The Interns visit Sartarabad, Armavir and Etchmiadzin and get acquainted with the rich Christian and cultural heritage of their Motherland
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