CLOSE-UP: The author of Diamondola’s biography, Mildred Olson, and Diamondola.So what do God’s champions look like? God’s champions are not all famous. More often they are quietly going about their business. Sometimes they are men; sometimes women; sometimes teens, sometimes children.
GETTING READY FOR ANOTHER MOVE: Diamondola (on left); her daughter, Indra; her mother, Theodora; and husband, Aram Ashod, prior to their departure for Iran.Although she had only three years of formal education she was able to graduate from high school in 1912. She was immediately hired by the Adventist Levant Mission in Constantinople as a translator and secretary. She taught herself French and German in the evenings, extending her fluency to six languages. But Diamondola didn’t spend all her time holed up studying. She had a reputation for being fun and vivacious. She enjoyed doing fancy needlework and being with friends.
A MAN OF PRAYER: Armenian Diran Tcharakian was professor at the University of Istanbul prior to his conversion. He prayed for Diamondola’s resurrection. Later he died during the death march of the Armenian Christians in 1920. Out of gratitude, Aram and Diamondola used the letters of his first name (Diran) for the first name of their only daughter, Indra.Living Links
Indra Greer.Sometime later, when Diamondola and Aram returned to Turkey, they found that Adventists still had no official church buildings. Adventists were not recognized as a legal denomination by the Turkish government before World War I. All church buildings had been confiscated. After the war the Lausanne Treaty specified that no Christian churches could be built in Turkey. Diamondola and Aram had a foretaste of how life would be for many Christians in the twentieth century as they joined members for secret meetings in different homes on Sabbaths. Although it was a time of great danger as they braced themselves for sudden police raids, it was also a time of experiencing a special closeness to God and to each other. Eventually they were able to rent a room in the basement of the Armenian Protestant church. But even with this small victory the next battle was brewing. With the beginning of World War II once again all foreign workers returned to their homelands. Again, Aram and Diamondola carried the official church work in the region.