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Knights of Bahá’u’lláh Gale and Jameson Bond

by Don Brown

Memoirs of Jameson and Gale Bond, Knights of Bahá’u’lláh to Franklin in the Canadian Arctic

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THE STORY OF DAVID AND ESTHER TANYI
'Adam and Eve of the Baha'i Faith in Cameroon'

by Enoch Tanyi

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SOLE DESIRE SERVE CAUSE
Knights of Bahá’u’lláh Gale and Jameson Bond

by Don Brown

Memoirs of Jameson and Gale Bond, Knights of Bahá’u’lláh to Franklin in the Canadian Arctic

Our hope is that our lives are a reflection, however imperfect, of the Divine Will. Our hope has been to show forth an attempt to win the good pleasure of the Beloved. And it is our hope that the reader will understand how inseparable they are and will see through our personal frailties to something infinitely more beautiful. Our lives are blessed and full of bounties ... Jameson and Gale Bond, 2001

Jameson and Gale Bond’s memoirs tell the story of their six decades of Bahá’í service, particularly as Knights of Bahá’u’lláh in the Canadian District of Franklin above the Arctic Circle. Shoghi Effendi realized that among the goals of the Ten Year Crusade, ‘the objectives of the far north are perhaps the hardest. On the other hand, the harder the task, the more glorious the victory. You may be sure that he is praying for your success ...’

The Ten Year Crusade’s ‘driving force’ was described by Shoghi Effendi as ‘the energizing influence generated by the Revelation heralded by the Báb and proclaimed by Bahá’u’lláh’.  In Jamie’s opinion, this same force could well have been the catalyst for advancements in society such as the introduction and accelerated development of health services and education in the Canadian Arctic; the first extensions into the Arctic of the Canadian judicial system; and the first ballot boxes that gave Eskimos a voice in the political mosaic – all of which occurred during the Ten Year Crusade.

During the ten years they spent in the District of Franklin, Gale and Jamie never had a Bahá’í visitor. But the Arctic regions, and especially the indigenous peoples of the Arctic Archipelago, were always in their hearts and minds even after they left in 1963. Their services in later years, particularly Jamie’s services on Bahá’í institutions and in international forums, and Gale’s journeys to her native Hungary to help establish Bahá’í communities there, are recounted in the last three chapters.

ISBN: 978–0–85398–604-1
Soft Cover
448 pages plus plate sections
203 x 127 mm ( 8 x 5 ins)
Normal price £11.95 and $21.95

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THE STORY OF DAVID AND ESTHER TANYI
'Adam and Eve of the Baha'i Faith in Cameroon'

by Enoch Tanyi

‘At the airport, while relatives dissolved in tears, the pioneers marched cheerfully to the plane.’

At just 25 years old, David Tanyi was the oldest of the five young Cameroonian Knights of Bahá’u’lláh – the four others were all under 21. Newly married, and forfeiting a job opportunity to go pioneering, he reached French Togoland in early 1954, and was named a Knight of Bahá’u’lláh together with Vivian Wesson and Mavis Nymon. David’s young wife Esther was only able to join him several months later together with their first son, born in his absence.

It was the start of 35 years of pioneering, during which Esther and David Tanyi experienced poverty, hunger and malnutrition, loneliness and xenophobia – but also the joy of teaching, and laying the foundations for Bahá’í communities in Togo, Benin and Ghana. ‘My heart is as sweet as sugar,’ wrote David Tanyi, ‘to see that the Faith is now spreading here is a miracle indeed. I tell you sister there are many pure souls here ...’

Hand of the Cause Enoch Olinga, who taught the Bahá’í Faith to Esther and David Tanyi, described them as ‘Adam and Eve of the Bahá’í Faith in Cameroon’ because they were the first Cameroonian couple to accept the  Faith, and the hospitality they offered in their home was instrumental in building the first Bahá’í community in that country.

All the young Bahá’ís who were named Knights of Bahá’u’lláh came from this community. Shoghi Effendi wrote to them: ‘you are rendering historic service, and you are becoming the honour and glory of Africa.’
 

About the author
Born in 1954 in Cameroon, Enoch Tanyi went with his parents to Lomé, Togo, at the age of three months and pioneered further with them to Ghana, returning to Cameroon in 1988. An agronomist specializing in Agroforestry, he has worked in Cameroon for the International Council for Research in Agroforestry, now the World Agroforestry Centre in Cameroon; and in Nigeria at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture. He also carried out voluntary service as assistant coordinator of a resettlement project of the Bahá’í Agency for Social and Economic Development in the Eastern region of Cameroon.

With wide experience in Bahá’i administration since serving on the first Youth Committee of Ghana, and later on the National Spiritual Assembly of Ghana and as an Auxiliary Board member in that country, as well as on regional and national teaching committees since his return to Cameroon, he now serves on the Spiritual Assembly of Yaoundé V and since 2015 has been a member of the history task force of the National Spiritual Assembly of Cameroon.

He is the author of The Covenant: Daily Readings from the Bahá’í Teachings and The Covenant for Young People.

ISBN: 978–0–85398–597-6
Soft Cover
256 pages plus plate sections
203 x 127 mm ( 8 x 5 ins)
Normal price £9.95 and $19.95

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