End of year 2014
Vicky and I want to thank you for your prayers, love and support, in helping us reach more people with the gospel of Jesus Christ this year than ever before.
During the Christmas season, we have our busiest but most fruitful time in bringing the gospel to the people of NYC. We also use the month of December to assess what we have done with our is almost over and we must assess what we have done with our time, money, ministry focus and life.
Looking back at 2014, I am reminded of the faithfulness of God to provide a way for Camp Grace to receive the CitiVision camp property through Hobby Lobby. I am also reminded of the many trips overseas including Africa, Greece, South America, China, Turkey as well as Churches, Prisons and schools here in the United States. Please join me in praying about the upcoming ministry events in NYC, Greece, Uganda and Khartoum and pray about how you can support or be a part of sharing the gospel to reach the cities of the world with the gospel.
This past week was incredible. We arrived on Monday night and left Friday morning. In all we had 4 evangelistic meetings at night, in 2 different prisons, Avoyelles & Angola(Louisiana State Penitentiary), more than 150 men came forward and trusted Christ as their personal savior. Many others made strong commitments to return to their house(cell blocks) and tell them what great things God did for them, Luke 8:26-39. The story of the demoniac who was healed of more than 6,000 demons and sitting in his right mind at the feet of Jesus, was the story I used at these outreach events. We all marveled at how the Word of God has the power to heal and restore even the most diseased mind. The Presence of the Lord was ever present all week, in spite of the fact that most of the week we were operating without power in the Prison
On Tuesday & Thursday from 8:30am -3:30pm we trained 25 of the pastor/inmates, who have been through the Seminary program and are "LIFERS". These men are currently mentoring other inmates and helping them as they go through detox when they come in the prison if they are currently addicted to a substance, as well as mentoring inmates in an aftercare setting.
We had been asked to train them based on what we do at the Transformation Life Center in upstate NY. The training consisted of the principles we use as well as helping them in a "group therapy" type setting. I had the pleasure of bringing along two former TLC graduates who went on to get their masters and Doctorate degrees respectively. Erik Stubbs is now the assistant director of TLC and Dr. George Kalaras, runs a non profit after care program he started called "Life I Lead".
I have been asked to develop some materials that will be specifically used at the prison to help the inmate/pastors and hopefully be used at other Prisons around the country. The curriculum is all Bible based and uses God's word to transform and heal the mind and heart.
On Wednesday, I was asked by DR. Robson who runs the seminary to teach 6 Hrs on the Theology of Justification by FAITH, GRACE AND SALVATION. This teaching was done at the seminary for the inmates in the seminary program.
Calendar of Events for DECEMBER
Dec.20 we have the Transformation Life Banquet and Christmas party upstate NY which is hosted each year by Manhattan Bible Church.
Dec.21 Preaching the gospel from John 1 at the Manhattan Bible Church
Dec.21 after Church Manhattan Bible Church will host 100 angel tree children (children with incarcerated parents)They will all receive several Christmas presents, a meal, and have a gospel party.
Dec 24-25 Celebrating Christmas with our Children, Grandchildren and extended family here in NYC
Dec 26-Jan 4 I will be preaching at a massive conference for a total of 4 times. Please pray for God to be glorified and the gospel of Jesus to be crystal clear.
Preaching to over 120,00 in Kampala, Uganda!
Dec.31 Flying to Uganda and speaking to the largest outdoor event I have ever preached at. There will be around 120,000 people in attendance. I have preached to 60,000 before in Nigeria, but this event will be on a larger scale. Please pray for the gospel to be clear and for Jesus Christ to be exalted and magnified.
Jan. 5-7 Two day inter faith peace conference in Khartoum, The Sudan called "Sharing the Spirit of Jesus". The whole goal is to bring mediation and peace for the South Sudan that is experiencing a civil war, and the internally displaced & refugees that need help and support.
Greece, Gospel Festival
Greece is in desperate financial, moral, and spiritual need. Out of 11 Million people, there are only 20,000 evangelicals including all denominations. Please pray for a "Spiritual Awakening"
For the past 10 years we have helped distribute over 700,000 New Testaments house to house through partnering with Hellenic ministries Operation Joshua. The most exciting thing that has happened for me is that the evangelical pastors of Greece are united in asking me to come and hold 2 major evangelistic conferences in Athens and in Thessaloniki during the month of May. The events will be conducted in a Stadium, similar to a Billy Graham Crusade.
The Pastors of Greece have united and organized and have asked me to give my testimony. I will be preaching the gospel, which is the only hope for Greece. The theme will be "POWER TO CHANGE".
The CitiVision Board has unanimously approved the $165,000 Budget needed for the evangelistic meetings in the 4 Cities. My prayer is that God will save at least 5,000 Greek people. We will be working to raise the funds needed to help with the following needs.
1. Out of 11 Million people, there are only 20,000 evangelicals of all denominations. Please pray for a "Spiritual Awakening", and Salvation of the Greek people.
2. Funds needed to be raised to support the 165,000 approved budget for outreach event.
3. Continued strength for constant travel in the United States and overseas.
4. Completion of Bible based training manual for Transformation life Center and Prison ministry.
5. That this next year we would see thousands of lives transformed with the power of the gospel.
Please consider giving a year end gift to CitiVision to help us be more effective with the gospel. Our opportunities this coming year are greater than ever before. Please help us by partnering with us. We are thankful for all who have prayed and financially supported CitiVision throughout the year. We seek to be faithful stewards of all that God has entrusted to us.
1 Corinthians 3:6
Remember, you, through your prayers encouragement and and support make all this possible. 1 Corinthians 3:6
Tom Mahairas & Vicky Mahairas
Founding President, CitiVision
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