AMAA Holds 101st Annual Meeting Via Zoom

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Armenian Missionary Association of America (AMAA) held its 101st Annual Meeting virtually via Zoom on Saturday, October 24, 2020. The meeting started at 8 am PT (11 am ET) with the participation of about 100 pastors, AMAA members and friends from Artsakh, Armenia, the Middle East, Europe, Australia and North and South Americas. AMAA President Nazareth E. Darakjian, M.D. presided over the meeting.

The meeting started with a prayer and devotional offered by Rev. Dr. Vahan H. Tootikian, Executive Director of the Armenian Evangelical World Council, followed by a moment of silence honoring the heroes martyred in defense of the Homeland.

During the Annual Meeting, AMAA Officers, Directors, Committee Chairs, as well as representatives of Armenian Evangelical Unions, Armenian Evangelical World Council and affiliated organizations presented their annual reports and shared their joys and concerns.

The general membership of the AMAA elected the following to the Board of Directors Class of 2023 for a term of three years:  Edward Avedisian, Susan Adamian Covo, Nazareth E. Darakjian, M.D., Karl Doghramji, M.D., Berjouhy Gulesserian, Thomas Momjian, Esq., Jack Muncherian, Alan Philibosian, Esq. and Gary Phillips, Esq.

The AMAA’s 101st Annual meeting concluded with a prayer offered by Rev. Haroutune Selimian, President of the Armenian Evangelical Community of Syria.

“Today, as we come face to face with those whose generosity, love of God and man is mirrored through the mission of the AMAA, we remain cognizant of management’s uncompromising sense of responsibility, total attentiveness to the mission, prudent management of funds, stringent accountability, unblemished reputation and total commitment to transparency. AMAA asserts its total commitment and support of the right of the people of Artsakh in their established self-determination and will fervently continue to sustain its independence and the welfare of its people,” said Zaven Khanjian, AMAA Executive Director/CEO. 

In conjunction with the AMAA Annual Meeting, the AMAA held its Board meeting virtually on Friday, October 23.

The AMAA was not able to hold the traditional Worship Service and installation of newly elected Board members in person on Sunday, October 25 at the Pilgrim Armenian Congregational Church of Fresno as planned. However, the Pilgrim Church dedicated its Sunday Morning Worship Service to the AMAA’s Annual Meeting at which time the newly elected Board members were installed virtually with a prayer offered by Rev. Tootikian. Rev. Nerses Balabanian, the Senior Pastor of the Pilgrim Church also offered a special prayer in memory of all those who were martyred in defense of our Homeland and in memory of pastors and laypersons active in the support of the AMAA who made the transition from this life to Life Eternal during the past fiscal year.

“Let us put our trust in the Lord and continue with the hope that He will restore our world and save us from disasters, just as He has done so many times before,” said Dr. Nazareth Darakjian, AMAA President.

Ամերիկայի Հայ Աւետարանչական Ընկերակցութեան 101րդ Տարեկան Համաժողովը Տեղի Կ՚ունենայ Առցանց

COVID-19 Գահաժահրի շարունակուող համաճարակին պատճառով, այս տարի Ամերիկայի Հայ Աւետարանչական Ընկերակցութիւնը իր 101րդ Տարեկան Համաժողովը վարեց առցանց՝ Շաբաթ Հոկտեմբեր 24, 2020-ին։ Համաժողովին մասնակցեցան աւելի քան 100 պատգամաւորներ՝ Աւետարանչականի Վարչական Խորհուրդի եւ Ընկերակցութեան անդամներ, ինչպէս նաեւ աշխարհի տարբեր երկիրներէ եւ շրջաններէ՝ Արցախ, Հայաստան, Մերձաւոր Արեւելք, Եւրոպա, Աւստրալիա եւ Հիւսիսային ու Հարաւային Ամերիկա՝ հովիւներ, Հայ Աւետարանական եկեղեցիներու, միութիւններու եւ կազմակերպութիւններու ներկայացուցիչներ։

Համաժողովը սկսաւ Հայ Աւետարանական Համաշխարհային Խորհուրդի Գործադիր Տնօրէն՝ Վեր. Դոկտ. Վահան Թութիկեանի աղօթքով, որուն յաջորդեց լռութեան պահ մը, յարգելու յիշատակը Հայրենիքի համար նահատակուած մեր հերոսներուն։

Համաժողովի ընթացքին Աւետարանչականի գլխաւոր տնօրէնները, ինչպէս նաեւ յանձնախումբերու Ատենապետներ,  եւ Հայ Աւետարանական եկեղեցիներու, միութիւններու եւ կազմակերպութիւններու ներկայացուցիչներ ներկայացուցին իրենց տարեկան տեղեկագիրները, եւ ներկաներուն հետ կիսեցին իրենց ուրախութիւններն ու մտահոգութիւնները։

Տարեկան Համաժողովի աւարտին կարդացուեցան անունները ԱՀԱԸ-ի Վարչութեան նորընտիր անդամներուն, որոնք ընտրուած էին երեք տարուան ծառայութեան համար փոխարինելու իրենց ծառայութեան շրջանը աւարտած անդամները.- Եդուարդ Աւետիսեան, Սուզան Ադամեան Գովօ,  Տօքթ. Նազարէթ Է. Տարագճեան, Տօքթ. Գարլ Տօղրամճի, Պերճուհի Կիւլէսէրեան, Իրաւաբան Թովմաս Մոմճեան, Ճէք Մընչէրեան եւ իրաւաբաններ Էլըն Փիլիպոսեան եւ Կէրի Ֆիլիփս։

Համաժողովի փակման աղօթքը մատուց Վեր. Յարութիւն Սելիմեան՝ Նախագահը Սուրիոյ Հայ Աւետարանական Համայնքի։

«Այսօր, երբ դէմ առ դէմ կը կանգնինք անոնց հետ, որոնց առատաձեռնութիւնը, Աստուծոյ եւ մարդկութեան հանդէպ իրենց ունեցած սէրը կ՚արտացոլայ Աւետարանչականի առաքելութեան միջոցով, մենք կը մնանք անզիջող մեր պատասխանատուութիւններու, զգոնութեան եւ առաքելութեան նկատմամբ՝ լիակատար ուշադիր եւ խոհեմ կառավարումին, խստապահանջ հաշուետուութեան, ինչպէս նաեւ անարատ վարկի եւ թափանցիկութեան հանդէպ լիակատար նուիրուածութեան։ Աւետարանչականը անկոտրում կամքով եւ լիակատար նուիրուածութեամբ կ’աջակցի Արցախի մեր հայրենակիցներու իրաւունքին՝ իրենց ճակատագրի ինքնորոշման գործընթացքին մէջ, ջերմօրէն շարունակելով պահպանել Արցախի անկախութիւնն եւ բարեկեցութիւնը,» ըսաւ Զաւէն Խանճեան՝ Աւետարանչականի Գործադիր Տնօրէնը։

ԱՀԱԸ-ի տարեկան Համաժողովին առընթեր, Հոկտեմբեր 23-ին տեղի ունեցաւ նաեւ Աւետարանչականի Վարչական Խորհուրդի նիստը։

Այս տարի Աւետարանչականը չկարողացաւ ունենալ իր տարեկան Համաժողովի Պաշտամունքը, որ ըստ ծրագրի տեղի պիտի ունենար Կիրակի, Հոկտեմբեր 25-ին, Ֆրէզնոյի Հայ Պանդխտաց Աւետարանական Եկեղեցիին մէջ։ Այսուհանդերձ, Պանդխտաց Եկեղեցին իր Կիրակի օրուայ Պաշտամունքը նուիրեց Աւետարանչականին, որու ընթացքին Վեր. Թութիկեան կատարեց Ընկերակցութեան նորընտիր անդամներու պաշտօնակոչութեան արարողութիւնը առցանց։ Պաշտամունքի Ընթացքին՝ Պանդխտաց Եկեղեցիի Աւագ Հովիւ՝ Վեր. Ներսէս Պալապանեան յատուկ աղօթք մատուց յիշելով Հայրենիքի համար զոհուած մեր հերոսները, ինչպէս նաեւ այն բոլոր Աւետարանչականի անդամները որոնք անցնող տարեշրջանին այս կեանքէն անցան յաւիտենականութեան։

«Մեր յոյսը դնենք Տէրոջ վրայ եւ շարունակենք այն յոյսով որ Ան պիտի վերահաստատէ մեր աշխարհը եւ փրկէ մեզ աղէտներէ, ինչպէս Ան ըրած է միշտ, ասկէ առաջ,» ըսաւ Տօքթ. Նազարէթ Տարագճեան՝ Աւետարանչականի Նախագահը։

AMAA’s Virtual Installation Service Hosted by Pilgrim Armenian Congregational Church

On behalf of the AMAA President and Executive Director, we welcome you to join the virtual AMAA Installation Service of the new board members on Sunday, October 25th at 10:30 AM PT/1:30 PM ET; hosted by the Pilgrim Armenian Congregational Church. 

As it has been the tradition in the past years, Rev. Dr. Vahan Tootikian will officiate the Installation Service (which will be prerecorded). Rev. Nerses Balabanian will lead the service and offer the Memorial prayer.

This virtual event will be on YouTube Live.

Time:
10:30 AM (PT) 1:30 PM (ET) (US and Canada)
7:30 PM (France, Belgium, Germany)
8:30 PM (Lebanon)
9:30 PM (Armenia)
4:30 AM (Australia)

**If you are unable to join live, you will be able to watch the service only from 10:30 AM (PT) on Sunday, October 25, 2020 onward. Please visit the link below to join!

We look forward to your participation at this very special service. 

Download Worship Service Memorial Bulletin

“But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never failing stream.” Amos 5:24

We fought the battle of Avarayr and kept the torch of faith ablaze..

We won the battle of Sardarabad and conceived the adorable homeland, Armenia.

We shall defeat this heinous aggression and save ARTSAKH for our children and grandchildren.

Brave defenders of the land are spilling their blood by the day, hour or the minute as we speak.

As the Azeri-Turkish assault faces a concrete wall of defense, the aggressor turned its hatred on the peaceful population of Artsakh and Armenia shelling their homes, backyards, apartments, fields, schools and churches. Yes, houses of worship.

Our dictum is to support the shoulder. Food, medicine, supplies, infrastructure, shelter and all the humanitarian backing necessary.

AMAA has appropriated $1M dollars to Artsakh and will immediately fund the official fundraiser designated by Armenia and Artsakh, Hayastan All Armenian Fund.

Please support AMAA’s effort to solidify the defense, feed and quench the people, shelter the resettled, care for the injured and respectfully bury the martyred.

If you have not done so already or would like to further your support, please send in your donation today or make your gift securely online.

Our collective streams will turn into a river, a sea, an ocean.

Take part in the battle of survival.

The faithful Lord will be happy you did.

Zaven Khanjian
AMAA Executive Director/CEO
October 10, 2020

AMAA feature on Civilnet; From Artsakh to Armenia: The daily life of Artsakh families
War in Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh) – Produced by AMAA Armenia
Inside the Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh) War – Produced by AMAA Armenia
Children of War – Produced by AMAA Armenia

Dear Children of God,

Dear Friends,

A danger of extinction is looming over the heads of our kin in Artsakh.

An existential threat shadows the sovereign states of Armenia and Artsakh.

We are witnessing an uninhibited emergence of a century old evil on the Western and Eastern borders of our homeland,

But our cry is for PEACE.

The unalienable right to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness is a gift from the Creator to all nations and people in every corner of the planet.

The people of Artsakh are on the forefront to deserve that gift.

In a free and democratic show of will, the people of Artsakh have long exercised their right of self-determination and desire to freely live, love, worship, develop and prosper.

Early morning on Sunday, September 27, 2020 that right was violated by Azerbaijan.

Incited, encouraged and armed by Turkey, Azerbaijan launched an all-out military assault on the peaceful population of Artsakh.

A heinous and indiscriminate shelling of the peaceful civilian population of border towns and villages including the capital Stepanakert, ensued.

Artsakh was shelled by artillery fire, military assault drones, helicopters and missiles.

Our people are crying for PEACE and in the process, the heroic defenders of our land, homes, churches, families, women and children are determined to secure the homeland and protect its borders.

Dozens have been martyred, hundreds wounded and thousands have been evacuated.

But the defenders are holding firm to the land of Noah.

Our collective support is critical as the battles continue to escalate.

There can only be one outcome to the situation.

Victory!

Victory requires sacrifice and the people of Armenia and Artsakh are determined to shed their blood.

We are called to pray for peace, raise awareness in our surroundings and share our material resources to sustain the people of Artsakh and their land, support the victims of war, care for the wounded and offer an honorable goodbye to the martyrs.

During a meeting of community leaders in the United States, the honorable ROA Ambassador, HE Varuzhan Nercessian, shared the desire of the national leadership in Armenia and Artsakh to channel all support and sustenance through Hayastan All Armenian Fund.

The Armenian Missionary Association of America (AMAA), totally cognizant of the emergency situation on the ground, has advanced the Armenia Fund an initial sum of $100,000 with the promise of more.

The AMAA has placed its facilities in Artsakh and Armenia under the disposal of the civilian authorities to shelter women, children and the elderly.

The doves will once again fly out of Noah’s ark and soar uninhibited into the skies praising the Lord.

Your gracious support will sound the trumpets.

Sincerely,

Zaven Khanjian 
AMAA Executive Director/CEO

On this Lord’s day, Sunday morning, September 27, 2020, once again the borders of the peace loving nation of Artsakh Republic is violated.

Once again, the peaceful civilian population of Artsakh is attacked, rushing women and children to shelters.Once again, hired mercenaries lifted from the hot spots in the Near East have joined the Azeri assault.

Once again, cities, towns and villages, where the population were peacefully preparing to attend Sunday worship services, are bombarded by artillery and military assault drones.

Once again, the adventurous leadership in Azerbaijan has ventured aggression and force to impose their violent solution to the conflict.

The Armenian Missionary Association of America joins the entire Armenian nation and the civilized world and in the strongest terms, condemns this aggression.

AMAA places its facilities in the Artsakh Republic under the disposal of the civilian authorities to shelter women, children and the elderly.

AMAA calls on all peace loving people and nations to join in prayer, seeking guidance and wisdom from God Almighty and the divine imposition of peace in the land of Noah.

All men and nations created by God Almighty have an unalienable right to a peaceful life. The people of Artsakh are not an exception.

Zaven Khanjian
AMAA Executive Director/CEO

A Tribute to Rev. Dr. Movses Janbazian

REVERED
RESPECTED
REMEMBERED

“…I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision”

-Acts 26:19

He was not!

People, young and old, famous or ordinary, dear or distanced, pass away every moment on this planet called Earth.

People hear, read, listen, nod and go on with their lives.

The passing of only a few later raises the question, “do you remember that moment?”

That moment belongs to a few.

A few great men. John F. Kennedy! Martin Luther King!

Visiting Etchmiadzin. At the Veharan with AMAA Group, 1998, 80th Anniversary of AMAA.

I was in my second floor office on Brand Blvd. in Glendale, CA mid-morning on September 25, 2000, when the editor of AIM Magazine, Salpi Ghazarian, rushed to my office with the shocking news of the passing of Rev. Dr. Movses Janbazian in Paramus, NJ. The sad news had passed through the ROA Ambassador at the United Nations in New York, Movses Abelian.

Rev. Dr. Movses Janbazian was one of those great men, “whose moment I remember.”

Today, as we mark the 20th anniversary of his passing, we praise God for the life of a visionary man who was sent by God to be in the right place at the right time, and who, like the biblical Moses, led the Armenian Missionary Association (AMAA) to the Homeland.

A lot has changed in the Homeland since 1988 and a lot has changed in the structure and dynamism of AMAA’s presence and mission in Armenia and Artsakh.

But the rock in the foundation of that presence is the fruit of Rev. Dr. Movses Janbazian’s vision.

Today is the 20th anniversary of his passing.

Gazing at the Mediterranean Sea in Greece.

WE REVERE
WE RESPECT
WE REMEMBER

Zaven Khanjian
AMAA Executive Director/CEO
September 25, 2020


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From early morning, festive songs and music created an exciting atmosphere in the spacious playground of the School. A traditional moment with balloons, bouquets and festive decorations. Smiles and excitement on the faces of the children while parents followed their children from a short distance.

School Principal Melanya Geghamyan reminded the parents the instructions regarding the new conditions due to the pandemic and acquainted them with the COVID-19 guidelines and the steps taken by the School. She congratulated them for the start of the new academic year and invited the children in.

With applause and cheers from the teaching staff, the School welcomed 65 children entering the first grade and 49 new students to the Elementary section of the School.
Bon Voyage dear children in the paths of the new academic year.

AMAA’s Khoren and Shooshanig Avedisian School in Yerevan is an educational institution that provides outstanding K-12 holistic, tuition-free education in a modern, environmentally friendly building, using state-of-the-art facilities in the low-income southwest Yerevan district of Malatia-Sebastia.

There are still students in need of sponsorship. Will you help more children attend Khoren and Shooshanig Avedisian School?

Սեպտեմբերի 14, անմոռանալի արևոտ օր, Երևան, Ավետիսյան կրթահամալիր…

Վաղ առավոտից տոնական երգն ու երաժշտությունը հուզումնալից մթնոլորտ են ստեղծել դպրոցի ընդարձակ բակում: Պահն ավանդական է՝ փուչիկներով, ծաղկեփնջերով, տոնական հարդարանքով: Բակում հավաքված փոքրիկների դեմքերին միախառնվել են ժպիտն ու հուզմունքը: Մի փոքր հեռվից ծնողները հետևում են իրենց բալիկներին:

Դպրոցի տնօրեն տիկին Մ. Գեղամյանը փոքրիկների ծնողներին ևս մեկ անգամ հիշեցնում է Երևան քաղաքի պարետի և առողջապահության նախարարի՝ նոր պայմանների վերաբերյալ հրահանգները, ծանոթացնում այդ կապակցությամբ դպրոցում իրականացված քայլերին, շնորհավորում ուսումնական տարեսկզբի կապակցությամբ և փոքրիկներին հրավիրում է ներս:

Ավետիսյան կրթահամալիրի ամբողջ ուսուցչակազմի ծափերի և ողջերթի բացականչությունների ներքո իրենց դպրոց առաջին անգամ ոտք են դնում 65 առաջինդասարանցիներ, իսկ նորաբաց Ավետիսյան քոլեջի նախակրթարան՝ 49 փոքրիկներ:

Սեպտեմբերի 14, անմոռանալի օր, Ավետիսյան դպրոց: Եվ ոչ մի համավարակ չի կարող մթագնել այս խանդավառ տրամադրությունը:

Բարի՜ երթ ուսման խորախորհուրդ ուղիներում, սիրելի՛ փոքրիկներ:

Trials and Tribulations

I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world. John 16:33

By Zaven Khanjian, AMAA Executive Director/CEO

The internet is a depository for a wealth of information and knowledge on a vast spectrum of subjects, available 24/7 to a rainbow of people around the planet.

The internet has also grown to become a depository of half-truths, false news, and an abundant storage of hatred, lies and immorality.

The key to its value lies in the careful scrutiny of what a researcher is seeking

A treasure that I recently came across on the internet is the authoritative 1611 King James Bible (the picture illustrates a copy of the special edition marking the 400th anniversary of the translation and publication in 2011), the first Bible printed by the prestigious Oxford University Press in the year 1611. The 400th anniversary volume reprinted the large body of preliminary matter, which includes genealogies, maps, and lists of readings, as well as the translator’s preface to the reader; content removed from later editions.

What attracted me to this first Oxford University Press edition of the Bible is where the editors and authoritative scholars placed Armenia in the genealogy of civilizations. This group of learned scholars seal their knowledge of man, religion and humanity in the opening pages of the first edition of the Bible in print, asserting that ARMENIA is the Cradle of Civilization.

This knowledge is certainly not alien to historians. The renowned British political leader and Prime Minister William E. Gladstone is credited with echoing that common knowledge of history quoting, “Armenia is the cradle of civilization.” However, seeing the illustration in a print of the Bible places the truth on an even higher plateau.

This statement is not to boast about ourselves but rather in the grace of the Lord whose light we have reflected through centuries.

This cradle of civilization, the first Christian nation in the world, having ‘set the light on the hill,’ having ‘raised it on a candlestick,’ has broadly contributed to the illumination of the world. This martyred nation, witnessing for Christ the Lord, once again and in different parts of the world, is on a rendezvous with a myriad of trials and tribulations.

From the threat of hunger and famine in Lebanon to an economic and commercial siege in Syria. From an existential threat to Artsakh to unprovoked military aggression on the peaceful border population in Armenia. Add an unprecedented assault of a vile pandemic called COVID-19, and you can imagine the magnitude and severity of the trials and tribulations our people are undergoing today.

“In the world you will have tribulation” said our Lord and added, “But take heart; I have overcome the world.” Faith will sustain us, and with faith, we have the victory in sight and ‘eyes set on the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.’

On the path toward the high calling lies the mission of the AMAA.

A century after the Genocide, our Homeland and surviving communities in the Near East, among other threats, remain under the direct and declared threat of the perpetrator.

With your generous support, we feed the hungry and quench the thirsty; secure our border population; support education and create opportunities for learning. We sponsor children, including those of martyred conscripts, until they are ready and strong to defend the land. We care for orphaned parents and the elderly and help them sustain a decent living. We help move our people from war zones in the world to the security and peace of a Homeland. With indefatigable zeal and determination, we raise the burning torch high on the hill and illuminate the ends of the world.

The Apostle Paul says in 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.”

Trials and tribulations, we will have. Together we shall alleviate the consequences, lift up the victims, instill hope, raise the glowing torch of His light high and embrace peace in Him.

Together, we shall overcome the trials and tribulations and let Armenia, the Cradle of Civilization, forever glow, for His light is everlasting.

Thank you for your support of our Mission.

July 23, 2020


A page from the 1611 King James Bible Edition which asserts that ARMENIA is the Cradle of Civilization.

International Youth Day

As we celebrate INTERNATIONAL YOUTH DAY around the globe, the AMAA would like to thank our youth in Lebanon for their tireless volunteering efforts in apportioning food parcels and non-edible relief supplies, and distributing them to needy families at the Armenian Evangelical Christian Social Center in Trad, Bourdj Hamoud. Lena Danaoghlian, Administrator of the Armenian Evangelical Social Action Committee of the Union of the Armenian Evangelical Churches in the Near East, said that although Phase One of food and household distribution was a huge success, Phase Two faced much more difficulties, as volunteers worked in the midst of increasing COVID-19 cases, the fluctuation of the U.S. dollar against the Lebanese pound and the consequential battle of obtaining essential products from struggling companies. With safety measures taken, the youth were very careful during the assortments; wearing masks, gloves, hair nets, and maintaining social distance. Phase Two may have had more challenges, but the testimonials below show that no matter what, … God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus, Philippians 4:19

A 40 year-old diabetic woman who lives with her sick mother called the next day exclaiming that the food parcel was the answer to their prayer they made the previous night. It contained everything they had asked for.

An old lady stated that she wanted to buy tomato paste for her cooking. She went to the shop but returned back without purchasing it since it was very expensive. She applauded with joy when she saw the tomato paste packed for her.

A handicapped man, who used to be a famous actor who once performed on stage, called to thank the SAC with tears of gratitude.

An elderly mother had asked her daughter for processed cheese, but her daughter refused because the price had exponentially increased. When they received the parcel and found the processed cheese inside, the old lady was very much excited.

These are just some of the many testimonials the Armenian Evangelical Social Action Committee receives on a daily basis. With your donations, we are able to continue God’s work in helping our brothers and sisters in need, especially now after the disastrous explosion in Beirut.It is certainly a blessing to see how the Lord works in mysterious ways and how He uses us as His agents.

PLEASE CONSIDER HELPING US CONTINUE TO REACH OUT TO ALL AFFECTED IN THE NEAR EAST. DONATE TODAY.

          Տարածաշրջանի հակամարտ ուժերը պէտք է կարգաւորեն իրենց
տարաձայնութիւննեը բանակցութիւններու սեղանին շուրջ
եւ ոչ անոր խաղաղ ու անմեղ բնակչութեան ճաշասեղաններուն վրայ։

Օգոստոս 5, 2020

Զաւէն Խանճեան, Գործադիր Տնօրէն

Zaven2 02.06.19Պէյրութի հզօր պայթումը, որ բազմաթիւ անմեղ Լիբանանցիներու կեանքը խլեց՝ իր ետին թողելով հազարաւոր վիրաւորներ, աւելի քան աւերիչ էր։ Անկախ այն իրականութենէն թէ արկած էր կամ կանխամտածուած ոճիռ, վնասը չափազանց ահռելի էր եւ անկրելի։ Աւերն ու կործանումը այնքան հսկայական էին եւ ծաւալուն, ոմանք զայն բնութագրեցին նմանը չունեցող Լիբանանի 15-ամեայ քաղաքացիական պատերազմի ընթացքին։

Երկիր մը, որ քաղաքական, տնտեսական եւ առողջական ճգնաժամէ կը տառապի, այժմ փորձառութիւնը կ՚ունենայ բռնութեան եւ ֆիզիքական վնասի՝ կեանքի եւ կալուածի հանդէպ։ Մեր սիրտերը կը ճմլուին պայթումի հետեւանքով զոհուածներուն եւ անոնց ընտանիքներուն համար։ Իմ յոյսս եւ աղօթքս է, որ այս բռնութիւնը չի ծաւալի երկրի մը մէջ, որ դարեր շարունակ կրթութեան լուսաւորութեան, տեղաշարժի եւ արտայայտութեան ազատութիւն, բնական գեղեցկութիւն եւ իր ժողովուրդի ջերմութիւնը սփռած է չորսդին։ Այս երկրին մէջ էր իմ բարձրագոյն ուսումնավայրը։ Թող զոհերը հանգչին խաղաղութեամբ եւ Սուրբ Հոգին մխիթարէ իրենց սիրելիներն ու հարազատները Իր զօրութեամբ, որ մեր հասկացողութենէն վեր է։

Լիբանան՝ այժմ որեւէ ատեէ աւելի անյապաղ կարիքը ունի երկու բանի.-

1. խԱՂԱՂՈՒԹԻՒՆ՝ առաջնահերթ

40-ական թուականներու իր ձեռք բերած անկախութենէն իվեր, այդ տարածաշրջանին մէջ մտքի ազատ արտայայտութեան, ազատ մամուլի, ազատ ելեւմուտի եւ անոր Աստուածատուր բնութեան գեղեցկութեամբ օրհնուած եւ մատուցուած մթնոլորտի պատճառաւ, Լիբանան դարձած է կիզակէտը տարածաշրջանի գողարկուած եւ ծածուկ գաղտնի գործողութիւններու եւ դաւադրութիւններու։

Մերձաւոր Արեւելքի սրտին վրայ հանգչող այս փոքր՝ երբեմնի Քրիստոնեայ մեծամասնութիւն ունեցող երկիրը, յոգնած է իր հողին վրայ ճակատող հակամարտութիւններէ, թշնամութիւնէ, մարտերէ եւ պայքարէ։ Այսօր Լիբանանը, իր ապականած քաղաքական խաւէն անկախ, ենթարկուած է հաւաքական, ուղղակի կամ անուղղակի պատժամիջոցերու՝ որոնք խախտած են անոր տնտեսութիւնը, անդամալուծած են առեւտուրը եւ երկրի բնակչութիւնը առաջնորդած սովամահութեան ճանապարհին։ Մարդասիրկան ոգիով՝ համահունչ մեր արժէքներուն, անհրաժեշտ է որ անմարդկային պատժամիջոցները ջնջուին, վերացնելով տարածաշրջանի բնակչութեան տառապանքը։

Տարածաշրջանի հակամարտ ուժերը պէտք է կարգաւորեն իրենց տարաձայնութիւննեը բանակցութիւններու սեղանին շուրջ եւ ոչ անոր խաղաղ ու անմեղ բնակչութեան ճաշասեղաններուն վրայ։

ԽԱՂԱՂՈՒԹԻՒՆԸ հրամայական է եւ գերակայ Լիբանանի մէջ եւ շուրջ։

2. ՎԵՐԱԿԱՌՈՒՑԵԼ ԵՐԿԻՐԸ

Քաղաքական, տնտեսական, ֆինանսական՝ առաւել COVID-19 համաճարակի անէծքներով տանջուած, այժմ Լիբանան կարիքը ունի երկրագունդի բոլոր պարկեշտ, սիրող եւ հոգատար ձեռքերու՝ փրկութեան հասնելու համար։  Շտապ օգնութեան կարիքները՝ ինչպէս սնունդ, դեղօրայք, ապաստանարան, որոնք անյապաղ պէտք էին երէկ, այսօր կ՚աւելնան պարզ կարիքով մը եւս,  ծածկոյթ՝ (ապակի կամ այլ) երկրի կառոյցներու եւ բարոյականի փշրուած պատուհաններու ու դռներու։

Բոլոր քանդիչ ձեռքեր՝ հեռու Լիբանանէն։

Եւ կոչ՝ բոլոր խաղաղասէր, կարեկից եւ Քրիստոսակորիզ ձեռքերու ու սրտերու՝ հասնելու եւ փրկելու Լիբանանը եւ տարածաշրջանը։

Ամերիկայի Հայ Աւետարանչական Ընկերակցութիւնը յանձնառու է անսասան շարունակելու իր շտապ օգնութիւնը Լիբանանի մեր համայքներուն՝ անոնց ներշնչելով ՅՈՅՍ եւ վերածնունդ։

Շնորհակալութիւն ձեր աջակցութեան համար:

In 2019, the “One Village” Consortium, which was initiated by the Armenian Missionary Association of America (AMAA), chose to assist the border village of Navur in the Region of Tavush. The Consortium, consisting of 11 prestigious local and international organizations, was formed in 2014, on the occasion of the Armenian Genocide Centennial. It’s first mission was to join forces to help the Martuni village of Kegharkunik Region and has been active since its inception.

In May 2020, as a member of the “One-Village” Consortium, the AMAA donated a physics laboratory worth 1,300,000 (one million three hundred thousand) drams to Navur School, which was received with great enthusiasm and excitement from the teachers and students. The laboratory is now equipped with devices and instructions that can be used for experiments in the physics, electrodynamics and magnetism departments.

The Navur School administration, teachers, students and parents express their deep gratitude to the AMAA for this initiative.

To date, the “One-Village” Consortium has implemented several educational, development and relief projects in Navur, including the installation of water pipes, the construction of a soccer field, and the provision of furniture to the School.

Responding to the Call to Action by the President of the Republic of Armenia; President of Hayastan all Armenian Fund’s Board of Trustees, Armen Sarkissian, AMAA also supported the ‘Hayastan’ All Armenian Fund campaign to “Empower the Remote Border Communities” with an emergency assistance of $25,000.

Established in 1918 in Worcester, MA, the AMAA serves the spiritual, educational and social needs of Armenian communities in 24 countries around the world including Armenia and Artsakh. For additional information, please visit www.amaa.org/whoweare.

Հայ Աւետարանչական Ընկերակցութիւնը կը Գօտէպնդէ Տավուշի Նաւուր Գիւղի Դպրոցը Բնագիտութեան Տարրալուծարանով

2019-ին «Մէկ Գիւղ» համագործակցութիւնը (Consortium)՝ որ ծնունդ առաւ Ամերիկայի Հայ Աւետարանչական Ընկերակցութեան նախաձեռնութեամբ, Հայաստանի սահմանամերձ գիւղերու զարգացման ծրագրի շրջանակներուն մէջ ստանձնեց Տավուշի Մարզի Նաւուր համայնքի Միջնակարգ Դպրոցի հովանաւորութիւնը։ Այս Համագործակցութիւնը՝ որուն կը մասնակցին 11 տեղական եւ միջազգային կազմակերպութիւններ, կազմուեցաւ 2014-ին, Հայոց Ցեղասպանութեան 100-ամեակին առիթով։ Համագործակցութեան առաջին առաքելութիւնն էր միասնական ուժերով օգնել Քեղարքունիքի մարզի Մարտունի գիւղին։ Իր կազմութեան օրէն ի վեր Համագործակցութիւնը եղած է գործօն։

Մայիս 2020-ին, որպէս «Մէկ Գիւղ» Համագործակցութեան մէկ անդամը, Հայ Աւետարանչական Ընկերակցութիւնը Նաւուրի դպրոցին նուիրուեց 1,300,000 (մէկ միլիոն երեք հարիւր հազար) դրամի արժողութեամբ բնագիտութեան տարրալուծարան, որ մեծ ոգեւորութիւն եւ աշխուժութիւն պարգեւեց ուսուցիչներուն եւ աշակերտներուն։

Այժմ Դպրոցի տարրալուծարանը ապահովուած է բնագիտական, ելեքտրաուժային եւ մաքնիսականութեան բաժանմունքներու գրեթէ բոլոր տեսակի փորձերու համար՝ իրենց մեթոտաբանութեան ցուցմունքներով։

Դպրոցի տնօրէնութիւնը, ուսուցիչները, աշակերտներն ու ծնողները իրենց խորին շնորհակալութիւնը կը յայտնեն Ամերիկայի Հայ Աւետարանչական Ընկերակցութեան այս հիանալի նախաձեռնութեան համար։

Մինչ օրս՝ «Մեկ Գիւղ» Համագործակցութիւնը Նաւուրի մէջ իրականացուցած է շարք մը կրթական, զարգացման եւ օգնութեան ծրագիրներ՝ ներառեալ ջրատարերի տեղադրումը, ֆութպոլի դաշտի կառուցումը եւ դպրոցի կահոյքի տրամադրումը։

Դրականօրէն արձագանքելով Հայաստանի Հանրապետության Նախագահի եւ «Հայաստան» Համահայկական Հիմնադրամի Հոգաբարձուներու Խորհուրդի Նախագահ Արմեն Սարգիսեանի կոչին, Ամերիկայի Հայ Աւետարանչական Ընկերակցութիւնը 25,000 տոլարի ներդրումով աջակցեցաւ նաեւ Սահմանամերձ համայնքները հզօրացնելու շտապ օգնութեան արշաւին:

Ամերիկայի Հայ Աւետարանչական Ընկերակցութիւնը հիմնադրուած է 1918-ին, որպէս Քրիստոնէական կազմակերպութիւն, իր ծառայութիւնները մատուցանելու բոլոր անոնց, որոնք օգնութեան կարիքը ունին՝ առանց խտրութեան։ Աւետարանչականը իր այս համաշխարհային առաքելութիւնը կ’իրականացնէ իրագործելով շարք մը կրթական, աւետարանչական եւ բարեսիրական ծառայութիւններ քսանչորս տարբեր երկիրներու մէջ՝ ներառեալ Հայաստան եւ Արցախ։ Լրացուցիչ տեղեկութիւններու համար կրնաք այցելել Աւետարանչականի կայքէջը www.amaa.org/whoweare։

Rival powers in the region should settle their differences
on a negotiating table and not on the dinner tables
of its peaceful and innocent population.

August 5, 2020

By Zaven Khanjian, AMAA Executive Director/CEO

The explosion that took the lives of scores of innocent Lebanese and wounded thousands in Beirut yesterday is beyond devastating. Whether an accident or the cunning deliberate act of evil hands and minds, the damage is beyond extensive and bearable. The resulting devastation and destruction caused is so widespread and immense that some describe it as unseen or unexperienced during the 15-year civil war.

A country severely suffering from political, economic, financial and health crisis has now experienced violence and physical damage to life and properties. Our hearts cry for the victims of the explosion and their families. It is my hope and prayer that this does not lead into widespread violence in a country that has for ages offered the illumination of education, freedom of movement and expression, it’s natural beauty and the warmth of its people to the region and beyond. It is where my alma mater is. May the victims Rest In Peace and may the Holy Spirit console loved ones and families with its power which is beyond understanding.

Lebanon, now, more than ever, desperately needs two things.

1) PEACE, first and foremost.

Since independence in the 40s, and because of the abundant vital freedoms that are alien to the region; the atmosphere of free expression, free press, free access and the beautiful natural amenities the country is blessed with and has offered, Lebanon has been the focal point and center of all clandestine and covert operations, intrigues and conspiracies plotted in the region. This small, once majority Christian nation in the heart of the Near East, lying on the shores of the Mediterranean is tired of the rivalries and duels, strives and struggles carried out on its soil. Lebanon today, beyond its corrupt political elite, has been subjected to collective punishment through direct or indirect sanctions which have suffocated its economy, paralyzed its trade and is on its way to starve the country and its population. In a humanitarian spirit that is par with our values, it is imperative that inhumane sanctions in the region leading to and resulting in the suffering of millions be lifted immediately. Rival powers in the region should settle their differences around a negotiating table and not the dinner tables of its peaceful and innocent population. PEACE is imperative and top priority in Lebanon and beyond.

2) REBUILDING THE NATION.

Struck with the curses of political, economic, financial plus COVID-19 ailments, Lebanon now needs all decent, loving and caring hands in the world to come to its rescue. Emergency assistance including, food, provision, medicine, shelter that was urgently needed yesterday are supplemented today with the simplest of needs; cover (glass or other) for the shattered structural and moral windows and doors of the country.

All destructive hands off Lebanon.

This is an appeal to all peace loving, compassionate and Christ centered hands and hearts to reach out and save Lebanon and the region beyond.

The AMAA is committed to unabashedly continue its indiscriminative emergency assistance to our communities in Lebanon injecting HOPE and revival.

Thank you for your support

Together with the world, AMAA learned that today, in the evening (EST/PT morning), multiple explosions rocked a downtown area in Beirut, Lebanon and that the damage is extensive. Casualties are feared and the area hospitals are overwhelmed with injured people. It is not yet known what caused the explosions. The blast was said to have been heard 25 miles south of the city and the streets in Beirut are paved with glass.

Zaven Khanjian, AMAA Executive Director/CEO, connected with Rev. Dr. Paul Haidostian, President of Haigazian University and Chairman of the Central Committee of the Union of the Armenian Evangelical Churches in the Near East. Rev. Haidostian communicated that there are no known casualties within our community, however the damage to our area schools and buildings caused by the explosion is significant. This includes the Armenian Evangelical Central High School of Ashrafieh, Armenian Evangelical College, First Armenian Evangelical Church and Haigazian University.


Let us keep Lebanon and our brothers and sisters there in our prayers. Your prayers for their safety are needed now more than ever as the school year begins.





The Armenian Missionary Association of America (AMAA) awarded $221,300 in direct scholarship grants to 85 worthy students for the academic year 2020-2021 attending colleges and universities in the United States and Canada. In addition, $32,000 more was assigned for qualified university students in Armenia.

For over 50 years, the AMAA has helped thousands of college students with scholarships, thus helping them prepare for the future and relieving the financial burden that makes it harder to focus on their work. Moreover, since its founding, AMAA has supported the education of tens of thousands of Armenian students at all levels, in the Near East, Europe, Continental US and Armenia. The AMAA also provides generous and abundant financial aid to schools and institutions of higher education in the Near East, including Haigazian University and the Near East School of Theology in Beirut.

The scholarships granted this year were provided from several AMAA scholarship funds established over the years to help students in need. Students may request applications from AMAA headquarters in Paramus, NJ beginning in January of each year.  The deadline to submit applications for the 2021-2022 academic year is May 1, 2021.

Established in 1918 in Worcester, MA, the AMAA serves the spiritual, educational and social needs of Armenian communities in 24 countries around the world including Armenia and Artsakh. For additional information, please visit https://amaa.org/whoweare/.

BlankFlowerSnipIn the light of the COVID-19 global outbreak and due to the safety and well-being of our guests, the AMAA decided to cancel its April 18, 2020 Child and Orphan Care ‘Escape to Our Secret Garden’ Luncheon, Fashion Show and Silent Auction. Our hearts could not be more full with the demonstration of support from our incredible donors and sponsors who rose to the occasion and supported the vital cause the AMAA Orphan and Child Care Program serves in Armenia and Artsakh. With this health crisis, the needs of the poor will only increase. The AMAA remains diligent in ensuring the needs of these families are met.

We look forward to 2021 with the hope we can all come together again in celebration for this important cause. Until then it is our wish that all our members and friends continue to take care of themselves.

Platinum Benefactor: $40,000

The Segel Family


Esteemed Benefactor: $20,000

TF Educational Foundation


Gold Benefactor: $15,000

Artevel Foundation


Grand Benefactor: $10,000

Anonymous
Julia Irene Kauffman Donor Advisory Fund
Leon S. Peters Foundation Inc.


Benefactor: $5,000

Michele Boghossian
Sirpuhe & John Conte Foundation
Stephen Philibosian Foundation
Jack & Lori Muncherian


Grand Patron: $3,000

Thelma Kevorkian
Deanna Nazarian


Patron: $2,000 – $2,500

Drs. Nazareth & Ani Darakjian
Kassardjian Family Charitable Fund
Arous Bedrossian & Arsine Phillips
George & Suzie Phillips
Carol DeMirjian & Dianne Rainey


Sponsor: $1,000 – $1,500

Anita Buchakjian
Dr. Michael & Wendy Churukian
Shirvanian Family Foundation
Paul & Sandra Kalemkiarian
Grace Kurkjian


Donor: $500 – $750

Elizabeth Agbabian
Sonya Doumanian
Ron & Goharik Gabriel
Zaven & Sona Khanjian

Lydia Nercessian
Nicole Nishanian
Sevana Ohanian

Valik & Hermineh Pakhanians
Geraldine Tevrizian
Dr. Ara & Rose Yeretsian
Ani Zakari


Friend: $300 and below

Joyce Abdulian
Steve & Julie Aharonian
Lily Ring Balian
Kathy Basmajian, DDS
Tove Boyajian
Teri Ciarlo
Nadjarian Family
Monique Hachigian
Carol Kazanjian
Nadya & Sara Malconian
Tamar Najarian
Jessica Vartoughian


New Child Sponsorship

Gary & Vicki Azarigian:

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Henry Dabbo:

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      Marybelle Y.

Christopher Gasparian:

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           Alex A.
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     Syuzannna M.

Ara Issagholian:

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          Erik H.
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Houri Kassabian:

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       Gevorik M.
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          Arina M.

Sandy McNutt:

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       Hrachya G.
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          Noune P.

Sevan Parsekhian:

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       Mariam M.

Sarah Sutherland:

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        Narine M.


The AMAA would also like to thank the Los Angeles Child & Orphan Care Committee for their tireless efforts in raising funds despite this year’s canceled event. Donations raised will support children from needy families, summer and day camp experiences, art, sports, theater and tutoring classes, kindergartens in Armenia and Artsakh, “Shogh” Day Centers, and those who need medical and dental care.Invite Vertical_Page_2childdonatebutton


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5260398Responding to the Call to Action by the President of the Republic of Armenia; President of Hayastan all Armenian Fund’s Board of Trustees, Armen Sarkissian, AMAA has pledged to support the campaign to “Empower the Remote Border Communities” with an emergency assistance of $25,000. AMAA’s operations extend to many of these strategically vital remote communities in Armenia who stand steadfast in the border towns and villages developing the land despite impending risks and potential dangers. Your gift will improve the development of border infrastructure, innovate agriculture and support social projects.  Thank you for your support.CallForActionArmenianFund

Dear Compatriots,

The recent escalations of military operations by the Azerbajiani forces on the Armenian-Azerbaijani state border once again compel us to unite our efforts and resources to protect and strengthen our Homeland.

Despite being a target of aggressive actions for decades, the residents of the border communities of Armenia stand firm on their land and have become the guardians of our sovereign borders.

The border communities are unequivocally and strategically vital for the security of Armenia and Artsakh. Protecting them strategically, economically and socially is a national priority.

The Hayastan All Armenian Fund has launched a fundraising campaign “Empowering Remote Border Communities.” All proceeds from this global Armenian campaign will go to addressing the most pressing needs of these communities.

I hereby call on all state officials, spiritual leaders, Diaspora political parties, organizations and individuals involved in the Fund’s Board of Trustees to direct their efforts and resources to this campaign using the Fund’s channels and making monetary contributions through the dedicated online fundraising platform on the Hayastan All Armenian Fund’s website http://www.himnadram.org, or bank transfers, as well as contact the Fund’s worldwide affiliates in order to also deliver the collected donations to the Fund through these channels.

The Homeland starts at the border. For years, the Fund has supported these dedicated guardians of our borders through a wide variety of infrastructure development, innovative agricultural and social projects. Today, the brave residents of our border communities need us to stand together as one global Armenian family.

United We Strengthen Our Border Communities.

President of the Republic of Armenia,
President of the Board of Trustees
of the Hayastan All Armenian Fund
Armen Sarkissian
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AN UPDATE FROM THE ARMENIAN EVANGELICAL SOCIAL ACTION COMMITTEE OFFICE IN BEIRUT, LEBANON

Whatever you do, do it all for the Glory of God -1 Corinthians 10:31

CrisisInLebanonIn spite of the increasing economic difficulties and challenges faced, the Armenian Evangelical Social Action Committee (SAC) of Lebanon reported that the first phase of its relief distribution project is completed.

Two large trucks full of food and household items arrived at Trad Center of SAC on June 16, 2020. The goods were stored in the warehouse by church Youth Group volunteers in Beirut.

The following two days were the most laborious ones for the young team. Along with their hard, meticulous work and passionate service, they were able to complete the task before the deadline.

The youth were totally organized. They packaged the items into two different bags to differentiate between edible and non-edible supplies and placed them in boxes to deliver en masse. They distributed a total of 200 boxes and 400 bags to 200 needy families. Each family received one box and two nylon bags.

The youth distributed most of the food parcels at the Center, while they delivered the rest to the designated houses. Short prayer opportunities were also created upon delivery.

The families who received this support included those who have long suffered from financial difficulties and many others who have just recently lost their jobs or are receiving 25% of their salaries due to the economic situation or the pandemic.

Thanks to contributions from supporters, the AMAA was able to help 200 families in need. The Armenian Evangelical Social Action Committee Office received calls from the families the next day, stating that it was the first time they received such an abundant and good quality parcel donation.


VOLUNTEER YOUTH TESTIMONIALS

TalarHaidostian“In times of darkness and uncertainty, it is necessary to find a light, some kind of hope to get us through the day. I saw that light in each youth member when we were preparing and distributing the food packages. I also saw the light in each package receiver.  After distributing a package to an old lady, I asked her whether she had any prayer requests I could pray for. Her face lit up and she thanked me repeatedly. What I realized was that as important as material needs are, we as Christians are called to help people meet their spiritual needs as well.”
-Talar Haidostian

Harout“I had the privilege of serving our community with good friends over a few short days, it was a good experience and gave me good feelings, particularly because I was serving for people who are truly in dire need of aid in the midst of an economic crisis…and seeing the happiness in their eyes, that is in itself enough to be grateful.”
-Harout Melikian

GarinAtamian“Despite the current situation that encompasses Lebanon, the Chanits youth were asked to be involved in a community service to help benefit the most vulnerable 200 families with household necessities. More than 30 youth were ready to contribute to this project and be of help to our community. We contributed in organizing, packing, and delivering boxes for five consecutive days. Throughout the week, each member put aside his/her own worries and economic burdens and concentrated only on alleviating the burden of others, thus representing a sense of community. After being away from one another for more than three months, our gathering was a true blessing. We had missed interacting with one another, even from a distance. The teamwork was so apparent and effective since everyone was dedicated to the same purpose. The service was an actual opportunity for us to put our patience, trust, cooperation, and support into practice. I thank God for giving us the chance to give back to our community and to serve Him by serving others. My prayer is that this service that went to the families be recognized as God’s doing and not our own for He gives us strength, endurance, and joy to serve Him.”
-Garin Atamian 

George“According to what I experienced, the present difficult circumstances made the community service even more impactful. The crisis in Lebanon has hit everyone, and not only a certain group of people. This, according to what we shared as a small group of volunteers at the Social Action Center, made us perform our tasks with more compassion and empathy, both during preparing packages and handing them to the people. Moreover, the fact that the crisis was accompanied by the newly immersed COVID-19, which had forced us to cancel all youth meetings for months, made the community service period seem like a camp. As we could have fellowship, and share words and food during our break times. I felt a lot stronger throughout this event because staying at home had started to weaken me. I did not want this to end. This was also the opinion of another fellow youth member who was there. Wrapping up, sometimes difficulties make things more beautiful. This was the case with our community service in June at the Armenian Evangelical Social Action Center.”
-George Sahili

AMAA’S ONGOING SERVICE TO REACH OUT TO COVID VICTIMS IN LEBANON

“Despite an ominous outlook of things to come pressing on our minds and souls, the impact from distributing food to families in need and the testimonies of the young volunteers gives us a glimmer of hope, encouragement and fulfillment.

This is not and should not remain an isolated act, but rather an ongoing ‘must do’ service to a community, innocent of local, regional and foreign dark elements, who have applied this unfair collective punishment and created the current tragic situation in Lebanon.

AMAA is committed to reflect God’s love to man and share the blessings received with those in need.”

-Zaven Khanjian, AMAA Executive Director/CEO


PLEASE CONSIDER HELPING US CONTINUE TO REACH OUT TO ALL AFFECTED BY COVID-19 ANYWHERE AND OUR TROUBLED COMMUNITIES IN THE NEAR EAST. MAKE A DONATION TO AMAA’S COVID RESPONSE FUND TODAY!

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All Armenia Hayasdan Fund
Illustration by Patrick Azadian / Inspired by ‘Angels’ / Original art by Franco Rivolli

Letter of gratitude addressed to the AMAA, a member of the Board of Trustees of the “Hayastan” All-Armenian Fund, by the President of the Republic of Armenia, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the “Hayastan’’ All-Armenian Fund, Armen Sarkisian, in response to AMAA’s contribution to “Hayastan” All Armenian Fund Appeal: “COVID-19 Armenia: United Against the Pandemic” global Armenian fundraising campaign.

The funds were directed to the health care sector covering cost of Personal Protection Equipment – PPE’s to combat the COVID-19 pandemic in Armenia.

AMAA is committed to the global response to the pandemic and the alleviation of the poverty resulting from the severe socio-economic crisis in Lebanon.Himnadram_Gratitude_Letter_to_AMAA

IMG_3712(1)Birthdays are joyful occasions and birthday celebrations are signs of vitality and life.

Birthdays are also solemn occasions to ponder upon accomplishments, evaluate results and mobilize for the future.
A good measuring tool of self-evaluation is the celebrant’s impact observed.

The Armenian Evangelical Church is celebrating its 174th anniversary. To be accurate the founders baptized the church as “The Evangelical Church of Armenian,” there in the name bearing the self-realization of the identity of the church and the communities rallying around it.

Today, as we celebrate yet another birthday of the Evangelical Church of Armenia, we praise God for the illumination that it brought to the nation from the grounds of the historical Homeland to the Near East, all of the Armenian Diaspora and back to independent Armenia.

The Armenian Missionary Association of America (AMAA) embraces the grateful notion that the cradle of its glorious century plus service rendered to the nation is the founding of the Evangelical Church of Armenia in 1846 in Constantinople. It could be argued that the AMAA enjoys a symbiotic relationship of interdependence with the Church where, having been delivered by it has been faithful in its mission of reinforcing, supporting and sustaining the deliverer and its mission.

The legacy of the Evangelical Church of Armenia on the stage of the nation’s modern history is one of a glowing halo of service in educational, spiritual, cultural, social and physical needs – an esteemed, applauded and glorious journey.

The Church however cannot justify its existence and stall its zest relying on past glories. The living church of Christ, of which the AMAA is an integral part, must be ready and alert to face new challenges than an ever-evolving world breeds every day. Challenges of declining morality and spiritual values, discord within the church, existential threats to Christians and minorities in the Near East and erosion of identity and the language of the founders.

It is our heartfelt wish and expectation that the Church, faithful to its core mission will share the Good News of the Gospel all over the world for a witness to all nations calling man to turn back to the fountain of eternal love and good, God Almighty.

Happy Birthday Evangelical Church of Armenia.

Հայ Աւետարանչական Ընկերակցութեան Գործադիր Տնօրէն Զաւէն Խանճեանի Խօսքը Հայ Աւետարանական Եկեղեցիի Հիմնադրութեան 174-ամեակին առիթով – Յուլիս 1, 2020

Այսօր Հայաստանեայց Աւետարանական Եկեղեցւոյ 174րդ տարեդարձը կը յիշատակենք: Փառք կուտանք Աստուծոյ այն լուսաւոր ճանապարհին համար որու ընդմէջէն, հաւատարիմ եկեղեցւոյ հիմնաքար Յիսուս Քրիստոսի, Եկեղեցին ընթացաւ իր ծնունդէն իվեր:

174ամեայ իր ծառայութեան հարուստ ժառանգութիւնը, անկախ իր երկունքի ցաւերէն, լուսաւոր պսակ մըն է այս համայնքի ճակտին, հոգեւոր, կրթական, մշակութային եւ ընկերային ծառայութիւններու դաշտին մէջ:

Սակայն կենդանի եկեղեցին չկրնար անցեալի փառքով հպարտանալ առանց իր առաքելութեան անժամանակ կիրարկման հոլովոյթով արդարանալուն:

Ուստի, Քրիստոնէական խոնարհ ոգիով, ինքնաքննութեամբ եւ առարկայական մօտեցումով, հարկ է՛,
ա. Բոցաշունջ ոգիով տարածել Աւետարանի բարի լուրը սատարելով Հայ անհատի հոգեւոր վերածնունդին առաջնորդելով զայն Աստուածային փրկութեան ափին:
բ. Հաւատարիմ մնալ հիմնադիրներու պատկանելիութեան, պահելով Հայաստանյայցի դիմագիծը, հոգալով եւ զարգացնելով Մեսրոպեան լեզուն ու Հայ մշակոյթը:
գ. Յարգել Մայր Եկեղեցին, սատարել անոր անսասանութեան, գորովալից սիրով գնահատել եւ քաջալերել եկեղեցւոյ բարեկարգութիւնը եւ հաւատարմութեան կոչ ուղղել ժողովուրդին անոր հանդէպ:

Քրիստոնէական կեանքի ճանապարհի ընթացքը Տէր Աստուծոյ բարի եւ ողորմած կամքին եւ ձեռքերուն մէջ է:

Այդ ճանապարհին վրայ, Ամերիկայի Հայ Աւետարանչական Ընկերակցութեան անունով՝ բարի երթ կը մաղթեմ Հայաստանյայց Աւետարանական եկեղեցւոյ:

Old Yet New

A Message on the 174th Anniversary of the Armenian Evangelical Church (1846) by Rev. Dr. Avedis Boynerian, Pastor of Armenian Memorial Church of Watertown, MA, and AMAA Board Member

badveli-boynerian“My grandmother read the Bible twice every day.”

“My father, before he went to work, first read the Bible and then prayed.”

“This Bible, which I cherish much, was given to me by my parents.”

We may have heard or said similar expressions and testimonies ourselves. They reveal and affirm the love and devotion of our parents and grandparents to the Word of God. And, at the same time, we confess that we do not have the same love and devotion they had to the Word of God.

The first founders of the Armenian Evangelical Church (AEC) in their first declaration considered “the Gospel of Christ” essential for their personal and communal lives, deeds, spiritual growth and maturity. They said, “We cannot let any authority, tradition or mandate deprive us from the Gospel of Christ.”

As a result, the first thing they did was to translate the Word of God into vernacular – the language of the ordinary people. This led to a spiritual revival and a zeal towards the Word of God and evangelism. Many lives were transformed and many churches and schools were founded.

Today, on the 174th anniversary of the founding of the AEC, it is worthwhile to reflect on the value, importance, role and relevance of the Word of God for our personal and communal lives in this day and age.

Many call the Word of God “Old Book.” Maybe “Old”, but not irrelevant! Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished” (Matthew 5:18). The Word of God is not just unchanged, constant, consistent and relevant, it accomplishes the purpose that which it is sent to accomplish. God said, “My word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it” (Isaiah 55:11).

Today, more than ever, we need to affirm the love and devotion of the first founders of the AEC to the Word of God and follow their example:

First, we need to accept the authority of the Word of God in all areas of our lives. The apostle Paul said, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work (2 Timothy 3:16-17). The Word of God must always have the first and last word in our lives.

Second, we need to practice the Word of God every day. The writer of the Letter to James says, “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do (practice) what it says” (James 1:22). Practicing the Word of God may not be an easy thing to do. But, we need to remember what Jesus said to His disciples then and to us today, “Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do (practice) them” (John 13:17).

May we, like the first founders of the AEC, consider “the Gospel of Christ” essential for our personal and communal lives and deeds, accept its authority in all areas of our lives and practice it every day!


AMAA Covid Help in US

On Thursday, April 16, 2020, the AMAA Headquarters supported local businesses by purchasing meals to donate to First Responders.

We’d like to thank the Paramus Police Department and EMS for being local essential workers through these challenging times and thank you to Nouri Café in Paterson, NJ and Empanada Mania in Bergenfield, NJ for making these delicious meals!


On Saturday, May 9, 2020, AMAA partnered with Talin Avakian, active member and leader of a weekly Zumba Ministry at the Armenian Evangelical Church of New York (AECNYC), and Anet’s Collection to host a fun virtual Zumba class. Partial proceeds from this event helped buy meals from struggling small restaurants for First Responders and Food Banks, support small businesses, while the rest contributed to alleviate the financial hardships caused by the outbreak, acquisition of medical supplies, access to health and social support services, and other unforeseen consequences the outbreak has caused.


On Tuesday, June 2, 2020, AMAA and the young business owners of Hawaiian Hot Chicken of Northridge, CA, collaborated to donate individual meals to the Northridge Hospital Foundation’s essential workers.

Hawaiian Hot Chicken matched AMAA’s donation and proceeded to contribute even more! With funds generated from AMAA’S MOTHER’S DAY VIRTUAL ZUMBA event and Hawaiian Hot Chicken, the Hospital’s dedicated workers were thanked and at the same time supporting a small Armenian business affected by COVID-19.


On Wednesday, June 17, 2020 AMAA collaborated with Miss Boston, Kristina Ayanian, to donate food for the Crossroads Family Shelter in Boston. Miss Ayanian shopped, packed her car and delivered the packages to assist families in need! Donations were made possible by proceeds from AMAA’S MOTHER’S DAY VIRTUAL ZUMBA event, which collected donations for AMAA’s COVID Response Fund to help alleviate hardships caused by the outbreak. Thank you to our supporters who participated in Zumba and donated for a great cause.


AMAA is on a long term mission to help our communities throughout the world. The needs are wide range and immense and our appeal is open ended. If you too would like to donate to AMAA’s COVID Response Fund please click on the link below.
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Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me. -Matthew 25:40

Like many families experiencing similar situations of poverty, below are just three heartbreaking cases the Armenian Evangelical Social Action Committee offices face every day in Lebanon.
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Evicted from their apartment and unable to provide milk for her two-and-a-half year old son with autism, a young mother turns to sugar and water to quench her infant child’s hunger just so he could sleep at night.  A tearful young father of four begs on his knees, pleading for enough money to buy bread to feed his starving children who have not eaten in two days. A young, diabetic church member without a job or medication, risks spiking his blood sugar to dangerous levels due to expensive medicine costs.

Thanks to the Social Action Committee and the Central Committee of the Union of the Armenian Evangelical Churches in the Near East (UAECNE), an action plan has been developed to help meet the critical needs of 270 families in Lebanon.

To support these efforts, the AMAA has contributed $50,000 from its COVID Response Fund and committed to raise additional funds to continue the program to:

  • Extend vital sustenance funds to needy Armenian families
  • Purchase necessary household items/furniture
  • Buy groceries
  • Provide medical supplies
  • Pay for home maintenance for those who are unable to get a repair done or fix their appliances
  • Supply mothers with baby formula/milk and diapers
  • Payment of annual utility service bills for a number of families that have not been able to pay due to the ongoing economic turmoil and COVID-19

Fueled by an economic collapse, the effects of the COVID Pandemic and political instability, AMAA remains committed to help alleviate the financial hardships facing our brothers and sisters in the Near East; especially in Lebanon.


JOIN US IN OUR EFFORTS AND RESPOND TO THIS URGENT APPEAL.
MAKE A DONATION TO AMAA’S COVID RESPONSE FUND TODAY!

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Due to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic and current public safety measures, the AMAA Armenia provided remote services to nearly 250 children who regularly attend the AMAA Armenia’s 12 Day and Tutorial Centers. While children were unable to physically attend AMAA’s “Shogh” Day Centers during quarantine, challenges were created but children were still impacted in a positive way.

shogh2Remote services mainly included:

  • Creation of an online community of beneficiaries and AMAA specialists serving as a hot line, consulting service, rapport development, a platform for gaining new skills, and solving problems in an urgent manner
  • Teaching different subjects to help complete school assignments
  • Social group and individual work to help ensure a healthy and peaceful atmosphere among family members at home
  • Psychological support to alleviate fear, apathy, despair and other problems of children and parents caused by the pandemic quarantine
  • Raising awareness and providing necessary information on maintaining and following hygiene
  • Life skills courses on time management and overcoming failures and mistakes using their internal and external resources effectively
  • Therapeutic crafts including making face masks
  • Involving parents in various creative games to strengthen the parent-child emotional and healthy connection
  • Professional training for staff to work more targeted with families
  • Individual work on personal complex cases
  • Material support for beneficiaries who have lost their jobs
  • Food packages to ensure nutrition is met

Challenges:

  • Lack of internet connection for many families
  • Lack of motivation to participate in other online meetings as a result of overloading children with school lessons
  • Cases of domestic violence preventing participation

Positive impact:

  • shoghProper implementation of school assignments in the face of current difficulties
  • Raising awareness of children and families on the created situation
  • Strengthening healthy parent-child relationships and overcoming family conflicts
  • Ensuring the usefulness of children’s daily lives
  • Solving urgent problems through financial support
  • Stabilizing the emotional state of children and parents and acquiring new life skills
  • Developing employee skills to work in new conditions

To help continue to impact children and their parents in a positive way, please consider donating to AMAA’s “Shogh” Day Centers (Armenia & Artsakh).

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The Mission in the Era of COVID-19

Perfect love casts out all fear.
1 John 4:18

By Zaven Khanjian, AMAA Executive Director/CEO

Ten days after September 11, 2001, at a special State of the Union Address, President George W. Bush told the nation “It is my hope that in the months and years ahead, life will return almost to normal.”

It never did!

Not even ‘almost’ to normal.

The terrorist attack on September 11, 2001 set in motion a series of new policies, legislation and attitude that dramatically changed American life, is here to stay and has made us forget what life was like before.

Airline travel, airport security, Orwellian surveillance, intelligence, banking, border crossing, immigration and deportation, the longest war in American history, big government, exploding national debt, and US sanctions are spheres of life radically impacted.

Since December 2019, the heartbreaking fallout of the global pandemic called COVID-19 is consuming the human mind and soul and has been emotionally and physically draining for the global communities.

A safety and health assault by an unknown enemy has forged an unparalleled, unprecedented and unimaginable reality dictating new norms of life.

(AMAA News is gratified to present a timely and insightful article on the pandemic titled “COVID-19 REVELATIONS,” and authored by former AMAA Board member, analytical commentator and medical professional Dr. Susan Jerian. We thank Dr. Jerian for this invaluable contribution to the AMAA News on pages 4-10).

The human loss and suffering, including that in the United States, is grave under any measured scale, as we continue to face an uncertain, unknown and blurry future.

While our ‘ground hog days’ may be boring and our urge to be liberated from the lockdown pushes us to the brink of impatience, they help us to think of all those communities around the world where there is no governmental support, stimulus package, personal protective equipment, adequate medical and health personnel and facilities or professional first respondents. Communities where war is still lingering, inflation is sky rocketing, unemployment records are broken, layoffs are abundant,

usinesses are bankrupt and, following a liquidity crunch, bank account holders are unable to withdraw or utilize hard earned personal nest eggs.

Poverty is devastating. Children and minors are the primary victims. Their health, nutrition and education are at stake. Their destiny is our yoke. The fate of our future ministers, educators, doctors, scientists, musicians, engineers and artisans is in our hands. We cannot afford to shatter their dreams.

What the future will change in life on this planet as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic is anybody’s guess.

I don’t have a prediction like President Bush.

But I know that now is the time to change the future of those God has yoked us to dignify and uphold.

AMAA’s COVID-19 Response Fund is knocking on the doors. We are all invited to show the “perfect love that will cast out all fear.”

We thank you for your support and may God bless you and your families during this most unpredictable time

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The Crisis in Lebanon:

OUR COMMITMENT

“Perfect love casts out all fears.”
1 John 4:18

Our communities in Lebanon are facing existential threats.

And this time it’s not the indiscriminately flying bullets.

It is poverty, unemployment, loss of jobs, layoffs, bankruptcies or half a salary that has surrendered its purchasing power.

It’s COVID-19, liquidity crunch, political upheaval and vanished opportunities.

Our people are industrious, workaholic and can turn the stone into bread.

But when calamity hits on all fronts paralyzing a region because of persistent fear of violence, exasperated by inability to access one’s own resources, compounded by an unknown and unseen vile, the result is an unimaginable and catastrophic collective punishment.

That is what our communities are facing today in the Near East, especially in Lebanon.
Imagine, a lockdown partially lifted, allowing schools to open but parents fretting, because they cannot afford any tuition any more.

Imagine teachers being paid half a salary while the cost of essential goods has tripled.

This is not the Dark Ages nor the lurid Ottoman Empire.

It is the 21st Century so sanguinely welcomed.

The situation is grim and even the short term need is unimaginably immense.

We have no choice but to reach out, cast out all fear, inject hope and resuscitate.

God has called us to implore “perfect love to cast all fear.” Fear held off and hopelessness cast away bring chances of revival closer to reality.

I ask that you join us in our efforts and support the Armenians in Lebanon through a reputable channel of your choice or AMAA’s mission (AMAA 31 W. Century Rd., Paramus, NJ 07652) to sustain the health, education or mere life of the communities in the Near East.

Your generous gift will help win the battle of survival in Lebanon.

Zaven Khanjian
AMAA Executive Director/CEO

May 20, 2020

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Լիբանանահայութեան Տագնապը

Ի ՀԱՐԿ Է՛

«Կատարեալ սէրը կը վանէ վախը։»
(Ա. Յովհաննու 4. 18)

Լիբանանահայութիւնը ճգնաժամային օրեր կապրի:

Այս անգամ սուրացող փամփուշտերը չեն տագնապի աղբիւրը։

Հապա չքաւորութիւնը, անգործութիւնը, գործազրկութիւնը, աշխատանքէ հեռացումը, կամ կէս աշխատավարձքերը՝ որոնք զգետնած են հասարակութեան գոյանալու կարողականութիւնը։

Գումարէ գահաժահրը, ստակի կախարդական խաւարումը, քաղաքական Ճգնաժամը, եւ եթերացած պատեհութիւնները։

Մեր ժողովուրդը գործունեայ է, աշխատասէր եւ քարը հացի վերածող։

Բայց երբ աղէտը կը հարուածէ բոլոր ճակատներէն՝ անդամալուծելով ամբողջ տարածաշրջան մը յարատեւ բռնութեան վախի քողով, գումարած սեփական շահի օգտագործման անկարողութեամբ եւ բարդուած աննախադէպ եւ անակնկալ ժահրով մը, արդիւնքը կ՚ըլլայ աներեւակայելիօրէն, աղիտալի եւ անողորմ հաւաքական պատիժ։

Այս է Մերձաւոր Արեւելքի մեր ժողովուրդի իրավիճակը այս օրերուն, յատկապէս Լիբանանի մէջ։
Երեւակայեցէք՝ երբ արգելաբակումը մասամբ վերցուած է, արտօնելով կրթական հաստատութիւններու վերաբացումը, նոյն ատէն ծնողներու անճրկած շփօթը՝ իրենց զաւակներուն կրթաթոշակները հայթայթելու անկարողութեան պատճառաւ։

Երեւակայեցէք ուսուցիչներ՝ որոնք իրենց աշխատավարձերուն կէսը կը վճարուին, մինչ անհրաժեշտ ապրուստի գիները եռապատկուած են։

Այս նկարագրութիւնները մութ դարերուն չեն պատկանիր եւ ոչ ալ տխրահռչակ Օսմանեան կայսրութեան։

Այլ յառաջադէմ 21րդ դարուն՝ որու գալուստը միասնաբար ջերմութեամբ ողջունեցինք։
Լիբանանահայ գաղութի ներկայ իրավիճակը խիստ ծանր է եւ անոր անմիջական կարիքները աներեւակայելիօրէն հսկայ։

Մեր ճիտի պարտքն է՛, ազգային գիտակցութեան դրսեւորո՛ւմը եւ մարդկային պարտաւորութեան հարկադրանքը՝ հաւաքական օգնութեան ձեռքը երկարել՝ վանելու ամէն վախ եւ կենդանութեան յոյս ներշնչելու գաղութի զաւակներուն։

Աստուած կը յորդորէ մեզ կատարեալ սէր ցուցաբերել՝ վանելու համար ամէն վախ։ Վախի վերացումը եւ վհատութեան տապալումը կենդանութեան նախապայմանն ու գրաւականն են:

Միացէք մեր ջանքերուն՝ աջակցելու վիրաւոր Լիբանանհայութեան, ձեր նախասիրած ճանապարհով եւ կամ Ամերիկայի Հայ Աւետարանչական Ընկերակցութեան (ԱՀԱԸ) խողովակով՝ AMAA 31 W. Century Rd., Paramus, NJ 07652, ապահովելու համար Մերձաւոր Արեւելքի մեր գաղութներու առողջութիւնը, սերունդներու կրթութեան ապահովումը եւ կամ լոկ հայ մարդու կեանքի ամենատարրական կարքիներու գոյացումը։

Համատարած հայութեան առատաձեռն նուէրները անպայման պիտի օժանդակեն

Լիբանանահայու գոյատեւման դժխեմ պայքարի յաղթանակին։

Լիբանանահայութեան փրկութեան ձեռք երկարելը անհրաժեշտութի՞ւն է:

Ի հարկ է՛:

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ԱՀԱԸ-ի Գործադիր Տնօրէն

Մայիս 20, 2020

Toronto, ON, Canada — The Armenian Missionary Association of Canada (AMAC) is delighted to announce the appointment of its new Executive Committee for 2020.

During its meeting of March 28, 2020, the AMAC Board of Trustees appointed six Board Members to form the Executive Committee for a 12 month period starting April 1, 2020. “We are excited about this New Executive Committee which consists of members from both Ontario and Quebec. The new team brings a wealth of experience in Christian service; a renewed sense of mission; and fresh ideas to reach out to our compatriots around the globe”, said Mihran Jizmejian, Chairman.

The Executive Committee consist of the following individuals:

Raffi Shnorhokian, President/CEO

Mihran Jizmejian, Chairman

Ruth Demirjian Duench, Vice Chair

Armen Buchakjian, Recording Secretary

Jack Kafesjian, Treasurer for Quebec

Sarkis Maranjian, Treasurer for Ontario

As a Christian organization, the AMAC is committed, in the name and love of Christ to reach out and help the needy in Armenia, the Middle East and Canada in the fields of education, social services and material aid. The AMAC closely cooperates with its sister organization, the Armenian Missionary Association of America (AMAA). For more information about the Armenian Missionary Association of Canada visit www.amacnews.org

Mihran Jizmejian, AMAC Chairman

May 5, 2020


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Haigazian University announced the establishment of the “George M. Kassarjian Memorial Scholarship Fund” in memory of the late George M. Kassarjian (1934-2019) thanks to a generous donation of US$200,000, as specified in his will. George and his late wife, Miralda Ekmekji Kassarjian, had also supported Haigazian University during the refurbishment of its Heritage Building in 2011.

Professor Barkev Kassarjian, George’s brother and a longtime Haigazian University Board member, stated his and his family’s firm conviction that Haigazian University “occupies a truly unique niche in higher education”, and that “located at the crossroads of a vital Middle East, in Beirut, where competing religious convictions often clash, and ethnic origins typically dictate political loyalties, Haigazian stands as a beacon of calm understanding and tolerance. Respected by all, inclusive to diversity, its motto of Truth, Freedom, and Service provide the kinds of timeless values, that have a demonstrated record of preparing future leaders.” Professor Kassarjian, acknowledging the fact that HU stands as the only “Armenian university in the world following the American liberal arts model,” concluded by saying that, “Haigazian University needs and deserves the generous financial support of Armenian and non-Armenian communities around the world. This University is too precious a resource, a proud beacon of impartial learning that we need to guard at all cost.”

Haigazian University President Rev. Dr. Paul Haidostian expressed his deep gratitude, and considered this scholarship fund to be a valued example of “the right answer at the right time, for the needs of our students”. He paid homage to the memory of George Kassarjian and assured the family that the best memories are those of giving and sacrifice and that the Kassarjian name will be part of the university’s history and commitment in of preparing young generations for a future of fulfillment and development.

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Haigazian University
May 15, 2020

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Երեքշաբթի, Մայիս 5, 2020-ին, Ամերիկայի Հայ Աւետարանչական Ընկերակցութեան Գործադիր Տնօրէն Զաւէն Խանճեան կարճ տեսանիւթով իր զօրակցական ու քաջալերական խօսքը ուղղեց Լիբանանահայութեան՝ նկատի ունենալով երկրին տնտեսական սուր տագնապը, ինչպէս նաեւ թագաժահրի համաճարակի հետեւանքով գաղութին ապրած տուայտանքը։

Ստորեւ կը ներկայացնենք Պարոն Խանճեանի պատգամը։

Ամերիկայի Հայ Աւետարանչական Ընկերակցութեան անունով կ՛ողջունեմ տասնամեակներ շարունակ սփիւռքահայութեան բաբախող սիրտը հանդիսացող Լիբանանահայութիւնը՝ գաղութի էութիւնը կազմող ամէն մէկ հարազատ զաւակով:

Մենք գիտակից ենք տնտեսական սուր տագնապի եւ թագաժահրի համաճարակի հետեւանքը եղող գաղութի ապրած տուայտանքին, մօտէն կը հետեւինք ամէնօրեայ դժուարութիւններու եւ հաւատարիմ Աւետարանչականի հարիւրամեայ առաքելութեան, Քրիստոսի օրինակով, գործնականապէս կը սատարենք ժողովուրդի եւ կառոյցներու առողջութեան եւ կենսունակութեան:

Հաւատքի սիւներու վրայ խարսխուած յանձնառութեամբ կը հաւատանք՝ թէ հայու փիւնիկեան նկարագրով, պատմութեան էջերուն պիտի յանձնենք այս տագնապն ալ վերականգնելու համար Սփիւռքեան յառաջադէմ գաղութը ըլլալու Լիբանանահայութեան բարի եւ օրինակելի դիմագիծը:

Բարին ընդ ձեզ՝ սիրելի հարազատներ:


On May 5, 2020, Zaven Khanjian, Executive Director/CEO of the AMAA, gave a short, supportive and encouraging video message to the Lebanese-Armenians, taking into consideration Lebanon’s acute economic crisis as well as the community’s tribulations due to the current Corona virus.

The following is Mr. Khanjian’s Message:

On behalf of the Armenian Missionary Association of America, I greet the Lebanese-Armenian Community of Lebanon that has been the heartbeat of Diaspora Armenians for decades.

We are aware of the pain that you endure due to the economic crisis and from the Corona virus. Loyal to the Centennial mission of the AMAA and following the example of Christ, we continue to support the well-being and vitality of the people and institutions of the Lebanese-Armenian Community.

With a commitment anchored in the pillars of faith, we believe as Armenians with Phoenician character, that we will entrust this crisis to the pages of history and restore the good and exemplary image of Lebanese-Armenians as the progressive Community of the Diaspora.

May the good be with you, dear compatriots.

 

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SATURDAY, MAY 9, 2020

TWO TIMES AVAILABLE!

DOMESTIC:

U.S. 11:00AM – 11:30AM (ET)
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#GivingTuesdayNow is a new global day of giving and unity that will take place on May 5, 2020. Sponsor one of the levels below, in honor of AMAA’S MOTHER’S DAY VIRTUAL ZUMBA by May, 5, and receive a beautiful gift just in time for Mother’s Day along with the ZOOM Meeting ID to join a fun Zumba workout led by Talin Avakian, active member and leader of a weekly Zumba Ministry at the Armenian Evangelical Church of New York (AECNYC).

Partial proceeds from this event will buy meals from struggling small restaurants for First Responders and Food Banks, support small businesses, while the rest will contribute to alleviate the financial hardships caused by the outbreak, acquisition of medical supplies, access to health and social support services, and other unforeseen consequences the outbreak may cause.

Domestic Orders:
If donations are received by May 5, 2020, Mother’s Day gifts will be sent by May 9, 2020.

International Orders:
(or National orders placed after May 5, 2020):
We can email you a picture of the gift and it will take approximately 7 days to receive the product.

BE A PLATINUM LEVEL SPONSOR – $300+
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Zumba Instructor’s Involvement With Armenian Evangelical Churches:
“I was born in Worcester, MA and grew up in the Armenian Church of the Martyrs. Once I came of age, I got involved in youth group led by the late Badveli Ara Jizmejian and his wife Sylvia, who also introduced me to other ministries like Camp Arevelk and AEYF. After years of being a youth member, I joined leadership and served for 4+ years as an exec member on the AEYF committee, planning the 10-12 regional conferences and events year round for the eastern region. Fast forward to getting married in 2017 (to my husband whom I met through Camp Arevelk), and moving to New York, where I am an active member at AECNYC, leading a weekly Zumba ministry: where I welcome all and strive to provide a safe space for people to feel free and confident through dance expression and movement.” –Talin Avakian

The Situation in Armenia

ArmeniaFaceMaskThis small country of 3 Million reported its first COVID-19 patient on March 1, 2020. The government closed its border with Iran and gradually restricted access from high infection countries. On March 16, 2020 the government declared a state of emergency.

As of April 25, there have been a total of 1,677 cases of COVID-19 in Armenia with 28 deaths and 803 recoveries. An average of 73 new daily cases have been recorded. This has signaled a slight slowdown in growth but due to the widespread cases, the government issued an extension on the lock down until May 14, 2020.

All educational institutions, stores and other businesses are closed with the exception of essential services. People are fined for leaving their homes without proper documentation.

AMAA Armenia is providing food assistance to:

  • The 79 elderly in its “Adopt-A-Granny” program
  • The 50 elderly beneficiaries of AMAA’s Soup Kitchen program in the northern town of Stepanavan
  • The near 400 families whose children attend the AMAA educational programs

Economic Impact

Financial AssistanceEconomic indicators have not been reported for the period covering the lock down period. Yet, some reports estimate an unemployment rate of 40% to 50%.

The government is offering economic assistance to those who lost their jobs. It has created 12 social assistance packages that include financial compensations, markdown on utility costs, postponement of due payments (Many these aid packages to be insufficient to meet the need). Yet there are many “hand-to-mouth” workers who earn daily wages at odd jobs. These people do not qualify for any government assistance.

AMAA Armenia Response

AMAA continues to fund 100% of its operations in Armenia and Artsakh, retains 100% of it nearly 500 employees who in turn have adopted a policy of helping a neighbor in need. AMAA Armenia has close to 2,500 beneficiaries who regularly receive financial, material and educational services.

On April 6, 2020, AMAA Armenia established a process of accepting and processing assistance requests from individuals suffering from the COVID-19 economic fallout who do not qualify for government assistance. Qualifying applications will receive financial assistance.

A few days later we started receiving assistance requests from our 2,500 regular beneficiaries, Evangelical Church of Armenia members and various government of Armenia ministries and agencies. By April 14, 2020, we had received close to 100 requests. By the end of April, we expect to receive over 500 applications.

Among other pandemic requests, AMAA has contributed funds to the Ministry of Health in Armenia through the Armenia Fund, Inc. to purchase urgently needed, certified and approved, masks, goggles and full hazmat coveralls for personal protective equipment.

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AMAA COVID Response Fund

A ‘COVID Response Fund’ has been established and we are asking for you to share your blessings and extend any financial support at this critical time.

Thank you to our donors who have helped us raise $40,385 up to date!

We still have about $60,000 more to raise to reach the initial goal of $100,000! Will you help us help those affected by COVID-19 throughout the world?

Your gift will be designated to help alleviate the financial hardships caused by the outbreak, acquisition of medical supplies, food distribution, access to health and social support services and other unforeseen consequences the outbreak may cause.

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We have reached our initial goal of $100,000! The needs are wide range and immense and our appeal is open ended. AMAA is on a long term mission to help our communities throughout the world. Please consider helping us continue to reach out to all affected by COVID-19 anywhere and our troubled communities in the Near East. Thank you for your generosity!

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Pastor HaigAn Armenian Genocide Commemoration Message by Rev. Dr. Haig Kherlopian, Pastor of the Armenian Evangelical Church of New York (AECNYC) and AMAA Board Member


Learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, and plead the widow’s cause. -Isaiah 1:17

I will never forget ordering my iced coffee at Starbucks on October 29th, 2019. As I was waiting for my order, I was watching C-Span on my phone, seeing the US House of Representatives vote on H. Res. 296, which states that it is U.S. policy to: “(1) commemorate the Armenian Genocide, the killing of 1.5 million Armenians by the Ottoman Empire from 1915 to 1923; (2) reject efforts to associate the U.S. government with efforts to deny the existence of the Armenian Genocide or any genocide; and (3) encourage education and public understanding about the Armenian Genocide.” The votes were being tallied as I was waiting for the barista to finish pouring the coffee over the ice. Completely shocked, I saw the vote tally for ‘yes’ rise above 400 votes to recognize what happened to our people as Genocide. I was overcome with emotions. Tears of joy, relief, and justice watered my eyes as the barista mispronounced “Haig” and said that my Grande Ice Coffee was ready.

Though it is important to celebrate the victories like the ones we had in both the United States House of Representatives and the Senate over Armenian Genocide recognition, it is vital to know that the cause of Armenian Genocide recognition is far from over. The Turkish government is still in denial of the sins of their ancestors. In fact, shortly after the House of Representatives passed H. Res. 296., President Erdogan, denied the Armenian Genocide in front of President Trump and the American media. Even if it takes another 105 years, we must not forget the evil of having 1.5 million of our people murdered and having our culture completely uprooted from its historic lands. We must continue to seek justice and correct oppression until the Turkish government and people confess the sin of the Armenian Genocide.

You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. -Matthew 5:43-45

Christianity is radical in that it is appropriate to forgive those who sin against us and that it is a commandment from Christ to love our enemies. We must choose to forgive those who have done great evil to our ancestors in order to be children of God. Jesus says that it is God the Father’s job to judge and expose the righteous and unrighteous, but that it is our job to forgive, bless, and love those who persecute us. Forgiveness is not contingent upon the perpetrators’ recognition of their crime. When Christ forgave us on the cross, he did not wait for an apology, he forgave. You can forgive someone who is not willing to change. In the pursuit of Genocide Recognition, we must make sure there is not hatred in our heart by forgiving and blessing those who continue to deny the sins of their ancestors when it comes to the Armenian Genocide. I understand that this is a difficult task to do, but it is possible with God’s help and knowing that Christ has forgiven us.

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. -Galatians 6:9

For over a century the Armenian Missionary Association of America, has responded against the evil of the Armenian Genocide by doing good. The AMAA has helped rebuild the Armenian civilization by championing the cause of the widow and the orphan, by building schools and churches, by providing relief to those in need, and the list goes on. We must not grow tired of giving donations and partnering with programs AMAA provides that focus on making Armenian culture flourish not just in the homeland but throughout the diaspora.

Though the wounds of the Armenian Genocide have been open for 105 years, we must not become tired in the fight to get recognition from the Turkish government. We must continue to be obedient to the teachings of Jesus Christ. We must love our enemies and never repay evil with evil, but overcome evil with good. Let us not grow weary of doing what is right. Let us not give up in continuing to seek justice for our ancestors who were the victims of Genocide.

On Monday April 20, 2020, AMAA Representative in Artsakh, Victor Karapetyan met with the newly elected President of the Artsakh Republic, Arayik Harutyunyan, and presented him AMAA Executive Director/CEO Zaven Khanjian’s Congratulatory Message.

In his Congratulatory letter, Mr. Khanjian wrote:

Dear Mr. Harutyunyan,

On behalf of the Armenian Missionary Association of America, please accept my warmest congratulations on your election as President of the Republic of Artsakh. During your tenure as the Prime Minister as well as State Minister, Artsakh stood out with its power and great ability to face various challenges.

We are confident that you will continue to work effectively as President and all your plans will be realized, meeting the expectations of the people.

The AMAA, which this year will celebrate its 25th Anniversary in Artsakh, expresses its readiness to continue to cooperate for the noble cause of making Artsakh a powerful and secure State. I wish you and the heroic people of Artsakh good health, lasting peace, new achievements, prosperity and steady steps towards new victories.

May the right hand of God, Jesus Christ, protect you and guide you in all your endeavors. And may God protect Artsakh and the Armenian people worldwide.


The newly elected President with great satisfaction emphasized the many years of his effective cooperation with the AMAA, especially in his position as Prime Minister and State Minister. “We have always enjoyed working with the AMAA” said Mr. Harutyunyan, “and I hope we will continue to work together to take our relationship to a new level.”

Please read the press release in Armenian as posted by Artsakhpress.am.

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The newly elected President of the Artsakh Republic, Arayik Harutyunyan with AMAA Representative in Artsakh, Victor Karapetyan.

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Dear Compatriots,
Dear Friends,

I hope this message finds each one of you and your loved ones healthy and well.

As I ponder on the heartbreaking fallout of the global pandemic, consuming the human mind and soul, and the occasion we are invited to commemorate today, I am reminded of the wisdom that comes from the Word of God (in Ecclesiastes 3) which says:

“There is a time for everything,
And a season for every activity under the heavens.
A time to weep and a time to laugh,
A time to mourn and a time to dance,
A time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,”

The past few months have been emotionally and physically draining for all of us in our country, in the Homeland and in the world, as an unprecedented and unimaginable reality has engulfed the world, dictating new norms of life.

The tragedy is tangible, as we witness the nation scramble to care for the inflicted, struggle to unearth lifesaving medical supplies, battle to stop the spread and mourn its victims, unable to give them the mannerly burial they deserve.

As thousands succumb to the wrath of the uninvited vile, hundreds of thousands of first respondents, medical doctors, nurses, public servants, good Samaritans, volunteers and NGOs are all around, round the clock, bringing care, cure, hope, and in many cases life to patients’ scrambling beds in hospitals or urgently erected medical facilities.

Hurray to all who have the calling, the commitment and/or obligation to reach out.

One hundred five years ago another vile called Ottoman Turkey, inflicted a premeditated physical obliteration upon a peaceful segment of its population living on their ancestral lands for a few millennia, long before the Turkish hoof treaded into the Near East, leaving death and destruction behind.

There is a time for everything.

Today, amid the coronavirus tragedy, we stop the ticking clock to honor the memory and pay respect to the Million and a half of our kin, who in the most brutal and inhumane manner were sickled to extinction. Our forebears fell victim, to satisfy the dark and blind hatred of an official, state organized crime, that would not tolerate a peaceful, productive, industrious Christian minority on the land.

There were no cameras to witness their forced deportation. There were no news media to report the ‘murder of a nation’. There were no first respondents on the thorny fields, rocky mountainous roads, blazing desert sand, treacherous barren undeveloped roads or dark and horrifying caves. There were no first respondents to care for a delivering mother or an orphaned child. No first respondents to quench a thirst or fight hunger. There were no first respondents to save a drowning teenager or a bride on fire, who rejected submission.

We salute the long anticipated and gratifying acknowledgment of the crime of Genocide by the US Congress in 2019 but despite a century of time for introversion, the heirs of the perpetrators remain remorseless with their conscious self-denial of the crime.

Today, they too are stricken by COVID 19. It is my prayer and wish, that like the whole world, the master of denial, Turkey too, will rid itself from the devastation and agony caused by the ailment and find peace.

There is a time for everything says the Bible.

Today, I am guided by the Word of God who said in Deuteronomy 32:35 “It is mine to avenge; I will repay.”

There is a time for everything.

Today, it is our time, to bow in respect of the fallen and reaffirm our collective quest for justice.

There is a time for everything.

Zaven Khanjian
AMAA Executive Director/CEO
April 24, 2020

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Երբ մտածեմ այս օրերու համաշխարհային թագաժահրի համաճարակի պատճառած անձկութեան մասին, որ կը սպառէ մարդկային միտքն ու հոգին, եւ այն առիթը՝ որ այսօր կը հրաւիրէ մեզ յիշատակելու Հայոց Ցեղասպանութեան 105ամեակը , կը մտաբերեմ իմաստութիւնը որ կը բխի Աստուծոյ Խօսքէն (Ժողովողի 3) ուր կ՚ըսէ.

«Ամէն բանի ատենը կայ,
Ու երկինքի տակ եղող ամէն գործի ժամանակը։
Ծնանելու ժամանակ եւ մեռնելու ժամանակ։
Լալու ժամանակ եւ ծիծաղելու ժամանակ։
Գրկելու ժամանակ ու գրկելէ հեռանալու ժամանակ։»

Անցնող մի քանի ամիսները մեր բոլորին համար եղան սպառողական, թէ՛ ֆիզիքապէս եւ թէ՛ հոգեպէս, այս ցամաքամասին վրայ, մեր Հայրենիքի մէջ եւ աշխարհի տարբեր երկիրներու մէջ, ուր այս աննախադէպ եւ անհաւատալի իրողութիւնը կլանեց ամբողջ աշխարհը՝ թելադրելով կեանքի նոր կանոններ։

Ողբերգութիւնը շօշափելի է: Մենք ականատես ենք մարդկային քրտնաջան հոգածութեան՝ հոգալ տուժածները, պայքարիլ՝ անհրաժեշտ փրկարար սարքաւորումներ ձեռք բերելու, մարտնչիլ՝ սահմանաբակելու ախտին տարածումը եւ սգալ զոհուածները, չկարենալով անոնց տալ արժանի յարգանքի վերջին տուրքն իսկ։

Մինչ բիւրաւորներ կ՚ենթարկուին այս գարշելի եւ ահազդու պատուհասին, հազարաւոր շտապ օգնութեան ծառայողներ, բժիշկներ, բուժքոյրեր, պետական ծառայողներ, բարի սամարացիներ, կամաւորներ եւ ոչ պետական կազմակերպութիւններ օրն ի բուն կը խնամեն, կը բուժեն, յոյս կը ներշնչեն եւ շատ մը պարագաներու կեանք կը պարգեւեն խճողուած մահիճներու վրայ գտնուող հիւանդներու՝ ըլլան անոնք հիւանդանոցներու կամ շտապ կառուցուած բժշկական սարգաւորումներու մէջ։

Հուռա՛, բոլոր անոնց՝ որոնք կոչումը ունին, նուիրաբերումը եւ կամ պարտաւորութիւնը իրենց օգնութեան ձեռքը երկարելու։

Հարիւր հինգ տարիներ առաջ Օսմանեան Թուրքիա կոչուած մէկ այլ ժանտախտ՝ կանխամտածուած պետական ծրագրով, ֆիզիքական ոչնչացման ենթարկեց կայսրութեան բնակչութեան մէկ հատուածը: Անոնք, պապենական հողերուն վրայ խաղաղութեամբ կ՚ապրէին հազարաւոր տարիներէ ի վեր՝, իրենց ետին մահ եւ ոչնչացում ձգող Թրքական սմբակներու դէպի Մերձաւոր Արեւելք խուժումէն շա՜տ առաջ՝ ։

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Այսօր, թագաժահրի այս ողբերգութեան ընդմէջէն, պարտինք կասեցնել ժամացոյցներու ընթացքը, յարգելու յիշատակը եւ յարգանքի տուրք մատուցանելու մեր մէկու կէս միլիոն նահատակներուն, որոնք անմարդկային ամենադաժան միջոցներով մանգաղուեցան եւ ոչնչացան։ Իր պատմական հողին վրայ ապրող մեր ժողովուրը թիրախ դարձաւ՝ գոհացում տալու խաւարի մէջ՝ պետականօրէն կազմակերպուած ոճիրի մը, որ չհանդուրժեց խաղաղ, բարգաւաճ, ստեղծագործ Քրիստոնեայ փոքրամասնութեան մը գոյութիւնը՝ իր պապենական հողին վրայ։

Տեսախցիկներ չկային, ականատես ըլլալու մտրակուող պարտադիր տեղահանութեան։ Լրատուամիջոցներ չկային, արձագանգելու «ազգի մը սպանութիւնը»։ Շտապ օգնութեան միջոցներ չկային հասնելու համար փշոտ դաշտերուն մէջ, ժայռոտ լեռնային ճանապարհներու վրայ, անապատի կիզիչ աւազին, վտանգաւոր եւ ամայացած անմշակ ճամբաներուն վրայ եւ կամ մութ ու սարսափազդու քարանձաւներու մէջ, մահուան սպառնալիքին ենթարկուող տեղահան ժողովուրդին: Շտապ օգնութիւն չկար գթալու երկունքի մէջ գտնուող մօր մը եւ կամ ոսկրացած որբ մանչուկի մը կոչին: Շտապ օգնութիւն չկար անսալու կաթիլ մը ջուրի պապակով ակոսուած շրթներու եւ կամ հացի փշրանք մը հայցող նօթիին: Շտապ օգնութեան կոչերու պատասխանող չեղաւ փրկելու խեղդամահ մանկամարդուհի մը եւ կամ բոցերու մէջ կրակի տրուած հարս մը, որոնք ետ մղած էին լորձնաշուրթն ահագնողներ։

Այսօր՝ երախտագիտութեամբ կ՚ողջունենք Ամերիկայի Միացեալ Նահանգներու Գոնկրէսի կողմէ երկա՜ր սպասուած Հայոց Ցեղասպանութեան ճանաչումը, անցեալ տարուայ աշնան: Բայց հակառակ թաւալող մէկ դարաշրջանին, Մեծ Ոճիռի ժառանգորդները տակաւին մահագունի մէջ կը մնան իրենց գիտակից ուրացութեամբ։

Այսօր՝ անոնք ալ կը տառապին նոյն թագաժահրով։ Իմ աղօթքն ու մաղթանքն է, որ ինչպէս ամբողջ աշխարհը, գիտակից ուրացումի ռահվիրան՝ Թուրքիան, նոյնպէս ապագինի այս հիւանդութեան հետեւանքով յառաջացած աւերէն եւ հոգեվարքէն եւ խաղաղութիւն գտնէ։

Ամէն բանի ժամանակը կայ կ՚ըսէ Աստուածաշունչը։

Այսօր ես առաջնորդուած եմ Աստուծոյ խօսքով՝ Հրոմ. 12:19, որ կ՚ըսէ.- «Վրէժխնդրութիւնը իմս է, ե՛ս պիտի հատուցանեմ:

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Այսօր ժամանակն է խոնարհելու եւ մեր յարգանքի տուքը մատուցանելու նահատակներուն, վերահաստատելով մեր հաւաքական ձգտումը արդարութեան:

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The Armenian Missionary Association of America, in partnership with its sister organization in France “Hope for Armenia” (Espoir pour l’Arménie) operates a Soup Kitchen in Stepanavan, Armenia for the past 25 years.

The state of Emergency in Armenia, due to the recent COVID-19, has also changed the operation of this Soup Kitchen. The Soup Kitchen continues to operate; however currently volunteers are delivering the food to the homes of the elderly, wearing gloves and masks to ensure health regulations are followed properly.


AMAA established the COVID Response Fund to help alleviate the financial hardships caused by the outbreak, acquisition of medical supplies, food distribution, access to health and social support services and other unforeseen consequences the outbreak may cause.
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Happy Easter

An Easter Message by Rev. Jeremy Tovmassian, Pastor of the Armenian Evangelical Church of Chicago and moderator of the Armenian Evangelical Union of North America.

He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid Him […] Trembling and bewildered, the women went out and fled from the tomb. They said nothing to anyone, because they were so afraid. — Mark 16:6-8

Jesus has risen!Rev. Jeremy Tovmassian

This announcement to the women at the Christ’s tomb was meant to elicit praise and joyful proclamation. Instead, the announcement issues fear and trembling. Not a word is spoken. The women flee the tomb and the story Mark has been telling ends with a deafening silence.

If you like stories with closure, Mark’s gospel may not be for you. The Gospel of Mark ends in a surprisingly abrupt account of the disciples’ failure and disobedience even in the presence of Jesus’ resurrection. All throughout the story Mark has been telling about Jesus, the disciples have misunderstood and misrepresented Him. One scene after another we encounter a group of thick-headed, misguided followers of Jesus. At the end of the story, we expect to finally see the “Aha!” moment we’ve been waiting for. Perhaps, finally, we will see a faithful representation of discipleship. Sadly, we find more of the same; a failure to understand what God is doing and yet another discipleship failure.

The irony of this ending, is that the Church continues to read it on Easter morning! In other words, the very presence of a Christian community who reads this story signals the ongoing work of this Jesus who has risen indeed. Despite the failures and the imperfections of the disciples all throughout Mark’s Gospel — and throughout human history — there is still the miracle that we are here this Easter working out what it means to follow Jesus in the 21st Century.

So, perhaps Mark’s ending isn’t really an ending at all. Perhaps, instead, it is an invitation into a new beginning — a new story that we are called to live into and engage in today. One clever commentator suggested that we add the word “and” with an ellipsis to the ending of Mark — as if to say, “Jesus is risen! He’s alive and on the loose! The women say nothing! They run away in fear. They hide in terror and … ”

When we close Mark this way, we look up from the reading, we turn to our brothers and sisters in the congregation, and we find a community gathered around the text, to hear it fresh in the present. In the face of all our fears and failures, in the humiliating recognition of our weaknesses, the Easter celebration of Christ’s resurrection described in Mark reminds us that God is on the prowl. What God is doing in the world does not succeed or fail on our own merits, rather it succeeds because of the crucified-risen Messiah Jesus. We are the embodiment of the Risen Lord’s activity in the world and we are here today because He is risen.

Despite our persistent unfaithfulness and despite our pestering misrepresentations of Jesus, God continues to make us new. He remains faithful. His way is the way that is bringing life into the world. So this Easter we celebrate together even in this moment of isolation and fear; Jesus indeed is risen! See the place where they laid Him! He is alive and on the loose! And … Happy Easter Banner 3

EASTER BLESSINGS 

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Dear Friends of the AMAA,

Do not be afraid! I know that you are seeking Jesus the crucified. He is not here, for he has been raised just as he said.  Matthew 28:2-6

The Resurrection of Christ is not simply an event that happened many, many years ago. It continues to take place each and every year as we thank God for His eternal message that He loves us and never leaves us. God’s love gives us hope and courage to do good things both at Easter and throughout the year. We are called to believe in the Good News, which is at the foundation of our faith and should be shared with our families, as well as our brothers and sisters around the world, especially during these most unsettling times. Think about the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic adding further stress to our people already suffering due to personal hardship or already fragile systemic impacts.

Since 1918, through the generosity of our special friends and donors such as you, the AMAA continues to address the needs of our brothers and sisters and bring direct relief to thousands of individuals in Armenia and Artsakh, the Near East and communities around the globe. Your donations have provided access to quality education, healthcare, places of worship, community centers, camps, humanitarian and relief aid.

We hope that you will join us again this Easter and support our call to love and serve our God who has blessed us so abundantly. Your gift, no matter how large or small, will make it possible for us to accomplish our Mission.

May God continue to bless you and your family this Easter and throughout the year. He has risen, Alleluia, and we rejoice now and forever.

Քրիստոս յարեաւ ի մեռելոց։
Օրհնեալ է Յարութիւնը Քրիստոսի։

 

Sincerely,

Zaven Khanjian
Executive Director/CEO

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Support the COVID-19 Response Fund

April 02, 2020

Dear AMAA Members and Friends:

ZKofficeI hope this letter finds each one of you and your loved ones healthy and well. These past few weeks have certainly been emotionally and physically draining for all as new norms have taken root.

As our day-to-day life continues to evolve around COVID-19, the Armenian Missionary Association of America (AMAA) is focused on remaining a constant and helping our brothers and sisters in communities both here in the United States, Armenia, the Near East and worldwide.

With thousands of people already unemployed, or battling this virus, an uncertain future lies ahead. The AMAA stands united with the world to combat the unprecedented challenges and anticipated emergency predicament presented by this growing pandemic. Our members’ support is needed now more than ever.

A ‘COVID Response Fund’ has been established and we are asking for you to share your blessings and extend any financial support at this critical time. Your gift will be designated to help alleviate the financial hardships caused by the outbreak, acquisition of medical supplies, food distribution, access to health and social support services and other unforeseen consequences the outbreak may cause.

We remain humbled and thankful by our members’ faith in our ministry. May God bless and grant peace to us all.

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
-2 Timothy 1:7

Sincerely,

Zaven Khanjian
AMAA Executive Director/CEO

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Join AMAA’s initial goal to raise $100,000 to support “COVID RESPONSE FUND!” Together, we can lift each other back up again. Below is a list of 3 ways to donate.

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Please mail check to:
The Armenian Missionary Association of America
31 W Century Road Paramus, NJ 07652
Check Memo: COVID Response Fund
To make an online donation:
To make a wire transfer:
Please call (201.265.2607) or email for AMAA incoming wiring instructions.

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We have reached our initial goal of $100,000! The needs are wide range and immense and our appeal is open ended. AMAA is on a long term mission to help our communities throughout the world. Please consider helping us continue to reach out to all affected by COVID-19 anywhere and our troubled communities in the Near East. Thank you for your generosity! 

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For God has not given us a spirit of fear,
but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
2 Timothy 1:7

Dear AMAA members, friends and supporters,

At the time ‘The Constant’ was penned for the latest issue of the AMAA News, see below, a variety of news headlines were at the focus of attention at kitchen tables across America.

Today, literally, the Coronavirus, a source of national and international anxiety and uncertainty, solely reigns at the top of all global concern.

This vicious pandemic has caused an unprecedented disturbance in the lives of the global population, unparalleled in the life of several generations.

The AMAA offices are not immune to this disturbance.

Having the health and safety of our staff at heart, we too have changed our appearance but have not compromised our service.

Considering CDC guidelines, a skeleton crew covers the AMAA Headquarters at 31 W. Century Rd., Paramus, New Jersey, as well as our Glendale, California and Yerevan, Armenia offices.

Despite the appearance, we are in business as usual, working remotely from home, meeting, connecting and communicating visually, electronically or by phone to continue normal operations.

In the light of this global uncertainty and fear, rest assured:

  • We have mostly funded AMAA’s annual services and programs across the globe for the current fiscal year.
  • We have successfully crossed barriers and obtained a license to fund our mission in Syria and Iran, delivering your heart sprung designated gifts to our embattled communities.

Despite fretful global turmoil, the AMAA remains ‘The Constant’.

Your heartwarming response to our emergency appeal for Near East Relief will reach where it is intended.

  • Children will not suffer for unpaid tuitions.
  • Families will not miss a hot meal.
  • The elderly will not be shunned.
  • The sick will not be deprived of medical care.

*Please feel free to call (201) 265-2607 or email info@amaa.org for assistance.

Amidst all the unprecedented and radical changes evolving around us, AMAA remains to be ‘The Constant’. Utilizing its human and material resources in these tiring times, AMAA will continue to proclaim Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior and reach out to the physical needs of our people around the globe to the best of its ability.

  • Please pray for divine intervention.
  • Please pray for the AMAA.
  • Please pray for the good Lord to have mercy.
  • Please wash your hands.
  • Keep social distancing.
  • Stay at home if possible.
  • Follow CDC, national and local directives and health guidelines.

Be safe, for God loves you.

Thank you for your continued support of the AMAA.

Zaven Khanjian
AMAA Executive Director/CEO
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…whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.
Matthew 25:40

By Zaven Khanjian, AMAA Executive Director/CEO

None of you, I suppose, have missed the major news headlines which have recently been the focus of attention at many kitchen tables of American families.

  • Impeachment and Acquittal
  • Coronavirus
  • Climate Change
  • US Primaries and Presidential Elections

and to a lesser degree

  • Deal of the Century
  • An Unrestrained Turkey Salivating New Imperial Ambitions
  • Unrelenting Armed Conflict in the Near East
  • Popular Discord and Economic Chaos in Lebanon

Emotions and positions like what we have currently witnessed have not been this radically polarized in American Society for quite a long time.

In fact, the schism within states and societies is not just confined to the United States of America. So much so that the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, recently warned that “A wind of madness is sweeping the globe.”

Tons of ink can flow in the process of validating, explaining, justifying, arguing and defending one view against the other. But it is sad to note that the defining line of these conflicts is the reign of egocentrism, power, greed and narcissism. For man defies the conception of the truth. As we read in scripture, 1 Peter 1:24

“…All men are like grass.
and all their glory is like the flowers of the field
the grass withers and the flowers fall,
but the word of the Lord stands forever.”

In its 101 years of history and service, the AMAA has banged the rock and maneuvered through the killing fields of the post Genocide Syrian desert, the great Depression, World War II, bountiful natural disasters around the globe, post-Soviet independent Armenia, the Artsakh liberation war and endless, truly endless wars in the Near East since the end of World War II. Wars that have rocked the foundation of our thriving post Genocide communities in Egypt, Cyprus, Iran, Syria, Iraq and Lebanon. Wars, armed conflicts and economic decadence the redemption from which seems to have shared the fate of those ‘waiting for Godot.’

Amidst all this unrest, hopelessness and confusion, the AMAA has maintained one basic ‘constant’, reflecting God’s love and putting faith into action for our brothers and sisters in need. “……whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.” Matthew 25:40

Prior to the healing of wounds in Syria where rockets are still falling in the streets of Aleppo, while missile strikes intermittently continue in Iraq and Iran, a cry for help has once again come from Lebanon where UAECNE President Rev. Mgrdich Karagoezian has issued an ‘appeal for emergency support for the UAECNE ministries in these difficult times’ of increasing layoffs, hundreds of business closures, inflation and liquidity crunch.

AMAA’s ‘constant’ is in full motion. In faith, we answer the clear call for spiritual nourishment, educational support, physical sustenance, health care, social and cultural programs and provisions. The ‘constant’ is in the AMAA’s ability to retain a cup that never overflows. We have and shall continue to respond to the emergency appeal for support by the UAECNE and ask for your help in bringing stability to and injecting hope in our communities in the Near East.

Thank you for your support in shoring AMAA’s ‘constant’ yesterday, today and tomorrow.

Praying for Safety

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As the Coronavirus (COVID-19), a pandemic causing major illness, fatality, closings of schools, work and events, creates fear and panic around the world, we pray for your safety, the safety of our missions, mission partners, institutions all over the globe, and safety of the thousands who are impacted by the AMAA every day. A song in Psalm 131 reminds us to be calm and quiet our soul for God is in control even in difficult situations.

I Have Calmed and Quieted My Soul
A Song of Ascents. Of David.

O Lord, my heart is not lifted up;
my eyes are not raised too high;
I do not occupy myself with things
too great and too marvelous for me.

But I have calmed and quieted my soul,
like a weaned child with its mother;
like a weaned child is my soul within me.
-Psalm 131

At AMAA, the health and safety of our staff is priority. Considering CDC Guidelines for COVID-19, AMAA is taking the necessary precautions to prioritize the health of staff and visitors. Limited office hours until further notice. Please feel free to call 201 • 265 • 2607 or email info@amaa.org for assistance. Thank you and stay safe!  

During this time of global emergency, please take necessary measures to protect yourself and others. We have listed links to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention below.

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Instability has been the course of the Middle East’s modern history and by all accounts will remain so for the foreseeable future. Daily news reports illustrate harrowing days of unease throughout the region; rockets falling on the streets of Aleppo; increasing layoffs, hundreds of businesses closing, inflation, liquidity crunch are just some of the escalating effects of the economic crisis in Lebanon; missile strikes and demonstrations in Iran and Iraq. These and other ongoing tensions and prolonged conflict have increased pressures and daily struggles for regular citizens.

In the midst of this unrest, the AMAA remains a constant and will not forsake our brothers and sisters who live in the countries we serve -Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Iran. AMAA will respond to the emergency appeal for support by the Union of Armenian Evangelical Churches in the Near East (UAECNE) and needs your help in bringing stability to our communities and people most affected.

Yes, times are challenging but these challenges must not overwhelm any hope or solution that could be found. When you make a donation to the AMAA earmarked for Near East Relief, your gift will be put to use across the following areas:

Nurture: In an environment racked with conflict and violence, the effects on childhood are evident. Every child deserves stability. Your contribution supports social and cultural programs that help nurture the children and provide a sense of normalcy.

Education: The basic right to education is not only a cornerstone of AMAA’s mission but a means to long-term development of a community. Armenian Evangelical Schools in Lebanon and Syria have been struggling to operate. Provide a parent with the peace of mind that their child will continue receiving a quality education –make a donation today!

Assistance: All gifts will help uplift an individual or family who has an urgent need but not the financial means. In Lebanon and Syria, the cost of living has made a significant jump, a 30-50% increase in the cost of groceries in the last four months. Your donation could provide vital items such as food, water, blankets, clothing, and rent or business assistance.

Repatriation: AMAA is committed to keeping a LifeLine open for any individual or family who wishes to relocate to the Homeland to rebuild and restore their lives.
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Encouragement: A difficult road lies ahead. Your gift is a catalyst of serving the vulnerable and upholding positive change.

Access: In times of crisis, access to healthcare is vital. You donation will help ensure medical and dental clinics remain open and provide much-needed patient support and access to medication.

Spirituality: There is no place in which God is not present. Working with churches in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Iran, AMAA provides resources to witness the love of Christ, help their vital ministry continue and support local communities.

Tuition: Haigazian University remains a beacon of hope for the future of Lebanon. Support students striving to complete their higher higher education and are working hard, despite interruptions and economic pressures.

Help AMAA focus on the next chapter with a clear vision. Tomorrow will certainly bring new opportunities and fresh challenges. Your support will help us be ready to answer the call!

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Years will pass by and today’s AvedisianDSCN0793 School students will grow, yet many of them who were in the School’s Auditorium on February 21, 2020 will say, “I have seen and heard the greatest Armenian composer of our time, Tigran Mansurian.” Or, “I personally asked the Maestro a question, and he answered me.” Or, “I held my breath listening to the Maestro,” “I’ll never forget …” and they will recount many other unforgettable memories of the day.

Hosting the great Maestro under the roof of the Avedisian School was truly a memorable event, as the beloved composer, at the zenith of his respectable life, taught a small but invaluable lesson to the students.

What was Maestro Mansurian talking about with the Avedisian students? He advised the students to see only the good and be forgiving; on the path of real victory to know also to be conquered. He Also talked about the freedom of the creative soul; about the character of an intellectual or artist, and many other subjects that touched the soul of the students.

The living legend Maestro Mansurian was engaging. There were more students who wished to ask a question, than those who did. Then he approached the piano, sat down slowly and his fingers touched the keyboard. And the sounds of his famous music from the film “A Little Sky” first spread then began to soar to great heights. Even the air became noble… and the hall held its breath…

At the conclusion of this exciting event, School DSCN0834Principal Melanya Geghamyan presented the Maestro with a book about Komitas “The Magnificent Song of All Armenians” and a book about the Avedisian School. And the students promised to continue their newly formed friendship with the Maestro by sending letters.

The meeting was not yet over as the dear guest, who left the room, continued answering questions, signing autographs and taking pictures with the students outside the Auditorium.

Established in 1988, AMAA’s Khoren and Shooshanig Avedisian School is an educational institution that provides outstanding K-12 holistic, tuition-free education in a modern, environmentally friendly building, using state-of-the-art facilities in the low-income Southwest District of Malatia-Sebastia in Yerevan, Armenia.

Մաեստրօ Տիգրան Մանուսրեանի Այցը Աւետարանչականի Աւետիսեան Դպրոց

DSCN0827 Տարիները կ՚անցնին, Աւետիսեանցիները կը մեծնան, եւ Փետրուար 21, 2020-ին Դպրոցի դահլիճը նստողներէն շատեր կ՚ըսեն.- «Ես տեսայ ու լսեցի մեր ժամանակներու ամենամեծ Հայ երաժիշտ՝ Տիգրան Մանսուրեանը»։ Կամ «Ես անձամբ հարց տուի Մաեստրոյին եւ ան պատասխանեց»։ Եւ կամ «Ես շունչս պահած լսեցի Մաեստրոյին», «Ես երբեք չեմ մոռնար…» եւ այս անմոռանալի հանդիպումին հետ կապուած շատ յուշեր կը պատմեն անոնք։
Իսկ մեծ Մաեստրոն Ամերիկայի Հայ Աւետարանչական Ընկերակցութեան Խորեն եւ Շուշանիկ Աւետիսեան Դպրոցի յարկի տակ հիւրընկալելը, իրաւի իրադարձութիւն էր, որովհետեւ սիրուած երաժիշտը իր պատկառելի կեանքի բարձունքէն, մի փոքրիկ բայց անգնահատելի դաս տուաւ այստեղ։

Ինչի՞ մասին կը խօսէր Մաեստրոն Աւետիսեանցիներուն հետ։ Հայրենադարձ հայու հայրենաբաղձ հոգիի ամբողջ ներողամտութեամբ միայն լաւը տեսնելու, յանուն իր ինքնատիպ արուեստի Խորհրդային ժամանակներու տատասկոտ ուղիի վրայ չընկրկելու, իրական յաղթանակի ճանապարհին, նաեւ պարտուիլ իմանալու, ստեղծագործող մարդուն հոգեկան ազատութեան եւ նաեւ անկախութեան, մտաւորականի կերպարի եւ բազմաթիւ այլ նիւթերու շուրջ։

Կենդանի առասպել Մաեստրօ Մանսուրեանը կը խօսէր։ Հարց տուողներէն աւելի շատ էին հարց տալ ցանկացողերը։ Ապա ան մօտեցաւ դաշնամուրին, դանդաղ նսաւ եւ մատները թեթեւակի հպեցին ստեղնաշարը… «Կտոր մը Երկինք» շարժանկարի հոգեհմայ երաժշտութեան հնչիւնները նախ սփռուեցան, ապա սկսան ճախրել ինչ որ տեղ մը վերեւ։ Տեսակ մը «ազնուացած» էր նոյնիսկ օդը… Իսկ դահլիճը պահած էր շունչը…

Յայտագրի աւարտին, Դպրոցի Տնօրէնուհի Մելանիա Գեղամյան բուռն ծափողջուններու ներքեւ Մաեստրոյին նուիրեց Կոմիտասի մասին «Ամենայն Հայոց Երգի Վեհափառը» հրատարակութիւնը եւ Աւետիսեան Դպրոցի մասին Գիրք-Ալպոմը, որոշելով այս նորաստեղծ բարեկամութիւնը շարունակել նամակներով։

Թէեւ կը թուէր հանդիպումը աւարտած, բայց՝ ոչ. Դահլիճէն դուրս եկող հիւրը կը շարունակէր պատասխանել հարցումներու, ինքնագիր տալ եւ լուսանկարուիլ աշակերտներուն հետ։
Հիմնուած 1988-ին՝ Աւետարանչականի Խորեն եւ Շուշանիկ Աւետիսեան կրթական հաստատութիւնը կը հայթայթէ անվճառ գերազանց ժամանակակից ուսում Մանկապարտէզէն մինչեւ 12րդ դասարան, միջավայրային մաքուր շէնքի մէջ՝ օգտագործելով բարձրորակ դիւրութիւններ Երեւանի ամենաղքատ շրջաններէն՝ Մալաթիա-Սեբաստիա թաղամասին մէջ։
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A message about St. Vartanantz Day by Zaven Khanjian, AMAA Executive Director/CEO

For I am not ashamed of the Gospel. Romans 1:16

In the history of nations, it is rare toVartanantz find a reference to holidays that occurred 1535 years ago. Indeed, since 451 A.D., Armenians, without interruption, everywhere and unequivocally have commemorated the martyrdom of the Vartanantz heroes and the freedom of worshipping God secured by their unselfish sacrifice.

A glance at Armenian History since that battle “For Jesus and for the Homeland,” reveals that despite periods of relative sovereignty and freedom we have enjoyed, and despite the existence of prosperous and fertile communities away from the Motherland, we can comfortably cite that today’s Armenian Communities in the United States, have never had their match of religious, linguistic, cultural, economic and political freedoms. We live and enjoy such a blessed and gracious environment of laws, which Armenians living in the Middle East, Europe and not even Soviet Armenia ever enjoyed.

And yet… alas. In this unrestrained atmosphere of freedom, individually and collectively, how loyal have we been to the sacred covenant of Vartan and his cohorts? With the mindset of a slave, how many times have we considered it shameful to confess and proclaim Christ as the Lord and Savior of our lives? Enslaved in the complexity of submission, how many times have we felt ashamed to utter our God graced Mesrobian tongue, fearing that those who speak a different language in our surroundings will consider us less civilized?

Keeping a grudge with solidarity and as lover of divisions, we have opened another trench among us. While some only embracing “For Jesus,” indifferently abandon our God-given identity and the language and culture from where it flows. Others, embracing “For the Homeland,” rebuff that all national pride we cherish, enjoy and care for are the grace of Almighty God, who is worthy of all glory and honor.

Against the treacherous Persian armies armed to their brim and led by fearsome and frightening elephants, Vartan and his comrades were armed with their unshakable faith in the Creator and were filled with endless love for the Motherland. By their selfless sacrifice and ultimate martyrdom, our centuries-old sacred legacy, crowned by the freedom of worshipping Christ, is the key to freedom for chained souls and enslaved minds.

Free from all alien and foreign constraints, to reflect genuinely the character of a true Armenian Christian, do we have the need for new oppressors in our individual and collective lives?

As the Poet penned
“For Christ, For the Homeland,
Onward, cried Vartan’s order,”
The cry is for you and for me.

Let us follow the path of Vartanantz and walk on their track.

Zaven Khanjian
December 1985

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Բռնութեան Տակ, Ազատ՝
Ազատութեան մէջ, Ստրո՞ւկ

Վասնզի ես ամօթ չեմ սեպեր Աւետարանը։ Հռովմ. 1. 16

Ազգութիւններու պատմութեան մէջ հազուագիւտ են այն տօները, որոնց յիշտակումի կեանքը կ՚երկարի 1535 տարիներ։ Արդարեւ, 451 թուականէն ի վեր, Հայ ժողովուրդը առանց ընդհատումի, ամենուրէք եւ միակամ կը յիշատակէ մարտիրոսացումը Վարդանանց հերոսներուն եւ անոնց անանձնական զոհաբերութեամբ ձեռք բերուած Աստուածապաշտութեան ազատութիւնը։

«Վասն Յիսուսի եւ վասն Հայրենեաց» մղուած այդ ճակատամարտէն ի վեր եթէ ակնարկ մը նետենք Հայոց Պատմութեան վրայ, պիտի տեսնենք թէ Հակառակ հայրենի հողին վրայ մեր վայելած ինքնիշխանութեան եւ անկախութեան շրջաններուն եւ հակառակ բարգաւաճ եւ բեղուն գաղութներու գոյութեան հայրենի հողէն հեռու, կարելի է հաստատել թէ Ամերիկայի Միացեալ Նահանգներուն մէջ ապրող այսօրուայ Հայ գաղութը չէ ունեցած իր նմանը մարդկային իրաւունքներ եւ կրօնական, լեզուական, մշակութային, տնտեսական ու քաղաքական ազատութիւններ վայելող նման մը։ Կ՚ապրինք ու կը վայելենք օրէնքներու այնպիսի օրհնեալ եւ շնորհեալ մթնոլորտ մը, որու նմանը չէ վայելած դժբախտաբար ոչ Միջին Արեւելքի, ոչ Եւրոպայի եւ ոչ իսկ Սովետական Հայաստանի մէջ ապրող Հայ ժողովուրդը։

Եւ սակայն… աւա՛ղ։ Ազատութեան այս սանձարձակ մթնոլորտին մէջ անհատապէս եւ խմբովին, որքա՞ն հաւատարիմ մնացած ենք Վարդանի եւ իր ընկերներու սրբազան ուխտին։ Ստրուկի հոգեբանութեամբ քանի՜ քանի՜ անգամներ ամօթ սեպած ենք Քրիստոսը մեր կեանքի Տէրն ու Փրկիչը դաւանիլ եւ յայտարարել։ Ստրկութեան բարդոյթին գերին դառնալով, քանի անգամ ամչցած ենք բառբառել Աստուածատուր Մեծասքանչը, վախնալով որ մեր շրջապատին մէջ տարբեր լեզու մը խօսողները նուազ քաղաքակիրթ համարեն մեզ։

Միաբանութեան հետ քէն պահած եւ որպէս բաժանումներու սիրահար՝ խրամատ մը եւս բացած ենք մեր միջեւ։ Մինչ ոմանք փարած միայն «Վասն Յիսուսի»ն անտարբերութեամբ կը լքեն Աստուածապարգեւ մեր ինքնութիւնը եւ անկէ փխած լեզուն եւ մշակոյթը։ Իսկ ուրիշներ փարած «Վասն Հայրենեաց»ին, կ՚ուրանան թէ անոնց գուրգուրացած, փայփայած եւ պահպանած ազգային բոլոր բարիքերը շնորհքն են Ամենակալ Հօր Աստուծոյ, որուն վայել է Փառք եւ Պատիւ։

Թանձրամորթ եւ ահարկու փիղերով առաջնորդուած եւ մինչեւ ակռաները զինուած պարսկական ճնշող բանակի մը դէմ հսկայացող Վարդան եւ իր ընկերները զինուած էին Ստեղծիչին հանդէպ անխախտ հաւատքով եւ հայրենիքի համար ամբարուած անսպառ սիրով։ Անոնց անսակարկ զոհաբերութեամբ եւ գերագոյն նահատակութեամբ դարերով պահուած մեր պապենական սուրբ ժառանգութիւնը, թագադրուած Քրիստոսը պաշտելու ազատութեան պսակով, շղթայուած հոգիներու եւ ստրկացած միտքերու ազատագրման բանալին է։

Ամէն տեսակ խորթ ու օտարամուտ կաշկանդումներէ ազատ՝ Հայ Քրիստոնեայի նկարագիրը հարազատօրէն ցոլացնելու համար արդեօ՞ք նորանոր Յազկերտներու կարիքը ունինք մեր անհատական եւ հաւաքական կեանքին մէջ։

Բանաստեղծին գրչով՝
«Վասն Յիսուսի, Վասն Հայրենեաց,
Յառաջ Վարդանի Հրամանը գոռաց»ը
Քեզի եւ ինծի համար է։

Եկէք հետեւինք Վարդանանց ուղիին եւ քալենք անոնց աւիղէն։

Զաւէն Խանճեան
Դեկտ. 1985

James G. Jameson Essay Contest

The James G. Jameson Essay Contest, sponsored by the Armenian Missionary Association of America (AMAA), runs every academic year starting in October, and is financed from the income of a special fund established by Mr. and Mrs. James G. Jameson of Brookline, MA.

All Armenian and part-Armenian students attending schools in North America are eligible. Only unpublished essays are accepted, which are written in English and have a length of 1,000 to 2,000 words.

The topics of the Contest are required to touch upon some aspect of Armenian heritage and experience, such as religion, history, culture, literature, language, art, architecture, geography, and economics.

Essays are judged on the basis of merit in such criteria as content, style, logic and reasoning, coherence, and usage.

Awards for the Contest are made in two categories: College/University contestants, and High School contestants.

The deadline for entries is June 1, 2020.

Entries and/or inquiries should be directed to: James G. Jameson Essay Contest, c/o of The Armenian Missionary Association of America, 31 West Century Road, Paramus, NJ 07652 or by email  sponsorship@amaa.org

Earlier this year, AMAA’s “Shogh” Children’s Day Center in Vanadzor moved to its new location. The AMAA bought the building last year and renovated and furnished it as the new “Shogh” Center. The children, who attended the Center since 2013 when the Center was first opened, cut the ribbon at the opening ceremony which was held on February 4. The staff welcomed the children to the new Center with applause, smiles and exclaiming “Welcome to the Shogh Center.”

Following the opening ceremony, the staff and families toured the Center where they were delighted to see the new furnishings in the classrooms.

In the new Center, the bee serves as a symbol of diligence, production and punctuality, and the children were welcomed with images of the bee family. The children were happy to learn that they were also members of that bee family. The many types of flowers in their imaginary fairytale garden had conventional names such as a flower of kindness, responsibility and care. They chose the flower nectar from which they will receive and bring their drop of honey into the Center, filling it with a symbolic honeycomb. Each made his/her own contribution by saying: “A drop of righteousness, kindness, faithfulness …” and they posted their bees on the wall as a promise to obey the Center’s rules, each repeating, “I am the Shogh.”

Following the ribbon cutting ceremony, a reception was held which was also a reminder of a hive – organized work of bees, its efficiency and usefulness.

May every child enjoy the fruits of their work and share it with others. That is where our efforts are focused.

(Translated to English by Louisa Janbazian from the Eastern Armenian text written by Irina Chakhoyan, Coordinator of the Center)

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AMAA Executive Director/CEO Zaven Khanjian recently participated in a Conference entitled “Faith and Works” held in Venice, Italy under the auspices of the Mekhitarist Congregation and the Western European Patriarchal Delegation of the Armenian Apostolic Church. The Conference, held February 7-8, 2020 at the St. Lazarus Monastery, was initiated and organized by the Mother of God Foundation (Yerevan). www.hg-meeting.org

A Press Release from the organizers identifying the purpose, participation and structure follows.

Mr. Khanjian summed up his experience at the Conference as follows.

“I am deeply touched and thankful for the invitation extended by Archbishop Boghos Lévon Zékiyan, spiritual leader of Turkey’s Armenian Catholic Community and the Papal Legate of the Mekhitarist Order in Venice, and Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, former Primate of the Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church of America and current Pontifical Legate of the Western Europe, to participate in this Conference. The subject of the Conference is so near and dear to my personal life and to the mission of the AMAA. In fact, it has been the raison d’etre of the Association for the past 102 years. I came out of the Conference with a few laudable impressions.

“I commend the organizers’ visionary choice of a most challenging subject generally impertinent to the masses and yet so vital and redeeming for the human race and our people.

“I applaud the exemplary planning and structure of the Conference, which gave way to the full participation and interaction of most, if not all the participants. With varied degrees, all participants were engaged in the discussions.

“I was touched by the spirituality of all the participants and in particular the faithful youth representatives.

“The Conference uplifted my faith and reinstated my confidence that one day my people will not only pride themselves for being the first nation to accept Christianity as their State religion, but also to pride themselves for being pioneers in living that faith every day.

“Finally, a word of appreciation to the President of the Mother of God Foundation, Vartan Karapetyan, whose exemplary leadership and organizational creativity was capped with the promise of next year’s conference.”

What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? James 2:14

PRESS RELEASE

FAITH AND WORKS CONFERENCE, FEBRUARY 7-8, 2020
SAINT LAZARUS ISLAND, VENICE, ITALY

 Faith without works is dead. James 2:26

A Conference, entitled “Faith and Works,” was held in Venice, Italy on February 7-8, 2020, under the auspices of the Mekhitarist Congregation and the Western European Patriarchal Delegation of the Armenian Apostolic Church. The Conference was initiated and organized by the Mother of God Foundation (Yerevan).

In the modern world, the expression of faith and exercising it is an almost impossible challenge. The purpose of this Conference was to form a crossroad of ideas, where through comprehensive discussions, the society is presented with a new vision of living and strengthening faith.

The theme of the Conference was entitled “Faith and Works,” because faith in each person’s life is strengthened and nourished by prayers, and it becomes tangible by works. The suggested location of the Conference was St. Lazarus Monastery, taking into consideration the centuries-old tradition of the latter’s “faith-deed” concept, and the importance of making it sustainable and applicable today.

Representatives of various fields, including clergy, intellectuals, businessmen, as well as representatives of public and charitable organizations, participated in this Conference, and from their own experience presented examples to the issues raised.

The discussions were followed by four thematic sessions, each with its own coordinator, who presented a relevant topic and actively engaged the other participants in. It was proposed that the Venice Convention be held annually.

(Translated from the original Armenian Press Release by Louisa Janbazian)

Build your bouquet for Valentine’s Day!

Join us for an AMAA event, Thursday, February 6, 2020, from 6:30 PM till 8:00 PM! Grab a friend and enjoy snacks and refreshments while you design your own arrangements for your Valentines! You’ll learn about the floral industry, tips and tricks for caring and designing with flowers to last longer and leave with your arrangement to enjoy!

This hour and a half class will be led by Kim Denis, owner of Denis Flowers in New Milford, NJ.

Proceeds will go to AMAA’s Orphan and Child Care Program to help children with their daily needs, after school programs or education. With limited tickets available, purchase your tickets online by Feb. 1, 2020 for your reservation. Tickets are $35 per person.

For more information, visit amaa.org or
contact Christine at ckutlu@amaa.org

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For the seventh year, AMAA’s “Stitched with Love” Program, headed by Betty Cherkezian, is sending knitted and crocheted blankets, hats, scarves and gloves to newborn and young children in Armenia.

During 2019, AMAA sent 12 boxes and 8 sacks of knitted blankets, hats, gloves and other knitted items to Armenia. The gifts were distributed through the Aynilian Clinic in Yerevan and through local AMAA-Armenia centers in Vanadzor, Vartenis, Goris, Stepanavan and Artsakh.

On behalf of our beautiful children, we thank our volunteers for being a special part of the “Stitched with Love” family. We are grateful to all for their master craftsmanship, support and dedication to this ongoing and important mission.

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Tractor_2020-01-14_14-49-52As part of the One Village Consortium, AMAA-Armenia was instrumental in obtaining a Belarus tractor for the Navur Village (Tavush Region) near the Azeri border in December 2019. The tractor, donated by the Director of North Hills LLC Arshavir Gevorgyan and benefactors George and Khachik Titizian of Los Angeles, CA, was a much-needed item for the community.

Mher Nikoyan, Director of the Cooperative, expressed his sincere gratitude to the AMAA and the North Hills LLC, as well as to George and Khachik Titizian for this generous donation which will greatly help the Navur Community.

Established in 2014, the non-profit Navur Community Agricultural Consumers Cooperative, which is governed by its members, provides low cost agricultural services to the community.

AMAA-Armenia is one of eleven organizations forming the Consortium: The Armenian Missionary Association of America-Armenia (AMAA-Armenia), “Shen” Charity NGO, Children of Armenia Fund (COAF), Development Principles NGO, Fund for Armenian Relief, World Vision Armenia, Teach For Armenia (TA), World Council of Churches Armenia Round Table Foundation, Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU), Armenian Caritas Benevolent NGO and “Diaconia” Charitable Fund.

On January 14 and 15, the Hall at the AMAA Center on Baghramyan Street in Yerevan was crowded with children and their parents who gathered for special New Year’s and Christmas Programs. These Programs, which took place four times each day, were not just visits from Santa Claus, cheerful songs, dances and Christmas presents. They also included the Christmas message which was conveyed from the stage: Share God’s Love with One Another and Give Unselfish Joy to Others.

Through this year’s Christmas play “Three Baskets,” presented by AMAA-Armenia’s “Hayasa” theatrical group, the young actors successfully brought Divine Love to the audience. In the play, written by Director/Screenwriter Nune Abrahamyan, school children tell about their cherished dreams on Christmas Eve and realize that even material dreams can come true if there is a desire and willingness to help others with an endless compassion. At the conclusion, the children hug each other and the most important Christmas message echoes: “Because I came that they might have life and have more.” (John 10:10)

Before each presentation, the Evangelical Church of Armenia’s Christian Education Director Rev. Avetik Khachatryan and AMAA Armenia Representative Harout Nercessian greeted the audience and welcomed them to the Program.

AMAA Armenia and the Evangelical Church of Armenia jointly organized these festive Christmas and New Year’s events in 45 towns and villages in Armenia and Artsakh. Over 11,000 children received not only Christmas Joy Packages and visits from Santa but heard about God’s Divine Love to give unselfish joy to others.

We thank all our donors who supported our children in Armenia and Artsakh by donating to our Christmas Joy Program.

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The Armenian Missionary Association of America (AMAA) has the distinct pleasure to share the news of its Board Member and Armenia Committee Chair Dr. Ann R. Karagozian Sarafian’s appointment as Inaugural Director of Promise Armenian Institute, which will include the new Armenian Studies Center. Dr. Karagozian will be involved in the selection of its first Director.

As stated in the official announcement by the UCLA International Institute “The Promise Armenian Institute is a groundbreaking new entity within the UCLA International Institute. The new institute will be the hub for world-class research and teaching on Armenian Studies, and for coordinating new and ongoing research and public impact programs across UCLA, from social sciences to health sciences; from humanities to music, the arts and engineering; and from public policy to management. The Promise Armenian Institute’s size, scope and interdisciplinary approach make it the first of its kind in the world.”

Dr. Karagozian received her bachelor’s degree in engineering from UCLA, graduating summa cum laude. She received her master’s degree and doctorate from Caltech and joined the UCLA faculty in 1982. Dr. Karagozian currently is the head of UCLA’s Energy and Propulsion Research Laboratory and the director of the joint UCLA-Air Force Research Laboratory Collaborative Center for Aerospace Sciences. In 2018, she was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Engineering.

The AMAA extends it congratulations and good wishes to Dr. Karagozian for a successful leadership role at the “Promise Armenian Institute.”

The Armenian Missionary Association of America (AMAA) is now accepting applications for the 2020-2021 academic year for full-time undergraduate students of Armenian descent studying in North America.

Students interested in applying for scholarships should personally request the Application Form by calling 201-265-2607 or by email, sponsorship@amaa.org. Previous recipients must reapply each year. It is the responsibility of the student to request an application form.

Incomplete items and/ or missing documents will automatically disqualify an applicant.

All completed application forms must reach the AMAA Headquarters postmarked no later than June 01, 2020.

Awards are made by the Scholarship Committee, which takes into consideration the applicant’s grades, financial need, the tuition cost of the college he/she will at­tend, accomplishments, future leadership potential and good character references. Please note, Scholarship Grant checks are issued only to academic Institutions and not individuals.

Prayers Needed for Australia

Lord, please provide strength and protection for those fighting to put out the fires and rescue lives.

AMAAust-Logo-Transparent.pngAs the Australian bushfires continue to blaze past the 20-million-acres mark, the AMAA, alongside the rest of the world, remains heartbroken by the destruction in the beautiful states of New South Wales and Victoria. Yet, the impact of this disaster have not remained confined to just those two states, as smoke and poor air quality have spread throughout Australia and affected residents as far as 1,200 miles away.

Rev. Dr. Krikor Youmshajekian, President of the Armenian Missionary Association of Australia reports: “After several weeks we have at least two dozen registered deaths, including volunteer firefighters, young and old, and still there are many who are unaccounted. Thousands of homes have been completely perished, many towns have been completely destroyed, tens of thousands of families have been stranded, holiday plans not only cancelled, but turned into nightmare, with roadblocks and immediate danger to commuters. Sadly, millions of natural habitat, including Australia’s iconic Kangaroos, Koalas, Emus, and so many different species, as well as natural Australian plantations have been scraped from the landscape.

I don’t have the words to present the full scale of the disaster. Gladly the major cities and people living there are safe. Fortunately the majority of the Armenian community lives in those safe places and we are spared from the catastrophic and horrific disaster. We, with all the churches in Australia and the world have been praying for the prevailing sad situation, which is the least we can do.”

AustraliaFiresWhile people are suffering and thousands and thousands of homes being perished, hundreds of people displaced and lacking the basic needs, it is our duty and responsibility with our prayers to contribute. Through our locally registered charity, the Armenian Missionary Association of Australia, we are doing our best to raise funds to support the suffering people along with other charities and the local and federal governments. Please consider lending your support today.

Click the button below to donate to Australia’s Natural Disaster Emergency Relief. All funds collected will be forwarded to AMA-Australia who will ensure they are channeled to local government and charities who are in-need.

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Thanks to Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Ted Cruz (R-TX), and all those who have pursued a long path towards justice for the 1.5 million innocent Armenian martyrs and other Christian victims in the Ottoman Empire, the US Senate has today recognized the Armenian Genocide! 

According to Armenian National Committee of America, “the U.S. Senate adopted the Armenian Genocide Resolution (S.Res.150) by unanimous consent.”

“The resolution, identical to a measure (H.Res.296) adopted 405 to 11 in the U.S. House in October, officially rejects Turkey’s denials of its genocide against Armenians, Greeks, Assyrians, Chaldeans, Syriacs, Arameans, Maronites, and other Christian nations. Passage of the resolution – spearheaded by Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) – marks the first time that the Senate has recognized the Armenian Genocide.”

“Adoption of this bill is especially fitting today given that this week marks the anniversary of the signing of the United Nations Convention for the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, as well as Human Rights Day,” which was stated in a press release by the Armenian Assembly of America.

Grant us, Lord God, a vision of your world as your love would have it: a world where the weak are protected, and none go hungry or poor, a world where different races and cultures live in harmony and mutual respect; a world where peace is built on justice, and justice is guided by love. Amen.

To read full articles, click on the links below!

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Dear Friends:

The Christmas Season is once again upon us. One word we will be hearing a lot during this beautiful season of the year is PEACE.

We will hear it proclaimed in the Gospel, we will read it on our Christmas cards, we will hang ornaments that say it on our Christmas trees, and we will sing it over and over again in our favorite Christmas carols.

While we all want and pray for peace on earth, we all know just how difficult it is to achieve. For centuries, mankind has been fighting and has been at war over land, water, religion, food, power, oil and many other commodities. It seems that there’s no peace in sight.

Today, as we prepare for the coming of Christ, the world is full of conflict. Our world is once again shaken with turmoil by the recent tragic events in Syria. Lives have been tragically lost and many of our brothers and sisters have been forced to quickly leave their homes and flee to safer grounds with nothing but the clothes on their backs. As the crisis deepens in Lebanon, for many members of our AMAA Communities, lives and daily routines are being disrupted. The future remains uncertain.

The AMAA has again been called upon to carry forth the promise of peace, joy and hope to our people who are so desperately in need. We need your help. Your generous support of our annual Christmas Appeal will not only help our people the Near East, but will also support our Mission which includes education, churches, camps, medical clinics, sponsorship programs, infant formula distribution and day centers in 24 countries around the world.

Please continue to pray for the refugees that peace will one day prevail in Syria and for others who will need our help during the coming year. We truly appreciate your generosity in the past and for all you do throughout the year to help those in need.

May God’s blessings flow to you and your family during this Christmas Season and may you all have a New Year filled with peace and the love of Christ.

Քրիստոս ծնաւ եւ յայտնեցաւ. ձեզի, մեզի Մեծ Աւետիս!
Krisdos dzenav yev haydnetzav, tsezee, mezee Medz Avedis!

(Christ is born and is revealed, good tidings to you and to us)

Sincerely,

Zaven Khanjian
AMAA Executive Director/CEO

Christmas 2019

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AMAA Wishes a Happy 25th Anniversary to ATP

The Armenian Missionary Association of America wishes Armenia Tree Project (ATP) a Happy 25th Anniversary. This past summer, AMAA’s Summer Internship participants visited ATP in Armenia to plant trees and tour their nursery. Digging out rocks, watering, and planting on a hot summer day isn’t as easy as it looks. ATP has planted hundreds of trees at Avedisian School and has a long history of working with them on environmental education programs. AMAA’s Shogh Center children have visited ATP in Karin Nursery and ATP has also done environmental education programs at Shogh Center in Vanadzor. Thank you for bringing our land back to life! To many more years!

On November 8-9, the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute (AGMI), sponsored by the Armenian Missionary Association of America (AMAA), and with support of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, organized a two-day International Conference titled “The Rescue of Armenians in the Middle East 1915-1923.”

The Conference officially opened at the AGMI Conference Hall. Father Asoghik Karapetyan, a Representative of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin and Director of Museums and Archives, conveyed greetings from His Holiness Karekin II, Catholicos of All Armenians. “We should always raise the question that humanity and self-sacrifice have been a guiding principle for Armenians in our lives today and at all times as an important assurance of national existence. Although our people have been brutally massacred in their Homeland, they were able with their unique ability of resurrection to continue to create and to build, and the role of the devotees is great in that process.”

Harutyun Marutyan

AGMI Director Harutyun Marutyan

In his remarks, AGMI Director Harutyun Marutyan mentioned that the idea of this Conference was born out of a bilateral collaboration between the AGMI and the AMAA. “The purpose of this Conference is to present the fate of those displaced due to the Armenian Genocide, and to highlight the activities of Armenian and international organizations and individuals who played a great role of rescuing Armenian refugees, particularly children and women.”

“Why in 2019?” questioned Mr. Marutyan. “Because exactly 100 years ago the ‘One Armenian, One Gold’ movement started, when thousands of Armenian orphans were in captivity and on the brink of Islamization. Armenian intellectuals realized that the future of the Armenian nation is greatly dependent on these orphans and they need to do everything possible to save these children who will become the citizens of tomorrow’s Armenia.”

AMAA Executive Director/CEO Zaven Khanjian welcomed Conference participants with a video message where he said: “It is the irony of history that we are experiencing today. While we are here at the opening of this Conference, for the last seven years we have been witnessing new atrocities in Syria by the same brutal power whose victims today are the progeny of those rescued in the post Genocide era. The perpetrator and the crime have not rested. It is necessary to be watchful and to expect evil. Therefore, as a nation we must be ready for the task of salvage.”

Zaven Khanjian

AMAA Executive Director/CEO Zaven Khanjian welcomes Conference participants with a video message

Samvel Karabekyan, Advisor to the RA Ministry of Education and Science, and Raymond Harutyun Kevorkyan, Chairman of the AGMI Foundation Board of Trustees, also welcomed participants to the Conference.

Marine Margaryan

AGMI Academic Secretary Dr. Narine Margaryan

On the first day of the Conference, the Exhibition titled “From National Unity to Revival,” exclusively featured Armenian contributions to the salvation of Genocide survivors. AGMI Academic Secretary Dr. Narine Margaryan considered this Exhibition unique and the success of various operations organized for the rescue of Armenian orphans was conditioned by their national and ideological unity. “In this work there were apostles, men who clearly understood the seriousness of the moment and were steadfast in their work. Some came in the form of donations, others gathered Armenians from the wilderness, and others took care of them in orphanages,” she said inviting the audience to be acquainted with the materials about these people and organizations.

Other themes throughout the Exhibition included the activities of Armenian religious institutions and other organizations – the Armenian General Benevolent Union, Armenian National Union, Armenian Orphans Care of Egypt, Armenian Organization of Mesopotamia, Armenian Red Cross, the works of Armenian Evangelicals and Catholics, as well as orphanages from the governments of the Republic of Armenian and the Armenian SSR. The Exhibition also included unique archival materials, such as documents, photos and exhibits mainly from the collections of the AGMI, and collections from the National Archives of Armenia, Yerevan History Museum and AGMI staff member Mihran Minasyan. Orphanage memories, which included photos, migration routes, orphanage items and handiwork items from the orphans, which until now were never seen, proved very interesting to those in attendance .

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Dr. Vahram Shemmassian

Director of the Armenian Studies Program in Modern and Classical Languages and Literature at the University of California, Northridge Dr. Vahram Shemmassian delivered a report about the pro-Armenian activities of Rev. Aharon Shirajian who forcibly rescued kidnapped Armenian women and children in Syria during the Armenian Genocide. Rev. Shirajian had been the Superintendent of the Karen Ephesus Shelter of Britain’s Friends of Armenian Organization and he continued the work of that organization beginning in 1922. Until 1933, Rev. Shirajian and his wife assisted women and girls who survived the massacres. As time and circumstances dictated, they gave the orphaned children new names, opened a school for them to learn languages, receive religious education and be re-Armenianized. They also took great responsibility to help the girls get married. They carefully chose suitable mates for them to form happy families and have good Armenian children.

The theme of AGMI Academic Secretary Dr. Narine Margaryan’s presentation was “The Armenian Orphanage in Aleppo from 1915 to 1924.”

Dr. Margaryan presented the history of the Armenian Orphanage, launched in July 1915, and the role of the institution in rescuing orphans. She detailed the activities of the Orphanage in the areas of education, health, finance, artisanship, caregiving, as well as the issues the Orphanage faced and how they were resolved. Dr. Margaryan also touched upon the regional political events of this period which had a direct impact on the Orphanage.

“The Armenian Orphanage in Aleppo started its activities on July 31, 1915 under the leadership of Rev. Aharon Shirajian who was born in Marash. He received his education at Central Turkey College in Aintab and attended the Marash Theological Seminary. In 1912 he went to Edinburgh to continue his theological studies. He witnessed the brutal politics of the Hamidian, Young Turk and Kemalist periods. He came to Aleppo after he was deported from Marash, where he founded the Orphanage. This was the period when the Ottoman Empire consistently pursued the policy of exterminating the Armenians. Doctor Assadour Altounian and his daughter, Nora Altounian, played an important role in the establishment of the Orphanage. They used their personal connections and tried to solve the health and wellbeing issues of the orphans.”

Director of the Center for Armenian Diaspora Studies of Haigazian University of Beirut Dr. Antrang Dakessian’s theme was “Navigation Between Dreams, Competing Postures, and New Life: HAYASDANI GOCHNAG 1919-1923.”

In January 1919, the 20-year-old GOCHNAG was renamed HAYASDANI GOCHNIAG. This renaming was related to the mission of the proclamation of the Republic of Armenia, the belief in the emergence of a new Armenia, and the mission of the newspaper to summon Armenian pilgrims to Armenia. The articles, reports and call for Armenian national sentiments published in HAYASDANI GOCHNAG gave their results. As a way of public advice, the GOCHNAG’s mission was to inspire Armenians with new vigor, new faith and dreams. In his report, Dr. Dakessian summarized editorials from the 1919 GOCHNAGS (over 150 editorials) and their main opinions.

Following the first session of the Conference, participants visited the Armenian Genocide Monument of Dzidzernagapert and laid flowers near the eternal flames.
The second day of the Conference was held at the KAREKIN I Educational Center of Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin. Twenty-three scholars from Armenia, France, Germany, Lebanon and the United States addressed details of the rescue missions for those who survived the Genocide.

Hilmar Kaiser

Dr. Hilmar Kaiser

Researcher at Yerevan State University, Genocide Scholar Dr. Hilmar Kaiser’s report, “Religious Activities of the Protestants in the Ottoman Fourth Army from 1915 to 1917,” touched upon Evangelical figures such as Koundakjian, Mhudian, Haidostian, and Revs. Eskidjian and Shirajian, who undertook the task of rescuing those displaced by the Armenian Genocide in Hama and Aleppo. During these rescue missions, Evangelicals also suffered casualties.

Dr. Kaiser particularly remembered Araksya Jebejian and Beatrice Royer and was the only reporter who also touched upon Turkish individuals who opposed the massacres and helped the displaced. In particular, he presented the charitable actions and assistance provided to Armenians by the Ottoman Fourth Army. He told a noteworthy story of an Ottoman person who oversaw one of Aintab’s shelters. At the beginning of World War I, he expressed a desire to become a Christian and after the end of the War, he left the Army and Turkey with an Armenian woman and eventually lived in Syria in an Evangelical community.

Other participants of the Conference also presented the fates of the displaced, as a result of the Armenian Genocide, highlighting activities of additional Armenian and international organizations and individuals involved in the rescue mission of Armenian refugees, children and women.

At the conclusion of the Conference, Director of the AGMI Foundation Harutyun Marutyan summarized the work done and highly appreciated the fact that “if until now we have always emphasized the role of the foreigners in the rescue mission of the Armenians, this two-day Conference emphasized the role of Armenians in the rescue mission. Moreover, these Armenians were both individuals and large and small organizations, which in today’s terminology have taken on the role of the Ministry of Refugees and have accomplished great organizational work.”

The Conference also revealed many issues that still need to be researched. “The second century of the Armenian Genocide Study is commencing, and old questions require new answers. There are also new questions that require timely answers,” said Mr. Marutyan. He also mentioned that three international conferences and two exhibitions are planned for next year. “I would like to thank the AMAA and in particular Executive Director/CEO Zaven Khanjian and the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin for their support of this two-day Conference” said Mr. Marutyan, who expressed hope that they would be ready to support their further plans.

AMAA Armenia Press
(Translated from Armenian into English by Louisa Janbazian)


You may read the article in Armenian at https://amaa.am/am/նորություններ/item/1282-միջազգային-գիտաժողով՝-«հայերի-փրկության-գործը-մերձավոր-արևելքում-1915-1923-թթ-»

 

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“Do your best when fulfilling anything; live having self-respect and remember that failure is not defeat yet; moreover, it is a lesson for not stumbling on your path ahead”, said Historian Vartan Gregorian in his address to the Avedisian School students and Teachers. Mr. Gregorian, “Aurora” Global Humanitarian Award Co-Founder and Selection Committee member, and President of the Carnegie Corporation of New York, visited the AMAA Khoren and Shooshanig Avedisian School in Yerevan on October 23 accompanied by School Benefactors Edward and Pamela Avedisian.

After giving a brief overview of his respectable scientific and public path in the past, Mr. Gregorian answered the audience’s diverse questions, such as his views on school, education, philanthropy, and volunteering. Some of the questions were about his Armenian childhood and family and his ties with the Homeland.

“You owe it to yourself to make Armenia become the strongest country in education, banking, new technologies, medical and other priority areas. So, whatever you do in life, do your best. Live in self-respect; accept any failure not as a defeat but as a lesson on your path. Learn and enjoy the opportunities you have. And, remember that the future of the Armenian people is in your hands,” said Mr. Gregorian in his closing remarks.

Following the difficult selection by the organizers of the “Aurora” Prize this year, three of the volunteers selected to assist the ceremony represented the Avedisian School. Two School twelfth graders Gohar Varderesyan and Aleksander Mnatsakanyan as well as alumna Milena Galstyan were chosen for performing their noble and responsible volunteer work honorably and with excellence.

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Zaven Khanjian, AMAA Executive Director/CEO

On Thursday morning, November 7, AMAA Executive Director/CEO Zaven Khanjian visited the C & E Merdinian Armenian Evangelical School in Sherman Oaks, CA. The students greeted him in the Chapel singing the Anthem of the Republic of Armenia as well as two hymns. They were accompanied by Music Teacher Alice Derkevorkian on the piano. Principal Lina Arslanian welcomed Mr. Khanjian and introduced him as one of the School’s founding members who served on the School’s Board of Directors as a member and as Chair for many years and as a big supporter of Merdinian School.

In his opening remarks, Mr. Khanjian said he felt at home at Merdinian, which is the only Armenian Evangelical School in North America under the auspices of the Armenian Missionary Association of America (AMAA) and the Armenian Evangelical Union of North America. He then addressed the students with a beautiful message, emphasizing the importance of smile, which he said, is a symbol of inner contentment, while laughter is the result of a humorous story or a funny incident.

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Principal Lina Arslanian with Zaven Khanjian

He then shared the story of Jesus calling the little children to Him and blessing them (Mark 10:13-16). He related his message to the great Armenian poet Jacque Hagopian, who passed away just two days earlier, and expressed his contentment for having a poet who lived such a long life and who dedicated his writings to Armenia, to our nation, and to God. Mr. Khanjian shared a few verses from two of Mr. Hagopian’s poems with the students and teachers. He concluded his message with a prayer.

Following the chapel service, Mr. Khanjian met with the Principal Arslanian and a few teachers in the faculty room and discussed various matters pertaining to the School.

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Zaven Khanjian with Principal Lina Arslanian and some of the faculty members

Established in 1982 by the Armenian Missionary Association of America, the Armenian Evangelical Union of North America and the United Armenian Congregational Church of Los Angeles, Merdinian School, located in Sherman Oaks, CA, is the only Armenian Evangelical School in North America. The School offers a broad-based curriculum that fosters academic excellence, high moral values, and spiritual enrichment in the Armenian Evangelical tradition. Merdinian strives to create a safe and nurturing environment where every student receives personal attention to become a successful and responsible individual. For more information, please contact the School directly at 818.907.8149.

Four Haigazian University Board of Trustees members were honored for their long years of service during the Annual Banquet organized by the Board of Trustees and the Alumni Association on Sunday, November 3, 2019 at the La Cañada Country Club. The Banquet was the culmination of several days of meetings in Los Angeles, bringing together Trustees from across the U.S. as well as Beirut.

The evening began with the opening prayer by former Haigazian University President Rev. Dr. John Khanjian and the audience singing the Alma Mater. Haigazian President Rev. Dr. Paul Haidostian, having just arrived from Beirut, shared: “The real wealth of Haigazian University is its people, past and present, be they Board members, students, faculty, administrators, alumni, supporters, or Women’s Auxiliary groups.”

Each honoree was presented with a plaque by Board of Trustees Chair Dr. Hasmig Baran. The four honorees, Dr. H. Steven Aharonian, Louis Kurkjian, Herair Mouradian, and Dr. Vahe Nalbandian, were introduced by Trustee Dr. Barkev Kassarjian and AMAA President Dr. Nazareth Darakjian. Their comments clearly spoke of being privileged to serve such a remarkable endeavor.