Australian Baha'i Sites

From Brisbane to Albania: Four youth take the leap to pioneer overseas

In its 30 December, 2021 Message to the Conference of the Continental Board of Counsellors, the Universal House of Justice spoke about the urgent need for international pioneers to be deployed in regions around the world to help accelerate the work of building vibrant communities.

In response to this call, two young couples from Brisbane recently arose and pioneered to Albania to help establish the first advanced cluster in the country.

“One pattern of service that developed during the last two Plans and brought us great joy concerned the movement of youth who, taking advantage of their relative freedom, would spend several months in a nascent community, making a valuable contribution to its development.”

The Universal House of Justice

In its Message dated 24 May, 2022, the Universal House of Justice wrote:

“…the experience that a pioneer is able to bring to the community are potent catalysts for progress.

“One pattern of service that developed during the last two Plans and brought us great joy concerned the movement of youth who, taking advantage of their relative freedom, would spend several months in a nascent community, making a valuable contribution to its development.

“Confident of the community’s appreciation of the significance of this historical juncture and in its capacity to respond to the demands of the hour, we now call on the friends to consider how they can contribute to the pioneering imperatives of the Nine Year Plan—both on the home front and in the international field.” 1

In the below video recorded before their departure, these dedicated souls explain how they were able to make the decision to serve the Faith of Baha’u’llah as international pioneers, shedding abroad “ever more widely the divine fragrances”.1

Footnotes

  1. The Universal House of Justice, To the Baha’is of the World, 24 May, 2022[][]

Thanks for reading.

Subscribe

Pioneering Taskforce

The International Pioneering Taskforce is a national agency that collaborates with the regional institutions to identify and prepare individuals and families with rich experience in the work of community building, and support them as they move overseas to continue their efforts in clusters and regions across the world.

More

Published in March, 2024, in Baha'i Institutions > News & Announcements

Available online at: horizons.bahai.org.au/bahai-institutions/from-brisbane-to-albania-four-youth-take-the-leap-to-pioneer-overseas/

Related Stories

National Spiritual Assembly

Convention video showcases sacred nature of Baha’i elections

The National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of Australia has released a special video showcasing highlights from this year’s National Baha’i Convention while providing a ...

Video
National Spiritual Assembly

Members of Australia’s National Spiritual Assembly elected at annual convention 

The nine members of the national governing council of the Australian Baha’i community, the National Spiritual Assembly, have been elected at the annual National Baha’i ...

Horizons Team

Marking 90 years since election of Australia’s first National Spiritual Assembly 

Delegates at the 2024 National Baha’i Convention have marked a momentous occasion, with this year’s gathering coinciding with the 90th anniversary since the inception of the very first National ...

The Office of External Affairs

Our Story is One: Array of creative contributions honour 10 Baha’i women executed in Iran

In 2023, the worldwide Baha’i community launched its Our Story is One campaign in honour of the 10 Baha’i women who were executed in Iran more than 40 years ago for their beliefs in a more ...

Video
The Office of External Affairs

New documentary released about Australia’s first female Baha’i and photographer Effie Baker

Euphemia ‘Effie’ Baker is an inspiring historical figure in the worldwide Baha’i community. Now, in a new film released this week, the details of her life have become more accessible than ...

Video
National Spiritual Assembly

A time of joy, growth and renewal: National Assembly conveys love at Naw Ruz 

Australia’s elected national governing body – the National Spiritual Assembly – has conveyed its love and gratitude on Naw Ruz with a special message sent to the Australian Baha’i ...

  • Featured in
    Find more stories about

    Young People Making Change