The 20th of December 1978 is the momentous date when the Baha'i Faith came to Belarus
Bahá'í Faith in Belarus dates back to December 1978. It was at this time that a specialist in electronics, a Bahá'í pioneer from Germany, Mr. Helmut Winkelbach came to work in one of the Belarusian factories.
The arrival of Mr. Winkelbach was a response to the call of the Guardian of the Faith, Shoghi Effendi, to the international community to rise and go to those countries and regions that have not yet been opened to the Bahá'í Faith (in 1953, the Faith was spread in around 130 countries).
The emergence of the Bahá'í community in Belarus was gradual, in the beginning this process has captured the capital Minsk and regional centers, then raised the smaller cities, such as Bobruisk, Borisov, Zhodino, Navapolack, Baranovichi. At the same time the first Bahá'ís began to appear in small towns, such as Beshenkovichi, Malorita, Hoiniki.
The establishing of the first Bahá'í community was by the help of friends from foreign countries: Australia, the Netherlands, the USA, Germany, Iran, Cameroon etc. They came here spending their own money, in their spare time, people with a single purpose: to convey to Belarus the news of the arrival of the new Manifestation of God, Bahá'u'lláh, who gave mankind a new religion. These foreign Bahá'ís suffered many sacrifices for the sake of the first sprouts of the new Faith in Minsk and Grodno, Brest and Vitebsk. Now the process is going on its own, without outside help. In recent years the Belarusian Bahá'ís became mature and prepared enough to spread the teachings of Bahá'u'lláh by their own strength and means.
We bring you the web pages of the communities Minsk and Vitebsk. To learn how to meet the Bahá'ís of other towns and villages ask the Secretariat of the Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of Belarus (tel. +375 (029) 200 47 55 or by email).
Minsk 220050, P.O.Box 262
Nezalezhnastsi avenue, 12-30
Tel.: +375 (17) 328-52-72
+375 (33) 302-94-96 (Vassily)
Тel.: +375 (029) 726-61-68, Inga
Tel.: +375 (29) 339-52-63, Ilona
Tel.: +375 (29) 512-64-01, Vitaly
Tel.: +375 (29) 642-93-27, Valentina
Dimitrova Str., 30a, komn.1
Тel.: +375 (33) 648-27-39, Svetlana
Tel.: +375 (29) 304-05-72, Darya