The struggle to preserve the Armenian and Christian identitiesNicosia, October 2007: Rev. Krikor Aghabaoghlou inspired the Armenian community in Cyprus and challenged them for one week to “press on” with their struggle to preserve the Armenian and Christian identities. His real-life message filled with passion and compassion for Christ and Armenianness was very inspiring. He touched on ground realities by exposing the situation of the Armenian community in Istanbul and the remote cities and towns in Turkey. He portrayed
not only the struggle for survival but also the struggle for truth and justice. His ministry and mission are undoubtedly exemplary. Rev. Krikor Aghabaoghlou’s visit to Cyprus lasted from October 7 to 14, 2007. He delivered three lectures in the three main cities of Nicosia, Larnaca and Limassol. He was also the guest preacher on Saturday at the service of the Armenian Evangelical Church in Nicosia.
During his stay, Rev. Krikor Aghabaoghlou visited the Armenian Prelacy and met with His Eminence Archbishop Varoujan Hergelian, Primate of Cyprus. He then visited the Armenian member of Parliament in Cyprus, Mr. Vartkes Mahdessian, who had undertaken Krikor’s visa formalities to Cyprus.
Rev. Krikor got acquainted with the Armenian community in Cyprus by visiting the various institutions and organizations. He visited the Kalayjian Home for the old, met with the elderly in the center and encouraged them with the Word of God. It was, indeed, an emotional moment for the old Armenian residents of the center to see a person coming from historical Armenia.
The special audience with the students of the Nareg Armenian School in Nicosia was full of excitement. Rev. Krikor encouraged the students to keep firm in their love for the Armenian language, commitment for Christ and His Church. He then visited the headquarters of the Armenian organizations in Nicosia and met with the leadership of the Armenian General Benevolent Union, Armenian Young Men’s Association (Homenetmen), and Nor Serount Cultural Association.
The Armenian radio program of the Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation interviewed Rev. Krikor for 45 minutes, and the interview was broadcast on Saturday, October 13. Rev. Aghabaoghlou also met with the editors of the three Armenian publications and e- news in Cyprus: Artzakank, Azad Tzayn and Gibrahayer.
Rev. Krikor Aghabaoglou is the pastor of the Armenian Evangelical Church in Gedik Pasha, Istanbul. His visit to Cyprus was organized by the Armenian Evangelical Church in Cyprus.
We received this news from Hrayr Jebejian from Cyprus