Society for Orphaned Armenian Relief

How your donations through this site are used


SOAR supports Armenian orphans living in orphanages in Armenia, Turkey, Georgia and Nagorno-Karabagh. SOAR offers programs helping families stay together by using donations to provide for basic needs such as food and social programs and achievement opportunities for the children, such as sports classes. 


Local chapters of SOAR in locations throughout the world raise money for the children in these orphanages and develop internet cultural programs among other activities. 

You may go to the SOAR website for more information. 

You may contact Connie Koumjian through this site or directly for more information on SOAR sponsorship of children, to form a local chapter or to join the New Mxico chapter of SOAR.

Icons by the Hand of Connie Koumjian

Why have an icon? Some benefits:
Sacred Object for Prayer
Here is a brief description of how an icon is a sacred object and praying with an icon.
TRADITION – The icon is “canonical”, that is io have been inspired by the Holy Spirit for
generations. Colors and forms follow from the Holy Tradition of the Early Christian Church.
Icons were written by monks. These icons have been copied according to these traditions or
ACT OF GAZING – When you gaze at an icon, the icon can offer a gift of teaching by the Holy
Spirit. The icon is prayed with by the Icon Writer or painter of icons. The icon by having been
copied in a similar way extends the tradition and can be a vessel of the prayers of the
iconographers who has come before and includes prayers of those who have venerated or
adored this icon in the past.
PRAYING – In sitting with an icon, you may be inspired to pray. The prayers can be short or one
word payers , such as uttering the “Jesus Prayer”, which is” Lord Jesus, Son of the Living God, have mercy on me a sinner”. or a memorized prayer of the church or some personal prayers – words which come to you as you address God’s presence or ask to feel His presence.
The icon may affect you according to your prayers and receptivity. You may know or not know
the story of the saint depicted. You can receive gifts from God which could surprise you. The
Saint’s prayers who is depicted in the icon may be interceding for you according to the grace of
God. You may feel inspired to pray or simply be quiet while gazing. There may be an emotional
experience or insight while you gaze or pray with an icon. Icons have been called, “Windows
into Heaven”.