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.