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Check back for news on Armenia mission in mid-July 2020

We are excited to have an ongoing relationship with our brothers and sisters in Armenia.  Here’s an overview of our 2017 mission to that country. Our Armenia mission trip for August 2017 filled almost immediately, so consider going on our next trip and be prepared to register right away once the trip is offered.  Checkout the details of the 2017 trip: We traveled to the town of Berdzor in the Nagorno-Karabakh region. This region has high unemployment and extreme poverty. Our mission was to work with Project AGAPE which runs a hospital, orphanage, Christian Education Center, and service center.

The team was to rehabilitate a home for a family and help to renovate the Christian Education Center.  Most importantly, they were to be building relationships with our brothers and sisters in an isolated region.

The mission team also visited historic places in the first country in the world to establish Christianity as a state religion (301 A.D.) including the St. Gregory Church and monastery and the Tatev monastery.

Trip Status: please check back for a future mission trip

Destination: Armenia

Maximum Participants:  12

Team Leaders for 2017: Jack and Lynn Hankins

Ministry Connector: Nathan Arledge

Below is an example of our recent past trip to give you an idea of what to expect for future trips:

Cost for 2017:  $2,250     Includes lodging, meals, in-country transportation, translators, any materials used in country and airfare.

A Non-Refundable Deposit of $300 is needed to Register. 

All funds deposited are considered a charitable contribution.  As such, once they are deposited by the church, there are no refunds. If, for some reason, the trip is cancelled or you can no longer go, the funds can be used towards a future Myers Park UMC mission trip by you (or your immediate family member) within twelve months of the original trip or used by our mission partners in Armenia.

Sample of how trip meetings were structured for past trip:

01/11/2017:  6:30-7:30 pm Interest meeting in Room 103

02/28/2017:  online registration forms due

02/28/2017:  $300 non-refundable deposit due

05/03/17: 6:30-8:30 pm will be mission team’s meeting for team building

06/07/2017:  6:30-7:45 pm Bible/Book study and team building

06/14/2017:  6:30-7:45 pm Bible/Book study and team building

06/21/2017:    6:30-7:45 pm Bible/Book study and team building

06/28/2017:  6:30-7:45 pm Bible/Book study and team building

To be officially registered for a trip with MPUMC, there are two steps: Submit your $300 Non-refundable Deposit online and complete the online registration.  TO PAY YOUR TRIP BALANCE please click on PAY ONLINE.  A sample trip registration can be viewed online at INTERNATIONAL SERVE APPLICATION (a VALID Passport is required. Ensure that your Passport expires at least 6 months after the trip’s return date. Two blank pages in Passport are needed at all times of travel). Use the same Pay Online link to pay balance by May 10.

Passport advisory: New applications and renewals are taking much longer than normal – in some cases, up to four or five months. We recommend that you apply for or renew your passport as early as possible.

Accommodations: We will spend two nights upon arrival and one night prior to departure in host family homes.  During our time in Berdzor, we will be staying in the project agape guest house which provides very comfortable accommodations.

Additional details: Open to adults ages 18 and older; Terrain is rugged, hot, and dry and walking may be difficult for some.







This mission is supported by our Jubilee Plus! fund with 100% of donations going to outreach in our community and world. Learn more about Jubilee Plus!

Questions, contact Jack Hankins at or 704-941-0691 or Lynn Hankins at

Mission Ministry contact: Rev. Nathan Arledge at or 704-295-4816.

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