Friday, April 24
Minute for Mission: Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day
Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve me against the wrath of my enemies. . . . The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever. (Ps. 138:7–8)
On this day, we remember the Armenian Genocide that began a century ago. From 1915 to 1923, 1.5 million Armenians perished, and a million more were deported from Asia Minor. Through forced marches, torture, concentration camps, starvation, and executions, the Ottomans systematically expunged Armenians from their motherland.
Since 301, the tenacious faith of this first Christian nation has endured, evidenced by millions in Armenia and around the world today. The Syrian desert of Deir-ez-Zor saw many Armenian martyrs, but a remnant of survivors built churches, schools, and prosperous lives in Syria. The Jinishian Memorial Program of the Presbyterian Church has served there (and throughout the Middle East and Armenia) for 50 years, bringing self-sufficiency and hope to Armenian communities in poverty and despair.
Today, Talin Topalakian directs the program in Syria, which brings critical aid where war has again devastated and displaced millions. The program faces great risk, ministering to multiplying needs among increasing scarcity and violence. Talin believes God hears their cry and will save them once again: “The courage and strength which comes from God empower our devoted staff. We serve every Armenian in need without discrimination.”
—Eliza Minasyan, coordinator, Jinishian Memorial Program
Let us join in prayer for:
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Let us pray
Merciful God, strengthen all who trust in you. Like Daniel, Armenian believers have clung to you among hostile worldly powers. Deliver the persecuted. Empower us in Jesus’ ministry of healing and reconciliation so that rulers will see and proclaim that you are the living God, enduring forever. Your kingdom alone shall never be destroyed. We call on you in Jesus’ name. Amen.