Year: 2010

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“AGAPE” SUMMER CAMP 2010

We praise the Lord for His love and mercy because He entrusted all of us with a great and honorable ministry. The Union of the Evangelical Christian Baptist Churches of Armenia organized a 6-weeks summer camp for 8 – 13 years old children from July 12 to August 30, 2010. More then 800 children participated in the camp during those 6 weeks. Before the beginning of this ministry the Holy Spirit reminded us to pray for the leaders first, then for the whole program. We trusted that God would call His people and use them for His glory. 65 leaders had voluntarily served among the children at the Camp. And this was the beginning of this camp.
God blessed the entire program of our “Agape” camp, including games and biblical stories. It is noteworthy to mention that during the worship songs the children were giving thanks to Jesus. We saw that the hearts of children were so joyful. We also want to mention that the unity of leaders was a good testimony for the children (some of them wanted to be leaders later). We hope the children enjoyed the love of Jesus during the camp. We had 16 orphans at the camp. We used to pray for these children every morning, and God answered our prayers. One of them is small Milena who has testified that Jesus loves her and so do all of the leaders.
We thank Jesus for giving us the strength and leading us by His hand. We have to remember always that God has called us and He is faithful to do it. The fruits of our labor belong to Him, and we are only the instruments in His hands.

‘Do not fear, for I am with you;
Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you, surely I will help you,
Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’
Isaiah 43:10

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12th CONGRESS OF THE UNION OF EVANGELICAL CHRISTIAN BAPTIST…


Our God has blessed us with many things and one of His blessings is His children coming together to worship our Lord Jesus Christ. This year was organized the 12th Congress of Armenian Evangelical Christian Baptist Churches, which brought together pastors and leaders of churches. The Armenian Evangelical Christian Baptist Churches has formed a good tradition in pastors coming together once a year for a conference. During the congress main issues that affect different congregations are discussed. Our brothers in Christ share their blessings and difficulties and discuss the challenges our churches face nowadays. Brothers keep on coming together every year and they testify that every year they come away more encouraged for doing the Lord’s work.
This year was no exception. Between June 30 and July 2, ninety pastors and church planters came together for our annual meetings. During the congress we had worship times and lectures, which were led by Rev. Gagik Tarverdyan and Rev. Asatur Nahapetyan from Armenia, as well as by Dr. Ray Glinsky and brother David Newton from the Grace Church of Chicago. At the same time during the conference were received news, reports and challenges from the brothers. This year new brothers joined us for the congress and we enjoyed listening to new testimonies about what God is doing in Armenia. As we have already mentioned, the whole conference itself was an act of worship to God and we would like to share with you some of the topics of the lectures. Today, as well as 2000 years ago, the goal of the church is to worship God. Worship is addressed to God and every Christian should ask himself, “How can I bring glory to my God? How can I glorify Him?” He is worthy of our praise because He is our Savior and God.
Worship is not a temporary thing – it never ends. It is constant and it is the essence of a Christian’s life.
Where can I worship? When can I worship? Those are questions we should think about, dear reader. Do we worship God on Sundays only or should we worship God every day of the week? Well, we are to worship our God always because He is everywhere and He is always present. It does not matter whether you are a spiritual leader, a worker or a student, your life should be an act of sincere worship to the Creator. God wants His children to worship Him in Spirit and Truth (John 4:24).
This means that God wants to see the state of our heart. It is through a sincere worship of God that it is seen how much we love our God. The whole life of a Christian should be an act of worship and a gift to our Lord.
Biblical Eldership
The topic of Biblical Eldership is very important and it was talked about at the conference. Biblical elders are a group of men who devote themselves to teaching God’s Word to others for Jesus’ glory. God chooses men for eldership and pastoral ministry. In the Scriptures, the plural is always used when referring to elders – i.e. a church should have several elders who are called to spiritual ministry. We can see from Peter’s letters that after planting churches, he put elders (plural) in place and not just a single elder. Elders are called to minister together and to share in the ministries of the church. Biblical Eldership is very important both in church doctrine and leadership. Leaders are called to guard the church from false teachings and in the case when there are several elders in a church it is easier to do so. Praise the Lord that during the last few years, new brothers have been assigned to pastoral ministries in the Baptist Churches of Armenia.


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VISIT OF CANADIAN PARLAMENTARY DELEGATION TO ARMENIA

A Canadian parliamentary delegation led by Member of Parliament Harold Albrecht paid an official visit to Armenia from September 6-10, 2010.  Mr. Albrecht is the chair of the Canada-Armenia Parliamentary Friendship Group.

The President of Armenia Serzh Sargsyan received the Canadian delegation.  President Sargsyan welcomed the group to Armenia and noted that Armenia and Canada are cooperating efficiently in bilateral and multilateral formats. The President highlighted the importance of developing more active inter-parliamentarian relations. “Canada is an important state, with a powerful economic and democratic system.” President Serzh Sargsyan said he appreciates the 2006 decision for the recognition of the Armenian Genocide “We are grateful to the Parliament and Government of Canada for their position on the recognition of the Armenian Genocide.”

The delegation visited with their colleagues in the National Assembly of the Republic of Armenia and met speaker Hovik Abrahamyan, Armenian Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan and Edward Nalbandyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs also received the Parliamentary delegation for a very productive discussions.

The parliamentary delegation headed to the spiritual birthplace of Armenian Christianity, the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, where they were greeted by His Eminence Bishop Bagrat Galstanian, Primate of the Armenian Church Canadian Diocese. Canadian politicians toured the complex of the Holy See of Etchmiadzin and visited the Mother Cathedral.

The delegation visited the Armenian Genocide Museum and the adjacent memorial site.

On September 7, Mr. Harold Albrecht also met with Asatur Nahapetyan, the General Secretary of The Union of Evangelical Christian Baptist Churches of Armenia.

 It is a blessing that Mr. Albrecht, who was previously involved in pastoral ministry, is now in political life and that he is both a good friend of Armenia and supportive of all Armenian issues. Revd Asatur Nahapetyan said: “It was a blessing to meet our dear Brother in Christ Harold Albrecht, at the same time to pray together and praise God for His love, grace and mercy towards nations”.