Continuing Our Journey

As this trip comes to a close, we all feel a sense of sadness that comes with departure but at the same time we are thankful for being able to get to grow closer to each other and to God. We have seen God reveal himself so many times on this trip and are grateful for the chance to experience what we did.

We began our day by visiting the Avedisian school where we saw all the work the AMAA has poured into the community. Thanks to all the donors and the AMAA, the Avedisian school can change the lives of children so that they will grow up knowing the Lord and have a successful future. The Avedisian school is one of the first in Armenia to be environmentally sustainable and also teaches their students to value and care for their surroundings.

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Next, we visited Shogh day center where we got a glimpse of their typical day. The children are able to experience psychological counseling, art and cultural classes, and participate in different extra curricular activities. As we walked through the rooms we saw numerous art pieces on the walls done by the children. We were amazed at the talent of the kids and the inspiration of their art. The one that stood out to us the most was a poster which listed 3 categories under which students placed their goals: financial, educational, and spiritual. We were amazed to see that the majority of their goals were faith based and found in the spiritual category. Very few were interested in wealth.

We ended our night by having one last meal together. As we enjoyed each other’s company, we reminisced about the good times we had together and the friendships we created. We pointed out how much God has worked in each of our lives and the amount we have grown since the beginning of the trip. We are in awe of how generous the AMAA has been to us and are thankful for taking care of us throughout the trip. We look forward to keeping in touch with each other as well as the AMAA. Our trip doesn’t end here but continues as together we sponsor a child through the AMAA and support the organization prayerfully and financially. The AMAA has shown us first hand that faith is a two way street – they not only display true faith in God, but also give back to their community without hesitation.

Emily Sagherian

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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)