September-October 2018, YEREVAN and GYUMRI, ARMENIA; LOS ANGELES, CA: Celebrating its centennial, the Armenian Missionary Association of America concluded a global series of events — six of them in Armenia during the last week of September — with a church/community center dedication in Gyumri, then a sold-out banquet in Los Angeles. The AMAA leadership honored its founders at all its events, and presented a vision for the next 100 years: evangelism, education, humanitarian relief, and youth programs in the homeland. We saw the needs during a two-week Armenia tour organized by the AMAA.

Every year, the Armenian Missionary Association of America sends a team of volunteers on a Medical Mission to Armenia. Led by Dr. Al and Sue Phillips, members of the team set up clinics in churches throughout Armenia to meet with patients, provide medicine and share God’s love. Here’s a glimpse into the heart, purpose and impact that the AMAA’s Annual Medical Mission to Armenia has had over the past ten years. The… Read More

The Armenian American Museum and Cultural Center of California Committee had 18 volunteers and 3 staff members at 5 locations including St. Leon Armenian Cathedral, St. Mary’s Armenian Apostolic Church, Armenian Cilicia Evangelical Church of Pasadena, St. Gregory Armenian Catholic Cathedral’s Annual Picnic, and SDHP’s Armenian Independence Day Festival. They distributed hundreds of brochures and donation envelopes to community members. The Armenian American Museum and Cultural Center of California is a 501(c)(3)… Read More

The Untold Story
The Earthquake that Shook Armenia
The Relief Effort that Changed the World

By Stephen Kurkjian*

John A. Simourian was a legendary athlete at Watertown (MA) High School and Harvard College during the mid-1950s and his successes on the football and baseball fields made him one of the most celebrated Armenian-American sports figures in the 20th century.
Yet unbeknownst to everyone except a few close friends, Simourian initiated a relief effort that saved the lives of numerous victims of the devastating earthquake in Armenia in 1988 by reaching out to two players he had met while leading Harvard’s football team 30 years before.

SOLD OUT On the occasion of AMAA’s Centennial, celebratory banquets and gatherings have been organized throughout the world. AMAA members and friends are invited and encouraged to attend, celebrate and commemorate this special milestone together.  Representatives from various Unions, Churches and Communities will gather to pay homage to the Founders, Philanthropists and Volunteers who have brought the AMAA forward, 100 years later! LOS ANGELES: Saturday, October 20th The Biltmore Hotel, Crystal Ballroom… Read More

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