I'm a bit late for this month's dedication, but the rest of January is dedicated to Hand of the Cause Ali-Muhammad Varqa. He was the last surviving Hand of the Cause of the Baha'i Faith and he passed away on September 22, 2007. As a Hand of the Cause, he played an important role in protecting and advancing the Baha'i Faith. My family and I heard him speak twice last December when we were in Israel for pilgrimage and I'll never forget the way he, a very old and frail man, was assisted onto the stage and then addressed us for the next hour or so with such radiance and joy. Some of my friends who worked at the Baha'i World Center in Israel told me stories of how Dr. Varqa would always be the first one in the office in the mornings, even in his old age. I hope to be as hard-working and radiant as he was.
Something new that happened today is that a package from my friend at home, Nika, arrived today! I'm going to be well-dressed for the rest of term because she sent me a beautiful dress and skirt.
Also, I've been emailing my new friend Roya who's planning to do her year of service here next year, and the principal showed me her application letter! It's so exciting to think that other people are going through the same thing I was last year :)
I'm also going to try and get involved in the health program the Institute runs, to get some experience in the health field. We'll see if they can use my (unskilled) help!
I've really been enjoying my work as a sports and music teacher... I'm getting good at blowing the whistle and conducting a class choir :) I feel a lot like my older sister Mika, she was my soccer coach for one summer. With the grade 4-5s I do the same exercises as she taught me, "Around the World" for soccer etc!