Zaven Khanjian Visits Armenian Evangelical Community of Toronto

At the invitation of the Armenian Evangelical Church of Toronto, Zaven Khanjian, AMAA Executive Director/CEO, visited the Armenian Evangelical Community of Toronto March 17-20 and had three busy days filled with meetings and activities organized by the Church.

On Friday evening, the Church organized a special event dedicated to the 10th Anniversary of the assassination of Hrant Dink. Church member Hagop Anserlian gave the opening remarks which were followed by a Musical Program presented by violinist Daniel Temnick who offered two pieces by Johan Sebastian Bach−Violin Sonata #1 Siciliano and Presto and Nicolo Paganini–Caprice #10.

Rev. Serop Megerditchian, Pastor of the Armenian Evangelical Church, introduced Mr. Khanjian who spoke about Hrant Dink and Camp Armen – The Roots of Dink’s Struggle. After Mezzo-Soprano Sona Hovsepyan’s musical offering of Groung and Paree Arakeel, the Program ended with the Benediction offered by Rev. Megerditchian. Refreshments followed the lecture in the Rev. Dr. Movses Janbazian Fellowship Hall of the Church where the guests had an opportunity to greet Mr. Khanjian.

On Saturday morning, Mr. Khanjian met with the Armenian Missionary Association of Canada’s Board in the Levon Fermanian Library of the Church. The Montreal members of AMAC joined the meeting via Skype.

On Saturday evening, the Church’s Missions Committee organized a fundraising Mission Banquet which took place at Lara’s Restaurant with 150 guests. Mihran Jizmejian, AMAC President, gave the opening remarks and violinist Jonathan Garabedian offered three pieces by Aram Khachadourian. Rev. Megerditchian introduced Keynote Speaker Mr. Khanjian who, with the aid of a video presentation, discussed AMAA’s mission worldwide, especially in Armenia. The Banquet ended with Rev. Megerditchian’s closing remarks and Benediction.

The Sunday morning Worship Service was held with more than 250 in attendance. The theme of Mr. Khanjian’s sermon was “You are the Light of the World.” With a video presentation Mr. Khanjian also spoke about the ministry of the AMAA. The Sunday School of the Church also participated in the Worship Service by singing two hymns. On behalf of the Church, Rev. Megerditchian thanked Mr. Khanjian for his visit and presented him with a torch thanking him and the AMAA for their dedicated ministry to the Armenian communities worldwide.

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During the Social Hour, Mr. Khanjian had an opportunity to meet with the congregation and the newcomers from Aleppo, Syria in the Rev. Dr. Movses Janbazian Fellowship Hall.

It was a blessed weekend not only for the Armenian Evangelical Church, but also for the whole Armenian Community of Toronto. Those in attendance were very touched by the detailed presentations of the AMAA ministries.