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Dear Co-worker: Messages from Shoghi Effendi to the Benelux countries , pp122-3

Elly Becking, 27 October 1953

Dear Bahàï Sister:122 Your letter of October 15th has been received by the beloved Guardian, and he has instructed me to answer you bn his behalf.

The Guardian was indeed delighted to learn that, although you are still so young in the Faith, you have arisen and gone forth as a pioneer to Dutch New Guinea. He will pray that you may be guided and assisted to find and confirm ready souls, so that in a short time a nucleus of active and devoted Bahà’is will be established in that virgin area.

The Guardian hopes that, in the near future, your future husband will decide to join the ranks of the followers of Bahà’u’llàh, and will lend his reinforcement to your teaching activities.

He urges you to persevere in your task and never to become disheartened, as this is a most meritorious work, and those who pioneer in virgin territories are receiving special bounties from God in this historic period.

With warm Bahà’i love, R. Rabbani

Assuring you of my loving prayers for your success and spiritual advancement. Your true brother, Shoghi

1953-10-27 to Elly Becking re poss pioneering to Dutch New Guinea


Elly Becking (1918-2005) was born on Celebes (now Sulawesi) in the Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia). She was a trained secretary and became a Bahà’i in The Hague in June 1951. At the Stockholm International Teaching Conf, she volunteered to pioneer to Dutch New Guinea and was named a Knight of Baha’u’llah arriving Oct 1953.

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