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A Gift to my Mentor

posted by abowen

I had no intentions of making an entry today. Honestly, I’m worn out. I gave two talks today at two colleges about Project Conversion and my Zoroastrian month begins in a little under three hours.

But something amazing happened this evening at the last talk–in my Intro to World Religions class–that made this whole month worth the effort.

My Baha’i Mentor is the only Baha’i that we know of within many, many miles. She is a diaspora all to herself. In fact, I have been her sole Baha’i companion for the whole month. She lit up when I arrived every week at her home for Study Circle, ready to share the wisdom of her faith. We laughed over tea and delved into the teachings of Baha’u'llah. I could tell there was something missing every time we visited the Baha’i community in “Triangle” one and half hours north of us; the way she interacted with her Baha’i family, it was like a family reunion with gatherings too rare for comfort.

I wanted to do something for her to repay her for the kindness and dedication she showed for me and Project Conversion. I wanted to give her a Baha’i community of her own.

But this is near to impossible. How can a non-Baha’i (though my Baha’i friends call me otherwise) help someone come–or at least become interested–in the faith? Turns out, all I have to do is teach. The message does the rest.

So tonight, as I finished giving my last talk about the Baha’i Faith in the last hours of the last days of the month, I showed the class the Baha’i Declaration Card and a registration card asking for more information about the faith. One woman approached me and asked to fill out the card, and if possible, to speak to my Mentor. I was floored. This was the spark I was looking for. The spark that could become a new Baha’i. She filled out the card and I will personally hand it to my Mentor tomorrow afternoon. I called my Mentor about what had happened and I could feel the joy flowing off her voice. Not because she might get the chance to “convert” someone, but because she gets the chance to share her faith.

So, looks like I have been the best Baha’i I can be to the end. It’s been a wonderful month, an insightful month, and folks…we are only two months in. Who knows what’s around the corner. When I wake up, I’ll be a Zoroastrian. Until then,

Allah-u-Abha!



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posted October 27, 2011 at 11:32 pm


That is so neat that someone would become interested in the Baha’i religion. I feel like it was meant to happen to keep you going in your journey. You said that you were worn out and didn’t think you were even going to make a post, then something amazing happened, a student deeply considering the religion. Your journey should inspire many people to take risks and get out of their comfort zone.



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posted August 19, 2011 at 3:05 am


fascinating!



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rene knight-weiler

posted July 4, 2011 at 10:51 pm


Hi Mary. I am looking for a Baha’i named Mary Wilson who wrote an article for Spiritual Mothering Journal a couple decades ago! Is this you? What a wonderful place to find you, if so. I so enjoyed this blog post and am really inspired by it. Could you contact me (Rene Knight-Weiler, then editor of SMJ) at theland@gorge.net     Thank you! And thank you Andrew.



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posted July 4, 2011 at 10:51 pm


Hi Mary. I am looking for a Baha’i named Mary Wilson who wrote an article for Spiritual Mothering Journal a couple decades ago! Is this you? What a wonderful place to find you, if so. I so enjoyed this blog post and am really inspired by it. Could you contact me (Rene Knight-Weiler, then editor of SMJ) at theland@gorge.net     Thank you! And thank you Andrew.



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posted May 17, 2011 at 2:08 pm


Thanks for dropping by Beth. I’m glad you enjoy the site!



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posted May 17, 2011 at 2:08 pm


Thanks for dropping by Beth. I’m glad you enjoy the site!



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Beth Irwin

posted May 13, 2011 at 3:18 pm


What a wonderful gift! I’m a Baha’i who only recently learned of your site. I’ve just shared this site with another gentleman who is on a similar quest. You have learned a great truth. The message speaks for itself.



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Beth Irwin

posted May 13, 2011 at 3:18 pm


What a wonderful gift! I’m a Baha’i who only recently learned of your site. I’ve just shared this site with another gentleman who is on a similar quest. You have learned a great truth. The message speaks for itself.



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posted May 2, 2011 at 1:50 pm


You are too kind. Many thanks.



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posted May 2, 2011 at 1:50 pm


You are too kind. Many thanks.



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