There is so much to celebrate, but…

Amaaadmin/ September 10, 2023/ AMAA, Armenia, Artsakh, Messages

There is so much to celebrate. It’s a season of so many rewarding accomplishments all around AMAA mission. It’s a season to celebrate life.

The 2023 AMAA interns experienced a passion for the motherland and the mission.

The 2023 AMAA Medical Mission again showed God’s immense love to those in need.

Artsakh kindergartens held annual graduation ceremonies with children radiating joy and happiness, shielded from the agony of the blockade.

Shogh centers shelter children from broken families year-round, embracing them with love, care, attention and tutorship in every field of study.

Schools in Syria, Lebanon, Armenia and the United States held graduation ceremonies and celebrated outstanding successes.

Haigazian University bid farewell to over 130 graduates sending them into to the world, armed with knowledge and carrying torches of Truth, Freedom, and Service.

DVBS classes in churches all around the mission enrolled record numbers of participants who were ‘trained in the way they should go not to depart from them as they grow.” 

Campers in the Near East, Armenia, Artsakh, Europe, and the Americas, explored the miracles of nature, learned the Word of God, and launched the thought of self-contemplation.  

Rev. Harut Khachatryan, Senior Pastor of the United Armenian Congregational Church in Los Angeles, CA held in the Lord’s hands is recovering at home.

There is so much to celebrate.

There is so much in life to be grateful to the Creator.

And yet, a somber mood clouds the Armenian horizon today because of the Artsakh blockade which is entering its ninth month….a century after the Genocide, this time under the bright daylight of watchful international bystanders, “There is an ongoing Genocide against 120,000 Armenians living in Nagorno- Karabakh, also known as Artsakh,” reported Luis Moreno Ocampo, first Prosecutor of the International Court of Justice, who concludes his Expert Opinion dated August 7, 2023 saying, “In many respects, the starvation of the ethnic Armenians of Nagorno-Karabakh, represents the archetype of genocide through the imposition of conditions of life designed to bring about a group’s destruction.”

For nine months, a multitude of dignified voices, including that of the International Court of Justice, were raised all around the world. On Wednesday, August 16, 2023, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) holds an emergency meeting at the request of the Republic of Armenia to consider Azerbaijan’s total blockade of Artsakh and ‘the unimpeded movement of persons, vehicles and cargo along the Lachin Corridor in both directions’ as ordered (ICJ) on February 22, 2023. 

Trusting God and following His Word, AMAA has declared August 16, 2023, a Day of Prayer and Fasting for Artsakh. Responding to His disciples in Matthew 17:21, Jesus said, “But this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.” That’s the way we chose to support our brothers, sisters and the children of Artsakh and bring their plight to God Almighty.

While our kin starve in Artsakh and we pray and fast for them, let it be crystal clear in the face of history and humanity, that any judgment the UNSC issues on August 16, 2023, is a mark on their forehead that will redeem or stigmatize the international body and its member countries.

The choice is theirs and God is watching.

AMAA continues to sow life in the face of a dark horizon facing our ancestral Homeland including heroic Artsakh.

San Francisco, CA
August 15, 2023

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