2012 Mission Trip to Armenia, a set on Flickr.
As we are receiving pictures from Pastor Joseph and Jessie we are posting them here for you.
Late on Wednesday, August 29 (mid-morning in Armenia), Pastor Joseph and Jessie connected with Ann-Margret on Skype. They looked happy and well-rested and are enjoying their stay at a small hotel (10 rooms) where they are the only guests at the moment. The weather has been beautiful and warm, 38-40 Celsius, thankfully there is air-conditioning.
Days 3 – 5
|Emma & Pastor Joseph|
|Pastor Joseph & Artur Mantashyan at the bookstore that will
be selling God’s Workshop in Armenian
Pastor Joseph then went to the Campus Crusade headquarters and met the International
Director from France (Hovhannes) who is an Iranian Armenian and was good friends with Joseph Hovsepian’s father Rev. Haik Hovsepian (read more about Rev. Haik Hovsepian here).
|Pastor Joseph & Hovhannes|
To see the rest of the trip itinerary please click here.
Pastor Joseph Hovsepian preaching at the Armenian Evangelical Church of Yerevan in Armenian.
On Saturday, August 25th a baptismal service was held in Spitak. There were 12 new believers that were baptised. Due to complications, a long story which we will tell in the future, the rest were not baptised.
Here are a few pictures from the day.
|Jessie, Pastor Joseph, Sister Sveta & Sister Nellie|
|Brother Araik & Pastor Joseph with one of the baptismal candidates|
|Brother Araik & Pastor Joseph|
I want to thank everyone who is praying for Pastor Joseph and Jessie. There has been a small delay in their travel itinerary.
When we got to the airport tonight we found out that the flight they were supposed to be on would only be arriving at 11 p.m. EST and that their flight was cancelled due to ‘safety’ reasons. What that actually means is the airline (Air France) does not want to pay a fine for flying out after 12 a.m. For those who do not know, many airports that are within city limits fine airlines heavily for flying in or out after a certain time, in Montreal it’s 12 a.m.
Air France rescheduled the flight for tomorrow (Thursday, August 23) at 4:45 p.m. Montreal to Paris and from Paris they were going to be transferring to MOSCOW and then… well you get the picture and that wasn’t going to happen.
After a 30 minute conversation with customer service (a very sweet and understanding woman) in Atlanta, Pastor Joseph was able to reschedule their flight for tomorrow at 11 p.m. – 24 hours later from their original departure day and time. This way they will arrive in Yerevan on Friday. A day later but they will be there.
Your continued prayers are much appreciated and felt at this time. Please pray for safe travels and physical strength for my parents.
Pastor Joseph and Jessie are heading to Armenia (from August 22 to September 11) for the third missions trip there in four years. Last year, Pastor Joseph went with Ruth and you can see photos from that trip by clicking visiting the Pictures 2011 page.
Pastor Joseph will speak at a different location on each of the three Sundays they are in Armenia and will also have a baptismal service for over 25 believers.
Follow the “To Armenia with Love” blog detailed updates in the coming days and weeks.
As most of you know, Pastor Joseph Hovsepian will be going to Armenia for his third missions trip (this time with his wife Jessie), from August 22 to September 11. Since last year’s visit to Yerevan and surrounding villages, there has been a lot of outreach activity in Armenia, much of which we have tried to regularly report to you through the Temple News, our website, Facebook, etc.
Distribution of the Eastern Armenian translations of our tract, What Are You Searching for?, and Pastor Hovsepian’s book, God’s Workshop, is still going strong. Of course, this material is costly to print so your gifts are always greatly appreciated. If this is a ministry you feel passionate about, you can make a difference with your special donations.
Another way you can help, if giving money is difficult, is to donate items that would be useful to struggling families in Armenia. The Hovsepian family will be shipping a container of godds in a few months and are collecting kitchen items, school supplies and clothing.
Besides what is already on our church website, updates on the Armenian missions trip and other projects Pastor Hovsepian is working on will soon be available at this new website: www.josephhovsepianministries.com
Although there are nearly 9,000 km between Montreal and Armenia, we have been working closely with out brothers and sisters there to support the outreach and evangelism work being done in Yerevan, Spitak and other surrounding villages.
Recently, 100,000 copies of the Eastern Armenian version of “What Are You Searching For?” were printed and are quickly being distributed.
As well, the Armenian translation of Pastor Joseph’s book, “God’s Workshop”, is in the process of being printed and, within the next couple of weeks, free distribution of the 5,000 copies will begin. If you would like to support this outreach through sponsorship, please speak to Pastor Joseph.