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Looking back in Wonder, Phillip Hainsworth, p26-7

Dear Bahá’í Brother,

Your welcome letter of November 15, so full of encouraging news, has been received, and the beloved Guardian has instructed me to answer on his behalf.

He was both surprised and delighted to see how much you have been able to do in Norwich, and that the first ‘native’ believer has entered the Faith and is actively assisting you.The work in England has, indeed, progressed slowly from the standpoint of enlarging the Faith’s membership and establishing new centres and assemblies. On the other hand, however, the British Bahà’is have consolidated the administration and thus prepared the way for intensified teaching activities. They have also built up a very helpful institution in the Publishing Trust, one calculated to impress the public and aid greatly in their own and other countries’ teaching programmes. The Faith there needs more active, devoted young believers like yourself.

Regarding your question concerning your future plans; the Guardian strongly advises you to devote yourself to teaching the Faith in the British Isles. The need is very great for the people, emerging from so much suffering into a still deeply troubled immediate future, to hear of the Cause. Also the recently undertaken Six Year teaching Plan requires a great effort on the part of the English Baha’is, and your services are very much needed in this field.

Please convey his loving greetings to Mr Tellerman and Miss Bird. He will pray for them, and particularly for you, that you may render the Cause many services.

With Bahá’í Greetings, R. Rabbání

Assuring you of my keen appreciation of the spirit that animates you in the service of the Faith, and of my special and fervent prayers for the success of your high endeavour.

Your true and grateful brother, Shoghi

1944-11-27 to Phillip Hainsworth re teaching in British Isles

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