Different maps and different statistics

I don’t want to get the impression that I am indifferent to the momentous events happening tonight in this great American democracy — I do care. That is the reason before going to wait in line for two hours and vote, I started my morning by reading this prayer by Abdu’l-Baha:

O Thou kind Lord! This gathering is turning to Thee. These hearts are radiant with Thy love. These minds and spirits are exhilarated by the message of Thy glad-tidings. O God! Let this American democracy become glorious in spiritual degrees even as it has aspired to material degrees, and render this just government victorious. Confirm this revered nation to upraise the standard of the oneness of humanity, to promulgate the Most Great Peace, to become thereby most glorious and praiseworthy among all the nations of the world. O God! This American nation is worthy of Thy favors and is deserving of Thy mercy. Make it precious and near to Thee through Thy bounty and bestowal.
– ‘Abdu’l-Bahá

But while all the TV pundits keep on updating their maps and statistics, I want to offer a different perspective, and write about a couple of things that are as important, if not more —  to me personally, at least — particularly as far as statistics and maps go:

Last night at Feast we heard extremely encouraging statistics: in our cluster there are now 7 ongoing children classes (in addition to 4 more that have been on pause), and in these active classes there are 25 Baha’i children and 53 non-Baha’i children. This is truly outstanding since it is only few months ago that the closing of One World Baha’i School brought a lot of anxiety to the community. Nobody could have predicted that this outward orientation will produce such good results. Good job to all children classes teachers and the coordinators! We do live in changing times, indeed!

On the subject of maps, the 41 regional Baha’i conferences have been announced and one has already taken place in Lusaka, Zambia! For a truly global perspective, see the map below! For truly inspiring news, follow http://news.bahai.org! We do live in interesting times, indeed!

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