Bahai News - Davison Township: One to grow on - young Baha'is donate year
Davison Township: One to grow on - young Baha'is donate
Saturday, February 24, 2001
By Betty Brenner
JOURNAL RELIGION EDITOR
Davison Township - Nura Mowzoon felt she had lost the real meaning of why
she was alive.
"I had reached a point where I wanted to focus on spiritual growth," she
So she is donating a year of office work at the Louhelen Baha'i School on
M-15 south of Davison.
Mowzoon, 23, of Phoenix, Ariz., is one of three young adults who are giving
a year to the school, one of five in the United States. Three others are
donating a few months.
Donating time to a Baha'i cause is recommended to Baha'i youths.
The Baha'i Faith is one of the newest international religions. Its central
principles are the oneness of God, the oneness of religion and the oneness
of mankind. The school hosts retreats and seminars, both Baha'i and other
Also donating a year are Christoph Volk, 23, of Thun, Switzerland, and Asher
Alexander, 18, of Lafayette, Ind. Both help in the kitchen and do some
"It's a way for me to grow and mature and serve God," Alexander said.
"This is for my spiritual future," Volk said.
Each receives a room in the dormitory at the center, food and a discount at
the bookstore. They can walk on the nature trails on the 80-acre former farm,
play basketball in the gymnasium or softball on the ball field, play Frisbie
in the courtyard and play with the children of the families who also work
Since Alexander has a car, he and the others sometimes go into Davison to see
a movie. On Tuesday nights, they pray together and read Baha'i writings.
When Alexander graduated from high school, "I didn't feel quite ready for
college and I didn't know what I wanted to do." He had been coming to
Louhelen three times a year since he was 14, "and I love it."
Now, he says, "This place has been instrumental in changing my life around.
This and other factors made me realize I wanted stability so I can raise a
Now he thinks he will go to Purdue University and study computer technology.
Whatever career he enters, Alexander said "the Baha'i Faith has become the
center of my life. It reformed me in many ways. It has given me a reason to
be a good kid and resist peer pressure."
Volk's parents, who are Americans living in Switzerland, had told him about
the Baha'i year of service. He did a four-year apprenticeship as a draftsman
for reinforced concrete, but would like to become a commercial pilot.
Meanwhile, he's glad he is at Louhelen. "The people are warm and welcoming,"
For Mowzoon, his desire to do graduate work has been reinforced. She holds a
bachelor's degree from Arizona State University in family studies and child
At Louhelen "I've gained perspective and gotten experience I never would
have otherwise. I've grown closer to God than I ever thought I could."
Betty Brenner is the Journal religion editor. She can be reached at (810)
766-6332 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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