“Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his faithful servants.”
– Psalm 116:15
It is with profound sadness and yet comfort we received the news early Thursday morning, April 12, 2018, and now announce to the AEUNA / AMAA community. the passing to life eternal of Rev. Dr. Ara Jizmejian, Eastern Region Minister to Youth for the Armenian Evangelical Union of North America.
We offer our condolences to his wife Sylvia; his children, Garen, Cedric and Ara Junior; his parents Mihran and Vartoug Jizmejian, all his pastoral colleagues, the AEYF Eastern Region youth, Camp AREV community, and all others he ministered to.
We are deeply comforted by the reality that he is now free of the restrictions of the physical body, which has been raised in incorruption and glory, in the sanctuary of God not made with human hands, for those who love the Lord and serve him faithfully. We take great comfort from our Christ-centered hope and know that we all will be united again. Rev. Ara is now experiencing Psalm 100:4, which says,“Enter his gates with Thanksgiving”.
Rev. Ara received his call to pastoral ministry while attending the Armenian Evangelical Church of Toronto, and began pastoral ministry at the First Armenian Church of Belmont. He later served at the Armenian Church of the Martyrs in Worcester, before taking on the role of AEUNA AEYF Eastern Region Minister to Youth in 2016.
Rev. Jizmejian began struggling with cancer a few months ago, and throughout his illness continued ministering through online updates from his hospital bed, and witnessing to his nurses and doctors.
Rev. Ara shared with everyone his conviction: “God is glorified as we, His people, serve each other as members of one body.”
May God’s grace, and the love of Jesus Christ, and the comfort of the Holy Spirit, work in us and through us in the days to come. Prayerfully,
-Rev. Berdj Djambazian
Minister to the Union