United for God's Service

George Sahili

by George Sahili
Being a 16-year-old teenager who attends the Armenian Evangelical Emmanuel Church at Amanos and serves there with all of his heart, I decided this year to participate in the church's annual camp. It was very amazing. I felt home and learned a lot throughout it.

The camp took place in a village called Dhour Choueir, a campus called Ayn al Assis. We could breathe fresh cool air and feel relieved. The environment was all good, natural and relaxing. The service concerning meals, refreshments and rooms was quite satisfying. I find all this one of the most important reasons for the camp to be amazing.

The reason why I took the initiative and decided to participate is the love and care that all of the church members showed me. I really felt part of the big holy family. I considered my fellow participants as brothers and sisters and spent a great time with them full of joy and happiness.

The topic was about service. Two sessions plus the Sunday worship's message filled us with helpful information and grace. We learned how to serve God the right way in church, and how to serve our fellow humans generally as to be serving God referring to what his word says (Matthew 25:34-40). I personally was filled with the Holy Spirit and decided to work on myself in order to improve the pureness of my serving.

I pray to God thanking him for having given us the opportunity to organize camps and unite aiming to praise His holy name, and asking him to keep this family and let it grow even bigger being filled with more love, hope and faith.

Ms. Vartoug Balekjian presenting the topic of being servant of God

Ms. Vartoug Balekjian presenting the topic of being servant of God

Koko Aynlian leading the games night

Koko Aynlian leading the games night

One of the study groups

One of the study groups

Dinner and fellowship

Dinner and fellowship

Children having a great time (oh, and his dad is really cool!)

Children having a great time (oh, and his dad is really cool!)

say cheese!

say cheese!

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World Christian Endeavor Union's Board Meeting in Romania

Rev. Raffi Messerlian

by Rev. Raffi Messerlian

I praise God that through His grace I participated, during Sept 14-25, in the following events:

  1. During Sept 14-18, as a board member, I participated in the World Christian Endeavour Union’s board meeting, held in Romania in the city of Cluj-Napoca. Several other board members from other continents were also present at the meeting. These meetings served as a beautiful opportunity to share about the work of the various CEs in the world, as well as to talk about future of the WCEU and its vision and mission. We also discussed the World Christian Endeavour Convention that is going to be held in 2018 in USA. At the end of the meeting, the president of WCEU, Rev. Kálmán Adorján (Romanian) officially appreciated and thanked the WCEU General Secretary, Mr. Andreas A. Rudolf, who ends his term in November 2016, and will retire. He then officially called Rev. Dr. Dave Coryell (USA) to his post as the newly elected General Secretary. He officially starts his ministry on 1 December 2016. Finally, the president prayed to God and asked for His leading of the new General Secretary in his work.
     
  2. As a member of the WCEU I also serve in the Central Committee and the Nomination Committee. The Nomination Committee is working on both the election of the new president and the new board members, that will take place during the 2018 Convention.

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Rev. Raffi Messerlian (in the center)

Rev. Raffi Messerlian (in the center)

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The president thanking the General Secretary

The president thanking the General Secretary

Dr. Dave Coryell and Mr. Andreas A. Rudolf

Dr. Dave Coryell and Mr. Andreas A. Rudolf

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Mr. Andreas A. Rudolf and Rev. Kálmán Adorján

Mr. Andreas A. Rudolf and Rev. Kálmán Adorján

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The Armenian Evangelical Church started with the spiritual awakening of the mind, Rev. Dr. Paul Haidostian

Translated from Armenian from the source: http://protestant.am/eca-170-rev-doc-paul-haidostian/

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Among the various Evangelical figures whom we interviewed on the occasion of the 170th anniversary of the Armenian Evangelical Church, the opinion of the president of Haigazian University, Rev. Dr. Paul Haidostian, is very important.

- The Armenian Evangelical Church is hundred and seventy years old. Perhaps compared to many older churches in the Middle East and Europe it is considered a young church, however, among the Evangelical Reformed churches it is not considered so new. The 170 years of reformation within the 500 years is an important time span. The Armenian Evangelical Church started with the spiritual awakening of the mind. Spiritual awakening, meaning that first a human being’s spirit and mind should awaken. And then that awakening should create a spiritual and collective communication, and that communication should also transform its own society. This is how I see the progression, which was also realised in the Armenian Evangelical history.

Today’s challenges and situations. I need to state that the Armenian Evangelical Church had a long experience in keeping institutions, especially, education and social service institutions. 

It seems that it was in these two sectors that the Armenian Evangelical Church had the long-term success.

Various other institutions and programs were launched but they passed away quickly, not keeping their strength. For example, publication and translation departments and others. The church always had these departments, however, they did not keep up as well as the educational and social service departments.

The next strength that the Evangelical church had was the ministry of the youth, junior youth and children. I think that during the past few years we haven’t been paying enough attention to the long-term education of youth, junior youth, and children. In many of the countries we emphasise on the work with youth, junior youth and children ministries, like Sunday Schools etc, but in short-terms, meaning this year, next year, two years, three years, five years. But then where do we reach to? This is our weakness, that we need to address. If a child attends Sunday school, then joins the junior youth group, then the youth group, and after this stage I notice that the transition to a mature believer, as an active church member, remains weak.

The other issue that lies in front of the Armenian Evangelical Church, and unfortunately after 170 years, in certain communities, the Armenian Evangelical Church still has to declare that it is indeed a Church. I call for the Armenian Evangelical Church to be self-confident and positive in its role, because it has this beautiful experience, the zeal of the Gospel, and having the reformation and renewal policy it has its own constitution, internal bylaws, that permit it to always be in renewal. Therefore, on the occasion of the 170th anniversary my wish is that instead of thinking about how we can reach out more in this world, for the church to emphasise more how we can reform our church, and hence our community, our environment will reform through our reformation.

These are some of the challenges. The number could be large, however, I am happy to say that throughout the 170 years, in spite of all the difficulties, be them political, economical or others, the Armenian Evangelical Church, as a minority, has carried out tremendous work, and generally outside viewers tell me, perhaps one-third of the Armenian population are Evangelical that they were able to accomplish all these. I tell them, that perhaps three percent, or four percent in other countries, not more. But we should always praise God that this church had tremendous opportunities in Christian ministry and nation-building because eventually hundreds and thousands of Armenian children and youth have received education, whether school or college, with the Gospel inspiration and piety education, and these have only brought benefits to our people.

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Christian Endeavor Union - Executive Body 2016

In the year 2016, the elected members who are serving in the Christian Endeavor Union (Lebanon) are:

Badveli Sevag Trashian - chairman
Mrs. Anita Andonian - secretary
Mr. Raffi Chilingirian - treasurer
Badveli Hagop Akbasharian - member
Ms. Nanor Kelenjian - member
Rev. Raffi Messerlian - member
Mr. Aren Deyirmenjian - member

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'Make a Joyful Noise', Nor Yerk's Concerts in Beirut

On 7 and 8 May 2016, the Armenian Evangelical Christian Endeavour Union with the sponsorship of Bashde.org organized Nor Yerk’s concert at Doctors’ Home, entitled ‘Make a Joyful Noise’.

Nor Yerk is founded by Rev. Nerses Balabanian in 1993, and has given concerts in various countries (France, Syria, Lebanon, Armenia, Georgia, USA, Canada, Germany, Switzerland, Australia, Iran, and Greece), singing Christian and Armenian cultural/patriotic songs and sharing the message of the love of Christ with everyone.

This time the Nor Yerk band included Rev. Nerses Balabanian, Rev. Nishan Bakalian, Houry-Dora Apartian, Gilbert Hovsepian, Rev. Hrag Karageozian, Aren Deyirmenjian, Shahan Kilaghbian, Garin Haidostian, Arek Karagoezian, Sevan Balabanian, Nanor Balabanian, Azad Balabanian who came from various countries to Lebanon, in order to share Christ’s love with their music, voices, messages, and to encourage the audience in their faith.

(L to R) Rev. Hrag Karagoezian, Houry-Dora Apartian, Arek Karagoezian, Rev. Nishan Bakalian, Gilbert Hovsepian

(L to R) Rev. Hrag Karagoezian, Houry-Dora Apartian, Arek Karagoezian, Rev. Nishan Bakalian, Gilbert Hovsepian

(L to R) Rev. Megerdich Karagoezian, Mrs. Seta Karagoezian, Mrs. Esther Kilaghbian, Rev. Soghomon Kilaghbian, Rev. Nabil Maamarbashi, Mrs. Silvi Avakian Maamarbashi, Mrs. Maral Haidostian, Mrs. Alina Megerdichian

(L to R) Rev. Megerdich Karagoezian, Mrs. Seta Karagoezian, Mrs. Esther Kilaghbian, Rev. Soghomon Kilaghbian, Rev. Nabil Maamarbashi, Mrs. Silvi Avakian Maamarbashi, Mrs. Maral Haidostian, Mrs. Alina Megerdichian

(L to R) Rev. Hrag Karagoezian, Rev. Nerses Balabanian, Shahan Kilaghbian, Houry-Dora Apartian, Sevan Balabanian, Arek Karagoezian

(L to R) Rev. Hrag Karagoezian, Rev. Nerses Balabanian, Shahan Kilaghbian, Houry-Dora Apartian, Sevan Balabanian, Arek Karagoezian

AMAA Executive Director, Mr. Zaven Khanjian, Visiting Armenian Evangelical Emmanuel Church

On Sunday, 29 May, the AMAA Executive Director, Mr. Zaven Khanjian visited and preached at the Armenian Evangelical Emmanuel Church.

Mr. Zaven Khanjian preaching, deacon Samuel Svajian, Badveli Sevag Trashian

Mr. Zaven Khanjian preaching, deacon Samuel Svajian, Badveli Sevag Trashian

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A Night with the Veteran Chanitzagans of the Armenian Evangelical Emmanuel Church

April 27, 2016 was a memorable day for the Armenian Evangelical Emmanuel Church Chanitz. More than 30 veteran Chanitz members gathered in the Youth hall alongside current youth group members to worship, socialize and dine together. The atmosphere was uplifting as veterans and current youth group members sang together, shared stories from years back and played games during the social time. This experience was very encouraging as it led to a new excitement that our youth group needed.


We would like to repeat such events and gathering at least once a year to keep the old and new generation in close connection. It will help us discover the past in order to move to the future carrying with us the legacy of the founders of Emmanuel Chanitz.

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Sunrise Worship Service at Kchag

Njteh Mekhsian (Armenian Evangelical First Church) leading the worship

Njteh Mekhsian (Armenian Evangelical First Church) leading the worship

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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