God Will Provide

The Interns visit Sartarabad, Armavir and Etchmiadzin and get acquainted with the rich Christian and cultural heritage of their Motherland
We started the day with a special breakfast followed by evaluations of the day and a short Bible study. Afterwards our bus drove us to Sartarabad which is a monument dedicated to the victory over the Turks in the 1918 war. This led to Armenia’s independence and to the foundation of modern Armenia. We learned how the four pillars reached to God as a means of praising Him for giving Armenia the victory despite all odds. It is a testament to the power of God, and how He will provide.

After that, we went to Armavir church and spent the afternoon with some of the church members. We ate khorovadz, worshipped with cultural songs, and we learned some cultural dances. There we saw not only Armenian values, but also God’s values of giving and loving everyone. The people there reflected God’s love and showed to us how we as Christians should be a testimony to others through out love. We also noted how despite not having a lot to give, the people at Armavir gave, showing how God provided for them as well.

Around 5pm, we departed for our last stop of the day: Etchmiadzin. We toured the grounds and went inside the cathedral. We learned about Etchmiadzin history of how it was the first church, and that God showed Gregory the Illuminator the layout and location of the church through a dream. This is yet another example of how God will provide no matter the situation.

Upon returning home, we ate dinner and did interviews with numerous ECA (Evangelical Church of Armenia) pastors. It was a good opportunity to learn about the ECA and their impact in Armenia, as well as their connection with the AMAA. Finally, the group divided as some spent the evening with relatives, some went to sleep early, and others went out to Yerevan downtown. Overall, it was a good day as we learned about how God provides regardless of the circumstances, and how He will provide.

Michael Guyumdzhyan & Nicholas Manoukian

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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)