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We at Joseph Hovsepian Ministries are excited to share with you about our Montreal-based ministry, which encompasses five decades of involvement at Temple Baptist Church as well as personal outreach projects both within our own community and in other parts of the world.

The main goal behind all that we do is to share the love of Jesus Christ with as many people as we can, in whatever ways are within our means, and to help and support others who share this vision, working alongside them whenever we can. You can view our statement of faith here .

WHAT’S NEW

As many of you already know, Joseph Hovsepian Ministries will be returning to Armenia this summer. . .for the tenth time! Leaving on August 14 and returning on September 4, this year’s team consists of Pastor Joseph, his wife Jessie, and their daughter Ann-Margret.

Please pray about this mission—for those going and for those they will reach out to. We will post updates and photos as often as we can. Thank you!

2018 Mission Trip to Armenia Reports

OUR SUPPORTERS

Joseph Hovsepian Ministries is supported by individuals whose vision is the spreading of the Good News of Jesus Christ to as many people as we are led to by the Holy Spirit. This ministry is not supported by any organizations or other ministries but solely by family and friends.

Books and other materials are available for a free-will donation (to help cover printing expenses) or freely to those unable to make financial contributions. Click here to learn more.

"All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."

Matthew 28:18-20

"I tell you the truth, WHOEVER hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life. "

John 5:24

From the Blog

Mission: Armenia 2019 – Sunday, September 1, 2019

Our team’s third Sunday in Armenia was one of our busiest days during this mission trip. We were on the road for about 11 hours and traveled from Yerevan to Gyumri to Horom to Kosh and then back to Yerevan.

In Gyumri, we visited the Armenian Evangelical Baptist Church, where Pastor Joseph preached, and we enjoyed a moving time of worship and praise. (Videos to come in a later post.) From there we went to Horom for another baptismal service. Although all eight women who were baptized were from Spitak, the church members from Horom joined us to provide encouragement and we appreciated their warm fellowship. It was inspiring to see a few elderly women bravely enter the shallow pool to be baptized! 

Later we had the privilege of visiting our friends Sanadroug and Mariam Hajian for supper and fellowship.

Monday was busier than expected as the team ended up fitting in several visits (or meetings at the hotel). At this point, although the Hovsepians have one full day left in Armenia, the mission trip is officially over. Several friends in Armenia will continue the work as much as they can, following up on families we visited and making sure Bibles, tracts and devotional books are made available to those who need them. Please continue to pray for this vital work in Armenia. Thank you!

Mission: Armenia 2019 – Friday, August 30, 2019

It’s hard to believe our team is approaching the last days of this year’s mission trip. This week had a slightly lighter pace than last week but we have continued our visitations and our outreach to those we meet along the way. There have been a few occasions when Jessie Hovsepian did not join our team for visitations (we’ve had some transportation challenges this year, but also a couple of other helpers coming along with us). But that doesn’t mean she wasn’t still on duty – she has used her time to talk to several hotel employees about faith and has given tracts whenever the opportunity has presented itself. What a blessing and inspiration to have such a faithful follower of Christ on our team!

On Tuesday we took some time off during the day to do some necessary shopping and then went to a local pastor’s family for supper. The warm fellowship was an encouragement to us and kept our spirits high as we talked about how we may be able to continue to serve the Lord in Armenia.

On Wednesday we drove to the town of Sayat Nova to visit a family we try to see every year. While we greatly enjoyed the fellowship there, there was an unexpected outreach opportunity that we also rejoice about. On the way to Sayat Nova, we noticed fields of okra crops and then a group of workers harvesting enormous eggplants. We stopped the car and two from our group got out to talk to the reapers, most of them older men and women, who were working with hand tools. We gave them tracts and then continued on our way. Please pray that they will read and respond to the gospel message they received!

And on Thursday we made the long trip to Vanadzor (about 2.5 hours north of Yerevan) where we visited our dear sister Susanna. She is one of our helpers in Armenia and has been effective in distributing Bibles, tracts and devotional books in her region. She also has a Facebook group where she daily posts a chapter from the Armenian translation of Pastor Joseph’s book, God’s Workshop. While we visited Susanna, a few people stopped by and we gave literature to two of them. We left a box of Bibles with Susanna to give out as the Lord leads her.

Mission: Armenia 2019 – Thursday, August 29, 2019

Did you know there’s a neighborhood called Bangladesh in Armenia? That’s where our team went on Tuesday for one of their visits. At one point, as we got closer to where the family lives, our car couldn’t handle the bumpy dirt road so we got out and walked the rest of the way (about 15 minutes). A 29-year-old woman and her two beautiful children met us halfway and then led us to their home. You can see some of that path in the photos.

What we saw when we arrived was nothing we could have expected. Although the property seems quite large, it is barren and filled with scraps of wood and metal, with a few crumbling sheds and a ramshackle little two-room house situated immediately next to one of three electrical towers – which we could hear buzzing overhead. When we asked the young woman about her husband, she explained that he tends 500 sheep for the people who own the land they live on. He spends six months away from home working as a shepherd while she takes care of the property and a few other sheep. The worst of it is that he has no salary. He works only to earn the food they eat and for their boarding.

We were able to offer some help to this family, to share God’s love and to pray for them. The children were so joyful despite their difficult circumstances that we felt humbled, recognizing how much we take for granted.

The second family we visited lives in Yerevan and we have been to their home during past mission trips. The 13-year-old daughter was just a couple of months old when a treatment in the hospital went wrong and she was left partially disabled. We were delighted to see an improvement in her mobility this year and a smile on her face as she interacted with us. Praise God! It was encouraging to see how this family is trusting in the Lord.

Please pray for these families! Pray that they will experience God’s grace in their lives and find strength and hope in Him. Thank you.

Mission: Armenia 2019 – Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Monday was a quieter day for our team, but we still visited two families (related to each other) in the Ashtarak region and enjoyed warm fellowship. At the first home, where three generations were gathered together, Pastor Joseph was able to answer some interesting questions about faith and witness to a couple of the family members. He gave a 20-year-old man one of his devotional books and another family member indicated her desire to be baptized this weekend, if possible. (We may have about a dozen people get baptized; arrangements are currently being made by our contacts here.)

We have about a week left here in Armenia and will be trying to fit in as many visits and ministry opportunities as we can. We appreciate your continued interest and prayers!

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