In the Lori region of Armenia, situated on the banks of the River Debed, surrounded by the mountains and trees is the beautiful town of Alaverdi. Once considered as being one of the major centers of ferrous metallurgy and chemical industry in the Soviet Union, numerous factories produced food, textile and garments, domestic and service enterprises thrived. Nowadays, the town’s population of 13,000 people deceases day by day as residents are migrating out of this beautiful region. Lack of employment is a driving factor.
In 2000 the Christian Education programs were created for children, youth and discipleship groups. Every year these children are given the opportunity to enjoy a restful week at the “Sheen-Shoghik” Camp in Hankavan. Nearly 155 children, youth and young adults attend the various Christian education ministries.
In 2002 a Bible study group eventually evolved into worship services. There are currently 80 communicant members and 50 members who participate in the discussions and prayers organized during the week.