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(US, IL, 14 May)

Persistent efforts have lead to learning in this IL “A” stage cluster, which just completed the expansion phase of the second cycle of its intensive program of growth:

Even in places where people said they were not interested in learning about the Faith, they were happy to pray with the Bahá’ís, and some individuals specifically requested prayers for friends and family members.

One person was surprised and happy when the Bahá’ís offered to organize a devotional gathering in her home… The friends have seen the benefits of leaving people [of different faiths] with the understanding that we are all co-workers.

Another way in which the friends demonstrated openness was to make it clear that the teachings of Bahá’u’lláh are for everyone, not just the members of the Bahá’í community. Thus, they are saying, “Bahá’u’lláh teaches this” rather than saying “We Bahá’ís do this and this.”

Another believer noted that opening by saying, “Hi, my name is ___ and we are in your neighborhood,” that it would create a personal connection.

 	The Bahá'� House of Worship in Wilmette, Illinois, U.S.A.

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Blessed is he who hath enjoyed intimate communion with Thee, and rid himself of all attachment to anyone save Thee.

—Bahá’u’lláh, BP 52

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(Report from the Evanston and Skokie, IL cluster, excerpted)(http://teaching.bahai.us/2008/05/persistent-efforts-have-lead-to.html) (Image reproduced with permission of the Bahá’í International Community)

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