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*** Story of a Father’s Love ***

On Dec. 7, 1988, an earthquake devastated the northwestern section of Armenia, killing an estimated 25,000 people. In one small town, directly after the earthquake, a father rushed to his son’s school to find that the school had been flattened and there was no sign of life. But he had no thought of turning back. He had often told his son, “No matter what , I’ll always be there for you when you need me!”

Thought the prospects appeared hopeless, he began removing rubble from where he believed his son’s classroom had been. Other parent’s only wailed hopelessly. “My son!” “My daughter!” Some told the father to go home, that there was no chance that any of the children could be alive. To which this loving father replied, “I made my son a promise that I’d be there for him anytime he needed me. I must continue to dig.”

Courageously, he proceeded alone. No one volunteered to help him. He simply had to know for himself: “Is my boy alive or is he dead?” With strength and endurance beyond himself, the faithful, loving father continued to dig...for 8 hours...for 12 hours...24 hours...36 hours. The in the 38th hour, as he heaved away a heavy piece of rubble, he heard voices. “Armand!” he screamed.

A child’s voice responded: “Dad! It’s me...Armand!” Then, “I told the other kids not to worry. I told’em that if you were alive, you’d save me and when you saved me, they’d be saved. You promised you would always be there for me! You did it, Dad!”



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