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With a population of 20,300 in the Tavush province of Armenia, Ijevan is also surrounded by beautiful mountains and thick forests.  The Tavush region is known for its picturesque views and sculpture gardens.  The majority of the population is involved in agriculture, service industries and trade.  Ijevan is a major center for traditional Armenian carpets and woodworking.

The Church in Ijevan was established in 1997 in an architecturally beautiful building which was an old movie theater and adjacent to a large parcel of land and a park.  There were originally only ten participants. Since then, 93 members have been baptized and there are approximately 90-100 people who attend weekly church services.  In addition to Sunday School, the Church has teen and youth groups, a choir, drawing, needlework, theater, English language and football lessons.  The Armenian Evangelical Church of Ijevan cooperates with other religious, charitable and health organizations, as well as schools, as well as utilizing the space for special seminars and meetings.  AMAA  cooperates with World Vision to hold camps and other charitable services at the Ijevan Church.

In the nearby village of Azatamut (which is very close to the Azeri border) a Sunday School is held in addition to Day Camps being organized to include children from Azatamut.

The renovation work involved includes:

  • Strengthening the walls to be able to open space for windows so that natural light shines in
  • Installation of a central heating system
  • Adding a glass partition between external columns to provide a closed space for worship

Ijevan church building (15)