The Armenian Children’s Milk Fund (ACMF) is an all volunteer organization formed by a diverse group of caring individuals in the greater Boston area shortly after the tragic earthquake in Armenia in 1988. ACMF has saved the lives of thousands of Armenian infants by providing them with infant formula.
The Armenian Missionary Association of America (AMAA) has provided technical and logistical support to this vital program over the past 20 years. Lilt Galstyan was one of the many children that benefitted from this program. She was born in Vanatzor, Armenia on March 11, 1992. Lilit was very ill as an infant, and spent much of her first year of life in the hospital. Her mother was also ill, and the family lacked the means to purchase formula to feed baby Lilit. They turned to the Armenian Children’s Milk Fund, which supplied formula free of charge until Lilit’s first birthday. She is now a healthy 17 year old young adult and will share her testimony at the AMAA’s 90th Annual Meeting banquet, which will celebrate 20 years of the ACMF’s success.
The 90th Annual meeting will be held in Providence, Rhode Island and hosted by the Armenian Euphrates Evangelical Church in Providence. Over the course of four days (October 16-19), AMAA members and friends, representatives of Armenian Evangelical Churches worldwide, AMAA Chapters and representatives of AMAA affiliate organizations will join to thank God and celebrate the mission and service ministries of this unique organization.
In conjunction with the AMAA’s activities, the Armenian Evangelical World Council will have its meeting on Friday, October 16 and the Board of Directors of the Armenian Evangelical Union of North America will hold meetings on Sunday and Monday (October 18 and 19). The Board of Directors of the AMAA will meet on Friday evening to report on activities and discuss future plans.
On Friday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. a special seminar will be held for all participating pastors and representatives. The seminar will also be open to the public. Two prominent speakers, Mr. Harold Nahigian and Mr. Todd Polyniak, will be sharing their insight on a very interesting topic regarding investing and financial stewardship.
For the past 50 years, Mr. Nahigian is considered by his peers as the dean of investments and financial planning in Southern California, having over 200 million dollars under management for individuals, families, corporations, and church-affiliated organizations. Mr. Nahigian has been President of Nationwide Investments & Insurance, Inc. from 1979 to the present. In addition, he is the Regional Director of the Financial Network Investment Corporation and a Life member of the University of Southern California Alumni Association.
Todd Polyniak, CPA, is a Principal and Director of Accounting and Auditing with Sax, Macy, Fromm & Co., AMAA’s independent auditors. Mr. Polyniak has presented over 50 educational programs and serves as a director on several non-profit boards. Besides his professional side, Mr. Polyniak is a devout Evangelical Christian, periodically teaching the Word in his church.
The Annual Meeting of the AMAA will be held on Saturday, October 17 at 9:30 a.m. Participants in the meeting will review both the activities and the financial reports of the Association.
The highlight of the weekend’s activities will be the 90th Annual Meeting Banquet which will be held Saturday evening at the Crown Plaza in Warwick, Rhode Island (801 Greenwich Avenue – At The Crossings).
The banquet program will include a speech by Lilit Galstyan, the young adult who has benefitted from the ACMF.
The Annual Meeting Worship of Praise will be held on Sunday, October 18, at the Armenian Euphrates Evangelical Church in Providence, Rhode Island at 11:00 a.m. Leading the worship service will be the New England pastors – Rev. Mike Mekredijian and Rev. Avedis Boynerian will give the Armenian Sermon, and Rev. Greg Haroutunian the English Sermon. Participants will praise God for AMAA and its services in 23 countries around the world. The service will include a moment of remembrance dedicated to those AMAA members who concluded their earthly pilgrimage during the past year and joined the heavenly audience. The service will conclude with the installation of the newly elected Board Members.
The Armenian Missionary Association of America (AMAA) serves the religious, educational and social needs of Armenian communities around the world. The AMAA was founded in 1918 in Worcester, MA and was incorporated in New York in 1920. AMAA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.