When I told people I was going to Armenia with Heifer, the most frequent response was, “Wow, um... Where is that?”
So – first the geography lesson: Armenia is just east of Turkey and bordered by Georgia to the North, Azerbaijan on the East and Iran to the South. Which basically means Armenia is a raft of Christianity in a sea of Muslim countries (Armenia was the first nation in the world to adopt Christianity as its state religion in 301 AD). And that has pretty much defined and shaped its turbulent history through the ages.
Armenia is a mystical place – filled with monasteries, pagan temples, prayer stones and churches, most tucked away in wildly remote places to protect them from destruction. (It didn’t.)
Read more on Betty Londergan’s blog, Heifer12x12.com about her trip to Armenia.
Betty Londergan volunteered for Heifer as Global Blogging Ambassodor. She dedicated 12 months of her life to visit 12 Heifer projects. Through her travels, she met the people who are benefiting from the animals Heifer gives to those in need, learned about the Heifer programs and trainings that go on for months before an animal is given away, and experienced first-hand why Heifer has been so successful in its 67 years of transforming communities through the mere gift of an animal.