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Dear Co-worker: Messages from Shoghi Effendi to the Benelux countries , pp51-2

Rita van Bleyswijk Sombeek, 5 April 1947

Dear Baha i Sister:

Your letters dated January 4th and February 13th have been received by our beloved Guardian, and he has instructed me to answer them on his behalf.

Regarding your question about the Esperantists: for many years they have been one of our closest contacts in Europe, and many of them have become believers. They are working for one of our greatest principles, and we certainly should associate with them. In Germany the Baha’is published an Esperanto magazine, and Martha Root represented the Cause at Esperanto Congresses. We cannot say we are sure this language will be the International one, but we are anxious to see it spread as it fosters unity and understanding. By all means foster your contact with them. Whether Esperanto will be chosen as the International language or not we cannot say; but we can say we hope it will spread because it nearly fulfils such a noble purpose.

By all means speak to gatherings, when the opportunity arises, about the Faith. There is no objection to broadcasting the Message over the radio - but your first consideration and main objective is to confirm sufficient souls to establish a spiritual assembly, and also to build up your literature in the Dutch language.

He is very encouraged to hear you and your dear sister and Mr. van Ogtrop are working in close harmony, and that your spirits are high and you are facing the work with so much joy!

You may be sure his loving prayers for your spiritual advancement and understanding will be offered in the Holy Shrines.

With Bahà’i love, R. Rabbání

May the Spirit of Baha’u’llah ever sustain you, cheer your heart, illumine your path, remove every obstacle that impedes the progress of your historic work, aid you to attract capable souls to the Faith, and establish a firm and unassailable foundation for its institutions.

Your true and grateful brother, Shoghi

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