The first of 41 regional Baha’i conferences to be held around the globe between now and 1 March drew 750 Baha’is from Zambia, Malawi, and Zimbabwe. It was held on 1-2 November in Lusaka. The next conferences will be a week later in Nakuru, Kenya, and Johannesburg, South Africa.
Sehla Masunda, a member of the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of Zimbabwe, was one of 80 Baha’is from her country to attend the conference in Lusaka.
Uransaikhan Baatar addresses the Lusaka gathering. She and Stephen Birkland, both members of the International Teaching Centre, attended as representatives of the Universal House of Justice.
More than 10 choirs from three countries joined in to add to the spirit of the two-day regional Baha’i conference in Lusaka, the capital of Zambia.
Followers of Baha’u’llah from Zambia, Malawi, and Zimbabwe were the first of thousands from around the world who will attend one of 41 regional conferences over a four-month period. Gatherings have been planned on every continent.
The 750 participants in the Lusaka conference broke into smaller groups for consultation and reflection, assessing community-building efforts in their own towns and making plans for future action.
Five African chiefs were in attendance, including Senior Chief Sailunga, left, of Zambia. All five of the chiefs are Baha'is.
“I feel that the conference was exactly what we needed to inspire, encourage, and boost our spirit,” said Musonda Kapusa of Lusaka, who attended the gathering in Zambia.