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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 fall! Leaving on September 29th and returning on October 20th, 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!

2021 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 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.

Mission: Armenia 2021– Day 15 & 16

Friday was a very busy day for us. We picked up our Sister Gayane—a missionary herself (she’s the lady who stores our tracts and books in her home)—and visited three homes in three different villages or towns. First, we went to see our beloved Kevork whom we’ve shared about in past years. This war hero is now 100 years old and an invalid, cared for by his 75-year-old daughter in a tiny, ramshackle apartment. Please note that when we share photos of people’s homes, it is not with the intention of humiliating or mocking them, but to raise awareness among those who follow our ministry about the conditions many others around the world live in, with little hope of improving their circumstances. It’s because of faithful supporters that we are able to help some of the people we meet in Armenia—so thank you!
After this visit, we drove to the hard-to-find home of a family in the tiny dusty village of Karakeravan, where many of the 3,000 or so residents are ethnically Yazidi (a Kurdish religious minority). Despite the winding dirt roads and simple farmhouses, we found the area charming. We hadn’t previously met the family we visited (Christian Yazidis) but they welcomed us warmly and we were glad to be able to encourage and help them. We then went on to a town called Zovuni to visit a man we had met once before. He is the caretaker of a large orchard for a wealthy family, but he lives in a tiny one-room shack in a corner of the property. Again, we prayed with him and offered some assistance.
A few hours later we went to Huysi Doon (House of Hope), a new church in Yerevan shepherded by Pastors Sanadroug and Stepan, and two other pastors. We were moved by the enthusiasm and devotion of the group that crowded into the small meeting room. This is the first church where we’ve seen a ministry to the deaf, with an interpreter whose parents—both deaf—are members. After the service, we handed out free copies of Pastor Joseph’s book while the congregants were invited to approach him if they wanted prayer. Many of them did, from young teens to the elderly. We were blessed by our time of fellowship and pray that this young church will continue to grow and be a light in its community.
For pictures and videos click here.

Mission: Armenia 2021– Day 13 & 14

On Wednesday we focused our visits on one extended family (going into four separate homes belonging to siblings and cousins). While we were pleased to see that there have been some improvements to their living conditions, we were reminded of how difficult life is in Armenia, even under “better” circumstances (relatively speaking). We had opportunities to console those mourning the recent death of a loved one, counsel those seeking advice about life choices, answer questions about the Bible, and even help someone purchase a new mattress (their old one’s metal springs were sticking out and causing injury).

Thursday was the big, big, baptism day! About 45 of us (including children) gathered in a beautiful and spacious home in Sargsashen we rented for the afternoon. We served refreshments and gave everyone a chance to visit before Pastor Joseph addressed the group and reminded everyone of the significance of baptism—the public profession of faith in Jesus Christ. Afterward, we moved on to the pool house farther back on the property. Once the baptismal candidates (19 of them!) had changed into their white gowns, Pastor Joseph and Arayik invited them one by one—beginning with Emmi, who helped us organize the event—into the water to be baptized. Each one confirmed their commitment to live for Christ before entering the water.

To watch the baptismal service click here. (Baptismal video courtesy of Mariam Hajian.)

A few of us observed later that out of all the baptismal services we’ve had in Armenia over the years, there was something special about this one. It’s hard to explain but we’ll try: Not only was the venue conducive to an extended time of warm fellowship, not only was the number one of the largest (with the ages ranging from 10 to 70-ish), but the sincerity, solemnity, and joy with which each person stepped into the pool were almost palpable, and the stories behind each person’s decision to be baptized were moving.

After the baptisms, we returned to the house for communion and another prayer before dismissing everyone. We took care of a few errands, had a bite to eat, and then returned to the hotel feeling blessed and happy.

Five more days—and still lots to do!

For pictures of our trip click here.

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