first Local House of Worhip in the Americas was inaugurated on Sunday
23rd July, at Agua Azzul, South of Cali, Colombia. Following that
dedication, the next four Sunday were designated as "First Visits" and
the local population was encouraged to attend. Each Sunday about
300 people arrived, and were treated to a taste of the inauguration
through dances, music, videos of the main speakers, and having the
mayor of the largest close town, Villa Ricca at each visit to give her
warm welcome to the participants. The National Assembly of
Colombia had sent a message to the USA inviting applications from the
US community to attend one of the "First visits" and Sherna and I
responded immediately. We were invited to attend the 2nd
celebration of Sunday 12 August, and to the open evening on Monday 13th
of August. So we flew to Colombia, and spent about 5 days there then
flew to Ecador and on the the Galapagos Islands for a week. Then home
with a stop-over in San Salvador, El Salvador. Pictures of the
trip have been posted to a public collection on Flikr < click to see!
elected delegate for the Northern Coastal Elctoral Unit of the Bahá'í
Community for the 5th time in a row. This time we opted to take another
community member, Elaine Tokalahi with her as her guest to attend to
the convention. I went and volunteered in the temple and in the
new visitor's center which was very sweet. Elaine is a young
mother of great capacity, and had never been to a larger gathering of
truly dedicated Bahá'ís, so this made a great impact on her, and
sparked many ideas for our community. She and Sherna will make a great
23rd: Red Grammer
gave a concert to the Canal Community after providing a day of
education and entertainment to the Grant Elementary School in Richmond.
Nazy Heydari, a local Bahá'í is the headmaster there, and has turned it
around to such an extent that she has been nominated for Headmaster of
the Year for her region.
By chance Pourva Murday was speaking to the youth in a home near San Jose. Not sure why, but we got invited to attend
(< click to see photo) even though our youth is many year behind us.
It was a lovely evening, and a great chance for newer Bahá'í to learn
something how it was to live directly under the Guardian with no
Universal House of Justice, no Ruhi Institute, and often no other
Bahá'ís for thousands of miles.
17th: Attended a study class in Nevada City lead by Kathy Hogensen, author of "Lighting the Westen Sky"
24th: Amazing Ayyam-Há Party in the Canal. Organized as a Friendship
festival by the parents and children of the Saturday morning children's
class. Aproximately 160 people turned up, with only 30 people being
the Bahá'í Community of Cresent City, and attended what may have been a
first Reflection gathering for the community. During this visit one of
the community members told a story of how they had been at a meeting
with a Knight of Bahá'u'lláh, Pourva Murday, many years ago, whose
enthusiastic encouragment has helped keep the flame of faith burning in
her heart through many trials and tribulations.