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Looking back in Wonder, Philip Hainsworth, p187-8

Dear Bahá’í Friends,

Your letters of June 15, October 15 and November 25 1953, with enclosures, have been received by the beloved Guardian, and he has instructed me to answer you on his behalf.

He is also, in order to save himself the extra effort of yet another letter, replying to the personal one from Mr Hainsworth, dated January 28 1954. As he has answered him through a letter written by me, and has also cabled him, I will not go into detail in this letter. The Guardian hopes that, at a future date, it will be possible for him to make the pilgrimage. During the coming months it is out of the question.

The news which your Committee has conveyed to him has greatly rejoiced his heart. Indeed he feels that, of all the countries in the Bahà’i World, Uganda has made the most progress since the inception of the Faith there a few years back and indeed during this year. He is immensely proud of the achievements of both the pioneers there and the African converts to the Faith. They have set a very high standard, and shown forth most exemplary devotion. The spirit of the African believers is very touching, very noble, and indeed presents a challenge to their fellow Bahà’is all over the world. It seems that God has endowed these races, living in the so- called ‘dark’ continent, with great spiritual faculties, and also with mental faculties which, as they mature in the Faith, will contribute immensely to the whole, throughout the Bahà’i World.

The power of Bahá’u’lláh is being witnessed during the opening years of the Ten-Year Crusade, we might almost say, as never before. Certainly in the teaching field, there has been the most extraordinary leap forward - in one year, one hundred countries!

He will remember all of you also in his prayers in the Holy Shrines, and he compliments you on the wonderful work which you have done during the past year. All the BaháTs, including the Guardian himself, are very proud of Uganda.

Assuring you of my personal prayers for the success of every of every effort you exert for the promotion of our beloved Faith, and the realisation of every hope you cherish in the service.

Your true brother, Shoghi

1954-05-11 to Uganda Teaching Committee re proud of achievements

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