Course on ‘Abdu’l-Baha in America Adds to Creative Use of the Web

Candyce Ricco of East Branch, New York, is now retired but she still manages the family maple-syrup business. Living hours away from any other Baha’i, she finds that Wilmette Institute courses, including ‘Abdu’l-Baha in America, keep her connected with other learners throughout the world. 

This course, ‘Abdu’l-Baha in America, offered us such a thorough look at ‘Abdu’l-Baha’s journey to North America that I felt a part of it. There was so much material offered in the way of additional links and footnotes, that no detail was missed. I was left breathless by His superhuman strength and endurance during His travels. No ordinary man could have accomplished the hundreds of talks, meetings, and interviews.

This journey gave power to the friends to continue strengthening the Baha’i Faith in North America, for it was up to them, alone, once the Master had left. There would be no commercial or political system to assist the friends. They would be the power behind the growth of the Faith here. 

I gained insight into the early believers and how they celebrated the Baha’i Faith. They were a bunch of loose cannons, only held together by what they knew of their new Faith, with a variety of conflicting beliefs and issues, such as racial prejudice, causing disunity and discord. Solidarity was needed, and this is what ‘Abdu’l-Baha brought to them.

I really enjoy moving around the Wilmette courses; this one, in particular, used all my computer skills in searching out information, following links, and googling like crazy to ferret out names and places that interested me. Every link led to others; every video led to others. The amount of information out there is astounding to me. I read all posts with interest, as they so often brought information to me I had missed.

It was difficult for me to dedicate as much time as I would like because of the time of year is very busy for me now. Nonetheless, I know that what I have learned will stay with me and will become an integral part of how I maneuver through Wilmette courses in the future.