On the 12th of March in 1989 Helmut and Huschang Peseschkian flew from Frankfurt, changing in Moscow, to Ashkhabad, the capital city of Turkmenistan.
Every time they took a taxi to the hotel or to the friends' homes Helmut and Huschang talked with the driver about peace, Gorbatshov's efforts and about the Baha'i Faith, shared booklets about the peace message. They used many possibilities to speak with people about peace and religion.
Already at the first evening they went to the Nadji family where later also some friends and relatives arrived. Together we talked about the beloved Faith and watched slides of Ashkhabad where more than 60 years ago the Baha'i community counted a few thousand members, where the first House of Worship stood. We also spoke about the peace message or watched slides of the Baha'i communities of the world.
The days in Ashkhabad were something special. Every evening more and more friends came, elderly people spoke freely about the first years of the Faith and of the time when Hand of the Cause of God Dr. Furutan lived in Ashkhabad.
It was a sensation of freedom and new courage for the friends.
Every morning at 6 o'clock both of us went to the monument of Machtim Kulies, the place where the House of Worship stood, to pray. Often Huschang chanted Prayers in Arabic and Persian. Many times the KGB followed us. They didn't understand what 2 tourists would do at the monument at that time of day, especially since these tourists stayed at Baha'i friends' homes till late at night.
Throughout the past years our family experienced many blessings, numerous challenges turned into opportunities to experience God's guidance.
In 1986 Helmut worked as a programmer with the Siemes system "S5" in the automation of transport systems, first at BMW Dingolfing and then at a factory in Mogilev (as seen in the picture to the left). When we arrived in Mogilev Janis was 3-month and Jana 2-years old. There we stayed almost 1 1/2 years.