Urgent Need for Aid as Conflict Forces Armenian and Azeri Families to Flee for Their Lives

The worst fighting in the Nagorno-Karabakh Region region since 1994 has already exacted a military and civilian death toll of more than 1,000 lives and the displacement of tens of thousands of civilians.

Armenian and Azeri families living in or near a disputed region between Armenia and Azerbaijan are not only burying their children, they don’t have enough food or warm clothing for those still living. SGA-sponsored pastors in both countries are pleading for aid. Because of heavy fighting in recent weeks, SGA-supported churches in EACH country are now ministering to refugees fleeing the intense fighting. Many families have lost homes to artillery or rocket attacks, causing them to flee to the mountains with little more than the clothes on their backs

With winter fast approaching, children are without caps, scarves, coats, and perhaps most importantly, without shoes to withstand the mountain snow, ice, and freezing temperatures. Every refugee family needs food and life essentials. They need our help in so many ways. We cannot stand by and watch people suffer without offering aid in the name of Christ.

When we provide aid through our supported churches, they also share the Gospel, the Bread of Life. We want everyone who receives physical support to receive spiritual support, too. Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, is the only one who can give them everlasting life, hope, and peace.

SGA, through our sponsored churches, pastors, and missionaries, has been ministering to the spiritual and physical needs of people in Armenia and Azerbaijan for decades. And we will continue to work through our network of churches to support them spiritually and physically in the months and years to come, by God’s grace.

Now, in this hour of urgent and tragic need, we must care for suffering children and families — no matter which country they live in.

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An SGA Missionary Reports:

“Today we were among people who endured shelling by the armed forces … many are wounded and killed. Two sisters were among the casualties, one of them was 17 and was engaged and was waiting for her wedding; the other one was just 15 years old. When we were praying for the conflict settlement, suddenly the shelling from heavy weapons began.… So we had to withdraw from there…. We are planning to visit these people again.”

An SGA Pastor Reports:

“We are going through hardest of times.… It is heartbreaking to see a man killing another man, to see civilians dying in their houses, being unaware that they die in the night or by dawn. We have heard the lament and gnashing of teeth…. People with eyes flaming with fire that is ready to sever all ties, cursing their enemies…. The word ‘love’ seems to freeze in the hearts of people who lost their father or mother, son or daughter. Some lost their whole family in the hostilities.”

Another SGA Pastor Reports:

“Praise be to our God who gave to the mankind Christ Jesus, Who alone can comfort and heal the deepest wounds. We are trying to calm people who lost their friends and dear ones. When entering each house, our only intention was to pray for those who are not reconciled yet, and for Jesus to give them salvation, for God’s peace, love and joy to prevail. Having prayed, we were handing over food parcels that we prepared. We prayerfully ask God to send us out there again.”

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An SGA Missionary Reports:

“Today we were among people who endured shelling by the armed forces … many are wounded and killed. Two sisters were among the casualties, one of them was 17 and was engaged and was waiting for her wedding; the other one was just 15 years old. When we were praying for the conflict settlement, suddenly the shelling from heavy weapons began.… So we had to withdraw from there…. We are planning to visit these people again.”

An SGA Pastor Reports:

“We are going through hardest of times.… It is heartbreaking to see a man killing another man, to see civilians dying in their houses, being unaware that they die in the night or by dawn. We have heard the lament and gnashing of teeth…. People with eyes flaming with fire that is ready to sever all ties, cursing their enemies…. The word ‘love’ seems to freeze in the hearts of people who lost their father or mother, son or daughter. Some lost their whole family in the hostilities.”

Another SGA Pastor Reports:

“Praise be to our God who gave to the mankind Christ Jesus, Who alone can comfort and heal the deepest wounds. We are trying to calm people who lost their friends and dear ones. When entering each house, our only intention was to pray for those who are not reconciled yet, and for Jesus to give them salvation, for God’s peace, love and joy to prevail. Having prayed, we were handing over food parcels that we prepared. We prayerfully ask God to send us out there again.”