This morning the jet lag didn’t slow us down as 18 people from our group woke up extra early to walk, jog and run the famous Cascade! We climbed the seemingly never ending steps to a beautiful and well worth the exercise view of Yerevan.
We also attended the Evangelical Church of Armenia that is located at the AMAA Headquarters in Yerevan. During the service Dr. Al Phillips introduced our team and spoke about the purpose of the Medical Mission. Focusing on Ephesians 2:8 and James 2:14, Dr. Al explained that we are saved not by good works but by grace. Good works are the natural results of salvation, as Christ loves and cares for people. As Christians we are instructed to be like Jesus. Dr. Al reminded and challenged us to be a living example of God’s love in our lives. We are to be rivers and not reservoirs of the love that God has graciously bestowed upon us.
Today we also visited the Dzidzernagapert Armenian Genocide Memorial. Sue Phillips spoke before our team laid carnations around the flame in the center of the memorial. It was a somber moment, as Sue reflected on the meaning of the memorial and asked us, “What would we do for our faith?” Visiting the memorial was a humbling reminder of the bravery and perseverance of faith of the Armenian people.
After two incredible reminders of who and why we are serving, we traveled to Vanadzor and set up our first clinic. We spent a few hours transforming a church to now a functioning medical mission clinic complete with a pharmacy, doctors’ offices and a dental room packed with hundreds of highly anticipated dental goody bags. The doors are ready to open early tomorrow morning at 9am. The women of the church were eagerly expecting us, ready and willing to serve us delicious food with the most humble hearts. Our team is ready to serve, with the help of some soorj (coffee) and love the patients that will come into our clinic. Again, thank you for your prayers!