Author: Andrea Bruns
Date: October 12, 2012
Categories: Campus Life|Spiritual Life

Houghton College is pleased to welcome Rev. Dr. T.V. Thomas and Rev. Fred Farrokh as the guest speakers for Global Christian Fellowship’s New Vision Week 2012. New Vision Week will take place from Monday, October 22 through Friday, October 26. All events are open to the public and free of charge.

Each fall semester, through a series of chapels, lectures, and activities, New Vision Week highlights God’s work around the world, challenging listeners to commit to lives of missions as the outflowing of their faith. This year, New Vision Week will focus on God’s ability to do “Immeasurably More” than is asked of him, based on Ephesians 3:20.

Wednesday’s speaker, Rev. Dr. T.V. Thomas, was born in Malacca, Malaysia and began his ministry as an itinerant evangelist in 1974 before he was appointed as Professor of Evangelism for the Murray W. Downey Chair of Evangelism at Canadian Bible College and Canadian Theological Seminary where he served from 1984-1994. Currently, Dr. Thomas serves as the Director for the Centre for Evangelism & World Mission. He also serves as Chair of the North American Council for South Asian Christians (NACSAC) and President of the Fellowship of Canadian Evangelists (FOCE). Dr. Thomas currently lives in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada with his wife, Mary and three children, Victor, Molly and Melanie.

Friday’s speaker, Rev. Fred Farrokh is an Iranian-American of Muslim family background. His background as a Muslim has equipped him for a passionate ministry to Islamic communities. From 1998 to 2000, he served as Special Projects Officer for SAT-7, a television ministry, in Nicosia, Cyprus. In August 2005, Farrokh published “Jailbreak! A Christian’s Guide to Praying for the Muslim World.” Currently, Farrokh is the Executive Director of the Jesus for Muslims Network, a ministry which encourages Muslim-background believers and evangelizes among Muslims in the Greater New York City area. Farrokh currently resides with his wife and five children in New York City, NY.

Along with the two speakers, there will be missions representatives stationed in the Campus Center basement on Monday and the Van Dyke Lounge Tuesday and Wednesday, prepared to share with students and visitors about God’s work around the world and to provide opportunities for people to get involved wherever individuals’ skills are needed.

 The events offered by New Vision Week will be as follows:

 Monday, October 22, 11:30 a.m., “Seeking Immeasurably More,” Wesley Chapel

Monday, October 22, 7 p.m., “What is Missions?” interactive festival of culture, Basement of Campus Center

Tuesday, October 23, 6:30 and 7:30, Seminars with Missions Representatives, Chamberlain Center

Wednesday, October 24, 11:30 a.m., Rev. Dr. T.V. Thomas, Wesley Chapel

Wednesday, October 24, 6:30 p.m., Prayer and Praise Walk, Chamberlain Center 123/125

Thursday, October 25, 7 p.m., Rev. Fred Farrokh, “Muslim World Current Events,” Library 323

Friday, October 26, 11:30 a.m., Rev. Fred Farrokh, “Getting the Big Picture on Missions,” Wesley Chapel

Sturday, October 27, 9 a.m., New Visions Week is partnering with the SGA to host the first annual Make a Difference service day to unify the student body for community service projects throughout Allegany County.

New Vision Week embodies Houghton College’s purpose, encouraging students to engage and serve the world for God’s glory. For more information, contact Dr. Paul Shea at 585-567-9223 or at