12 Community Projects Inspired by Abdu’l-Baha’s Life of Service

Acts of service take many forms, and we are very fortunate in the Baha’i Faith to recognise this diversity of approach. It can be as small as checking in on a neighbour, or as big as organising a whole community to action. With the focus this Baha’i year on Abdu’l-Baha’s life, one thing that stands out to me is His tireless and unmistakable commitment to service to humanity. In my own life I often feel busy and overstretched, but when I consider the life of the Master, there’s no way I have more on in my day to day than He did! And yet there are countless stories of Abdu’l-Baha taking time out of His day to look after people everywhere He went. Whenever I feel too busy to take something on, it’s this facet of Abdu’l-Baha’s life that always gives me a little more resolve!

With the focus this year on commemorating Abdu’l-Baha’s life of service, we were inspired to put out a call on our Baha’i Blog’s Instagram account to see what projects and activities communities around our home country of Australia, and indeed the world, have been taking on. We were blown away by how many Baha’is regularly integrate acts of service into their lives, and were excited that so many have been sending in photos to boot!

We’re still collecting and highlighting images, so it’s not too late to send something in. I know that for many people, service is something one does for the sake of the service and not the photo op! But remember that taking photos is a wonderful way to encourage oneself and others. Certainly the response we’ve seen from people on Insta as we’ve published images has been incredibly enthusiastic and vibrant. While there’s plenty more to come, here in this post, we’ve collected 12 recent projects. We hope they uplift your hearts as much as they have ours!

If you have a photo or photos from a service project you’ve been engaged in, feel free to tag us or direct message @bahaiblog on Instagram to share images from your community!

1. Providing Supplies for Refugees (Melbourne)

 

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2. Fundraising Bake Sale (Sydney)

 

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3. Tree Planting (Kingborough)

 

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4. Car Wash Fundraiser for Women’s Shelter (Gold Coast)

 

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5. Volunteering at a Youth Centre (USA)

 

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6. Fundraiser for Cancer Research (Kingston)

 

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7. Forest Clean Up (Darwin)

 

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8. Cemetery Clean Up (USA)

 

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9. Blood Drive (USA)

 

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10. Free Health Awareness Education (India)

 

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11. Community Fridge Cleaning (Canada)

 

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12. Car Wash for Humanitarian Relief (Gold Coast)

 

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Don’t forget you can share your service project with the world and inspire others too! Not only is it wonderful to see others out in the field of service, but sometimes we could all use some inspirational ideas to help us as we read the reality in our own communities and find the best ways to serve. If you’d like to share images of your community projects please tag us in a photo, or direct message @bahaiblog on Instagram.

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Hi I’m Collis! I live in Darwin, in the Northern Territory. I’m a Baha’i, designer, entrepreneur, climate tech angel investor, and engaged in philanthropy to support First Nations young people in Australia. I've been working on Baha'i Blog since its inception in 2011!

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