Chanitz (Christian Endeavour) Banquet 2016

The Christian Endeavour banquet is an event that all the youth and church families wait for every year, when youth from our five Armenian Evangelical churches come together for fellowship, praying, serving, fundraising and, of course, having lunch together.
This year we had the honour to host Mr. Adorján Kálmán, the president of World Christian Endeavour Union. He had come all the way from Romania to be with us and to get to know about the CE work here in Lebanon and Syria. We also hosted Rev. Megerdich Melkonian, along with pastors from Armenia, who were also visiting Lebanon and the Armenian Evangelical Churches.
We opened the banquet with responsive prayer, thanking God and requesting that He would strengthen the youth in their faith.
Mrs. Yester Kilaghbian, the emcee of our banquet, entertained the guests with her short stories and introducing the next on the program.
In order to give an overview regarding our youth and the camps, badveli Datev Basmajian showed snapshots of photos about the work with the youth and the yearly camps and events that CE organized with the volunteers from our churches.
The talented groups of Ashrafieh Church Band and Sipan Dance Group performed their songs and Armenian dances, capturing the attention of the present with their music, voices, and the beautiful Armenian female folklore dance.
With a bouquet of flowers, we thanked God for the services of Badveli Sebouh Terzian, Mrs. Shushan Artinian and Mrs. Noushig Shanlian-Arzoumanian, who ended their serving terms at the board of the Christian Endeavour Executive Body.
At the end of the banquet, we closed the event with Chanitz anthem and received the benediction of the president of UAECNE, Rev. Megerdich Karagoezian.

We ask that you pray for the families in Lebanon and Syria, and specifically the youth, that God would keep them steadfast in their faith, despite the many turmoils in Lebanon and Syria.

Around 200 people were present at the premise of the First Armenian Evangelical Church

Around 200 people were present at the premise of the First Armenian Evangelical Church

Ashrafieh Church Band

Ashrafieh Church Band

Mrs. Yester Kilaghbian emceeing

Mrs. Yester Kilaghbian emceeing

Mr. Garbis Deyirmenjian surprised the presence with the news about Nor Yerk band that will be holding revival meetings in April

Mr. Garbis Deyirmenjian surprised the presence with the news about Nor Yerk band that will be holding revival meetings in April

Badveli Datev Basmajian sharing about the youth work and the camps that were held in 2015

Badveli Datev Basmajian sharing about the youth work and the camps that were held in 2015

Sipan Dance Group

Sipan Dance Group

Badveli Sevag Trashian welcoming Mr. Adorján Kálmán

Badveli Sevag Trashian welcoming Mr. Adorján Kálmán

Sipan Dance Group

Sipan Dance Group

(L to R): Badveli Datev Basmajian, Mr. Raffi Chilingirian, Badveli Sevag Trashian, Mr. Adorján Kálmán, Ms. Nanor Kelenjian, Mr. Aren Deyirmenjian, Mrs. Anita Andonian, Rev. Raffi Messerlian, Badveli Hagop Akbasharian

(L to R): Badveli Datev Basmajian, Mr. Raffi Chilingirian, Badveli Sevag Trashian, Mr. Adorján Kálmán, Ms. Nanor Kelenjian, Mr. Aren Deyirmenjian, Mrs. Anita Andonian, Rev. Raffi Messerlian, Badveli Hagop Akbasharian

Photos, courtesy of Mr. Krikor Aynilian