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Taiwan Bahá'í Chronicle:
An Historical Record of the Early Days of the Bahá'í Faith in Taiwan

by Barbara R. Sims

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Chapter 17

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17. The Nine Year Plan, 1964 -1973


In the original Nine Year Plan given to the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of North East Asia by the Universal House of Justice, several goals were assigned regarding Taiwan: to establish a National Spiritual Assembly and incorporate it; to raise the number of localities where Bahá'ís reside to thirty; to increase the number of Local Spiritual Assemblies to nine; to acquire a National Endowment and a National Hazíratu'l-Quds; to incorporate three Local Spiritual Assemblies; to obtain recognition from the civil authorities of the Bahá'í Marriage Certificate; and to acquire a Temple site in or near Taipei.

When the National Spiritual Assembly of Taiwan was elected in 1967, the unaccomplished goals were passed on to the new Assembly, and more were included. They did eventually accomplish all the goals of the Nine Year Plan.

In 1964 statistics given out for Taiwan were: two Local Spiritual Assemblies and seven groups.

1965 started out auspiciously with the enrollment of Miss Hung Bao-fung, who was a friend of Miss Jean Cheng. Miss Hung was the first declared believer in Kaohsiung according to Mr. Suleimani.

A report was sent to the National Assembly in Tokyo in April of that year stating that the Taiwan Bahá'í community now consisted of about one hundred believers residing in 25 localities; a considerable advance over the previous year.

Teaching Conferences and Summer Schools seem to have been held every year since they began in 1956 and 1957 respectively. In 1965 a Summer School was held in both Tainan and Hualien for the convenience of the friends. There were many new Bahá'ís in Hualien who needed deepening.
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