AUSTRALIAN PRAYER NETWORK NEWSLETTER – SPECIAL EDITION
JOIN US IN A PRAYER JOURNEY TO ARMENIA AND SOUTH EAST TURKEY IN 2014
Come and pray in ancient lands.
Join the Australian Prayer Network and Chi-Ministries on a prayer journey to Armenia and South East Turkey from 6 – 21 September 2014.
ARMENIA – THE FIRST CHRISTIAN NATION
Armenia was the first sovereign nation to adopt Christianity in 301. Tradition traces their church history to the preaching of two of the 12 Apostles. More than ancient monasteries, the lasting impression travellers speak of is the gracious welcome of this humble and easy-going people.
With the spread of Islam this Christian people have faced a troubled history, forced from their ancient homelands across Anatolia. In the few years after 1915 an estimated 1.5 million Armenians perished under Ottoman rule. Armenia claim it as a genocide; Turkey strenuously denies this.
We will visit monasteries and churches all across Armenia including the Tatev Monastery by taking the longest aerial tramway in the world, that spans 5.7 kilometres across the spectacular Vorotan River Gorge. Another highlight will be the cave church at the Geghard Monastery.
SE TURKEY – MT ARARAT TO ANTIOCH
Modern Turkey is home to 80 million people, including around 15 million Kurds who mainly live in the South East. The region is also home to minority Christian groups like the Syriac-speaking Assyrians. Their ancestors have lived in this part of the Fertile Crescent since the dawn of civilisation.
Mt Ararat and the story of Noah’s Ark, Harran, home to Abraham’s family on their journey from Ur are both on the itinerary. Travel the ancient Assyrian Highway between the Euphrates and Tigris rivers. Visit Antioch, the base for the Apostle Paul’s ministry exploits and Edessa, the early church centre acclaimed for mission and learning.
All across Turkey we will visit several Christian sites including the active Assyrian/Syriac monasteries of Mor Gabriel and Deyr ul Zaferan. Many Armenian churches across Turkey lie empty. We’ll visit the ghost city of Ani and the Church of the Holy Cross on Akdamar Island out on Lake Van.
Join us to pray in Armenia and South East Turkey and ask God to bring peace and justice to these peoples as they approach the 100th anniversary of the horrific events that began on 24th April 1915. The day before the Anzacs landed at Gallipoli the Turkish rulers began their campaign to clear their lands of Christian minority peoples including the Armenians, Assyrians and Greeks. Visit www.chiministries.com to download our colour brochure that includes the full itinerary, application form and other details. But hurry applications close on 28th February 2014.
Source: CHI Ministries and Australian Prayer Network