him and he began to attend our community firesides, devotionals, and other activities. At the end of our Race Unity Day celebration in June, he mentioned that he was getting really close to declaring. Then he texted me this past Tuesday and said that he was ready to declare.
He has read almost all of Thief in the Night and is excited about what he is learning. He admits that changing one's religion is not an easy decision but now wants to have an opportunity to be with Baha'is like his Baha'i friends in New York. He especially likes the teaching that science and religion are in agreement.
The Baha'is sent Jake a copy of Thief in the Night so he could finish reading it. Jake is now an enrolled member of the Baha’i Faith. His Local Assembly assisted him through the online registration form.