Sent to Serve

It’s the last blog post! So crazy and so sad that this week is already coming to an end. What an amazing and beautiful week it has been. Today we finished seeing patients in Stepanavan and Sisian. Our last patient in Stepanavan happened to be one of the most interesting; he had an ingrown toenail and the doctors got to perform an actual surgery.

Since it is the last post I want to dedicate it to the beautiful people of Armenia. The people that came into the clinic and also all of those who were hospitable towards us were all so rich in spirit. They came in smiling, sat down smiling, and left smiling. They were so grateful that we were there and just so happy to be alive. It was an honor and privilege to get to meet them and serve them. It was an honor and privilege to do God’s will.

Again, I thank Dr. Al and Sue, and the AMAA for this amazing mission trip that took a lot of hard work to plan and execute. All of the volunteers and translators deserve much praise as well for their time and dedication. Everyone who served this week gave their best effort and really represented Christ in all that they did. We touched hearts one appointment and one smile at a time. We did not only give them medical attention but we gave them spiritual guidance as well.

Let us remember though why we are here and why we served. John 13:16 says, “very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him.” We do great works because God has sent us to do them. We do them in honor and representation of him. We are commanded to spread the love of God and to let people who have little hope know that they are loved and cared for, and that they have a family greater than the one that they know personally. The patients we saw are equal to us; we are all children of Christ. We learned and grew just as much as they did.

Thank you all for your prayers and thoughts. This week has been a blessing and a week that we will never forget. I can speak for all of us when I say that we are so thankful for the community that has formed, the bond that has been shared, and the gifts that we have been blessed with that we were able to share.

Tomorrow we are going to get to explore more and even see the Pope who is coming here to Yerevan. After that we will go separate ways as some go back to the US and some continue to travel but we will forever be united in spirit. So much fun!

Checking out.

Chloe Basmajian

Healing Physically and Spiritually

“Yesterday we saw the cows and today we are smelling their aromatic excretions… but it is a beautiful day and we will rejoice in what God has given us (Arpi).” This morning we woke up in beautiful Stepanavan surrounded by luscious greenery and cows. Armenia is seriously so beautiful.

We had another amazing day. Here in Stepanavan we served over 200 people. Over in Sisian they served about 140 people. Another successful day doing God’s work. Today I want to emphasize how the people that we serve are moved when we offer to pray for them after they visit the doctor. Most of them do not expect us to offer to pray and are so touched that they cry. Some of the patients even ask for the doctors, interpreters, and scribes to also pray for their family and peace within Armenia and the world. A few pastors from Yerevan came in to be seen as patients and also remarked on how we are not only healing people physically but also spiritually.

Tonight we went to Armenuhi’s house here in Stepanavan. She is one of our wonderful interpreters. It was so nice to feel the Armenian hospitality. Her parents provided us with food and drinks and we got to know a little bit about their family history. When we returned to the hotel our team joined about 20 Armenian ladies playing loud music and dancing in the lobby. We are having a blast.

Tomorrow is our last day of service. We will see patients for a half day and then are going to Lake Sevan. Pray that we continue to touch lives and finish strong! We have had a week that none of us will forget week and are loving experiencing life here in Armenia.

Chloe Basmajian

Hello Friends and Family!

Today was a different day than the past two. This morning we all woke up, packed, and headed out to the busses. As a group we all went to the church in Vanadzor and enjoyed breakfast and worship together. After worship, the Sisian team packed up their supplies and drove off on their 6 hour drive to the village. The Stepanavan team stayed and worked a half day in Vanadzor.
Since a few of the doctors left for Sisian, there was a longer line than the past couple days. The patients got a bit anxious to get into the doctor’s office; one lady death stared me for about an hour because she kept trying to cut everyone in line and I would make her sit back down….it was funny…and a bit uncomfortable. The funniest thing though was when this guy came in and his smell was so pungent and horrible that everyone who was waiting in line patiently and anxiously let him go in first, just so that he could leave and they could breathe again.Random fun fact: Dr. Tashjian has all the old ladies lined up! He’s pretty amazing. He had a few patients today that he has seen for several years…how cool! Him and Dr. Daderian together served 62 patients today in about 3 hours. Unreal! They are true blessings!

Shoutout to Armine and Brad for running the pharmacy so efficiently. Their work is a key part of this trip and we are so thankful for their hard work.

Also shoutout to Dr. Barb Tashjian, Levon, and Dr. Basmajian for not only helping clean children’s teeth, but more importantly, teaching them about how to brush their teeth and maintain good dental hygiene.

We have now arrived in Stepanavan and have set up clinic in the local church. The Sisian group has also arrived safely.  Keep them in your prayers as they are there for the first time and answering many prayers.The Sisian church had been praying since February that the medical mission team would come to their church, and just a few months later God answered that prayer, and the team decided to go to Sisian. The pastor from the Sisian church even came to Vanadzor just to see what our team does so that he can make the best accommodations there for them as possible. They are very excited and so are we!

We are ready for tomorrow, and God willing, we will continue to bless the lives of people here in Armenia.Arpi and I are now playing backgammon with some local Armenians in the hotel. They’re having a conversation… I’m just chilling… Oh, now they just told me that they hope that next year, I come back, fluent in Armenian so that I can marry an Armenian boy and have lots of babies… Time for me to go to bed.

Chloe Basmajian

Serving Together With Love

Between the first and second day here in Vanadzor we served 560 people. Our medical team consists of nine doctors including a pharmacist, dentists, a chiropractor, orthopedic surgeons, OB/gyn, nurses, students in the medical field and lay persons such as myself. In addition, we have young women who attend the local university serving as interpreters as well as a local physician and dentist. The pharmacy team has worked tirelessly filling prescriptions of 100 different medications. It is a very cohesive group of people serving together with love for each other as well as the patients. We must also give thanks and praise for the women of the Vanadzor church who have prepared three meals each day for us as well as serving us fruit and pastries while we worked. All of these groups of people are individual parts of the body of Christ, each essential, and working as one.

Although I have no medical interest, seeing the work being done and patients so happy is truly inspiring. Today a lot of the patients were helping me learn Armenian while they waited to see their doctor. Every time I would try to say something, I would fail, and they would all laugh at me in unison…but hey, at least I put some smiles on their faces right?

Today, Dr. Glidewell had a patient who had two broken legs, Dr. Bogosian had someone who nearly had a heart attack, Dr.  Phillips had a 36 year old with breast cancer, and Dr. Ruth looked great in her scrubs. The patients are very grateful and well deserving of our service. They all refer to us as their brothers and sisters and love to say “thank you,” “I love you,” and “God bless you”…of course in Armenian, but I’m still working on that. Overall, it was another beautiful day of service and we are so thankful for all that God has provided and for what He is doing in the lives of the patients as well as ourselves.

Tomorrow, half of us will be heading to Stepanavan, and half of us will be heading to Sisian to continue our service. Please keep us in your prayers, especially the team going to Sisian, as this is the first year that they will be going there.

Chloe Basmajian

In Vanadzor: First Day at Clinic

What an AWESOME day that they Lord has provided us! We served more than 250 people here in Vanadzor. The doors opened and all the beautiful people just started flooding in. Most people were extremely happy and appreciative; there were only a handful of people overly anxious and assertive. It’s totally understandable since for these people this is really their only opportunity to see a doctor all year, which is the main reason of why this program is so special. Seeing smiles that radiate Jesus and happiness coming out of the doctor’s offices is great proof of what good works come out of these mission trips.


Here are a couple funny highlights of the day. Michael Glidewell was told that he was beautiful by an old lady while taking urine samples. That’s always a good time to flirt. Then, what I thought was a compliment on my smile turned out to be a lady asking me to marry her son. Not only that but I was also sitting next to him at the time. It was pretty awkward. But really, these people are just so sweet. They come in and are just thankful to talk to people. Even if you are unable to speak Armenian, they are happy to talk and see you smile and give them a hug and kiss and simply say “God bless you.”


The patients commonly have high blood pressure, diabetes, body aches, and headaches. And then there were some with tumors and some with babies! The children that come in are so adorable! Joyce had a beautiful connection with one 12 year old girl. She definitely made the girl, Mariam, and her family’s day when she gave the young disabled girl a soccer ball with a smile and a whole lot of love, all from the glory of God.


The doctors and volunteers that are here are truly spectacular representations of people rich in spirit. They show nothing but love and guidance and care so much about the patients. Everyone on this team is a true child of Christ and want nothing more than to serve and live for Him.

Let us not forget though that these patients are in turn teaching us and helping us grow in our faith as well. We are all so excited to see what else this week holds for us!

Chloe Basmajian

Day 3

This morning we attended a beautiful church service filled with faithful people ready to worship the Lord. The church was almost as warm as a sauna and one sweet lady gave her fan to Joyce. This selfless act from a local Armenian was a perfect leeway into Dr. Phillips’s impactful message to the church. His message was that as Christians we show that our faith is alive by the good works that we do in the world. Our hope is that people who don’t know Jesus will wonder why we are helping them, and then understand that it is because of our faith that we are here to provide aid and love. My prayer is that we will all remember that it is through God that we are doing these acts and that we should keep humble hearts, expecting nothing in return except the comfort and contentment in knowing that we are representing our Lord.  1 Peter 4:10 says “as each has received a gift, use it to serve one another…” God has blessed us all with different gifts that we will be using to show God’s grace and help bring the world together. We are all parts of the family of God. I encourage you all at home to think about what gifts God has given you and how to use those gifts to show that your faith is indeed alive and thriving.


While we went into the bathrooms after church to change into casual clothing, Our doctors  already had people from the church asking for medical advice…As for me, I only received a couple invitations to people’s houses for dinner but hey, I’ll take it!

Today we had the iconic Lahmejoun lunch. I want to give a quick shoutout to the Newman girls for fearlessly eating Armenian food like champs. After lunch, we continued our adventures to the Martyrs Memorial. What a touching time honoring our ancestors and all others who fell victim to the Armenian Genocide.
On a lighter note, on the bus ride over to Vanadzor, Sr. Ruth told us that even though she has an MD, she worked at Burger King, solely to find out the Whopper recipe. Our group has bonded on so many levels. We are now in Vanadzor getting prepared for our first day of medical service tomorrow. On an even lighter note, while setting up for service tomorrow, Marina got locked in the bathroom stall and so I took one for the team and crawled under in puddles of who knows what to get her out. Good news, it worked and she’s good. Bad news, ew.

Please keep us in your prayers for tomorrow and this week. Pray that God takes our empty hands and open hearts and uses them for beauty. Pray that in all that we do, we glorify God. Can’t wait to serve!


Chloe Basmajian

We Are In Armenia!

Upon arriving it was nice to see familiar Coca Cola and KFC signs; some things are universal. After enjoying breakfast at the Ani Plaza Hotel, we hopped on the tour bus, some of us still asleep, and hit the road! Those napping were awakened by a minor collision between our bus and a taxi. Don’t worry, the situation was 95% dramatic and only 5% destructive; it consisted of a bump and a bus full of people screaming and laughing. We visited the Tumo Center of Creative Technologies and the Khoren and Shooshanig Avedisian School and Community Center. Visiting these educational centers was truly informative and inspiring. At the school a few children who are insanely musically gifted performed for us. I smiled at one of the young boys and he smiled back and I found that even if I don’t speak Armenian, a smile can say everything. That brought sense of joy and a smile to my face for the rest of the day. It is amazing to see the beautiful work that God is doing through donors, some even from our own church, and through the teachers and volunteers at these schools. God definitely is providing. The education that these children and teens are receiving will help empower them and promote Armenia’s future well-being.

After the educational centers we went on to visit the gorgeous Geghard Monastery and the pagan temple of Garni. The group enjoyed a delicious dinner (except dear Asdghig who fell asleep at the table!) and then headed back to the hotel. It has been a huge blessing to explore Armenia and have these first couple days to learn about our culture! Excited to head to Vanatzor tomorrow and set up our first clinic!

Chloe Basmajian