(Haifa, 14 November)

To all National Spiritual Assemblies

Dear Baha’i Friends,

The first three of 41 regional conferences called for by the Universal House of Justice in its 20 October 2008 message to the Baha’is of the world have taken place amid great enthusiasm, with focused, action-oriented consultation. Reports from the conferences in Lusaka, Johannesburg, and Nakuru carry news of the tremendous joy that has animated these gatherings. Several accounts have been received of the Baha’is’ being so energized by the spirit of self-sacrifice and devotion to the Cause that they have arisen directly to seize opportunities in cluster after cluster.

The Web site “Baha’i Community News” at http://news.bahai.org/community-news/regional-conferences/ has been created to make available the reports of these regional conferences, based on information received from participants…

Please share this information with the believers in your communities. The reports will no doubt provide encouragement to the friends as they continue to pursue the aim of the Five Year Plan.

With loving Baha’i greetings,

[signed:]

For the Office of Public Information

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“The conference played a big role in recharging my batteries and saying to me, ‘there’s work that needs to be done.’ And I’ll do it happily.”

Tsepo Ngobeni, age 13, South Africa

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The Johannesburg conference, with 1,150 participants, was the largest Baha’i gathering ever held in that country.

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He, verily, will aid everyone that aideth Him, and will remember everyone that remembereth Him. To this beareth witness this Tablet that hath shed the splendor of the loving-kindness of your Lord, the All-Glorious, the All-Compelling.

–Bahá’u’lláh

(cited in The Advent of Divine Justice, p. 76)

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(Image reproduced with permission of the Bahá’í International Community)

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