Today I woke up around 5:30 a.m. after having gone to bed at 1:00 a.m. Last night it took me almost two hours to write and up load yesterday's post. Internet speed is not the best here but I am grateful that I can post regularly from the hotel lobby.
After breakfast we met up with Arayik and headed out to visit another cousin. Anahid (dad's 1st cousin) is married to Hyak and they have three children. Two of the three were there today, Shushane (20 years old) and Ervand (17 years old). They live in a single family dwelling, I felt as though I had stepped on to a movie set. Their home has not been upgraded in anyway since Communism fell 20 years ago. What money they have goes towards their very basic needs and tuition fees for their son. The daughter is unable to attend college since they do not have the extra money. No one in the family really works except for the odd job here and there.
Even through all these hardships their hospitality is heart warming. The coffee table was laden with fruits and sweets. Haik had actually baked the sweets, baking is how he passes time.
After all the pleasantries were done, dad opened up the subject of salvation. The kids were ready to talk and asked questions. For almost an hour dad and Arayik explained what being saved meant. One example that was used seemed to hit home.
You are presented with two glasses, one you know has "Fanta" and the other you know has poison which one do you drink? Without a doubt you would drink the glass with Fanta in it. We know there are only two roads one leading to heaven and the other to hell. Which road would you take?
Ervand has attended a youth group run by an evangelical Pastor and has a good grasp about things. Shushane also understood what was being explained. Both are mature and knew what had to be done. Shushane was the first to stand and decide to take that first step. Ervand was a step behind her. As the kids approached my dad and Arayik the question was put to the parents. Are you ready to make this commitment? Both replied positively and stood as well to pray and make a commitment.
As I watched this amazing event unfold in front of me I realized that this was the outcome of faithful prayer on the part of my grandparents and my parents. My grandparents are rejoicing with the angels in heaven this day. Please pray for this family so that they grow and mature in their faith together.
Her name is Takouhie Charchian and she used to be a doctor back in the day. Now she is not well mentally and physically. She lives in a dilapidated building with cement stairs leading to her home which are held up purely by angels. There are a dozen or so large containers piled in the front room used to catch water that leaks into the house each time it rains. Her home is tidy and clean but falling down around her. Please pray for Takouhie.