I left the United States in 1975 to serve as a Bahá’í pioneer. To non-Bahá’ís this term can be misunderstood. As an American Bahá’í pioneer, it meant working for the development of the Bahá’í community. But development of Bahá’ís communities, and social-economic development, are overlapping terms. They are nearly synonymous in my life. In 2020, as the world faces multiple existential threats, the Bahá’ís community makes little distinction between an officially declared Bahá’í, and people working together to participate in the development of an ever-advancing civilisation. What is emphasised are the values that will lead to a more just, loving, and unified world. Anything less than such a world will face catastrophic events that can only be solved in a united world.
“They that have forsaken their country for the purpose of teaching our cause — these shall the faithful spirit strengthen through its power. A company of our chosen angels shall go forth with them, as bidden by Him Who is the Almighty, the All-Wise… — Bahá’u’lláh
The highest development of man is his entrance into the divine Kingdom, and the outcome of this human existence is the nucleus and essence of eternal life. —`Abdu’l-Bahá