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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

Joseph Hovsepian Ministries is returning to Armenia this summer! Leaving on August 9 and returning on the 31st, Pastor Joseph will be doing this mission trip solo, his 12th visit to Armenia since 2008.

Please pray about this mission—for Pastor Joseph and those he will meet with and reach out to. We will post updates and photos as often as we can. Thank you!

2022 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 2022 – Days 8 – 14

The second week of ministry in Armenia was so packed that we’re not going to report the activities on a day-by-day basis. Instead, here are the highlights of August 18 to 24:

Our team visited five towns with Pastor Stepan to visit poor families and share the gospel and literature. In the evening Pastor Joseph preached at an evangelistic meeting at Pastor Stepan’s church. Many people came forward for prayer. Three asked for baptism.

  • Many other visits to various villages, with opportunities to counsel and help the poor and sick and to pray with people wanting to follow Christ. Also, some meals and fellowship in the homes of believers who have become friends over the years.
  • Our team traveled about two hours to Ararat Baptist Church, where Pastor Joseph met with five local pastors to offer counseling and spiritual help. In the evening, he had dinner with the voice actor and the engineer who are recording the audio version of God’s Workshop and shared the gospel with them.
  • On Sunday, August 21, Pastor Joseph preached at the Evangelical Baptist Church of Armenia. A 12-year-old boy came to Pastor Joseph to pray for salvation. He was given a gold cross as a memento of the special day. Pastor Garik expressed his gratitude for that morning’s sermon, which he said was very relevant to the congregation. Pastor Joseph had preached about the greatest sin: indifference. In the afternoon, the team went to Pastor Suren’s church in Charentsavan (about 1.5 hours away).
  • Our team visited Spitak (about three hours away) and met with a group of people who had requested baptism, but, in the end, the Pastor decided they were not ready. On the return trip, the team stopped in a nearby village where many Zoroastrians live and where there is a temple to the sun. Pastor Joseph wanted to go in. Two little boys ran out and spoke to him in the Kurdish language, gesturing for him to remove his shoes. The mullah came out and started gesturing and using his cell phone to explain some things. The team gave him our Arabic tract before returning to the road.
  • On Wednesday, August 24, eight people from three areas were baptized in Horm, where our team also gave out backpacks with school supplies to five children.

As usual, we truly appreciate all your faithful support and prayers. We look forward to Pastor Joseph’s return next week but are also excited about all the opportunities God has given him for ministry in Armenia.

You can view our photo album of this year’s mission trip HERE.

Mission: Armenia 2022 – Days 1 to 7

Pastor Joseph has been in Armenia for a full week (he arrived on August 11), and it was a full week! Since he doesn’t have someone with him to write daily reports, we will provide weekly summaries of his activities, along with a compilation of photos taken by him or our ministry partners in Yerevan. Here’s what’s happened so far:

Day 1 – Arrival, settling in, some visits with cousins, friends, and ministry partners.

Day 2 – Met with the actors recording the audio version of Pastor Joseph’s book, God’s Workshop, in Armenian. One of them is a well-known actor. Our team was able to share the gospel with them.

Day 3 – Attended the dedication of the new Armenian Christian Mission (ACM) Center (with Pastor Hratsh of Australia) and other mission trip-related activities.

Day 4 – Worship and ministry in Horom (Pastor Tigran’s church) and Vanadzor (with Suzanna).

Horom

Day 5 – Visitations in multiple homes in Davitashen (with Gayane and Samvel), sharing the gospel and literature.

Day 6 – Visitations in Yerevan and a few villages (with Arayik), ministering to sick and struggling families.

Day 7 – Purchase and assembling of school supplies for children in Horom as well as visitations at the home of an elderly woman and at two hospitals (with Emma and Arayik), sharing the gospel with patients and a doctor. The husband of one of the nurses will be among those being baptized next week.

You can view our photo album of this year’s mission trip HERE.

Please pray for the coming two weeks, particularly for an evangelistic meeting Pastor Joseph will be speaking at on Thursday evening (August 18) and the baptismal service scheduled for August 24.

Pastor Joseph expresses his gratitude for everyone’s prayers. All those he is meeting with send their greetings and thanks for our donors’ support.

Mission: Armenia 2021 – Final Update

We wanted to share one last mission trip update now that we’ve rested from our travels and are settling back into life and ministry in Canada.

Although our last “official” commitment was Pastor Joseph speaking at the Baptist church in Gyumri, after that, we had several brief visits or phone calls with people who wanted to say good-bye, and we made one last trip to the printer to pick up the rest of the fresh copies of “Does Your Life Have Meaning?” (a smaller devotional book that is currently available only in Armenian). We dropped off eight big boxes of these at Sister Gayane’s home for storage and for her to either distribute in her community or make available to other believers who would like to use them for outreach.

Please accept our sincere thanks for all your prayers, encouragement, donations, and other forms of support. Thank you for trusting us to distribute the gifts you gave us to share. Thank you for being as excited as we are about how God is working in Armenia. We’re inspired by the growth we’ve seen in those who work closely with us and feel confident that they will continue to serve and minister as God leads and enables them.

Click here for pictures and videos of our trip.

Mission: Armenia 2021– Day 17 to 19

Most of Sunday was spent in Gyumri, the second-largest city in Armenia and the original capital city. Pastor Joseph spoke at the Evangelical Baptist Church there—the same church we visited on the last Sunday of our 2019 trip—and we were glad to reconnect with that congregation. Sadly, their pastor (Rubik) was ill and we didn’t get to see him.

Before heading back to Yerevan, we drove around the center of Gyumri for a while with one of the church members who had asked for a lift home and then stopped somewhere for lunch. We were delighted by the atmosphere of Gyumri, which reminded us a little of Old Montreal and rural Quebec.

Later that evening we were invited to celebrate Nelli’s birthday with most of her family (mother, siblings, in-laws, nieces, grandchildren, etc.) and appreciated the last opportunity for fellowship with them. We think you’ll enjoy the video clips of two of the little ones—the one praying and one dancing.

With only two days left before heading home, our team has wrapped up our official mission commitments. Monday and Tuesday are personal days for last-minute shopping, tying up loose ends, dentist visits, organizing suitcases, and receiving a few visitors at the hotel for final good-byes.

We appreciate the prayers of our many, many faithful, and supportive friends and loved ones. We could not have done any of this without God’s help—and yours. Thank you. It’s always hard to say goodbye to our brothers and sisters in Armenia but we also are excited to be returning home.

This is our last report for now, but we’ll continue to post brief updates on our Facebook page in the coming days. As usual, the latest photos, most of our time in Gyumri, are in this album.

Click here for pictures and videos.

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