Dearest coworkers in the Cause of God,
We send you our warmest greetings during this winter season and hope that your hearts are joyful as we begin the 2017 Gregorian year. We would like to request you as Treasurer read this letter with the friends gathered at Feast.
We continue to hear heartening stories of sacrifice and acts of service in the field that are helping to bring Bahá'u'lláh's healing message to so many across our nation and thus bringing more light into a darkened world. At the same time we see clearly that the connection of the believers with the Funds of the Faith continues to strengthen. We know that all of our activities would come to a standstill without supporting the Funds of the Faith, the life-blood of the Cause. We are thrilled to report that thanks to sacrificial contributions, big and small, from individuals and institutions as well as those who left gifts to the National Fund in their wills, we have surpassed the 3rd quarter goal we had set to be reached by January 31, 2017! We currently stand at $25.7 million. This is truly an achievement to celebrate, as it indicates a profound response to the herculean labor asked of us by the Universal House of Justice. How can we express our gratitude to the Blessed Beauty for such a beautiful accomplishment of love and devotion to the Cause!
Friends, the fiscal year is far from over and much remains to be done. To reach our $35 million goal, $9.3 million is left to be contributed by the friends in the next quarter. We have every assurance that the beloved followers of Bahá'u'lláh will win this goal and with radiance and love in their hearts, assist this world to be a bright civilization of light and unity. We leave you with the following words from our Supreme Body for this Five Year Plan:
"We set this objective before the Bahá’í world conscious that it is truly formidable; that a herculean labour will be required; that many sacrifices will have to be made. But faced with the plight of a world that suffers more each day bereft of Bahá’u’lláh’s elixir, we cannot, in conscience, ask anything less of His devoted followers. God willing, their exertions will prove worthy to crown a hundred years of toil and set the stage for exploits as yet unimagined that must adorn the second century of the Formative Age."
Our love and prayers surround you always and continually.
With loving Bahá’í greetings,
Office of the Treasurer