- Christian Social Network
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Below, is the 4th issue of the newsletter of the Armenian Evangelical Cultural Association (Հայ Աւետարանական Մշակութային Միութիւն) of the First Armenian Evangelical Church, Beirut.
You can read it, by clicking on the following link:
The Haigazian Herald - Students Magazine
You can read this issue, by clicking on the following link: http://www.haigazian.edu.lb/HeraldVolXVIN2_Ap08.pdf
Principal of Haigazian University: Rev. Dr. Paul Haidostian
Saturday, April 26, 2008
An Armenian pastor whose ministry is based in the Republic of Turkey will speak at the oldest Armenian Church in the State of California.
Reverend Krikor Aghabaloghlu will keynote the Spring 2008 Dinner of the First Armenian Presbyterian Church Men’s Fellowship.
The dinner event, honoring the faith and sacrifices of the Armenian Martyrs of 1915, will take place on Tuesday evening, April 29, 2008, at the church campus, 430 South First Street at Huntington Boulevard in Fresno.
The evening will begin with ethnic appetizers at 6:30 p.m. and continue with a barbecue steak and chicken dinner at 7 p.m. The event is open to the public and reservations, at $10 per person, may be made by calling George Karkazian at (559) 434-9009.
The keynote speaker was born in 1957 in Arapkir, Turkey near the confluence of the Eastern and Western branches of the Euphrates Rivers. After receiving his early education in his native city and Malatya Province, Aghabaloghlu matriculated at the University of Istanbul, a state institution dating to A.D. 1453. He majored in the history of Turkey as an undergraduate and received a Bachelors of Education Degree in 1979.
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Dear Mr. Jizmejian,
Thank you for your act of appreciation and encouragement. The EQUIP training program in Harissa was definitely a blessing to all of us who participated for the purpose of becoming mature leaders. Thank you for your book. It will surely benefit all of us who want to serve the Lord as leaders.
Dear Mr., Jizmejian,
It is very encouraging to see that there are people overseas who do care for our spiritual and leadership development.
It is very surprising and encouraging to me that not only have you followed up our news from our humble website (blog) but also you have decided to send us a gift that will encourage our development further and further.
Thank you for this wonderful gesture, it is good to be surrounded by proactive leaders in our large community.
Serop Ohanian and Jimmy Kozman-Ohanian
A great endeavor indeed Mr. Jizmejian.
I deeply appreciate your recent undertaking to strengthen the spiritual lives of the Armenian leaders of Lebanon.
Thank you in advance,
Dear Mr.Mihran Jizmejian,
It was nice to read your encouraging words! We are thankful...i want to thank you for the gift "your book", and I'm eager to read it! Blessings from the bottom of my heart.
Mr. Mihran Jizmejian
Thank you very much for following up our news here in the Middle East, and thank you very much for the generous gesture of giving out a copy of your book... i hope and pray that we and the ministry here would be blessed through your book and such gestures.
Rev. Datev Basmajian (Damascus)
Dear Mr. Jizmejian,
It was a pleasure to read your encouraging words and for your gift which you are going to send.
Thank you and God bless you.
I am sure we would love reading the book and discussing it together .
God bless you
Standing at the back (left to right): Anita, Silva, Raffi, Tom Atema, Jimmy, Serop, Rev. Datev.
Standing in the front (left to right): Mano, Shake
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
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Monday, April 21, 2008
It was very interesting to listen to Tom Hoglind sharing about his vivid experiences he has had throughout 4 decades with fellow Christian sects from one hand and fellow Muslims from the other.
Tom Hoglind, a young Swedish guy, had the vision of finding a country to make it his home. He had heard of the Middle Eastern countries where not many people had any idea of the Good News of Jesus Christ. When he first arrived in Lebanon in the year 1969 and saw the picturesque mountains, the magnificent climate and the hospitable people, he decided to make Lebanon his own home. He was adopted by the late Reverend Vahram Salibian and his wife as their second son after they lost their own son in a tragic accident.
Before the civil war erupted, he asked a young Armenian girl’s hand in marriage and Tom and Annie were married in the year 1974. He began to learn Armenian and Arabic through books and now speaks both languages better than me. He currently works for Bible Society in Lebanon and travels to all the Middle Eastern countries spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ, the savior of the whole of humanity.
The most striking and soul-enriching concept shared by Tom with the Armenian Evangelical Emmanuel Church senior youth team on Wednesday, April 16, 2008 was that people - both Muslims and Christians - want to know that our love for them is genuine and we're not there just to evangelize to them, but to build wonderful friendship with them. It is a great blessing for Tom to have friends from all walks of life - Sunni, Shiite, Druze, Maronite, Orthodox, and others. As it is written in the Bible, our faith is futile even if one can perform miracles, but has no love.
Tom’s information about Jehovah's Witnesses was quite intriguing. I always thought all were being paid to go from door to door to talk to people about their faith. I didn't know that some of them were once Christians who had left the church because of continuous tension and divisions among the believers.
However, tensions and lack of love towards fellow believers are a constant threat for the church. But it is at those very hard moments that one should “stick around” and try to work things out with fellow believers. Growing out of tensions, and not by leaving the church, makes the group of believers stronger and more mature in their faith.
Pastor: Rev. Calvin Sagherian
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Revisiting Artin in Beirut: How Armenians are viewed in Lebanon
By Arda Arsenian-Ekmekji
Taking a taxi from Haigazian University to my house in Qoraytem, Ras Beirut, the taxi driver suspiciously asked me "You are not Armenian? When I answered positively, he replied, "How come? You speak Arabic well and you are not heading towards Bourj Hammoud”, referring to that northern suburb of Beirut highly populated with Armenians. I believe the third unvoiced question which remained lurking in his mind was "You don't wear a distinct basterma fragrance.”
If you'd like to read it full click on the following link: http://static.scribd.com/docs/c6l4o7k6p07gj.swf?INITIAL_VIEW=width
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
The young generation, today, is the first generation that has grown up with digital technology. While the old generation used to watch TV in a passive way, where they had to only receive what was shown on the TV, the young generation is interacting with the TV, and collaborating, and they are becoming the actors, the writers, the broadcasters.
It is not only the technology that is changing, it's also the institutions, the companies and the organizations that are also changing their models.
What is also changing is the educational system, that needs to adapt to the changes that are occurring worldwide.
The change is inevitable, we need to get ready. What do you think?
Monday, April 14, 2008
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Remembering the leaders and youth of the Armenian Evangelical CE (Chanitz) associations.
If only we were able to know the names of the youth found in this picture (Emmanuel Chanitz).
* We received this picture from Rev. Krikor Youmoushakian (Australia), who is standing in the middle.
Wednesday, April 09, 2008
- Ms. Sh. Geocherian
- Mr. H. Gojigian
- Ms. K. Parseghian
- Mr. H. Kalebjian
- Ms. N. Kouzikian
- Mr. H. Assilian
- Rev. H. Svajian
Tuesday, April 08, 2008
GET READY, PACK your suitcases because we are FINALLY heading to DAMASCUS !!!!!!!!!! :D
On Friday April 18 at 8:00 PM, the bus will be taking us to DAMASCUS for the weekend ...
We have a full plan for Two Complete Days ... So gather all your energy to ENJOY it to the MAX !!!!!!!
Price is 30$ including transportation and stay in the "Vank" ....
We will arrive back in Beirut on Sunday April 20 at night ...
Details are announced later during Chanits ...
You can see Rev. Krikor AghabalOghlu in these pictures. Also, you can see Hrant Dink in the group pictures, below, with the Armenian Evangelical Badanegan Doon Alumni.
* We received these pictures from Garabed Orunoz, who resides in Istanbul, Turkey. He has been a student of Mr. Hrant Guzelian in Badanegan Doun. Mr. Garabed, like Hrant Dink, was also saved from being Turkified and was brought up and taught as an Armenian.
Mr. Mihran Jizmejian (Canada), took the opportunity and congratulated the leaders who took part in the EQUIP training, by providing each participant with his book titled «Արթնցուր Ներսիդիդ Գտնուող Առաջնորդը» "Awaken the Leader Within".
His Personal Message:
Dear Friends:Raffi: WoW! We are very grateful!
I was greatly impressed that quite a few of Armenian Evangelical Youth leaders had taken part in the leadership program provided. May I suggest that those leaders are provided with a copy of my recently published book, from the office of the M.E. Union, titled "Artenxour nersitit kednevogh arachnorte" Awaken the leader within.
Pastor: Rev. Hrag Karagoezian
Sunday, April 06, 2008
Saturday, April 05, 2008
Ms. Searan Salibian (USA): "Great job with sending out updates and keeping us informed with relevant news and info. May God bless you in this ministry and as He uses you to bring together many around the world."
Rev. Hrayr Cholakian (Lebanon): "Thanks for your hard work, bringing Arm. Evang. News to our homes."
Ms. Ani Boujikanian (Lebanon): helped us succeed in obtaining valuable images.
Rev. Vicken Cholakian (Greece): "Thank you for your great work on the internet. It is encouraging to see you keep the good work in your chanitz."
Mr. Nigolig Yavrig (Lebanon): "Hello, im NIgol from chanits marash thx for the emails and the informations. God bless you GUys †"
Ms. Lynda McCarver (from Morningside Pres. Church, USA): sent us a letter regarding Rev. Dr. Vartkes Kassouni.
Mr. Raffi Kevorkian (Athens, Greece): requested our help to find his classmates from Shamlian Tatigian school from the years 78-79, and asked for pictures of his dear school. We helped him and directed him to the Shamlian Tatigian school administration.
Rev. Dr. Varkes Kassouni (USA): "Thank you for printing the article about my 50th Ordination Anniversary Celebration I am deeply grateful to you for this favor." also, "I am very impressed with your organization's depth of vision, faith and and outreach. I wish you the best."
Ms. Salpy Degirmenjian (Lebanon): "God bless you and keep up the good work. Speaking in tongues is a topic that really needs clarification."
Mr. Garabet Orunoz (Turkey): sent us many valuable images. Also: "Ապրիլ 27'ին պիտի երդանք Պատանեկան Տուն չեմ գիտեր թէ քանի հոգի կուգայ բայց կը սպասէմ մօտավորապէս 100 հոգի: Բարեւներս նաեւ բոլոր Աւետարականիչներուն երիտասարդութեան:"
Rev. Nabil Shehadi (Lebanon): "Enjoyed your blog too – keep spreading the good news."
Mr. Mike Torosian (Lebanon): requested the lyrics of an Armenian evangelical song in which it says "viravoretsi yete megn aysor...", to which we responded positively.
Mr. Khoren Pilibossian (Canada): "I would like to thank you for keeping us updated of what is going on in Chanitz Lebanon." He also passed the Rev Manuel Jinbachian's greetings and asked a few questions about our website(blog).
Also: "I have listened to your audio message about speaking in tongues and found it very interesting. I wanted to share and study more about this topic looking from Armenian Evangelical perspective.
Brother Norek Minas (Iraq): greeted us and presented his request. He also told us that many follow and read this website.
Ms. Nanor Balabanian (USA): "ehle ehle!! garodtsank yaww"
Ms. Liza Titizian (Syria): "Glad that I receive from your website the Newsletters regularly even if it's late to reply. I would like to congratulate you and encourage your good work that I appreciate it. So, keep on working and may God Bless you all."
Mrs. Maria Bakalian (USA): "As always, I enjoy receiving and reading your blog every week." She also cautioned us to look deeper and check further the links that might have escaped from our sight.
Mr. Zaven Khanjian (USA): greeting the chanitzagans: "I salute you from the banks of the Pacific ocean. As vast and colossus the ocean is your hearts seem to me to be more spacious in that it can embrace the world in love just as the resurrected Lord Jesus asked us to go to the end of the world and preach the gospel. That heart which embraces the world has a special place for our people and the memory of those who remained steadfast with the faith, stuck to the historical fatherland and perished because of it. Please keep that flame ablaze as we will never forget what the Lord had blessed us with, a heaven on earth, and continue the struggle for justice."
Rev. Habib Alajaji (USA): sent us his greetings through Ms. Sh. Geocherian and congratulated us for the good work that we're doing through this blog.
Mr. Vartan Tonbazian (Armenian Evangelical College Alumni in Canada): "I admit your site is really active therefore it takes dedicated people and some sort of compensation" ...
Almost weekly i check your website; it's great! Keep up the good work."
Also, "Amazing site; something new every 2nd or 3rd day --- that takes lots of effort and dedication. As for the newsletters; it's a great reminder with all the headlines. It's never boring!"
Note: In case you sent us an email through "Email the Author", we apologize for not being able to receive your message, since that link was broken. Please send your message again by writing to our email address -> emmanuelchanitz at yahoo.com
Organized by Camille Melki, the principal of Heart For Lebanon organization, the much awaited 2nd volume of EQUIP – Equipping Leaders to Reach Our World – Million Leaders Mandate was now finally afoot. For the next 3 years the leaders will meet every 6 months to study six unique and indispensable books. The first of these meetings took place on the 28th and 29th of March, 2008 at Harissa, located at the picturesque mountains of Lebanon. It was very encouraging to witness around 165 participants from Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, and Iraq – from different ages and ministries – sitting together. Members listened with great fervor to the speaker of the event Mr. Tom Atema, who came all the way from Atlanta, USA, to train fellow Christians in the Middle East on the different aspects of leadership. Eight leaders from the Armenian Evangelical Churches of Syria and Lebanon participated:
- Ms. S. Chilingirian and Mrs. A. Andonian (Nor Marash Church)
- Ms. Sh. Geocherian, Mr. R. Chilingirian, Mrs. J. Kozman Ohanian, Mr. S. Ohanian, and Mr. M. Chilingirian (Emmanuel Church)
- Rev. D. Basmajian (Damascus Church)
- Why Leadership is Vital to the Great Commission
- Today Can be a Masterpiece
- Managing My Attitude, Priorities and Health
- Managing My Family, Thinking and Commitment
- Managing My Finances, Faith and Relationship
- Managing My Generosity, Values and Growth
- Managing My Personal Growth
EQUIP website: www.iequip.org
Written by Anitta Andonian
Translated by Mano Chilingirian
Thursday, April 03, 2008
Haigazian University is a liberal arts institution of higher learning which operates on the United States model of higher education using English as the language of instruction. Its purpose is to provide quality education in a Christian environment where academic freedom and the search and dissemination of truth are predominant. It seeks to empower students both for leadership positions and as professionals to serve in the Armenian and non-Armenian Lebanese communities as well as in the Middle East.
P. & E. Torosian School
Torosian is a neighborhood school. Most of the students live a walking distance from school. The school implements the Lebanese Government Curriculum in Kindergarten, Elementary and Intermediate levels. The school's mission is to educate the Armenian new generation with Christian, Armenian, sound and decent education. Mrs. Seta Karageozian is the principal of the school.
Armenian Evangelical Trad School
The school was built specifically for disadvantaged children – the generation of the Armenian refugees who, because of their desperate situation, were left without education. The school, today, shares its building with the social center, which is available for the children after school hours, where they can study & receive help. The social center also reaches the children & the adolescents through spiritual & social activities. The present social worker is Mrs. Rita Lao Manjelikian. The present principal of the school is Mrs. Vera Svajian.
Armenian Evangelical Christian Endeavor Union
The Armenian Evangelical Christian Endeavor Union of Syria and Lebanon (Armenian: Լիբանանի և Սուրիոյ Հայ Աւետարանական Եկեղեցիներու Քրիստոնէական Ջանից Միութիւն) is the youth organization that is affiliated with the World Christian Endeavor Union and the Christian Endeavor International. The Armenian Evangelical CE Union mostly coordinates with the youth ministries of local churches and at the same time it runs two summer camp sites (Monte Verdi-Lebanon and Kessab-Syria) where various groups (Children, Teenage, Youth and Young couples) organize their summer camps and conferences.
Armenian Evangelical Trad Social Center
The center tries to reach to the needs of the Armenian community, bringing to it hope and improving their living conditions. It provides shelter, food, and medicine for the people. Under the wing of the center also operates its DVBS school, its youth group affiliated with CE Union, and it's kids group.
Howard Karageuzian Foundation
The Howard Karageuzian (HK) Commamorative Corporation was founded in New York in 1921 by Mr. and Mrs. Mihran and Zabel Karageuzians in memory of their son Howard who died of malaria while only 14.
Chanaser, the bimonthly magazine, is published by the Union of the Armenian Evangelical Churches in the Near East.
Owner: Union of the Armenian Evangelical Churches in the Near East
Publisher: U.A.E.C.N.E. Publications Committee
The Christian store for gifts, Bibles, and Christian books. Whoever likes to gift a nice present can find suitable gifts for suitable prices with quality products. The store is located next to the Armenian Brotherhood Church, in Armenia Street.
Soulahian Super Store
The store where you will find your needs met; whether you need kitchen equipments, or gifts that you need to buy, or toys, ornaments for your salon, or electrical equipments... The store is located near Shamlian Tatigian High School, in Bourj Hammoud, Sin el Fil Roadway.
Established in 1951 as a family business: Peter's Brass is one of the major firms in the awards, gifts and sign industry in Lebanon today.
Character and expression is the result of much given attention to the fine artistic and technical details.
Combined with modern technology and traditional hand finish, they cast the events of today into living history.
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Wednesday, April 02, 2008
Beginning in Istanbul, Khanjian traveled through Anatolia to the historical Armenian kingdom of Cilicia, then up through Lake Van to the medieval city of Ani and finally to the Black Sea region.
Click on the map to see the places he traveled to...
* We received this map from Mr. Zaven Khanjian (USA).