Armenia. Dear brothers, sisters and dear friends! We are a small Christian church living
in Nagorno-Karabakh. Our city Martakert is about three kilometers away from
Azerbaijan’s border. The city population is about 5,000 people although in the past, this
number was four-fold higher. Due to military activity, many local citizens fled the region
out of fear for their life and health. Some parts of the city are destroyed, but this led to a
favorable outcome. The people became interested in hearing the word of God. They
attend our church services, but we don’t have enough space to fit everyone.
My name is Gagik Mirzyanin. I have six children, and am the pastor of the local church.
My family lives inside the church, which has two rooms, each about 30 sq. meters. We
have a desire to build a larger building, so that the people who attend our services feel
secure. During the war, one family came to our church and while they were with us, they
said, “We feel safe here because you are praying and nothing evil will happen”. I am a
shepherd of 99 sheep, and we are thankful to the Lord that this flock provides for us.
Many people don’t have anything, and we are grateful that we can at least help the local
farmers. Brothers from your ministry visited our church and can confirm that our church
building can be used only temporarily. We would like to build another building on our
property to invite many more people. Brother Ruslan already created an architectural
plan, and we are purchasing building supplies. We pray for the Lord’s mercy to our
church. May God open your hearts to support us during this difficult time!