A news brief from Baha'u'llah's little army in French polynesia Dear friends,

Allah'u'abha!

A news brief from Baha'u'llah's little army in French polynesia

Here we are all very happy and united and exhilarated by lots of divine assistance. Since the first influx of new believers 2 weeks ago there have been 3 more, and if Baha'u'llah wishes there are more to come soon. The first was a family member of Nicodeme and Tamatea Ananea on Moorea, who declared after spending a morning with the unstoppable teaching team of Teura and new Baha'i Rosalie, aided by Caledonians, Jeanne Wayanece and Rosalie Omniwack. The team had gone back to spend several days on Moorea after the initial declarations. She is Nicodeme's daughter and the wife of Chris Shigetomi's brother.

After that, most of our attention went into preparing for the 3rd Regional Unity Conference to take place on Moorea on the weekend of the 12th/13th February, and in particular with a performance aimed at presenting the Faith using theatre, dance and singing. The entire Baha'i community on Tahiti comprised the cast for the show, and there was such an unprecedented level of cooporation and consultation in the 3 big intense rehearsals. We had suce fun re all very happy and united and exhilarated by lots of divine assistance. Since the first influx of new believers 2 weeks ago there have been 3 more, and if Baha'u'llah wishes there are more to come soon. The first was a family member of Nicodeme and Tamatea Ananea on Moorea, who declared after spending a morning with the unstoppable teaching team of Teura and new Baha'i Rosalie, aided by Caledonians, Jeanne Wayanece and Rosalie Omniwack. The team had gone back to spend several days on Moorea after the initial declarations. She is Nicodeme's daughter and the wife of Chris Shigetomi's brother. After that, most of our attention went into preparing for the 3rd Regional Unity Conference to take place on Moorea on the weekend of the 12th/13th February, and in particular with a performance aimed at presenting the Faith using theatre, dance and singing. The entire Baha'i community on Tahiti comprised the cast for the show, and there was such an unprecedented level of cooporation and consultation in the 3 big intense rehearsals. We had such fun getting the show off the ground! Jean Claude Hauata did a masterful job in writing the drama and in humbly getting lots of input from everyone and making it the property of the group. So this past weekend everyone went across to Moorea and were ably directed by a small hardworking taskforce (jointly appointed by the RTC and LSA of Papeete) to get everything ready for the evening meal and show. I should say that the teaching teams sent across to Moorea had been inviting lots of friends to come, as did the rest of the Baha'is when they came across on Saturday. With us also came 5 non Baha'is to participate in the weekend adventures. Chris Shigetomi's place looked superb with an outdoor seating area and oil lamps and a stage for the show. Everyone worked so hard - such a feeling of community and notion of common purpose. Several locals came along to the show - i'd say about 15 in total. And after eating a delicious meal, the performance began.... The theme : the religion of God is progressive. First act, the rise and fall of the ancient polynesian religion brought by Ta'aroa. Second act, the arrival of the Gospel of Christ, its subsequent replacement of the old religion and then its present day division into different sects with different interpretations. Third and final act, the coming of Baha'u'llah and His mission to unify all peoples and religions. The religion of God was represented by a flaming torch which at the end of acts 1 and 2 was extinguished before being relit in the subsequent act. Everyone loved, understood, and were mesmerised by the performance. The costumes and acting were superb. But most of all, as one of the Caledonians said afterwards, there was a very powerful spirit and sacredness present in the third act. It began in darkness with Songs of the Ancient Beauty no 18 "Ya-baha'ul-Abha" playing in the background while someone moved forward slowly to place the flaming torch. then the narator read some of Baha'u'llah's words and recounted briefly His mission. When he mentioned that Baha'ullah had come to unite peoples and nations, slowly from the back of the stage 12 performers one by one moved forward to form a big arc; Then the narator mentioned that many millions have now accepted Baha'u'llah and the teachings He brought. At that point, one by one each performer came forward with a candle, lit it from the flaming torch, and read the Word of God relating to different themes... "The fire of men's belief in God is dying out in every land, nothing short of His wholesome medicine can ever restore it..." and so on. At the end everyone linked up and together sang a verse from Baha'u'llah in french and tahitian. "Verily I say, this is the day in which mankind can behold the face and hear the voice of the Promised one." Wow! The Concourse was there! After the drama, the Caledonians, in particular Jessica Wayanece, did several dances and songs which everyone loved. No one wanted to go. We all stayed till late talking and dancing and letting their hair down. The next day was spent studying the two recent messages from the House of Justice - 26 November 1999 on the unfolding of the divine plan (1 year and 5 year plans), and the 28th December 1999 on the application of certain laws of the Aqdas. At the end of the first session, it became very apparent to everyone that if we are going to make our training institute run all the courses it has developed during the 4year plan during the subsequent 1 year plan, we NEED TO HAVE A PERMANENT INSTITUTE. Even if it's first role is to deepen and train the 8 new Baha'is we now have. Questions were asked how can we form our institute, and the main idea that arose was that we should ask the NSA of Hawaii to give its blessings for us to have a regional training institute. At the end of the second session, we had a clearer understanding of the wonderful gifts the House of Justice has given us. The two things we can do now to begin to implement the law and concept of the Mashriqu'l-Adhkar were enthusiastically received. Chris then treated everyone to a big "Ma'a Tahiti" or traditional feast and that was a special ending to a very special weekend. We then all took the ferry back to Papeete. Then late that afternoon once we had returned home, one of the non Baha'is who had been roped in to performing with us (as a musician) declared his faith in Baha'u'llah. His name is Jean Lenoir and is a tahitian man 25 yrs old who lives a stone's-throw from the Baha'i house in Paea. He had been touched by the unity of the friends doing the drama and by how we all enjoyed ourselves so much afterwards without a drop of alcohol. he also appreciated the acceptance of the Baha'is and understood clearly the coming of Baha'u'llah. Jean was initially taught by Jean Trabe from New Caledonia left a week or so ago. The next declarant was also someone who had come across to the Unity Meeting. His name is Gilbert and he is from New Caledonia and also lives a stones throw away from the Baha'i house in Paea. He is the partner of Taina, Jeanne Wayanece's niece, and has been steadily taught by Jeanne and the other Caledonian Baha'i women who have been staying in the house for the past 2 weeks. So now we have enough to form the Local Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of Paea this Ridvan. Thank you for your prayers and support, please keep sending us more travel teachers - especially from the Pacific!! Jean and Rosalie are wonderful wonderful teachers; and when they get together with Teura, watchout!!! love Daniel for the Regional Teaching Committee A A A getting the show off the ground! Jean Claude Hauata did a masterful job in writing the drama and in humbly getting lots of input from everyone and making it the property of the group.

So this past weekend everyone went across to Moorea and were ably directed by a small hardworking taskforce (jointly appointed by the RTC and LSA of Papeete) to get everything ready for the evening meal and show. I should say that the teaching teams sent across to Moorea had been inviting lots of friends to come, as did the rest of the Baha'is when they came across on Saturday. With us also came 5 non Baha'is to participate in the weekend adventures. Chris Shigetomi's place looked superb with an outdoor seating area and oil lamps and a stage for the show. Everyone worked so hard - such a feeling of community and notion of common purpose. Several locals came along to the show - i'd say about 15 in total. And after eating a delicious meal, the performance began... The theme: the religion of God is progressive. First act, the rise and fall of the ancient polynesian religion brought by Ta'aroa. Second act, the arrival of the Gospel of Christ, its subsequent replacement of the old religion and then its present day division into different sects with different interpretations. Third and final act, the coming of Baha'u'llah and His mission to unify all peoples and religions. The religion of God was represented by a flaming torch which at the end of acts 1 and 2 was extinguished before being relit in the subsequent act. Everyone loved, understood, and were mesmerised by the performance. The costumes and acting were superb. But most of all, as one of the Caledonians said afterwards, there was a very powerful spirit and sacredness present in the third act. It began in darkness with Songs of the Ancient Beauty no 18 "Ya-baha'ul-Abha" playing in the background while someone moved forward slowly to place the flaming torch. then the narator read some of Baha'u'llah's words and recounted briefly His mission. When he mentioned that Baha'ullah had come to unite peoples and nations, slowly from the back of the stage 12 performers one by one moved forward to form a big arc; Then the narator mentioned that many millions have now accepted Baha'u'llah and the teachings He brought. At that point, one by one each performer came forward with a candle, lit it from the flaming torch, and read the Word of God relating to different themes... "The fire of men's belief in God is dying out in every land, nothing short of His wholesome medicine can ever restore it..." and so on. At the end everyone linked up and together sang a verse from Baha'u'llah in french and tahitian. "Verily I say, this is the day in which mankind can behold the face and hear the voice of the Promised one." Wow! The Concourse was there! After the drama, the Caledonians, in particular Jessica Wayanece, did several dances and songs which everyone loved. No one wanted to go. We all stayed till late talking and dancing and letting their hair down. The next day was spent studying the two recent messages from the House of Justice - 26 November 1999 on the unfolding of the divine plan (1 year and 5 year plans), and the 28th December 1999 on the application of certain laws of the Aqdas. At the end of the first session, it became very apparent to everyone that if we are going to make our training institute run all the courses it has developed during the 4year plan during the subsequent 1 year plan, we NEED TO HAVE A PERMANENT INSTITUTE. Even if it's first role is to deepen and train the 8 new Baha'is we now have. Questions were asked how can we form our institute, and the main idea that arose was that we should ask the NSA of Hawaii to give its blessings for us to have a regional training institute. At the end of the second session, we had a clearer understanding of the wonderful gifts the House of Justice has given us. The two things we can do now to begin to implement the law and concept of the Mashriqu'l-Adhkar were enthusiastically received. Chris then treated everyone to a big "Ma'a Tahiti" or traditional feast and that was a special ending to a very special weekend. We then all took the ferry back to Papeete. Then late that afternoon once we had returned home, one of the non Baha'is who had been roped in to performing with us (as a musician) declared his faith in Baha'u'llah. His name is Jean Lenoir and is a tahitian man 25 yrs old who lives a stone's-throw from the Baha'i house in Paea. He had been touched by the unity of the friends doing the drama and by how we all enjoyed ourselves so much afterwards without a drop of alcohol. he also appreciated the acceptance of the Baha'is and understood clearly the coming of Baha'u'llah. Jean was initially taught by Jean Trabe from New Caledonia left a week or so ago. The next declarant was also someone who had come across to the Unity Meeting. His name is Gilbert and he is from New Caledonia and also lives a stones throw away from the Baha'i house in Paea. He is the partner of Taina, Jeanne Wayanece's niece, and has been steadily taught by Jeanne and the other Caledonian Baha'i women who have been staying in the house for the past 2 weeks. So now we have enough to form the Local Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of Paea this Ridvan. Thank you for your prayers and support, please keep sending us more travel teachers - especially from the Pacific!! Jean and Rosalie are wonderful wonderful teachers; and when they get together with Teura, watchout!!! love Daniel for the Regional Teaching Committee


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