In 1911-1913 Abdu’l-Bahá set out on a number of journeys to the United States and Europe. The purpose of His mission was to spread the teachings of His father Bahá’u’lláh. Whilst in the United States He revealed this prayer full of love for the American people-
‘O Thou kind Lord! This gathering is turning to Thee. These hearts are radiant with Thy love. These minds and spirits are exhilarated by the message of Thy glad-tidings. O God! Let this American democracy become glorious in spiritual degrees even as it has aspired to material degrees, and render this just government victorious. Confirm this revered nation to upraise the standard of the oneness of humanity, to promulgate the Most Great Peace, to become thereby most glorious and praiseworthy among all the nations of the world. O God! This American nation is worthy of Thy favors and is deserving of Thy mercy. Make it precious and near to Thee through Thy bounty and bestowal’.
From these first journeys began the spread of this youthful faith across the world. Today the Bahá’í world community extends across 46 territories and 189 independent countries and numbers some five million believers; uniting people of all nations East and West.