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“Do not doubt, but believe.” John 20:27

Friday, October 18



Hands-on training in the Jinishian Electricity Workshop

Photo credit: Gary Payton

In the months following the devastating 1988 earthquake in northwest Armenia, the Armenian Sisters of the Immaculate Conception cared for the homeless, sheltered orphans, and daily accomplished miracles.

Today, the delivery of miracles continues. While the immediate crisis of the earthquake has passed, the challenges of daily living in the once-decimated region continue. Recognizing both high unemployment and the nation’s need for a skilled work force, Sister Arousiag, superior of the Our Lady of Armenia Center, has led the way in the development of the Diramayr Vocational School in the city of Gyumri. The school’s training programs equip young and old with skills in electrical technology, plumbing, computer graphic design, or culinary arts and restaurant service. Student backgrounds vary widely. Some are young adults raised in the Center’s orphanage. Some are adults from the region seeking a trade to provide security for themselves and their families. Together, they all learn new skills to move into the next phase of their lives.

Hearing of the school’s needs, the Jinishian Memorial Program, a ministry of Presbyterian World Mission, has come alongside. Today, students who learn electrical technology skills for Armenia’s construction trades enter their laboratory under a sign reading “Jinishian Electricity Workshop.” Amid a nation’s crisis, God’s abundance has been shown again and again.

Gary Payton, PC(USA) regional liaison for Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Armenia, and Poland

Let us join in prayer for:

Armenian Evangelical Church: Rev. Dr. Réné Leonian, moderator • Armenian Apostolic Church: His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians • Armenian Catholic Church: His Beatitude Nerses Bedros XIX • Jinishian Memorial Program:
Mr. Arman Boynerian
, executive director

PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Hy Rudin, BOP
Robin Rueff, PMA

Let us pray

Gracious God, pour out your love and care on your children in Armenia and the Armenian diaspora across the globe. Grant us new insight into your dream for us of love and compassion for all our brothers and sisters. Amen.

Daily Lectionary

Morning Psalms 130; 148
First Reading Jeremiah 38:14-28
Second Reading 1 Corinthians 15:1-11
Gospel Reading Matthew 11:1-6
Evening Psalms 32; 139

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