Forever Grateful

It has been an incredible experience here in Armenia finally getting the chance to see my homeland for the very first time and be blessed to see the work that God does all over the world. As our trip to Armenia comes to a close I have three things to take away from this trip and bring with me for the rest of my life.IMG_3641.jpg

  1. The Armenian people are so incredibly happy and grateful for everything they have. They appreciate everything God has given them and their spirits are always so high. In America we have so much and so many Americans are still unhappy and ungrateful and complain about what they do not have. However, the Armenian people rejoice for every little thing God has provided for them. It is truly humbling to see how much more these people can do with so little.
  2. God does amazing things all around the world. It is so easy to get involved and lost in our own lives and forget what happens around the world, but God is at work everywhere. When arriving into Armenia my mindset was on what I could give to the Armenian people, but it didn’t occur to me what they could give to me. They showed me how small a blessing really can be and how a simple piece of bread can provide so much joy, such as in the camp in Hanvakan. While the food at camp seemed so little to me, the kids in Armenia thought it was a feast and that they were eating so much more than they do at home. It made me so much more aware of the way God provides food for these children and how blessed they are for it.
  3. The children at the Hanvakan camp are so loving and filled with joy for the Lord. Their faith is so strong and they are on fire for God. It was such an amazing experience watching the kids sing their hearts out to the songs and become so involved and anxious to answer questions during their bible studies. They are such an encouragement in my Christian life to continue to pray and study and spread His word and share with the world the amazing works he is doing with these children.IMG_3642

I am forever grateful for the opportunity to come to this beautiful country and learn about what God has done here and what he is continuing to do. I am very excited to return to the states and to share all that I have seen and learned to my friends and family so that they, too, will keep Armenia in their hearts and prayers always.

Melani Salibian

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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)