Applications to participate in a study tour of Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh are now being accepted by the Jinishian Memorial Foundation, a ministry of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to the people of Armenia.

The study tour is June 13-24 and will offer participants the opportunity to:

  • Learn about Armenian history, culture and politics
  • Participate in excursions to historical and cultural sites
  • Experience rural life and visit Armenian families
  • Learn about the global economy and existing socio-economic problems in Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh
  • Meet with Orthodox, Catholic and Evangelical Church leaders who support the foundation’s work for social change
  • Discover ways to become involved in making positive social change

Participants in the study tour will meet with farmers using Jinishian Foundation micro-credit loans to expand their agricultural production, and meet students participating in Armenia’s first high school debate clubs – initiated by the foundation to engage students in civil society. Along the way, the tour will also visit ancient churches, historical sites, and the Vernissage, Armenia’s largest open air marketplace.

The cost to participate is $2,500 per person, which covers lodging, meals, entrance fees and other expenses. Airfare is not included. Applications are due April 15, and are available at the Jinishian Memorial Foundation Web site, or by contacting Sara Todd, program manager, at (800) 728-7228, ext. 5291.

The Jinishian Memorial Foundation was established in 1966 to enable Armenians in need to move from poverty and despair to self-sufficiency and hope through relief, development and spiritual uplift.

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) comprises more than 2 million members in more than 10,000 congregations, answering Christ’s call to mission and ministry throughout the United States and the world.