This is a re-post of the announcement at Shamlian-Tatikian blog.
Dear Alumni & Friends of The Armenian Evangelical Secondary School - Shamlian-Tatikian,
We have added a new item on our side-bar (on the top right-hand side of the page) with the hope that we can meet you and get to know you more.
Besides this, we would also like to gather more information about:
a. Full Name
b. Graduation date/years of attendance (as student or teacher/staff)
c. Current occupation
d. Contacts & address
Please email the above information to firstname.lastname@example.org
With best wishes
For more information, visit: http://shamlian-tatikian.blogspot.com
- Christian Social Network
Friday, October 31, 2008
This is a re-post of the announcement at Shamlian-Tatikian blog.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
It was a great experience participating in the Theological study, organized by the Fellowship of the Evangelical churches in the Near East.
The director of these studies is the Egyptian Pastor, Rev. Ounsi Anis. His vision and passion is to equip church leaders with sound theological and practical studies in order to have ready and prepared leadership in the church and in ministry.
The participants came from different evangelical churches, from Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, and Egypt. The common motivation and purpose of each individual was to acquire sound information in order to pass the good news to the new generation in a decent way!
(In front): Silva Chilingirian (from Marash Church) at the left, Gassia Kelougian (from Ashrafieh Church) the 3rd from the left, and Rev. Ounsi Anis at the right.
All the participants had fully committed themselves to come together for three consecutive years to take the 12 courses and at the end, after hard work, receive their diplomas granted by the Fellowship of the Evangelical churches…
It was both hard and fun. For two weeks, not only the participants were obliged to sit on their desks and listen to the lectures and take notes, but also to do the home-works and study for the exams!
The fun part was the different lahjes (accents) that each participant used. We almost became a big family, around 24 participants!
I'd like to thank the fellowship, which had the vision in bringing together youth from different countries, nationalities and different backgrounds in order to train them and prepare them to become leaders, to serve for the growth of the church and its ministry!
I'd like to specially thank our good shepherd and father, Rev. Ounsi, who with his big smile, loving and caring heart and encouraging words and sometimes with his special remarks supported, directed and guided us through the end of our journey. Indirectly he left a special mark into the heart of every student.
The courses which we took were just a taste for those who had a desire and interest in Theology and Christian education. Some of the participants, in the end, even changed their major to continue their studies at a deeper level, becoming students at NEST or other Theological Seminaries in their country, in order to become full-time ministers or servants such as Pastors or Christian Educators.
This was a special opportunity for me. I noticed a huge change in my character. Not only I gained confidence but also my character was built up! I can evaluate myself and say that God molded me and changed me from a fragile person into a strong, courageous, Godly woman!
I want to encourage you to participate in such conferences for the sake of your spiritual growth and the growth of the Evangelical Churches and hence our community!
Armenian Evangelical Nor Marash Church
Bourj Hammoud, Lebanon
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Sancak (Sanjak or Sanjakh) Camp
For More Information and Pictures of the Camp Read: Sanjak Camp in Lebanon
Related Article by Dr. Elyse Semerdjian:
From Sancak to ‘St. Jacques’: The Armenians of Sancak Camp Fall Victim to Gentrification
OUR ARMENIA - SOME FACTS
The Official Name of the Country
Republic of Armenia
The Capital of Armenia
Armenian; Russian is also spoken
Armenia is located between Europe and Asia in a region known as the Transcaucasus. North of Armenia is Georgia. To the South is Iran. To the East and Southwest is Azerbaijan, and to the West, Turkey.
Size of Armenia
The area of Armenia is Approximately 11,490 square miles. Estimated population is approximately 3.8 million people.
Products of Armenia
Some products are grains, tuf stone, fruit, brandy, minerals, livestock, chemicals, and synthetic rubber.
Money used in Armenia
Dram, it replaced the Russian Ruble in 1993.
Hotels in Armenia
Some hotels are, Hotel Armenia, Hotel Ani, Hotel Dvin, The Bass Hotel, The Arma, The Aviatrans, and HyBusiness Suites.
Christian, Armenian Apostolic; approximately 95% of the Armenians belong to the Armenian Apostolic Church. The Holy Cathedral of Etchmiadzin is where the Catholicos of all Armenians is located.
The Armenian Flag
Horizontal Tricolor--- Red on top; Blue in the middle; and Orange on the bottom. The red color represents the blood that was shed over centuries under foreign rule. The blue represents the sky, and the orange the ripened wheat fields across the countryside.
The National Anthem
Mer Hairenik (Our Fatherland)
Form of Government
Armenia became an independent state on September 23, 1991, and the Government has Executive, Legislative, and Judicial Branches.
Monday, October 27, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
To All Who Use and Love Facebook!
There are viruses being spread all over Facebook, through its message system...
I just received a message from a friend on Facebook that contained a link to a virus... You can see the image of the message that I received. For privacy rights, I have covered the picture image of the friend from whom I received the message that contained a virus link. Moreover, he was not aware that he had sent the message!
Be aware! Do not open the link... Do not click on the link!
Moreover, I just saw a friend who has written the following on his Facebook Status Message: is trying to figure out the details of the virus that is going around facebook.
YEREVAN (ArmRadio)--The Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute (AGMI) recently revealed a rare photograph that documents the massacres of the Armenian population of Mush, one of the many historic Armenian provinces decimated during Ottoman Turkey's Genocide of the Armenians in 1915-1923.
The photo, acquired by the AGMI recently, was taken by Russian soldiers on the Caucasus front in 1915. It portrays the remains of the Armenian villagers who were burned alive during the massacres of Mush.
The one of a kind photo is well preserved and was found in a photo album of genocide refugees, published in Tiflis in 1917. The album contains 62 unique photos that document the Armenian Genocide. Only a few of the original 62 have survived and most of them are in dire conditions, with the Mush photo being surprisingly well preserved.
On the back of the picture is a quote in Russian that says: “Armenians burnt alive in Sheykhalan by Turkish soldiers.” The photo is also marked with the number 74, which indicates the existence of a larger collection of photographs captured by Russian soldiers during World War I.
The AGMI has been collecting and cataloging photos documenting the Armenian Genocide with the aim of constructing a complete picture of the first genocide of the 20th century.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
On 16 August, Rev. Dr. Paul Haidostian, the president of Haigazian University lectured in the youth seminar, organized by the Armenian Orthodox Catholicosate.
He talked about the different obstacles that the youth face in this century, specially with the changing of the world and the many different decisions that a young person has to make. Today's youth has a problem with decision-making, because of the vast amount of choices that are available in front of him. Only when he passes this level, is he ready to go to the second level, which is making the best decision, and choosing the right one. This is a sign of progress, yet at the same time is full of danger.
Rev. Dr. Paul Haidostian added that information is very much available today and everywhere. And the information that anyone takes will leave its effect on the mind, even when one rejects it. He talked about the decline of morality, which he ascribed to everything being permissible and anyone being able to attain anything he wants today. He also said that the moral convictions have been shaken, because to some extent science was able to give answers to some of the behaviors.
The pastor pointed out 4 different reactions and the stand that the youth take:
- Escape from the issues and surrender to drugs and opium.
- Show indifference and criticism, specially towards those who teach about morality and towards the institutions like the Church and the Christians.
- Live in doubt and deceit, without being able to discern as to what is right and what is wrong.
- Encourage a negative self and personality, cynical and rejecting of others; and delve into an emotional religion, and enjoy those aspects that are mostly emotional.
Translated by Raffi Chilingirian
IN A TIME WHEN SO MUCH IS CHANGING, SURROUND YOURSELF & THOSE YOU LOVE WITH BEAUTIFUL REMINDERS THAT WHAT MATTERS MOST STAYS THE SAME.
Lord, There is so much happening in our world right now.
In the midst of it all, it's so good to know You're in control,
Your love is never-ending, and You provide for us.
As the trees turn colors, and the nights grow cooler,
may we be reminded that every season of our lives is a part of Your loving plan.
Holley Gerth, DaySpring Writer
"For I Know the plan I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
JEREMIAH 29:11 NIV
From Left: Mr. Raffi Chilingirian, Mr. Sebouh Svajian, Rev. Hovannes Svajian, Mrs. Sylva Lousinian-Jemjemian, Ms. Shake Goecherian, Mr. Manoug Chilingirian
She visited her school, Torosian school, where she also taught for years, her church, her friends, her classmates and remembered her good-old-days. She quenched her thirst for missing those days and took them back with her to the US.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
It was very hot in Yerevan, Armenia, during July this year, but that was no reason for the interns to lose enthusiasm. On the contrary, they were excited to follow their busy schedule of internship/work camp in Armenia organized by the Armenian Missionary Association of America (AMAA).
Nine interns participated in this year's program. They met AMAA Field Director, Mr. Dikran Youmshakian in Munich, Germany on their way to Yerevan, Armenia. The purpose of this program was to encourage Armenian youth be actively involved in AMAA and get connected to our homeland Armenia.
The interns came from three areas - San Francisco, CA; Cincinnati, Ohio and Paramus, NJ. They arrived in Yerevan, Armenia on Tuesday, July 8 at 4:00 a.m. Even though exhausted from a lengthy travel of almost 36 hours, they were eager and ready for action. AMAA's representative in Armenia, Rev. Rene Leonian, welcomed the group and gave a short introduction to life in Armenia. For most of the interns, this was their first pilgrimage to the motherland, and they were eager to see, learn and serve.
The group spent six days in Yerevan, Armenia. They were housed in the guestrooms at AMAA headquarters on 22 Nigol Douman Street. The first part of the program included four seminar sessions in Yerevan. The day started with a time for devotion and prayer. The interns sat on a balcony facing the historic Armenian mountain Ararat. Both the beautiful scene of snow covered Massis and the prayer of the day energized the interns and prepared them to work
The first session was led by Dikran Youmshakian (AMAA Field Director), who gave the history of the AMAA and the objective for its creation. AMAA was established in 1918 with modest means but great vision to help Armenian both spiritually and physically. He described the many services the association provides in 22 countries around the world including various religious, educational, social and relief programs. The participants were really amazed to learn how numerous and various were the projects and how active the organization was around the world.
The second session was led by Rev. Rene Leonian (AMAA Representative in Armenia), who described AMAA services in Armenia, Karabagh, Georgia and Russia. He emphasized how crucial it was for Armenians in the diaspora to be involved in Armenia and keep the lines of communication and cooperation open. Even with much services provided by various Armenian Church and Charitable organizations, Rev. Leonian pointed out that much more should be done, and Armenia will appreciate the continued support of all Armenians from around the world.
The third session was led by Harout Nercessian (AMAA's Operations Director, in Armenia). He spoke in general on technical and financial issues and described how the programs are run, highlighting the quality assurance and emphasizing the efficiency and effectiveness of the work. He introduced some of the key members of his staff who help oversee the operations. He also gave a tour of the headquarters explaining how each department operates. One program that impressed the interns most was the child sponsorship program, through which more than 2800 needy children are supported.
The fourth session was led by Rev. Hamlet Gureghian, Pastor of the Church in Yerevan, who spoke in general about spiritual life in Armenia. He underlined the preaching of the Gospel and its impact on people as they try to overcome daily challenges and difficulties they face. Along with meeting the physical needs of people, he said, it is also important to bring God's message of love and hope.
All four sessions were concluded with a long question/answer period. The interns were curious to learn and devise new methods of service. They pledged to do their utmost and through their involvement in the AMA help their brothers and sisters in the homeland.
While in Yerevan, the group participated in youth activities and joined in worship on Sunday at the Evangelical Church in Yerevan. Mr. Dikran Youmshakian was the guest preacher.
On Friday the interns visited Echmiadzin and witnessed the Holy Place where Armenian Christianity was born. They learned how Sourp Krikor Lousavorich, helped King Drtad be cured from a rare disease and how Armenia became the first nation to accept Christianity. The group also visited the city of Armavir. There at the Evangelical Church, children participating in Vacation Bible School were packed in a small and overcrowded church hall. They were praising God with their songs as they welcomed the group with cheerful applause. On Saturday, the group went to the famous Vermisage market to buy souvenirs and visited historic churches around Ashdarag.
On Sunday afternoon the interns visited Camp Shoghig in Hankavan where they met Rev. Albert Paidian who is the director of Christian Education in Armenia. Camp was in session and children were gathered for singing. It was such a moving experience to see cheerful children participating in camp activities. The interns donated soccer balls to the camp and had an exciting soccer match with the leadership of the camp. The game ended in a tie 's each team scoring five goals. Later that evening, the interns visited the beautiful Lake Sevan where they enjoyed swimming in its clear and cold water.
Early Monday morning the group traveled to Vanatzor for the second part of the program. Vanatzor is about 120 kms. from Yerevan and is a beautiful mountain city to the North. Weather in Vanatazor was very comfortable except for a few days of rain and one hail-storm. The Evangelical Church of Vanatzor is housed in a beautiful church complex, which was built in 2002 by the AMAA. The building needed some repairs, which the interns had volunteered to do. The interns repainted the surrounding metal fence and built a much-needed sidewalk. Local volunteers including the pastor of the Church, Rev. Samuel Kiragossian joined the five interns to the repair work. The other five interns helped lead the Vacation Bible School with 150 children attending. In Vanatzor the interns were hosted at homes where they enjoyed the warm hospitality of the church members. The excitement of the children and the hundreds of church members was evident throughout the week. The church is like an active beehive with many services provided to the community. Daily Vacation Bible Schools, musical programs, theater, computer classes, knitting and woodwork, painting and sports make this church a center of activities. The interns were so much encouraged with all the ongoing activities. They pledged not only to help, but also come back next year. The interaction with the local community and especially with children was so great, that the interns were always surrounded by people and children, who would never leave to go home.
The culmination of the program in Vanatzor was on Sunday, July 20 when the entire congregation, the Sunday School children and those participating in Vacation Bible School gathered all in the sanctuary performing, singing and praising God. Even at difficult times they had always enjoyed God's love and this was another great occasion. Much credit should be given to the Pastor, Rev. Samuel and his wife Narine, and to the many volunteers who do not spare any effort and time and they dedicate their talents to serve the Lord and the community in Vanatzor.
During their stay in Vanatzor, the interns had the opportunity to visit remote villages including the Village of Tsegh, which was the birth place of the famous Armenian Writer Hovhanes Toumanian. They also visited Toumanian, a village further north on high mountains where they met with the congregation of the Evangelical Church. The Toumanian Church provides valuable services to the community in addition to the preaching of the Gospel. AMAA missionary, Sister Hannah (originally German) operates a soup kitchen in the basement of the church, where over 70 elderly and children enjoy nutritious food.
On Sunday evening, July 20, the interns returned to Yerevan. On Monday the group paid their respects to the martyrs of the Armenian Genocide, as they visited the Genocide Monument in Dzidzernagapert.
The sad moment of leaving Armenia came on Tuesday, July 22. The internship program came to an end, but not the excitement and willingness to continue to be involved in Armenia. The interns had exchanged phone numbers and email addresses with people they met in Armenia and promised not only to be in touch but also to support each other. They look forward to next year's program, which probably will include a larger number of participants.
This was indeed a sacred pilgrimage to our homeland Armenia and definitely will impact the lives of the participants and will keep them connected to their roots.
Those who want to participate in next year's program, which will be in a larger scale, should contact AMAA office and communicate with the Field Director, Dikran Youmshakian at 31 West Century Road, Paramus, NJ, 07652 or call 201-265-2607.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
About the Author: Steve Pavlina, actually sent his newly published book to all over the world. However, because of distance issues and the time that it takes for a book to reach overseas, he took the initiative to send the whole book in pdf format. This was amazing and it was the first time I encounter someone who takes such an initiative.
He was sent to prison at the age of 18. Since then, he has taken a big decision in his life. He was either going to keep living his life the same way, or choose to take hold of his life and find a new path for the remaining part of his life. He had to face "the wall" in order to wake up and see where he was going and think about his purpose in life.
He tried many things, after finishing his term in prison, and he put away what he had learned as a kid. He even put aside his religious convictions that he was not convinced of. He started from scratch. This led him to read thousands of books and do his own research and come to his own conclusions.
And now, he has written his own book to help all those who are trying to find the answers to the basic questions that someone asks in life.
Even though, this is a secular book, the author's message has helped many and even stopped someone from going on with the plan of suicide.
About the Book: Personal Development for Smart People reveals the unvarnished truth about what it takes to consciously grow as a human being. As you read, you’ll learn the seven universal principles behind all successful growth efforts (truth, love, power, oneness, authority, courage, and intelligence); as well as practical, insightful methods for improving your health, relationships, career, finances, and more.
You’ll see how to become the conscious creator of your life instead of feeling hopelessly adrift, enjoy a fulfilling career that honors your unique self-expression, attract empowering relationships with loving, compatible partners, wake up early feeling motivated, energized, and enthusiastic, achieve inspiring goals with disciplined daily habits and much more!
Monday, October 20, 2008
A little boy, who wanted $100.00 very badly, prayed for two weeks but nothing happened. Then he decided to write GOD a letter requesting $100.00. When the postal authorities received the letter to GOD, U.S.A., they decided to send it to the President. The President was so impressed, touched, and amused that he instructed his secretary to send the boy $5.00. Mr. President thought that this would appear to be a lot of money to the little boy. The little boy was delighted with the $5.00 and immediately sat down to write a thank you note to GOD that read: "Dear God, Thank you very much for sending me the money. However, I noticed that for some reason you had to send it through Washington, D.C., and, as usual, those devil's deducted $95.00.
Friday, October 17, 2008
We realized that the images are not click-able in the e-newsletters.
If you would like to view the images in a larger format:
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Of course, there's much more that you can see on the blog.
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.
Learn Matrix and Montage your Videos
MATRIX has become an indispensable software that any jewel designer today is using to design much more accurately and satisfy their clients.
Moreover, they can also take care of the video-recording needs for your events and montaging the recordings for you.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Food eaten by family shown in one week and its cost.
Germany: The Melander family of Bargteheide.
Food expenditure for one week: 375.39 Euros or $500.07
United States: The Revis family of North Carolina
Food expenditure for one week: $341.98
Japan: The Ukita family Kodaira City.
Food expenditure for one week: 37,699 Yen or $317.25
Italy: The Manzo family of Sicily.
Food expenditure for one week: 214.36 Euros or $260.1
Mexico: The Casales family of Cuernavaca.
Food expenditure for one week: 1,862.78 Mexican Pesos or $189.09
Poland: The Sobczynscy family of Konstancin-Jeziorna.
Food expenditure for one week: 582.48 Zlotys or $151.27
Egypt: The Ahmed family of Cairo
Food expenditure for one week: 387.85 Egyptian Pounds or $68.53
Ecuador: The Ayme family of Tingo.
Food expenditure for one week: $31.55
Bhutan: The Namgay family of Shingkhey Village.
Food expenditure for one week: 224.93 ngultrum or $5.03
Chad: The Aboubakar family of Breidjing Camp.
Food expenditure for one week: 685 CFA Francs or $1.23