Armenia Update … November ’20 (Spitak and Jrashen area)

Limited editing from our GHNI staff in Armenia in their November ’20 report …

November 2020

Current situation in Armenia

ceasefire agreement was signed between the President of Azerbaijan, the Prime Minister of Armenia, and the President of Russia, ending all hostilities in the area in November 10, 2020. After the agreement, thousands of people became internally displaced. They lost their home villages and towns. Thousands of soldiers were killed. Thousands of men became disabled; many captives in the other side and many missing soldiers and civilians. The war has left painful scars on each Armenian.

We live on the main street in Vanadzor city and usually its very noisy during the day. When the war was over there was silence on that street, you could only hear the noise of the cars. As if, the whole nation was silently grieving.

Now there are Russian peacekeepers in the war zone and people who still have homes return to Artsakh.  From 150 000 only 25 000 went back.

In November we as a GHNI team visited more than 20 families from Artsakh. All of them lost their houses and couldn’t return, so they decided to spend the winter in our region and see what happens next. We heard many sad stories but also stories of hope. We gave them New Testaments and shared about God’s love.

Miracle stories

The war broke out early in the morning, the children were still asleep. The mother took the children just with one pair of clothes and ran from the village to the nearby city where it was safer. However, the father of the family stayed to see how he could protect the house. One day the father of the family was in the basement and he heard enemy soldiers entering his house. At that time he had nothing to protect himself and everywhere the enemy soldiers entered they killed the owners without any exception. Miraculously they did not notice him and after a while left the house. The men left the house secretly, hid himself in the nearby forests, and finally was able to go to his family. The whole family praises God that their father is alive.

The bread baking machines

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks to GHNI team and supporters throughout the world we were able to buy 10 bread-baking machines and 10 bags of flour. Several displaced families were able to share the machines and bake their own bread. Each of the families were average of seven people and it was not affordable for them to buy bread every day. With the help of the project, more than 100 people have their homemade bread now.

The local Police department heard about the project, joined our team, and helped in delivering the flour bags and machines.

Warm clothes and coats

Winters in Armenia are severe cold and especially in the North where we live. So with the help of GHNI and some local and foreign friends we were able to collect about 150 coats and bought warm winter clothes and gave to the displaced children.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sewing and art project

At the moment we have 4 sewing machines for the community centre and the women are working hard to provide beddings and some clothes for war victims. At the same time they learn new skills. One of the ladies from the sewing class got a job in the sewing fabric this month.

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks for your support of GHNI and us in Armenia … Tamara

Grateful for you in all this … Daniel Emig – Armenia Country Supervisor – GHNI

donate to our personal work there at:

https://www.globalhopenetwork.org/about/staff/daniel-emig

donate to program and project needs in Armenia at:

https://www.globalhopenetwork.org/disaster-relief/Azerbaijan-and-Armenia

 

Sojourning Together Through Great Loss …

Late last night we received the note below from Lana, the wife of Hal Jones and co-founder of Global Hope Network International:
Dear Friends,
Just 44 hours ago, I was married to one of the most amazing men I know, and now I’m a widow. Hal had a massive heart attack Sunday night and was rushed by ambulance to Hilo Medical Center, where fortunately a new Cardiac Unit was added about a year ago. The cardiologist briefed me saying, “three stents were put into the frontal aorta, known as the ‘Widow Maker.'” So I had a clue that though he did an excellent job with the stents, Hal’s prognosis wasn’t hopeful because his heart had stopped twice for a total of 50 minutes. That meant that blood wasn’t being pumped to his liver and kidneys, and they began to fail. He said the next 24 hours were critical. Either he would begin to recover or “go down.” Prayers began to pour in from all over the world and we were hoping for a miracle.
On the bright side, Hal passed peacefully into God’s presence and all of our children and grandchildren were able to say “Goodbye” via WhatsApp. I am still in shock but taking one day at a time. We have lost a one-in-a-million, extraordinary, visionary, inspiring, and compassionate man, who I already miss very much.
Thank you all for praying for Hal, me, and our family.
Trusting in Him,
Lana (wife of Hal Jones)
_________________________
This news is incredibly saddening though we know the impact and outcome of Hal’s life. Though we may grieve, we know that the best way to honor him is by pressing on with his vision and mission to provide Help and Hope to the Hidden and Hurting. While Lana and the Jones family gather to mourn and celebrate Hal’s life, we will stand next to them in our unwavering support for Lana, for Hal, and for GHNI.
We appreciate your support and will work to keep all staff, supporters, and the public fully informed as we find our way forward together.
Ed Sowers
Chairman
Board of Directors GHNI USA

Covid-19 “positive” At Latter End Of A Great Trip …

Fellow sojourner …
while it’s not the news I or you wanted to hear, let’s all remain faithful in this and the journey ahead!  God is trustworthy.  
So here goes … 

upon entrance to the Beirut, Lebanon airport, en route from Erbil, Iraq on 3 October, I tested positive for Covid-19.  For confirmation, I was again tested and results were positive, on the 5th.  I have waited to relate any of this to you, wanting to insure all the tests were confirmed, and most importantly, that I could relate all this to Nora first. 

All precautions were in place, even to the extent of me getting tested 3x times in the USA before we left, and again in Sulaymaniah, just before we left Iraq.  All tests were “negative” for C-19.  

Teammates, Mike, Joseph, Khalil, all tested negative on the 5th.  

I am fine.  In all honesty, I feel great!  I have had no real symptoms, to date.  The Ministry of Health – Lebanon, has all travelers confined to a hotel room for quarantine.  I am closely monitored by a trained paramedic(a teammate), and have a temperature monitoring device on me always.  Joseph and Khalil are most gracious and provisional, in every way.  I have plenty of food, water, vitamins, etc..  The hotel room is adequate and due to Joseph’s connections and love, is only $23 per night.  I have plenty of work to do, and can accomplish all from the room, via WiFi. In that real sense, all is well.  

On the other hand, this is a really tough one, as this prolongs the trip, and I am stuck in a hotel room, alone, for the remaining stay.  
Thanks deeply !!!   

Since this update is already a bit long, I’ll just say that up until this Covid-19 hit, it has been an absolutely awesome trip, with lots moving ahead on many levels and areas!  Gratefully, we lost only 2.5 days of on-the-ground work, as Covid hit late in the trip. I will inform you much more in the next update, hopefully in only a few days.  

Until then … here’s a taste … in photos … 
     
How can we thank you enough for your interceding for us in so many ways !  

Our deep gratefulness and affections embrace you, as you do also to us  … 
Dan and Nora 

GHNI – Global Hope Network International 
https://www.globalhopenetwork.org/about/staff/daniel-emig

Global Hope Network International
934 N. Magnolia Avenue, Ste. 310
ORLANDO FL 32803-3840
“Preferred for Emig family” 


 
Daniel & Nora
… Jonathan, Bryan & Eliana
 

TCD – Transformational Community Development Bringing
Help and Hope to the Hidden and Least
in villages, refugee areas, as we also bring sustainability in:
– Water
– Food
– Health-Wellness
– Education
– Financial Capacity