Zaven Khanjian’s (Executive Director/CEO) Message at Haigazian University’s 60th Anniversary Banquet

Zaven Khanjian at HU Banquet(The English translation of the message given originally in Arabic)

On behalf of the Armenian Missionary Association of America, its Board of Directors, its President, Dr. Nazareth Darakjian, its general membership, its support base and the donor public at large, I salute you this evening.

For 60 long years, Haigazian University has been a beacon of light, educating young men and women, preparing a leadership in the Middle East, exporting well rounded professionals across the oceans and dispursing ignorance and darkness wherever its rays rest upon.

Whatever the given reasons, ignorance and darkness are the mother of all crisis and subsequent pain and suffering in the world. And ignorance and darkness are not identified by geography. They are everywhere in the East and the West and in between. Money and Power do not disperse ignorance; on the contrary often they are the tools of ignorance and darkness.

In its fight and struggle to dispel ignorance and darkness, the AMAA has for the past 60 years strongly supported this beacon of light and through it spread light in the region and everywhere HU’s graduates have disbursed throughout the globe.

Tonight, in our strongest commitment to eliminate pain and suffering experienced by the people of the region and humanity at large, we reiterate our conviction and dedication to keep this beacon of light, Haigazian University, glowing in the cradle of the civilization, the Middle East, to fight ignorance and darkness and spread the light of peace, human coexistence and brotherly love all around.

We congratulate Rev. Dr. Paul Haidostian and the extended family of Haigazian University on this joyous occasion and may the peace of our Lord Jesus Christ rest upon you all.

Thank you.

Zaven Khanjian
Executive Director/CEO, AMAA
May 7, 2015

In Lebanon The Cedars Stand Tall and Dignified

Spring has traditionally been the season for Armenian Missionary Association of America (AMAA) executives, officers and Near East Committee members to join the Haigazian University Board of Trustees and head to Lebanon for joint annual meetings, special events and a tour of one of the major AMAA mission fields. This year, the participants enjoyed an added attraction, that of Haigazian University’s 60th Anniversary Banquet at the Beirut Phoenicia Hotel.       The Central Committee of the Union of the Armenian Evangelical Churches in the Near East (UAECNE) and the President’s Office of Haigazian University spared no effort to make the trip warm and hospitable, productive and efficient, cordial and pleasant.

With CAHL Director Sebouh Terzian IMG_0897

AMAA Executive Director/CEO with CAHL Director Pastor Sebouh Terzian.

A warm and hospitable spirit, visitation itinerary, meeting arrangements, transportation, individual and group discussions were all up to and beyond expectations. Indeed, personal encounters ease the way of communications to culminate in a smoother and more efficient resolution of issues of joint concern in the field.
Notably, a younger generation of leaders at the UAECNE has emerged, pinning a ton of hope on their collective involvement to boldly confront the ever increasing challenges facing the individual, the church, the community and the region.
I had the joy and privilege of visiting all five Armenian Evangelical Churches, five Armenian Evangelical Schools, the Armenian Evangelical Social Action Committee, the Center for Armenian Handicapped in Lebanon – CAHL, the Near East School of Theology – NEST and the Haigazian University Campus. I also participated in the dedication of the newly renovated structures at KCHAG (Summer Camp site of UAECNE) and a Genocide Centennial Concert at the American University of Beirut – AUB.


The group in front of the bungalow donated by (on right) Dr. Vicken and Soosy Aharonian in memory of Rev. & Mrs. Hovhannes and Lydia Aharonian.

On May 4th Haigazian University organized a Beirut presentation of my two books on campus and on May 7th, the University’s 60th Anniversary celebratory events were crowned with a magnificent banquet attended by over 400 Lebanese and Armenian dignitaries and guests from the United States.
Our meetings with pastors, school principals, administrators, UAECNE Central Committee leadership, the Presidents of the Armenian Evangelical Communities of Syria and Lebanon, Haigazian University President, Administration and Board of Trustees were fruitful, informative, productive and promising.
Our meetings with the President of the Armenian Evangelical Community in Syria, Rev. Haroutune Selimian was joyful yet emotional. On his way back from Armenia, this courageous shepherd of the flock in Syria reported on the deteriorating security situation in Aleppo, thanked the AMAA for its steadfast support and vowed to stay put in his leadership role despite the most serious challenges any Diaspora community has ever faced since the century old Genocide.
We are unshakably determined to stay on guard and continue the flow of humanitarian aid into Syria, to bring desperate families out of the danger zone and to help our Syrian refugee kin in Lebanon and Armenia.
I thank God for the passion to serve that I witnessed and I pray that the Lord Almighty will grant all the wisdom to lead, the courage to protect and the energy to serve and carry on the very important and vital tasks that the traditionally spiritually fertile lands of the Middle East are entrusted.
The Near East and their communities are very dear to us. With blessings from above we shall continue our steadfast support of the communities in every field of mission that has been planted on the ground.

Zaven Khanjian
AMAA Executive Director/CEO


Bungalow at KCHAG Camp donated by former Christian Endeavor Youth members “Mishd Chanitzagans”

H. Steven Aharonian and Rev. Megerditch Karagoezian Kchag IMG_0928

Former AMAA Board President and current AMAA and HU Board member Dr. H. Steven Aharonian with UAECNE President Rev. Megerditch Karagoezian.

AMAA Addresses Turkish Leaders Requesting Intervention at CAMP ARMEN Near Istanbul

Camp Armen Partial Demolition

Camp Armen under partial demolition

Keeping Guard to hault further demolition of Camp Armen

Keeping Guard to hault further demolition of Camp Armen

Paramus, NJ ― In response to the recent news of the partial demolition of CAMP ARMEN in the Tuzla District near Istanbul, the Armenian Missionary Association of America (AMAA) has written to the President, Prime Minister and the United States Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey asking for their intervention and support.

During the partial demolition of the Camp in early May, a group of Armenians from Turkey, including some of the former students of the Youth Home of Istanbul, who grew up in Camp Armen, rushed to the site and are keeping guard day and night, thus halting further demolition of the Camp.  Among those who went to the Camp was Rakel Dink, the widow of Armenian-Turkish journalist Hrant Dink.

Camp Armen Then - Hrant Guzelian, the founder of the camp standing at the right)

Hrant Guzelian, founder of camp standing at right

In the letters, Zaven Khanjian, Executive Director/CEO of the AMAA, asked that the Turkish leaders strongly consider an intervention and an immediate resolution to avoid further demolition of this historically significant and beloved Camp and to secure the return of the property to its rightful owners, the Armenian Evangelical Church of Gedik Pasa in Istanbul.

“We are imploring the help of the Turkish leaders in this matter,” said Mr. Khanjian.  “Camp Armen was home to over 1,500 Armenian orphans who were gathered from the depths of Anatolia and was where Hrant and Rakel Dink met, grew up and were married.  The Camp was a labor of love for the orphans and it became their ‘Atlantis’ civilization.  It is an important part of a very meaningful chapter in our Armenian history, and one which we do not want to lose. We pray that God will grant us all a peaceful resolution of this legal struggle.”

Camp Armen under the leadership of Hrant and Rakel Dink (standing left at the back)

Camp Armen under the leadership of Hrant and Rakel Dink (standing left at the back)

The AMAA calls upon other Armenian churches and organizations to raise their voices and send similar letters and requests to the leaders of the Turkish government.

Founded in 1918 in Worcester, MA, the Armenian Missionary Association of America serves the religious, educational and social needs of Armenian communities in 24 countries around the world.  AMAA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. For additional information, you may call AMAA at 201.265.2607 or visit the website at

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Camp Armen Then

Camp Armen Then

Ամերիկայի Հայ Աւետարանչական Ընկերակցութիւնը Կոչ կ՚ուղղէ
Թուրքիոյ Պետութեան՝ Կասեցնելու Իսթանպուլի
Թուզլա Շրջանի ԳԷՄԲ ԱՐՄԷՆի Քանդումի Աշխատանքները

Բըրէմըս, Նիւ Ճըրզի — Հակազդելով Իսթանպուլի Թուզլա Շրջանին մէջ գտնուող ԳԷՄԲ ԱՐՄԷՆի քանդումի աշխատանքներու վերջին լուրերուն, Ամերիկայի Հայ Աւետարանչական Ընկերակցութիւնը (ԱՀԱԸ) յատուկ նամակներ յղեց Թուրքիոյ Հանրապետութեան Նախագահին, Վարչապետին եւ Միացեալ Նահանգներու Լիազօր Դեսպանին, խնդրելով անոնց միջամտութիւնը եւ աջակցութիւնը։
Մայիսի սկիզբը, երբ սկսաւ Գէմբ Արմէնի քանդման ախատանքները, Թուրքիայէն խումբ մը հայորդիներ, որոնց մէջ կը գտնուէին Պոլսոյ Պատանեկան Տան նախկին սաներ, շտապեցին դէպքի վայրը, եւ այնուհետեւ կը շարունակեն պահակախմբել օր ու գիշեր, կանխելու շարունակութիւնը ճամբարի փլուզման աշխատանքներուն։ Անոնց շարքին կը գտնուէր նաեւ Ռաքէլ Տինք, Հրանդ Տինքի այրին։
ԱՀԱԸ-ի Վարիչ Տնօրէն Զաւէն Խանճեան, իր նամակներուն մէջ կը խնդրէ Թուրքիոյ Հանրապետութեան ղեկավարներուն միջամտութիւնը՝ կանխելու պատմականօրէն նշանակալից եւ սիրելի Գէմբ Արմէնի յետագայ քանդումի աշխատանքները եւ ապահովելու ճամբարի կալուածին վերադարձը անոր օրինական սեփականատիրոջ՝ Իսթանպուլի մէջ գտնուող Կէտիկ Փաշայի Հայ Աւետարանական Եկեղեցիին։
«Թուրքիոյ Հանրապետութեան ղեկավարներուն միջամտութիւնը կը խնդրենք այս հարցին մէջ» ըսաւ Պրն. Խանճեան։ «Գէմբ Արմէնը տունն էր աւելի քան 1500 որբերու, որոնք փրկուած էին Անատոլիայի խորքերէն։ Այս ճամբարին մէջ էր որ Հրանդ եւ Ռաքէլ Տինք հասակ առին եւ ամուսնացան։ Այս ճամբարը այդ որբերու քրտինքով եւ տքնաջան աշխատանքով կառուցուած էր, եւ դարձած անոնց դրախտավայրը։ Այս վայրը եւ ժամանակաշրջանը մեր պատմութեան մէջ եղած է շատ իմաստալից էջ մը, եւ չենք ուզեր կորսնցնել զայն։ Աղօթող ենք, որ Աստուած մեր բոլորին շնորհէ այս օրինական պայքարի կարգաւորումին խաղաղ լուծումը»։
Ամերիկայի Հայ Աւետարանչական Ընկերակցութիւնը կոչ կ՚ուղղէ մեր բոլոր Հայ եկեղեցիներուն եւ կազմակերպութիւններուն բարձրացնել իրենց ձայնը եւ նմանատիպ նամակներ եւ խնդրանքներ յղել Թուրքիոյ Հանրապետութեան առաջնորդներուն։
Ամերիկայի Հայ Աւետարանչական Ընկերակցութիւնը հիմնադրուած է 1918-ին, որպէս Քրիստոնէական կազմակերպութիւն, իր ծառայութիւնները մատուցանելու բոլոր անոնց որոնք օգնութեան կարիքը ունին՝ առանց խտրութեան։ ԱՀԱԸ-ը իր այս համաշխարհային առաքելութիւնը կ’իրականացնէ պահպանելով շարք մը կրթական, աւետարանչական եւ ընկերային ծառայութիւններ հայրենիքի եւ արտերկրի քսանչորս տարբեր երկիրներու մէջ։ Լրացուցիչ տեղեկութիւններու համար կրնաք հեռայաձնել 201.265.2607 թիւին կամ այցելել ԱՀԱԸ-ի կայքէջը

Haigazian University Celebrates 60th Anniversary

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    On May 7, 2015 in Beirut, around 400 guests, board members and dignitaries representing the Lebanese and Armenian community from around the world, including many from the United States, of various denominations, political parties, came together and recognized this special milestone.
    Reflections from Rev. Dr. Paul Haidostian, President of Haigazian University, on this special occasion, as portrayed in the evening’s program:
“With every milestone in Haigazian University’s history, we look back and feel tremendously grateful for each opportunity we have had to equip the young generations with what is needed to live balanced lives; lives where the critical mind, the equipped senses, the outreaching and OlFcUnb_T7rtNxG43ZmeFdqsoJPZj7KKAbU_X9Sv5T-ZVZBU_CyrUyEbvcNLvNCoY7b9pQUf8XLyobTZLFlyTqSsP6intmTguOXDIBWIioa4Oro=s0-d-e1-ftbridging attitude, the professionalism in ethics, the width of political perspective, are all combined with the matters of a good heart.  This our founders have learned in the aftermath of the Armenian Genocide, and in the renewed space created through God’s grace… We are indeed grateful to God for the sixty years past, but we are filled with hope for the 0JY3x9uSoh5jvRCFI0Ci86K3aGNlGRTr3YKevcXjqSUbvBXCJIWYr_loXf72ULvblalvBygeTZcCfc568kPc-N13f2haeazx5X7ErW--TMGBYZQrVHoN-ofwTvlp3OdEO5ZC=s0-d-e1-ftpromising years of educational ministry and service that await us for long years ahead.  And we are confident that our role in society will be needed and appreciated.”
    Haigazian University with its motto of “Truth, Freedom, and Service,” is the only Armenian University in the Diaspora. Serving over 900 undergraduate and graduate students today, it provides B.A., B.B.A., B.S., M.A. and M.B.A. degrees in over thirty fields of study, and another 450 students in the Teacher Training and Adult Education Programs.


President of Haigazian University, Rev. Dr. Paul Haidostian

President of Haigazian University, Rev. Dr. Paul Haidostian

AMAA Executive Director/CEO, Mr. Zaven Khanjian

AMAA Executive Director/CEO, Mr. Zaven Khanjian

March 19, 2015 special art exhibit

March 19, 2015 special art exhibit “East to West” at the Haigazian University Art Center

    This eastern Mediterranean liberal arts institution was established on October 17, 1955 by the joint endeavors of the Armenian Missionary Association of America (AMAA) and the Union of the Armenian Evangelical Churches in the Near East (UAECNE).
To learn more about Haigazian University click on link to Haigazian University’s website
October 13, 2014 Haigazian University's Founders Day

October 13, 2014 Haigazian University’s Founders Day


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The Armenian Missionary Association of America (AMAA) has issued an urgent appeal to provide humanitarian aid to victims affected by the April 25 disaster in Nepal. As an expression of our Christian concern and solidarity, the AMAA requests that all members from our community prayerfully consider making an emergency relief offering which will be used toward emergency supplies, food, clean water, medical supplies and shelter. Reminiscent of the 1988 earthquake in Armenia, the AMAA remains committed to the needs of victims of natural disasters worldwide. Donations received will be channeled through the Wider Church Ministries of United Church of Christ, a longtime international colleague agency of the AMAA. We ask that you keep the children, families, and communities left devastated by this disaster in your prayers and consider making a contribution to the urgent needs in Nepal. To make a donation to the Nepal Disaster Appeal, please visit or call 201-265-2607.

Staff & Reps of AMA-Armenia & Evangelical Church of Armenia Visit Dzidzernagapert

AMA-Armenia DzidzernagapertOn April 24, the staff of AMA-Armenia and the Evangelical Church of Armenia, as well as AMAA’s guests from the Diaspora who were in Armenia to participate in the commemorations of the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide visited the Memorial at Dzidzernagapert and paid their tribute to all the victims of the Armenian Genocide.

Please visit AMA-Armenia’s website for more details:

Այցելություն Ցեղասպանության զոհերի հուշահամալիր

Ապրիլի 24-ին Ամերիկայի Հայ Ավետարանչական ընկերակցության և Հայաստանյայց Ավետարանական եկեղեցու աշխատակիցներ և ծառայողներ, ինչպես նաև հյուրեր արտասահմանից, ովքեր Հայաստան էին ժամանել Հայոց ցեղասպանության 100-ամյա տարելիցին նվիրված միջոցառումներին  մասնակցելու համար այցելեցին Հայոց ցեղասպանության զոհերի հուշահամալիր և իրենց հարգանքի տուրքը մատուցեցին 100 տարի առաջ  տեղի ունեցած ոճրագործության անմեղ զոհերի հիշատակին:

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