Our vision is to partner in spreading the good news of Jesus Christ. Our mission is to work together in ways that promote healthy congregations and effective leaders in every place, making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
Jane Leechford and Bobby Fletcher will be leading a team to Armenia May 14 to May 25, 2018. We will likely fly out of Charlotte or Raleigh and go through Qatar and then to Yerevan, Armenia.
Mount Ararat and the Yerevan skyline.
After we arrive in Yerevan, the capital of Armenia, it will require a day of travel to get from Yerevan to Berdzor in the Republic of Artsakh where the Project AGAPE compound is located. On our trip to Berdzor or from Berdzor we will see some historic points of interest. Keep in mind that Armenia is the oldest Christian nation so there are many sites important to the Christian faith. If time allows we will also have one day (either at the beginning or end of our stay in Armenia where we will see the Armenian genocide museum and other cultural sites.
While in the Republic of Artsakh our primary hands-on project will be rehabbing a home. Construction knowledge is not necessary as we will have someone there to guide us.
Family outside of a home that was rehabbed in Artsakh – photo by Jaye White.
Nara Melkonyan, our in-country director, will also direct us in other ministry endeavors which may include delivering chickens or cows, distribution of aid (clothing, Christmas boxes in May …), a Vacation Bible School, etc. We will also tour several facilities that are associated with the ministry: hospital, orphanage, education center, and village clinic.
Nara and AGAPE Staff 2017 – photo by Jaye White
I cannot emphasize how important this mission work is. For 26 years the only group helping the people in this disputed territory are United Methodist from North Carolina (both conferences). No other group, sacred or secular has reached out to the Republic of Artsakh (Karabakh). Your presence would be such a blessing to these people who live by faith with very little material means.