Monday, August 14: This was a day of visitations with those who have asked for baptism to ensure that they understand what baptism is. Our first visit was with a young mother whose husband had died and who had lost her job at a grocery store. She has a young daughter with medical needs. One of our partners here has built a relationship with her and helps her regularly. The mother and daughter live in an old hotel that has been converted, using this word loosely, into an apartment building. As with many of these buildings in Armenia, there is no upkeep. They live in a tiny room with no kitchen, a fridge placed by the door, and room enough for a bed and a couch. The little girl has had multiple surgeries for different ailments and needs another that they are waiting for. The mother, Rozanna, will be baptized on the 26th.

The second family we visited lived in a walk-up. The father is a dentist but works as a cab driver and the young boy, Armen, who was afraid of the dark and used to struggle with the fear of demons and spirits, would always wear a cross. During a previous visit, Pastor Joseph had prayed with this boy about his fears. When we arrived at their home, Armen came up to Pastor Joseph and declared that, since the prayer, he no longer struggled with these fears.

We also visited a family that we were introduced to in 2008, during Pastor Joseph’s first visit to Armenia. Artur, the father, is a prolific painter. He gave Pastor Joseph one of his latest paintings, which was done after he took a picture of the moon. This family has gone through many changes in their circumstances due to their son’s rise in the boxing world. Narek recently placed third in a world championship. Their daughter is married and has two children, the youngest born this past May. The mother, Anahid, requested baptism on the 26th and this is wonderful news for all.

Tuesday, August 15: The first visit was to a man, Samuel, who had requested baptism. After Pastor and Arayik spoke to him, Samuel said he would wait for baptism now that he understood what it was about. They left him a Bible, the Pastor’s book Gods Workshop, and a tract.

Our second visit was to Gor’s family. Some of you will remember Gor, the blind boy who likes to sing, from our previous visits. He has been singing publicly and even traveling out of the country to sing. His mother requested a longer walking stick on his behalf, but we were not able to find one anywhere in Armenia. We will be ordering one online and delivering it to him. Gor’s dream is to go to Bible school and learn the Word of God and tell others about the Good News. His older sister has been learning languages and speaks four, including English. She has been accepted into the American University in Armenia. His younger brother, who is 11, dreams of becoming a boxer or, if that doesn’t happen, a bank executive.

The last stop of the day, after a late lunch, was to buy Bibles for distribution. The price of Bibles has gone up from $2 to $8 and they are hard to come by. We were able to purchase almost 100 Bibles to distribute freely, thanks to the generosity of our donors.