We cannot believe that as the Movement grows in strength, in authority and in influence, the perplexities and the sufferings it has had to contend with in the past will correspondingly decrease and vanish. Nay, as it grows from strength to strength, the fanatical defendants of the strongholds of orthodoxy, whatever be their denomination, realizing the penetrating influence of this growing Faith, will arise and strain every nerve to extinguish its light and discredit its name....
Dearly beloved friends, upon us devolves the supreme obligation to stand by His side, to fight His battles and to win His victory. May we prove ourselves worthy of this trust.
~ Shoghi Effendi
Developing Distinctive Bahá'í Communities, p. ii, © the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of the United States. 1998. Click the photos to access the photo gallery where more images with this excerpt are featured.