AMAA internship program will send 22 young adults to Armenia

Paramus, N.J. - In July, 22 young adults will travel to Armenia as part of the Internship/Work Camp Project of the Armenian Missionary Association of America, the association has announced. They will spend a few days in Yerevan and then travel to Ijevan, which this year will be the center of their service.

The group will be led by AMAA's field director, Dikran Youmshakian, and three volunteers: Raffi Kaljian, AEUNA's West Coast youth director, Vicken Keshishian of Havertown, Pa., and David Shahbazian of Kingston, N.Y. AMAA's Internship Program is chaired by Vahram Aynilian, Board member. Participants this year come from different areas in the United States, particularly from Los Angeles, Boston, Troy (N.Y.), Chicago, and New Jersey.

The group will meet in New Jersey. Vahram and Lucienne Aynilian will host a special reception at their home in Alpine on Sunday, June 28. On June 29 the group will visit AMAA Headquarters in Paramus for an introduction.

West coast interns prepare to travel.

Vacation Bible School at Ijevan Church.

That evening they will travel to Armenia, where they will be stationed at the AMAA's new headquarters on Baghramian Street. They will have three seminars in the mornings and trips in the afternoon to historic sites.

On Saturday, July 4, the group will travel to Ijevan, a city in the north, and will be stationed at the local Evangelical church. There the group will have an opportunity to use their talents and will provide hands-on service. They will help renovate the church building and also lead two daily vacation Bible schools.

AMAA's Internship Program has multiple purposes. It will help encourage the youth to learn more about their roots and visit, see, and experience their homeland, Armenia. In addition they will be acquainted with the ministries of the AMAA. They will be inspired to be involved. They will help their brothers and sisters, and both impact and be impacted by the Armenian way of life. Most of all, stated AMAA, they will appreciate and share God's love with others.

"We are certain that this visit to the homeland will be a pilgrimage for our youth and that they will remain committed to their Armenian and Christian heritage," organizers added.

"The participants are serious and are eager to serve," announced AMAA. "They have undertaken the major part of the expenses: paying for their travel." AMAA will take care of the modest accommodations and will undertake the purchase of the building materials. Donations from individuals and churches are being accepted.

"We thank God for this opportunity and ask our members and friends to keep this program and the participants in their prayers," the statement concluded.

Source: Armenian Reporter