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Painting of Thaddeus and Bartholomew (with Mount Ararat in the background) in a chapel in Khor Virap (a monastery located in the Ararat plain in Armenia near the closed border with Turkey). They were the two apostles who brought Christianity to Armenia in the first century A.D. Near this chapel St. Gregory the Enlightener was imprisoned in a pit for 13 years. Upon his release he converted King Tiridates III by healing the king of an incurable affliction through the power of God. The king then proclaimed Christianity the official religion of Armenia, making it the first nation to adopt Christianity as its official religion in 301 A.D.
Visiting Project AGAPE’s Children’s Home. We didn’t speak the same language but we all understood the universal language of laughter. #Project365 #365PhotoChallenge #365PhotoProject
Today included worshipping at Shushi Cathedral where a 91-year-old veteran of WWII greeted us, welcomed us to Karabakh, and invited us to his home to share a meal; visiting “We Are Our Mountains,” a sculpture in Stepanakert also known as “Grandma and Grandpa” and symbolizing the feet of the people firmly planted in the Armenian soil; and meeting with Archbishop Pargev Matirosyan, the Primate of the Diocese of Artsakh of the Armenian Apostolic Church.
Today included a visit with Governor Souren Khachatryan of the Kashatag Region, a tour of the Project AGAPE Hospital, and delivery of a cow to a family in the Cattle Project. The family then honored us by inviting us into their home to share tea, fruit and cakes.