Tag Archives: Armenia

When we are bit players in someone else’s story

When we are bit players in someone else’s story | World Vision Blog

Four-year-old Yusef with his father. They are refugees from Syria who walked 15 hours from Macedonia to reach Serbia. (Photo: 2015 Aida Sunje/World Vision)

In Europe and the Middle East, a story has been unfolding for more than four years, and the "small, unexciting acts of love" that we can make are part of it.

Today, blogger Addie Zierman writes about the big, beautiful story God is telling, and how we're all involved.

You don’t have to care about everything

You don’t have to care about everything | World Vision Blog

Blogger Addie Zierman builds a puzzle with Mariam and Vahan in Armenia. (Photo: 2015 Laura Reinhardt/World Vision)

After almost not joining us in Armenia this winter, while visiting our community in Gyumri blogger Addie Zierman had a moment of epiphany …

See how Addie was able to let go of feeling that she needed to give her whole heart to Armenia, witnessing how families, youth, and staff there are passionate and empowered to care for themselves!

Dear Rick and Becky: I hope you get to read this one day

Dear Rick and Becky: I hope you get to read this one day | World Vision Blog

Menua with his mother Anoush at their home in Armenia. (Photo: 2015 Laura Reinhardt/World Vision)

Rick and Becky sponsor 12-year-old Menua in Armenia.

When the World Vision bloggers traveled to Armenia this winter, we met Menua and his mother Anoush. 

See the difference that Rick and Becky are making in Menua's life and how important their letters are to him … and a reply from Becky!

Getting Mother’s Day back

Getting Mother’s Day back | World Vision Blog

Yerazik with her youngest daughter Maneh in Gyumri, Armenia. (Photo: 2015 Matthew Brennan/World Vision)

Armenia has a system where children whose parents can't support them because of poverty are sent to government institutions. Yerazik's four oldest children were institutionalized.

Five years ago, World Vision began working with parents to build more stable homes and bring the children back!

For many, Mother's Day can be complicated, but this year join us in celebrating with an Armenian mother who was able to bring all of her children home.

Gor: Man of thunder

Gor: Man of thunder | World Vision Blog

Gor visiting with Tehmineh and Artyom and their 2-year-old son Arman. (Photo: 2015 Laura Reinhardt/World Vision)

"I can perceive well the state of my country and my city and I have the wish to have a personal contribution in changing that.”

See how Gor in Gyumri, Armenia and the youth group of many former sponsored children are transforming their community, one family at a time!

On letting go of our poverty myths

On letting go of our poverty myths | World Vision Blog

Blogger Addie Zierman in Armenia with Aleksandr, the boy she sponsors, and his father. (Photo: 2015 Laura Reinhardt/World Vision)

When blogger Addie Zierman traveled with us to Armenia this winter, she carried with her myths about what poverty was and what it would look like when she met the boy she sponsors.

Read what Addie learned about the truth of poverty, and what it means to a five-year-old boy.

Hope for Hovhannes

Hope for Hovhannes | World Vision Blog

2-year-old Hovhannes with his parents and their World Vision sponsor, Matthew. (Photo: 2015 Laura Reinhardt/World Vision)

Hovhannes is two and lives with his parents in northern Armenia. Last month, he got to meet his sponsor, World Vision blog manager Matthew Brennan!

Having seen World Vision's work in Armenia up close, Matthew has high hopes for Hovhannes's future. See why …

Highlights from Armenia

Highlights from Armenia | World Vision Blog

The World Vision Bloggers on our way to visit a family in Amasia, Armenia. (Photo: Matthew Paul Turner)

Our Armenia Bloggers departed Yerevan not quite a week ago: jet lag is fading, we're returning to normal life … but we're all changed by our experience.

Take a look at some photo/video highlights from our trip and see what inspired us, what moved us, and how together we're already making a difference for the wonderful people of this beautiful country.

[Podcast] Our role in God's story: Agents of reconciliation

Our role in God's story: Agents of reconciliation | World Vision Blog

Leaders of World Vision Armenia's youth program present their creative initiatives to help build their community. (Photo: 2015 Matthew Paul Turner)

Today is our last day in Armenia. From the hopelessness of poverty to the joy and wholeness that child sponsorship brings to communities, families, and children, we've explored the full impact of World Vision's work here in the land of Noah.

Join us today for a podcast live from Armenia! The latest episode of That God Show brings you the stories of the families we just visited, and how we play a role in God's big story.

When you can’t find the words

When you can’t find the words | World Vision Blog

Brothers Grigor, 2, and Samvel, 3, during the World Vision Bloggers' visit to their family in Amasia, Armenia. (Photo: 2015 Matthew Brennan/World Vision)

As our World Vision Bloggers trip to Armenia nears its end, Juli Wilson describes her struggle to find the right words for her experience, meeting "some of the most overlooked … heroes of the world."

Read how witnessing these stories painted for Juli a picture of faith, family, and God's good plan for us.

Zhanna exists

Zhanna exists | World Vision Blog

Amy with her sponsored child, Zhanna. (Photo: 2015 Laura Reinhardt/World Vision)

Sponsoring a child through World Vision is more than setting up a monthly auto-pay from your bank account. It's a relationship with a child, a real child who lives a real life in a country far away.

Amy Bellgardt of Mom Spark is with us this week in Armenia, and on Saturday she had the chance to meet Zhanna, the little girl she sponsors!

Read about Amy's dedication to Zhanna's life and well-being.

Caring for equality

Caring for equality | World Vision Blog

Traditional Armenian Noury dolls. (Photo: Yeva Avakyan/World Vision)

“Armenia has one of the most imbalanced sex ratios at birth in the world.” (UNFPA)

In Armenia, World Vision is working with men, women, and youth in the promotion of gender equality and prevention of prenatal sex selection.

Yeva Avakyan, our senior advisor for gender and formerly on staff with our office in Armenia, describes prenatal sex selection and how World Vision addresses this issue.

A second chance at Christmas

A second chance at Christmas | World Vision Blog

5-year-old Sona was a sponsored child in Gyumri, Armenia in 2003. (Photo: 2003 Jon Warren/World Vision)

Today is Christmas in Armenia!

The land where Noah's Ark came to rest after the flood in Genesis, Armenia has long been a land of second chances. See how today, Armenia is getting a second chance after the fall of communism, and how World Vision is helping through child sponsorship and more.

Something miraculous at Christmas

The follow post was written by Narine Ohanyan, World Vision field communicator in Armenia.

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Do you believe in miracles?

For a mother in Armenia, something miraculous is happening at Christmas.

“I love the ornaments and the lights. I love to stare at them,” says 4-year-old Narek Qotanjyan.

Coming from a child in the United States, this statement wouldn’t be so surprising. However, Narek lives in Armenia with a disability.