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.

This summer, Armenia was the gathering point for nearly 150 youth and leaders from Armenian Evangelical churches and Unions the world over, as the Armenian Missionary Association of America (AMAA) celebrates the centennial of its founding with an “All-Armenian Evangelical Youth Conference.

“We’ve got to do something”

“Without commitment, nothing happens.”
T.D. Jakes

Two Thousand Eighteen is the 30th anniversary of the devastating earthquake in Armenia which took place on December 7, 1988.

It is also the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Missionary Association of America.

By Joyce Abdulian Ken Khachigian, distinguished Armenian-American political consultant, speech writer, attorney and veteran of nine presidential campaigns, will be the Master of Ceremonies at the Armenian Missionary Association of America (AMAA) Centennial Celebration Banquet on October 20, 2018 at the Los Angeles Biltmore Hotel. Highlighting the evening’s celebration will be the recognition of AMAA esteemed benefactors John Sheen, Stephen Philibosian, Sirpuhe and John Conte, and Gerald and Patricia Turpanjian. The Centennial… Read More

Our shining Shogh Center team, consisting of Anahit Simonyan (Armenia), Tatevik Karapetyan (Armenia), Juliette Boyajian (USA), and Sevag Bakalian (USA), led a whirlwind 5-day Vacation Bible School (VBS) for about 35-40 children, ranging from 8 to 13 years old. Each day, the children came eager to sing worship songs, to play intellectual and active games, and most importantly, to hear and learn Jesus’ parables about God’s love for us and how we… Read More

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