PARAMUS, N.J. — For more than 30 years, the Armenian Missionary Association of America (AMAA) and the Evangelical Church of Armenia, however, have strived to help the children in Armenia and Karabagh during the Christmas season.
During the 2015-2016 Christmas season, in more than 40 towns and cities in Armenia and Karabagh, Christmas and New Year’s Programs were organized in the final days of December until the end of winter vacation for children, teens and their parents. The real message of Christmas was proclaimed through music, recitations, games and drama with the children presenting Christ’s birth and conveying the meaning and importance of His birth, and by telling about the plan of God’s salvation. Each program included a special visit from Santa distributing boxes of school supplies, socks, candy, toys, Christmas story activity booklets, puzzles, coloring books etc.
The highlight of the Christmas Programs took place at the AMAA Center in Yerevan on January 8 and 9 for more than 1,500 children and their parents. Four presentations of a beautiful and exciting drama by AMAA’s “Hayasa” Theatrical group titled “The Giver of Joy” were staged and directed by Nune Abrahamyan.
The organization thanked all donors, and sent a special thanks to Nelson Randolph and Al Jibilian, who coordinated the purchasing and shipping of the boxes and their contents, from the U.S. to Armenia. Jibilian even traveled to Armenia with volunteers from the US to assist with the packing and assembling of the boxes.