A New Year of Faith Promise

For Hovig and Sveta Bajanian, the road to becoming missionaries was more circuitous than for most. Hovig was born in Beirut, Lebanon to Armenian parents. From Lebanon, he immigrated to Canada, and there he worked as a mechanical designer in the aerospace industry for several years until, in 1990, he answered the call to full-time ministry and began serving in the church in a variety of ways, including as a pastor-teacher.

Meanwhile, thousands of miles away, a new ministry opportunity began developing in Armenia in connection with The Master’s Academy International (TMAI). In 2011, a group of men from the TMAI training center in Russia began a small equipping ministry in Yerevan, the capital of Armenia. In addition to formal classes, this group also began publishing reliable biblical resources in the local language and discipling Armenian believers who were eager for spiritual help and encouragement.

As the years went by and more likeminded Armenian churches became involved in TMAI’s efforts, it became apparent that a full-time missionary was needed. Until this point, the ministry was carried out solely through short trips by this same group of men from Russia. In fact, one of these men would ultimately make forty trips from Russia to Yerevan to sustain this ministry. Many of the people involved in this work, including a group at Grace Church, began praying for the Lord to provide a servant who could take up the work in Yerevan. In 2019, the opportunity was made known to Hovig, who at this time was still pastoring in Canada.

Upon first hearing about this opportunity, Hovig and Sveta were immediately excited by the possibility. They had a personal history with the region—having become engaged in Yerevan and being of Armenian descent. Most importantly, however, the Bajanians had a love for the Armenian people and a deep desire to see Christ proclaimed among them. As they heard of the need in Armenia for sound biblical teaching and for expository preachers to be trained, the Bajanians prayerfully answered the Lord’s call to minister there under the leadership of Grace Church, being sent also in partnership with Mount Ararat Bible Church.

Hovig completed the Doctor of Ministry program at TMS in 2018, and he and his family were sent out through Grace Ministries International to the ministry in Armenia earlier this month. Hovig will continue the work began in 2011 by supporting and equipping believers in six local churches throughout Yerevan through biblical training, resource translation, and preaching and teaching. In addition to serving the local church, Hovig’s ministry is designed to lay the groundwork for a future TMAI pastoral training center in Armenia.

It is remarkable to see how the Lord works in His people around the world to proclaim the saving message of the gospel, and it is our joy and privilege to participate in that work through prayer and giving toward our missionaries. One of the most important ways our church body supports families like the Bajanians is through the Faith Promise initiative. For over ten years Faith Promise has played a significant role in sending new missionaries to the field, supporting our affiliated training centers, meeting missionary budget shortfalls, covering administrative costs, and funding the gospel ministry efforts of these faithful servants around the globe.

Please prayerfully consider what amount the Lord might provide for you to contribute over the next twelve months above your regular giving. Faith Promise commitment cards can be filled out anonymously online. Remember, the amount you give is not as important as your prayerful participation, because we know that through His people, He will indeed provide the resources necessary for His gospel to go forth around the world.

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