How to start Reaching and teaching efforts
The following can be
organized by any Area (Cluster) Teaching Committee, or Local Spiritual
Assembly, or any authorized institution in charge of IPG:
you well know, there is not a single method of teaching or reaching
people, and in the weekend seminar we will share a few methods, and hope to
set the stage for the implementation of your guidance and plan, whether in a
form of launching, say, an intensive effort to last for three months or a
year with the following possibilities that need to be planned by you
beforehand, and we will be glad to work with you to set the stage for it:
Youth teaching teams
with weeks, months, or year of youth service. There should be a plan of
activities for our youth, other than cleaning the park or teaching
someone how to read, as meritorious as they are. We should boldly go
for finding people to connect them to their Lord and not to apologize
for it. We might need to learn from Mormons how, systematically and
successfully, in pairs they move teams of their youth to find receptive
souls in an organized way, invite people to the Core activities, or our
youth can be organized to have regular neighborhood children's class.
(See Children and pre-youth
Area around a
selected area of the Cluster or Bahá’í Center to be divided into
different sub-areas, assigning each to a team of two or three with a
companion martyr as team member (See example of
Dallas Cluster, Dallas Teaching Teams around the Bahá’í Center). If
you approve this, we will be happy to work with you to map out the area
and assign each area to a particular team of two or three with an
assigned martyr as another member of that team.
reaching-teaching campaign to be done as a group, meet somewhere and
make an effort, say every week, or once a month, with your appointed
person, team captain or CIC to be in charge of it, and run with it.
Inviting and learning
from other successful areas, like, for example, Atlanta, that had
neighborhood children’s classes in the apartment buildings, and we saw
it in the national newsreels.
Or look at the example of Alice Mahomes of
Neighborhood Children’s Classes In Monrovia,
Austin Texas Neighborhood Children Classes.
Neighborhood Children's Classes in a Receptive Neighborhood in San Diego
Put some teacher preferably some youth
(See Children and pre-youth
classes) in charge of that apartment, youth center, or
and ask them to
continue it systematically for at least a year (designate a martyr to be
a team member with them).
Use the arts and
music as a very important and vital means of reaching-teaching.
During the winter,
plan for next summer’s youth teaching projects, to have daily, weekly or
at least monthly activities that would utilize our youth and their
summer or year of service. Will be glad to share more information, if
interested. We remember years ago in El Centro, California, in the
early1970’s, friends rented a store front, and Bahá’í youth went out and
invited people to come. After a few days, the spirit of the atmosphere
was so powerful that people would come on their own just to sit there
and absorb that spirit. We were honored to facilitate a teaching
campaign at that time, and we all witnessed astonishing confirmations
from Baha’u’llah, and the power of the Holy Spirit at work.
under the ashes:
all the areas and places that had mass teaching in 1970’s , if the names of
those believers be obtained and home visits are made, we might learn that
the some Bahá’ís might have passed away and their death not reported.
However we should not be surprised to find out that their heirs or those who
live in that house be warm and friendly toward you, and some might even
believe in the Faith because their family members or friends were Bahá’í and
they have been still receiving and reading The American Bahá’í. Indeed,
they are like the traces of fire under the ashes, and we should not be
surprised when they kindled and wish to enroll, while Bahá’ís still living
are rekindled again.
Always look at the power of the Covenant and Bahá’u’lláh, and never at the
obstacles, for the impediments are going to be many and staggering. Some
Bahá’ís might not like some of the process and might write you accordingly;
you might simply thank and ignore it, unless they have a case.
of The Divine Plan is to be the standard by which we need to move.
first, the effort might be slow to start and might need to be sustained and
encouraged continually; but be assured that, with minor organization and
sustained efforts and encouragement, it will pick up momentum and grow like
a wildfire, and when it gets to that stage, the main focus should continue
to be to direct the activities to the God-given system of Core activities
and system of tutors. As you know, local newsletters are very effective in
encouraging the friends and should be used continuously to show the
activities and efforts, however meager or modest they might be. Show the
news in pictures, for people love to look at the pictures and are not as
inclined to read. Concentrate on the youth and children and never forget
other resources or talents that are available for other activities.
zeal and eagerness to serve Bahá’u’lláh and the power of the Covenant and
the forces on High, many will astonish themselves and everyone else if they
keep up the momentum after it has started, as beloved Guardian explains,
“The Hosts of the Supreme Concourse are in marshall array, poised between
Earth and Heaven ready to rush to the assistance of those who arise to Teach
the Faith. If one seeks the confirmation of the Holy Spirit, they can
find it in rich abundance in the Teaching Field. The world is seeking as
never before, and if the Friends will arise with new determination, fully
consecrated to the noble task ahead of them victory after victory will be
won for the Glorious Faith of God.”
High Endeavours - Messages to Alaska, p. 25
need to look and search for waiting souls, and any efforts should be
concentrated in finding the waiting souls and first to lead and then to help
connect them to their Lord with great patience, perseverance and love, with
the tools and means that God has provided us.
We should know that we cannot teach
anyone unless we reach them, and we cannot reach them unless we go where
they are. Never quit when success arrives, and sometime success is only
around the corner.
following "Khadem Project Dallas", and "Dawnbreakers and Martyrs" files are
Power point files and
will take time to download; at your request we are inserting them here.
After return of our pilgrimage, we
the following powerpoint slide
presentation, and contacted various organizations, such as Kiwanis Club,
Lions Club, Masonic Lodge, churches, nursing homes, women's groups, and
showed it to six respectively, within five months, with great success and wonderful
the request of some of you, we are inserting that presentation here. This
file is also voluminous.
Right before the close of the meeting we shared the video "On Holy
Ground" vocal by Barbara Streisand.