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Dear Co-worker: Messages from Shoghi Effendi to the Benelux countries , pp49-50

Rita van Bleyswijk Sombeek, 2 February 1947

Dear Bahà’i Sister:

Your letter of November 9th was received, together with that of your dear sister, and our beloved Guardian has instructed me to answer it on his behalf.

He was so happy to see that your sister has embraced the Faith and arisen to serve it with you with so much devotion and enthusiasm. He was also very pleased to see you were able to attend, together, both the Convention and the Summer School at Greenacre. These experiences have no doubt deepened your knowledge of the Faith and your attachment to it.

The work in Holland is very promising, and he feels sure you both, with Mr. van Ogtrop, will soon see tangible results of your devoted labours.

The translation work is of the utmost importance and as soon as you have at least the Esslemont in printed form you will be able to start your teaching work on a large scale. You should keep in close touch with Mrs. Graeffe in Geneva and, as far as practicable, with your co-workers in nearby countries. This will both help and inspire you and cement the bonds of the love of Bahá’u’lláh which is spreading over Europe through the efforts of His consecrated servants.

You may be sure your work will be remembered in his prayers, and that he will pray for you both, your happiness and your success.

With warm Bahà’i love, R. Rabbani

Dear and valued co-worker:

The work on which you and you dear sister have embarked is historic, meritorious, and rich in possibilities. Future generations will extol your labours and derive inspiration from the example you have set. I am deeply grateful to you both, admire your spirit, will pray for your success, and am eager to receive the report of your activities. Never lose heart, be assured, happy and grateful. Your true and grateful brother, Shoghi


Rita’s sister was Georgette Straub-Van Bleyswijk Sombeek

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