Thursday, August 30, 2012

Days 1 - 6 - Bringing you up-to-date

Late on Wednesday, August 29 (mid-morning in Armenia), Pastor Joseph and Jessie connected with Ann-Margret on Skype. They looked happy and well-rested and are enjoying their stay at a small hotel (10 rooms) where they are the only guests at the moment. The weather has been beautiful and warm, 38-40 Celsius, thankfully there is air-conditioning.

Here is an update on what has been happening since they arrived in Armenia:

Day 1 - Saturday, August 25

In a previous post we posted pictures and a few words about the baptismal service but were missing the details of the day. The plan had been for 25 new believers to be baptised on Saturday. On the day of the baptism there were many obstacles that prevented about half the group to not be baptised.

As always in Armenia there is the issue of transportation, this time it prevented a few from making it to the baptismal service. Several others decided not be baptised due to the influence and pressure from others discouraging them from doing so.

On the day of the baptism as they were preparing for the service, a man walking by, stopped and questioned the group as to what was going on. When it was explained to him, he began to curse and say there was only one true church - it turns out he is the local priest.

Even with all the obstacles no one was able to stop the baptismal service from taking place. There is much need for prayer for Armenia and the believers, in the name of Christianity many are being persecuted.

Day 2 – Sunday, August 26

Pastor Joseph spoke at the Armenian Brotherhood Church of Yerevan (ABC), if you would like to listen to his sermon (in Armenian) click here.

After the church service, Pastor Joseph and Jessie had a very lovely lunch with old family friends, from Montreal who are also visiting Armenia, and the Pastor of ABC and his family. Knowing all them it must have been a time of laughter and great conversation.

Days 3 - 5

Pastor Joseph and Jessie have had the opportunity to spent time visiting with family, friends and new believers. We will hear more about these visits when they return and we will fill you in as well.

One of those visits was with a woman named Emma, a television reporter who was given a copy of God’s Workshop in Armenian a few months ago. When she started reading the book she contacted Pastor Joseph and started corresponding by email with him. She was interested and excited to meet face-to-face with Pastor Joseph while he was in Armenia. They met and Pastor Joseph and Jessie were able to share with her about the Lord. She was very encouraged by the visit.

Emma & Pastor Joseph

Day 6 – Thursday, August 30

Pastor Joseph and Artur Mantashyan, the man who was instrumental in the translation of God's Workshop into Armenian, went to the bookstore of the largest charismatic church
where they will be selling the Pastor Joseph’s book, in Eastern Armenian.

Pastor Joseph & Artur Mantashyan at the bookstore that will
be selling God's Workshop in Armenian

Pastor Joseph then went to the Campus Crusade headquarters and met the International
Director from France (Hovhannes) who is an Iranian Armenian and was good friends with Joseph Hovsepian's father Rev. Haik Hovsepian (read more about Rev. Haik Hovsepian here).

Pastor Joseph & Hovhannes
Other news and updates: 
The receptionist (Hripsime) at the hotel that Pastor Joseph and Jessie are staying in is a born-again believer. She and the rest of the hotel staff have all received copies of the tract What Are You Searching for? This young woman told Pastor Joseph that she had sensed he was a Christian because of three things: He said "God bless you" to her, he wore a cross lapel pin and she had heard him and Jessie praying together.

To see the rest of the trip itinerary please click here.

We appreciate your continued prayers and support for this amazing work God is doing in Armenia. God bless you!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Day 2 - Sunday, August 26

Pastor Joseph Hovsepian preaching at the Armenian Evangelical Church of Yerevan in Armenian.

Monday, August 27, 2012

New pictures of the Spitak Baptismal Service

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As new pictures are sent to me I will post them on Facebook and on this blog.

Check in frequently to not miss any of the pictures and updates.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Day 1 - Baptismal Service

On Saturday, August 25th a baptismal service was held in Spitak. There were 12 new believers that were baptised. Due to complications, a long story which we will tell in the future, the rest were not baptised.

Here are a few pictures from the day.

Jessie, Pastor Joseph, Sister Sveta & Sister Nellie

Brother Araik & Pastor Joseph with one of the baptismal candidates

Brother Araik & Pastor Joseph

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Trip Delay

I want to thank everyone who is praying for Pastor Joseph and Jessie. There has been a small delay in their travel itinerary.

When we got to the airport tonight we found out that the flight they were supposed to be on would only be arriving at 11 p.m. EST and that their flight was cancelled due to 'safety' reasons. What that actually means is the airline (Air France) does not want to pay a fine for flying out after 12 a.m. For those who do not know, many airports that are within city limits fine airlines heavily for flying in or out after a certain time, in Montreal it's 12 a.m.

Air France rescheduled the flight for tomorrow (Thursday, August 23) at 4:45 p.m. Montreal to Paris and from Paris they were going to be transferring to MOSCOW and then... well you get the picture and that wasn't going to happen.

After a 30 minute conversation with customer service (a very sweet and understanding woman) in Atlanta, Pastor Joseph was able to reschedule their flight for tomorrow at 11 p.m. - 24 hours later from their original departure day and time. This way they will arrive in Yerevan on Friday. A day later but they will be there.

Your continued prayers are much appreciated and felt at this time. Please pray for safe travels and physical strength for my parents.


Tuesday, August 21, 2012

2012 Trip

Pastor Joseph and Jessie are heading to Armenia (from August 22 to September 11) for the third missions trip there in four years. Last year, Pastor Joseph went with Ruth and you can see photos from that trip by clicking visiting the Pictures 2011 page.

Pastor Joseph will speak at a different location on each of the three Sundays they are in Armenia and will also have a baptismal service for over 25 believers.

Follow the "To Armenia with Love" blog detailed updates in the coming days and weeks.