Internship Day 2

Our first full day involved visiting the headquarters of the Armenian Missionary Association of America (AMAA) and sightseeing.

After eating breakfast we left the hotel for the AMAA office.  AMAA Executive Director/CEO Zaren Khanjian and Director of Finance David Ayenjian spoke with us about the mission of the organization: to support and provide opportunities for Armenians around the world, particularly the youth.

Many of us in the group had heard of the AMAA but did not know much about its work. So it was helpful to hear how it partnered with churches, schools, and other organizations in 24 different countries worldwide.

We left for the New Jersey harbor, where we boarded a ferry to Ellis Island. There we saw exhibits on the immigration process, and were reminded that many of our forefathers came to America in a similar way.

Our next stop was the Statue of Liberty.  Though entrance was closed due to a police search, we were able to get a good view of the statue from the outside. After returning to our hotel and having dinner, we had a devotional and prayed for the trip. We spent the rest of the evening relaxing, with excitement for the journey ahead.

Luke Momjian

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The Armenian Missionary Association of America (AMAA) was founded in 1918, in Worcester, MA, and incorporated as a non-profit charitable organization in 1920 in the State of New York. The AMAA is a 501 (c) 3 tax-exempt organization (Fed No. 13-5670954). The AMAA’s purpose is to serve the physical and spiritual needs of people everywhere, both at home and overseas. To fulfill this worldwide mission, the AMAA maintains a range of educational, evangelistic, relief, social service, church and child care ministries in 22 countries around the world. The AMAA is governed by an elected Board of Directors composed of twenty-seven unpaid members. Its committees are composed of qualified, unpaid volunteers. A paid office staff administers the life and work of the AMAA. Administrative and overhead costs are less than the average organization. AMAA emphasizes full financial disclosure, accountability and careful stewardship of funds. Financial records are audited annually. The mission and service ministry of the AMAA is made possible through the Grace of God and by the gifts of individuals and churches who are committed to fulfilling the Great Commission - “Go into all the world and preach the Gospel to all creation.” (Mark 16:15)