I. Extract from the Writings of Bahá'u'lláh (1)
Should they attempt to conceal His light on the Continent, He will assuredly rear His head in the midmost heart of the ocean and, raising His voice, proclaim: 'I am the life-giver of the world.'
Bahá'u'lláh, cited in World Order of Bahá'u'lláh, (Wilmette: Bahá'í Publishing Trust, 1974), p. 108 
II. Extract from the Writings of 'Abdu'l-Bahá
Therefore, O ye believers of God! Show ye an effort and after this war spread ye the synopsis of the divine teachings in the British Isles, France, Germany, Austria-Hungary, Russia, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Switzerland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Holland, Portugal, Rumania, Serbia, Montenegro, Bulgaria, Greece, Andorra, Liechtenstein, Luxemburg, Monaco, San Marino, Balearic Isles, Corsica, Sardinia, Sicily, Crete, Malta, Iceland, Faroe Islands,
Shetland Islands, Hebrides and Orkney Islands.
In all these countries, like unto the morning stars shine ye forth from the horizon of guidance. Thus far ye have been untiring in your labors. Let your exertions henceforth increase a thousandfold. Summon the people in these countries, capitals, islands, assemblies and churches to enter the Abhá Kingdom. The scope of your exertions must needs be extended. The wider its range, the more striking will be the evidence of divine assistance.
Tablets of the Divine Plan (Wilmette: Bahá'í Publishing Trust, 1993), paras. 15-16, pp. 43-44 
III. Extracts from letters and cables written by and on behalf of Shoghi Effendi
THIRD CONFERENCE WILL BE CONVENED BY AMERICAN EUROPEAN TEACHING COMMITTEE IN STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN, DURING SUMMER, REPRESENTATIVE OF AMERICAN, BRITISH, GERMAN NATIONAL ASSEMBLIES, TO WHICH BAHA'IS OF EACH TEN GOAL COUNTRIES EUROPE AND ENGLAND, SCOTLAND, WALES, EIRE, FRANCE, GERMANY, AUSTRIA, FINLAND, WILL BE INVITED ATTEND, FOR PURPOSE GRADUAL INTRODUCTION OF FAITH INTO REMAINING SOVEREIGN STATES EUROPEAN CONTINENT AND NEIGHBORING ISLANDS MEDITERRANEAN, ATLANTIC OCEAN, NORTH SEA.
28 November 1951, cablegram from Shoghi Effendi, published in Messages to the Bahá'í World, 1950-1957 (Wilmette: Bahá'í Publishing Trust, 1971), pp. 17-18 
HAIL THIS CROWNING EXPLOIT(2) SECOND SEVEN YEAR PLAN AS FORERUNNER FORMATION RAPID SUCCESSION COURSE THIRD PHASE PLAN CONCEIVED CENTRE BAHÁ'U'LLÁH'S COVENANT REGIONAL NATIONAL ASSEMBLIES SCANDINAVIA BENELUX COUNTRIES IBERIAN PENINSULA THEMSELVES PRELUDE ESTABLISHMENT PRESENT SUCCEEDING EPOCHS EVOLUTION DIVINE PLAN SEPARATE NATIONAL ASSEMBLIES FOR EACH SOVEREIGN STATE PRINCIPALITY ISLANDS MEDITERRANEAN ATLANTIC OCEAN NORTH SEA
23 August 1952, from a cable from Shoghi Effendi to the European Teaching Conference 
MOMENTOUS PLAN WHICH COURSE COMING DECADE SEPARATING THEM MOST GREAT JUBILEE WILL DEMAND COMPLETE SUSTAINED CONSECRATION TWOFOLD TASK CONSOLIDATION FAITH ENGLAND SCOTLAND WALES IRELAND ITS PROPAGATION BEYOND ISLAND HOME INVOLVES FIRST OPENING FOLLOWING VIRGIN TERRITORIES: SEVEN EUROPE – CHANNEL ISLANDS, CYPRUS, FAROE ISLANDS, HEBRIDES ISLANDS, MALTA, ORKNEY ISLANDS, SHETLAND ISLANDS....
From the 1953 convention message from Shoghi Effendi to the National Spiritual Assembly of the British Isles, published in Unfolding Destiny: The Messages from the Guardian of the Bahá'í Faith to the Bahá'í Community of the British Isles (London: Bahá'í Publishing Trust, 1981), p. 297 
The settlement of these virgin areas(3) is of such an emergency nature, that he feels pioneering in one of them takes precedence over every other type of Bahá'í service–whether it be in the teaching or administrative fields of the Faith. So important is it that the National Assembly may delay initiation of steps to fulfil other phases of the Plan, until all these areas are conquered for the Faith. Nothing, absolutely nothing, must be allowed to interfere with the placing of pioneers in each of the 131 goal countries....
... The Guardian feels the following areas are not difficult
to settle, and he thinks you should arrange for their settlement at once;
and he will appreciate cable advice of each settlement as they take place.
Channel Islands Malta
Hebrides Islands Cyprus
As the Guardian's dramatic cable indicates, an illuminated "Roll of Honour" on which will be inscribed the names of the "Knights of Bahá'u'lláh" who first enter these 131 virgin areas, will be placed inside the entrance door of the Inner Sanctuary of the Tomb of Bahá'u'lláh....
5 June 1953, from a letter written on behalf of Shoghi Effendi, published in Unfolding Destiny, pp. 303, 305-306 
In spite of the smallness of their numbers, and the limited resources at their disposal, the members of the community living in the British Isles, including administrators and teachers, as well as the band of self-sacrificing pioneers who have already forsaken their homes and are labouring in distant fields in the African Continent, must, at whatever cost, disperse more widely and direct their footsteps to the virgin territories and islands assigned to their National Assembly, contributing thereby, directly and effectively, to the speedy and successful termination of the initial phase of a Crusade on which the immediate destinies of the entire community so largely depend.
25 June 1953, from a letter by Shoghi Effendi published in Unfolding Destiny, pp. 312-313 
The privileged prosecutors of so revolutionising, so gigantic, so sacred and beneficent a campaign are, on the morrow of its launching, and at such a crucial hour in the destinies of the European continent, summoned to undertake: ... the opening of the following thirty virgin territories and islands: ... Channel Islands, Cyprus, Faroe Islands, Hebrides Islands, Malta, Orkney Islands, Shetland Islands, assigned to the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of the British Isles....
July 1953 message from Shoghi Effendi to the European Intercontinental Teaching Conference, published in Unfolding Destiny, pp. 317-318 
The Roll of Honour designed to perpetuate the memory of the exploits of the spiritual conquerors is already inscribed with the names of the following pioneers, together with their respective territories, ... Eskil Ljungberg, Faroe Islands; Mildred Clark and Loyce Lawrence, Lofoten Islands; ... Zia'u'lláh Asgarzadeh, Evelyn Baxter, Channel Islands; ... Charles Dunning, Orkney Islands....
20 September 1953, cablegram from Shoghi Effendi, published in Messages to the Bahá'í World, 1950-1957 (Wilmette: Bahá'í Publishing Trust, 1971), p. 51 
ASSURE DUNNING LOVING APPRECIATION.(4)
11 September 1953,
cablegram from Shoghi Effendi, published in Unfolding Destiny, p.
ASSURE HASSELBLATT DEEPEST LOVING APPRECIATION.(5)
22 September 1953,
cablegram from Shoghi Effendi, published in Unfolding Destiny, p.
ASSURE CRANEY LOVING APPRECIATION.(6)
10 October 1953, cablegram from Shoghi Effendi, published in Unfolding Destiny, p. 322 
AS HOLY YEAR EXPIRES OVERJOYED ANNOUNCE ASSEMBLED BELIEVERS NO LESS THIRTEEN
ADDITIONS ROLL HONOUR SINCE TRANSMISSION LAST MESSAGE CONFERENCE WEEK AGO.
... URSULA VON BRUNN FRISIAN ISLANDS ... GERALDINE CRANEY HEBRIDES ....
14 October 1953,
cablegram from Shoghi Effendi, cf. Messages, pp. 226-227 
Your loving letter of recent date has been received, telling of your settlement in Kirkwall, and the progress of your work.
The Guardian is praying for the success of your endeavours.
It is his prayer that your difficult path may be straightened, and that
through your services in the Orkney Islands, many will be confirmed in
The overall principle is that pioneers, once in the
virgin areas, should not leave unless it becomes absolutely necessary;
and then only after consultation with the National Assembly who is in charge
of the particular territory
13 December 1953,
from a letter written on behalf of Shoghi Effendi to the Knight of Bahá'u'lláh
to the Orkney Islands 
The first twelve months of this decade-long enterprise unexampled in its
scope, significance and potentialities in the world's spiritual history
and launched simultaneously, amidst the climax of the world-wide festivities
of a memorable Holy Year, in the American, the European, the African, the
Asiatic and the Australian continents, have witnessed the hoisting of the
banner of the Faith of Bahá'u'lláh in no less than a hundred
virgin territories of the globe.... outlying outposts have been established
in places as far apart as ... the Lofoten Islands in the heart of the European
Northland ... the Faroe and Shetland Islands, the wind-swept and inhospitable
archipelagos of the North Sea....
April 1954, from
a letter by Shoghi Effendi, published in Messages, pp. 60-61 
The prizes won in recent months, since the launching of the Ten Year Plan
to which it stands committed, through the strenuous exertions and the shining
example of its pioneers in the islands situated to the North, the West
and the South of its homeland, as well as in the far away territories lying
in the heart of the African Continent and situated on both its eastern
and western shores, must, however great the sacrifices involved, be preserved.
The acquisition of the national Haziratu'l-Quds in a centrally located
area in a city that ranks as the chief metropolis of a vast Empire is yet
another task of the utmost urgency and of the highest significance, the
consummation of which should be considered as the chief objective and pre-eminent
duty of this community's elected national representatives, and one which
is bound to exert, in the days immediately ahead, a far-reaching and pervasive
influence on the growth and unfoldment of the Faith which it is their privilege
to serve and promote.
Of no less importance is the responsibility to reinforce
the structure of the Administrative Order throughout the British Isles,
and particularly in the newly opened territories of Scotland, Wales, Eire
and Northern Ireland, through a rapid and unprecedented increase in the
number of the avowed supporters of the Faith, and a multiplication of isolated
centres, groups and assemblies that constitute the warp and woof of the
fabric of its evolving Order.
17 June 1954, postscript in the handwriting of Shoghi Effendi, published in Unfolding Destiny, pp. 338-339 
The beloved Guardian has instructed me to inquire of your Assembly what
the situation is surrounding the translation and publication of Bahá'í
literature into the following languages:
These are not languages of the Ten Year Crusade, but
languages which have been translated prior to the opening of the Ten Year
Crusade. He is very anxious to know what the status is of these translations
and publications. If no work has been done on them, he would urge that
you have the work undertaken at an early date....
20 February 1955,
from a letter written on behalf of Shoghi Effendi, published in Unfolding
Destiny, p. 344 
The extension and consolidation, in the course of more than a decade, of
the administrative base established so painstakingly for the prosecution
of this community's far-flung mission, through the formation and multiplication
of isolated centres, groups and local assemblies throughout the length
and breadth of England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Eire; the
opening of the virgin islands lying in the neighbourhood of these territories
and forming a part of the British Isles, constituting a most welcome and
much needed reinforcement of the Administrative Structure raised so valiantly
and patiently by its members in their island home; the magnificent success
surpassing, in its quality and scope, the fondest expectations of the elected
representatives of this community, which attended the spiritual conquest
of a number of African territories, situated along the Western and Eastern
shores of that continent and its very heart; the settlement of pioneers
in two Mediterranean islands; ...these stand out as the most prominent
and significant evidences of the uninterrupted development of the Faith
of Bahá'u'lláh under the wise leadership, and through the
assiduous and incessant exertions, of the elected national representatives
of this virile community.
5 August 1955,
postscript in the handwriting of Shoghi Effendi, published in Unfolding
Destiny, pp. 353-354 
All islands figuring in that Plan, over seventy in number, situated in
the Pacific, the Atlantic, and the Indian Oceans, in the Mediterranean
and the North Sea, have, likewise been opened except Nicobar Islands, Chagos
Archipelago, Hainan Island, Sakhalin Island, Spitzbergen and Anticosti
Island. The number of the islands of the globe to which the Message of
Bahá'u'lláh has been carried since its inception now totals
April 1956, from a letter by Shoghi Effendi, published in Messages, p. 93 
Parallel with this highly vital and urgently needed exertion in foreign
fields, a further intensification of effort is required on the homefront,
and particularly throughout the newly opened islands bordering the homeland
itself, now standing in such dire need of a flow of pioneers and a concentration
of material resources unexampled in British Bahá'í history.
There is no reason to doubt that the phenomenal progress achieved within
the span of a few years, amidst an alien people, and in such distant and
backward territories, will be duplicated, nay surpassed, among people of
the same race, speaking the same language, of the same background, and
living in such close proximity to the Administrative Centre in the British
Isles, provided that a determination no less unyielding, and a dedication
no less whole-hearted and complete, will be displayed by those who have
already won such memorable victories in such far-off and inhospitable regions
of the globe.
11 July 1956,
postscript in the handwriting of Shoghi Effendi, published in Unfolding
Destiny, pp. 370-371 
The number of islands now within the pale of the Faith, situated in the
Atlantic, the Pacific, and the Indian Oceans as well as in the Mediterranean
and the North Sea, is now over a hundred, seventy-four of which have been
opened since the inauguration of the World Spiritual Crusade, including
five islands, situated in the Atlantic and Indian Oceans and not listed
as objectives of the Ten-Year Plan.
April 1957, from
a letter of Shoghi Effendi, published in Messages, p. 106 
The Guardian hopes that during the present year the home Assemblies will
not only be maintained and groups prepared for assembly status next Riván,
but that it will be possible to reinforce the work in the islands off the
shores of the British Isles. The sooner a nucleus of local people is established
in these goal places the sooner will the pioneers be able to move on to
new fields and to lend their assistance to the teaching work either on
the Home Front or in the Pacific area....
30 August 1957,
from a letter written on behalf of Shoghi Effendi, published in Unfolding
Destiny, pp. 382-383 
The year that has just elapsed, following upon the swift and spectacular
success achieved by the firmly grounded, the progressive and alert British
Bahá'í community in the heart of the African Continent–a
success attested by the triumphant emergence of the Regional Spiritual
Assembly of the Bahá'ís of Central and East Africa–has witnessed
a progress throughout the length and breadth of the Homefront, as well
as in the northern islands in the neighbourhood of the British Isles, which,
though not spectacular, nevertheless testifies to the earnestness, the
devotion and the exemplary tenacity with which the members of this community
are conducting, in all its aspects, the noble Mission entrusted to their
care, and are grappling with the manifold problems involved in its prosecution.
The splendid work achieved, in such a short space of
time, in a field so distant, and amongst a race so alien in its background,
outlook and customs, must, if the significance of that Mission is to be
properly assessed, be regarded as only a prelude to the series of future
campaigns which the privileged members of the British Bahá'í
community, residing and firmly rooted in the heart of a far-flung Commonwealth
and Empire, will, if faithful to such a Mission, launch, in the years ahead,
in the islands of the North Sea and of the Mediterranean, as well as in
the remote territories situated in the Pacific area – campaigns which,
in their range and significance, must throw into shade the feats performed
in the African Continent.
To be enabled to rise to this occasion, to ensure the
energetic, the systematic and uninterrupted conduct of so vast and diversified
an enterprise, amidst peoples and races fully as promising, and even more
remotely situated, and presenting them with a challenge more severe than
any which has faced them in the past, the small band of the ardent, the
high minded, the resolute followers of the Faith of Bahá'u'lláh,
charged by Destiny and by virtue of the enviable position they occupy,
with so glorious a responsibility for the future awakening of the great
masses, living under the shadow of, or whose governments are directly associated
with, the British Crown, must needs in the years immediately ahead, acquire
greater coherence, increase more rapidly in numbers, definitely emerge
from obscurity, plumb greater depths of consecration, enrich its store
of administrative experience, become definitely self-supporting, and associate
itself more closely, through the body of its elected representatives and
its future Hands, with the National and Regional Spiritual Assemblies on
the European mainland and in all the other continents of the globe, and
particularly with the Hands already appointed in both the Eastern and Western
The sooner these prime requisites, so essential for
a further unfoldment of the mighty potentialities inherent in so splendid
a Mission, are fulfilled, the sooner will the call be raised for the opening
of a new chapter in the history of British Bahá'í achievements
The rapid multiplication of isolated centres, groups
and local assemblies, particularly in Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales
and Eire; the incorporation of firmly grounded local spiritual assemblies;
a greater measure of publicity; a wider dissemination of Bahá'í
literature; a quick and substantial rehabilitation of the vitally important
national Fund; a firmer grasp of the essential verities of the Faith; a
more profound study of its history and a deeper understanding of the genesis,
the significance, the workings, and the present status and achievements
of its embryonic World Order and of the Covenant to which it owes its birth
and vitality–these remain the rock-bottom requirements which alone can
guarantee the opening and hasten the advent, of that blissful era which
every British Bahá'í heart so eagerly anticipates, and the
glories of which can, at present, be but dimly discerned.
Now, of a certainty, is not the time for the members
of this gallant band, so thinly spread over the length and breadth of its
island home, and reaching out, so laboriously yet so determinedly to the
inhospitable islands fringing its northern and western coasts, to dwell,
however tentatively, on the nature of the tantalising task awaiting them
in the not distant future, or to seek to probe into its mysterious, divinely
guided operation. Theirs is the duty to plod on, however tedious the nature
of the work demanding their immediate attention, however formidable the
obstacles involved in its proper execution, however prolonged the effort
which its success necessitates, until the signs of its ultimate consummation,
heralding the launching of what is sure to be the most spectacular phase
of their Mission, are clearly discerned.
A responsibility, at once colossal, sacred and highly
challenging, faces not only the body of the elected representatives of
this community, but each and every one of its members. As the world spiritual
Crusade, to the successful prosecution of which the British followers of
the Faith of Bahá'u'lláh have, singly and collectively, so
markedly contributed, approaches its mid-point, the evidences of this indispensable
quickening of the tempo of Bahá'í activity all over the British
Isles and the islands situated in their neighbourhood and far beyond their
confines, must become more manifest and rapidly multiply. The admiration
and esteem in which a community, relatively small in numbers, strictly
limited in resources, yet capable of such solid and enduring achievements,
is held by its sister and daughter communities in every continent of the
globe, far from declining must be further enhanced. The historic process
originated as far back as the year which witnessed the formulation of the
Six Year Plan on the occasion of the Centenary of the Declaration of the
Báb in Shiráz, which gathered momentum, as a result of the
inauguration of the Two Year Plan which followed the Centenary of the Báb's
Martyrdom in Tabriz, which received a tremendous impetus, in consequence
of the launching of the Ten Year Crusade, commemorating the centenary celebrations
of the birth of Bahá'u'lláh's Mission in Tihran–such a process
must, as the centenary celebrations designed to commemorate the Declaration
of that same Mission in Baghdád approaches, be so markedly accelerated,
and yield such a harvest, as will astonish the entire Bahá'í
world, and give the signal for the inauguration, by those who have so spontaneously
set this process in motion, more than a decade ago, of a blissful era designed
to carry the chief builders of Bahá'u'lláh's embryonic World
Order, throughout the unnumbered, the diversified and widely scattered
Dependencies of the British Crown, to still greater heights of achievements
in the service and for the glory of His Faith.
30 August 1957,
from a postscript in the handwriting of Shoghi Effendi, published in Unfolding Destiny, pp. 384-386 
IV. Extracts from Letters written by and on behalf of the Universal House of Justice
... The British Bahá'í Community now enters a new phase in
the fulfilment of its 'glorious mission.' This mission has two closely
linked interdependent aspects 'the vital mission at home in their boroughs
and counties' whose ultimate aim is the awakening of the masses of their
countrymen to the Revelation of Bahá'u'lláh and their enrolment
under the banner of His Cause, which 'must be regarded as the base' for
its 'glorious overseas mission.' Your home front goals are to
... The great emphasis which Shoghi Effendi laid upon
your work in the islands of the North Sea, the Mediterranean and the Pacific,
and particularly the beneficial results which he said would flow from the
outpouring of pioneers and treasure in the 'islands bordering the homeland'
should lead you to concentrate on these vital points when planning the
overall strategy of your onward march.
Open the Inner Hebrides Islands, the Isle of Wight and Guernsey, and to
resettle and establish a group on the Isle of Man ...
Raise the number of Spiritual Assemblies to one hundred including one in
every county of England, one each in the Isle of Wight, the Orkney Islands,
the Outer Hebrides Islands, the Channel Islands and the Shetland Islands
Letter from the Universal House of Justice to the British Bahá'í Community, April 1964 
You are now gathered in this Conference to deliberate on ways and means
of accomplishing the goals which are set before you. Let every believer,
as he considers in detail these various goals, bear in mind four supreme
objectives: to carry the Message of Bahá'u'lláh to every
stratum of society, not only in the towns and cities but also in the villages
and country districts where the virus of materialism has had much less
effect on the lives of men; to take urgent, wise and well-considered steps
to spread the Faith to those countries of Eastern Europe in which it has
not yet become established; to reinforce strongly the heroic band of pioneers
in the islands of the Mediterranean and the North Sea–islands which are
to play such an important role in the awakening of the entire continent
–as well as to prosecute energetically the goals your are called upon
to achieve in other continents and oceans; and to foster the cooperation
between National Communities and between National Spiritual Assemblies
and the Hands of the Cause of God which has contributed so markedly to
the work of the Faith on that Continent and is so essential for its future
In 1953 Shoghi Effendi wrote that the continent of Europe
had 'at last at this critical hour–this great turning point in its fortunes–entered
upon what may well be regarded as the opening phase of a great spiritual
revival that bids fair to eclipse any period in its spiritual history.'
Those who have been privileged to witness the extraordinary strengthening
and consolidation of the Cause in Europe during the course of the last
eleven years are well aware of the reservoir of spiritual potential that
has been building up and the transformation of the life of the European
Bahá'í Community that has ensued. May the completion and
dedication of the Mashriqu'l-Adhkár be the signal
for the unleashing of this potential, bringing about on the European mainland
and in the islands around its shores a quickening of the process of individual
conversion comparable to those events which have transpired with such astonishing
suddenness in other continents of the globe.
July 1964, from the Universal House of Justice addressed to those gathered in the European Teaching Conference on the occasion of the dedication of the Mother Temple of Europe, published in Wellsprings of Guidance: Messages 1963-1968 (Wilmette: Bahá'í Publishing Trust, 1976), pp. 28-30 
The specific goals assigned to your community are to:
... Greatly increase the number of Local Spiritual Assemblies and establish
at least one in every county in England, Scotland and Wales, and in Guernsey
..., the Isle of Man and the Inner Hebrides;
... Develop and implement a Five Year Plan of expansion and consolidation
in Orkney and Shetland.
Letter to the
British Bahá'í Community, published in the UK Bahá'í
Journal No. 222, April 1974, p. 3 
Great attention should certainly be paid to the islands, and pioneers and
funds allocated for the work there and the more this is done, the more
you can hope for the beneficial results indicated by the beloved Guardian.
Letter to the
National Spiritual Assembly of the United Kingdom, 1976 
Acquire or rent modest Bahá'í Centres in the Orkneys, the
Shetlands and the Western Isles....
letter to the Bahá'ís of the United Kingdom 
... the beloved Guardian laid very great stress on the establishment of
the Cause in the 'Islands of the North Sea' and even assured the British
friends that an outpouring of pioneers and treasure in those Islands would
result in a very great expansion of the Cause in the whole of the British
Isles. He expressed his great delight when Orkney and Shetland were opened
to the Faith.
11 March 1987,
written on behalf of the Universal House of Justice to an individual believer
The House of Justice was very happy indeed to see the eagerness of your
committee to intensify the teaching work in Scotland, and your clear awareness
of the special importance of the work in the islands. Undoubtedly the National
Spiritual Assembly and the National Teaching Committee will be considering
how your plans can best fit in with the overall work throughout the United
Kingdom and will be moved by the beloved Guardian's striking correlation
of advances in the islands with progress throughout the whole country.
On behalf of the Universal House of Justice to the Scottish Teaching Committee, 1988 
The [National Spiritual] Assembly is no doubt aware of the great significance
which the Guardian attached to the teaching in the Islands of the North
Sea and his guidance to the Bahá'í Community of the British
Isles during the Ten Year Crusade, which included the importance of "the
rapid multiplication of isolated centres, groups and local assemblies,
particularly in Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and Eire" as one of "the
rock-bottom requirements which alone can guarantee the opening and hasten
the advent, of that blissful era which every British Bahá'í
heart so eagerly anticipates, and the glories of which can, at present,
be but dimly discerned."(7)
22 November 1989, written on behalf of the Universal House of Justice to an individual believer 
An initial search of the Guardian's writings on the subject has not revealed any specific definition by him of "the islands of the North Sea." However, from a reading of his several messages during the Ten Year Crusade, it would seem that he used the term with a general signification rather than a strictly limited one, including such outlying groups as the Faroe Islands and the Hebrides....
The House of Justice asks us to take this opportunity to assure you of its prayers in the Holy Shrines for divine confirmations to surround the teaching work in the Faroes. It attaches great importance to the development of the Bahá'í community there, and eagerly looks forward to the day when it will be strong enough to have its own National Spiritual Assembly.
14 February 1995, written on behalf of the Universal House of Justice to an individual believer 
There are areas which cry out for pioneers and travelling teachers; the mind turns, for example, to the work among the Sami and the other peoples of the arctic and sub-arctic areas as far north as Spitsbergen. We contemplate the significance of teaching the Faith in the islands of the Mediterranean, the Atlantic and the North Sea; ....
Ridván 153 B.E. (1996), Universal House of Justice message to the Followers of Bahá'u'lláh in Europe 
1. This compilation is dedicated to the late Roddy Grant, whose love of the islands inspired it (and who compiled many of the items) and to all the followers of Bahá'u'lláh resident on the offshore islands of the United Kingdom. I would also like to thank the Research Department of the Bahá'í World Centre for their kind assistance and Dr John Parris for supplying me with the text of the letter to the Scottish Teaching Committee (1988) – Chris Manvell.
2. Election of the National Spiritual Assembly of Italy and Switzerland.
3. 131 virgin areas to be opened in the Ten Year Crusade.
4. Knight of Bahá'u'lláh to Orkney Islands.
5. Knight of Bahá'u'lláh to Shetland Islands.
6. Knight of Bahá'u'lláh to Western Isles.
7. Unfolding Destiny, p. 385.