New Zealanders find joy in serving at the Bahá’í World Centre
To spend a period of time working at the Bahá’í World Centre in Haifa, Israel, confers a priceless opportunity to learn a lot while selflessly serving the global needs of the Cause.
There are always New Zealanders serving in the Holy Land, and one, Judge Heather Simpson, wrote in a recent email to a few of her friends at home, “I would recommend service here to anyone, not just the youth”. Heather’s full email is reproduced below. You can also watch a video (below), in which Heather and other friends send greetings from the slopes of Mount Carmel.
Heather Simpson’s message
Heather Simpson recently wrote to some of her friends in New Zealand about her service at the World Centre:
Today I thought of you as we were celebrating the Martyrdom of the Báb under the trees outside the Haifa Pilgrim House. Despite the fact that there is a main road running along the side of the property, all was tranquil inside. The devotions were very moving. I started the morning by reading the Tablet published in “Bahá’í Aotearoa” and thinking about it for a long time. The same Tablet was chosen for the readings here so I felt very connected with home.
The above photo was taken at Bahjí on Saturday where the vibrant colours of the plants are creating a special atmosphere. It is high summer here so everything is looking so beautiful.
In a few days I will have been here in Haifa for a year. The time has flown by and I learned a lot. I am so happy to have the opportunity to be here. I would recommend service here to anyone, not just the youth.
Warmest Love, Heather
Kiwis send love from the World Centre
In the video below, six New Zealanders currently serving at the Baha'i World Centre send greetings to the believers at home. Their sweet and heart-warming message was prepared for the National Teaching Conferences, "He Raranga Hou", in May 2019.
As the work of the Faith advances around the world, it becomes more and more vital for the Bahá’í World Centre to draw on the energies and diverse talents of believers who can perform the various roles required for its functioning. Support for the World Centre of the Faith is crucial, for it is described by Shoghi Effendi as the “pivot of the agencies of the New World Order”.
In the Holy land, the needs for different kinds of staff are ever-changing, depending on evolving demands. Some roles need specialised skills and others simply require willingness to take up an assignment and learn on the job.
The essential requirements include the ability to give 12 months of your time, or more, and basic proficiency in English.
Anyone interested in learning more about the possibility of offering a period of service in Haifa is encouraged to contact the Office of Personnel at firstname.lastname@example.org. Offers of service can also be submitted directly at https://bahai.bwc.org/service/.
See also, “Opportunities to Serve at the Bahá’í World Centre” on the How To page of “Bahá’í Aotearoa”.
Source of featured photo: BahaiPictures.com