springtime!

Montreal just pulled the biggest bumrush on the Boston Bruins! they won the 7th game of the series 2-0, in a tremendous comeback. it was butt-kicking. really impressive seeing as many people doubted Montreal would get very far at all this year. not that I follow pro hockey a whole lot, but it is nice to see a bunch of people playing hockey well.

The Baha’is are all abuzz in Drummondville. The 1st day of Ridván is coming up; tomorrow evening, we’re gathering together to form the first ever Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of Drummondville. The spirit is just wonderful. Think about it – two years ago, we formed a Spiritual Assembly in Victoriaville for the first time, and there were still only about four Baha’is in Drummondville; now both communities will have their Assemblies and growing communities. Even now in Drummondville, we see people all around us who ask questions about the Baha’i Faith, get curious and more and more interested… we’ve already had one youth who’s declared her wish to become a Baha’i, and who’s waiting until her next birthday to sign her declaration card (thus “officially” becoming Baha’i)… and perhaps more are coming soon – who knows? we hear about interested people all the time. Moreover, the study circle situation is quite good. One study circle in Ruhi Book 3 (training to give Baha’i children’s classes) has already ended in Victoriaville, and another is set to finish in the next few weeks… which means that soon the Baha’is in our cluster will be able to organize spiritual education classes to teach their children, their friends’ and neighbours’ children, etc, etc. Many people in Drummondville are expressing their interest in taking Ruhi Book 1 (Reflections on the Life of the Spirit), and in fact many other books as well. The institute process is rolling – at least for the Baha’is. The next step is to get other activities going, like children’s classes namely (now that we have children) and devotional meetings. People seemed really encouraged by our last devotional meeting, or was it just me? I guess whatever we do, as long as we’re following the guidance of the Universal House of Justice, it gives us more energy to keep on doing more.

Oh yeah speaking of buzz in Drummondville, Gabrielle (Lachance – who’s on the 3CJ) is gonna be an auntie… her sister-in-law is expecting a baby in December. She’s very excited and telling everyone 🙂 Pretty cool. It’ll be the family’s first. So you see there’s even stuff going on besides the 3 core activities 🙂

Anyway – a busy week lies ahead, with lots of meetings, paperwork, and various stuff. Our cluster-wide reflection meeting is next Sunday in Kingsey Falls, home of these people. There aren’t presently any Baha’is there – yet. yay, homefront travel-teaching opportunities! Damn… it’s true… we’re busy as hell and working hard!

People have been helping me to reflect recently on my service out here. I guess it really has been a successful couple of years, in that my involvement in things like study circles, forming assemblies, pioneering, visiting isolated believers and so on, has helped the Baha’i community progress. And I’ve learned a whole lot about myself too, about how I fit in in the world and so on. damn. I just remembered I was going to call Dave tonight. oh well. sorry Dave. I’ll call you soon, I promise! I’m not e. anyway, yeah, service, so on, etc. man. it’s been a hard couple of years. successful, but hard. harder than anything I’d ever imagined. but then, I knew that when I left Ottawa. I knew it would be hard because I knew that I had never really faced the real world so up close and personal before – and I knew I needed it to be able to grow. and right now, I’m at a point where everything I knew before, all my preconceived notions, all my conceits, all my expectations have been shaken up like the california coast – and now’s the time to rebuild.

Ok now, eyes left and LOOK AT THE PRETTY CROCUSES!!!!!!

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