The Heroism of Vartanantz

By Rev. Dr. Ara Chakerian

As a young boy, I had heard of Vartan Mamigonian’s story of heroism. Many nations have their heroes, and I believed Mamigonian was our Armenian hero. As I grew older and studied his life in more detail, I found out he was but just an ordinary man, who did not possess any super-powers or mighty abilities. He was a regular man who had fears, failures, and he also bled like any human being. Yes, what made him different was his faith, his courage, and his resolve.

The Highest League of Chess Championship of Armenia for 2018 just came to an end. By the results of the tournament, for the second year in a row, Woman International Master (WIM) Siranush Ghukasyan, an AMAA sponsored child won the title of vice-champion of Armenia. We congratulate Siranush on her successful performance and for the honorable prize of Armenian women’s silver medal awarded to her. We are convinced that the best victories are… Read More

Every year, The Armenian Missionary Association of America (AMAA), in collaboration with the Evangelical Church of Armenia, organizes Christmas celebrations for about 10,000 children living in Armenia and Artsakh. Children enjoying a beautiful Christmas Program return home with Christmas Joy Packages full of beautiful gifts. During the Christmas celebrations, filled with plays, songs and exciting games, children embrace the amazing story of Jesus, and relive the joy of the Savior born. Thanks… Read More

“Each year the Hrant Dink Foundation prepares an Agenda on a particular topic. The theme for 2018 is ‘Memory’.”

January 19th is the (11th) anniversary of a failed attempt to erase memory.

Dark forces planned the placement of a gun in the hands of a hired assassin with the aim and hope of erasing memory.
Hrant Dink arose as the voice of memory.
For stimulating memory, Hrant Dink sacrificed his life.
Memory has no address nor physical existence.
Memory cannot be erased.
On the occasion of this tragic anniversary, we salute the Hrant Dink Foundation.

“So many dawns that have not yet emerged.”

I did not invent the above headline. But I borrowed it from the American Computer Scientist Alan Kay, whom I quoted in my last AMAA News editorial, “The best way to predict the future is to invent it.”

I remain humbled by the amazing response the AMAA continues to witness in its century old mission to disseminate the Gospel, keep the fire of education ablaze, engage our youth and ‘train a child in the way he should go,’ and to face the challenges of human tragedies and natural disasters head-on.

Despite the abundance of evil around, despite the never-ending lure of greed, despite all those who glorify violence, there is so much good in the world. The seeds of love and compassion that God has sown in the hearts of many manifest His goodness and reflect His love.

On January 12 and 13 the Church in Gyumri will hold its annual Christmas Programs in this newly constructed Center, and will welcome more than 1000 children with their parents and distribute the Christmas Joy Packages. We praise God for providing the Church in Gyumri this wonderful Center to be used for His Glory.

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