The latest online discussion in VEMKAR’s “Live Sessions” series featured a stirring personal testimony about the power of Christian hope in the face of a deadly medical condition.
On Tuesday evening, July 13, some 75 viewers from across the Diocese tuned in to hear Fr. Shnork Souin, pastor of Sts. Sahag and Mesrob Church of Providence, RI, tell the dramatic story of his experience as a heart transplant patient—and the profound spiritual effect it had on him.
In his presentation titled “My Heart and My Hope in the Palm of a Savior Child,” Fr. Souin told how hope in Jesus Christ sustained him after he had been diagnosed with a severe heart condition, which ultimately required a complete transplant. With passion, conviction, and even some humor, he described the remarkable medical journey that opened unexpected, miraculous pathways in his lifelong relationship with Jesus.
Fr. Souin said he now lives every moment in gratitude to the Lord who restored him to health—and he prays every day for the departed donor whose heart now beats in the priest’s body.
It’s an inspiring example of the theme of VEMKAR’s current learning season, “Christ as Hope.”
VEMKAR is an integral part of Diocesan Primate Bishop Daniel’s vision for the Eastern Diocese—a vision called “Building Up the Body of Christ.” VEMKAR’s latest learning season explores the Armenian Church’s teachings about the precious spiritual gift of Hope—and how the source of true Hope lies in Jesus Christ. See below under Events for links to the full schedule of Live Sessions through the coming months.
VEMKAR’s module on “Christ as Hope” offers faithful of all ages across the Eastern Diocese—and the world—access to inspirational multimedia resources, drawn from the sacred tradition of the Armenian Church. Click here to learn more.