Steve and Claudia Irvin

Prayer Letter/Ministry Update

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Following a pastorate in Titusville, FL, we served with The Alliance for 26 years in Latin America in Colombia and Argentina, before accepting a call to pastor a church in Toronto, Canada for three years. We then served as interim pastor at Tabernaculo de la Fe church (our sending church) in Orlando, FL. Since January 2013 we are engaged as International Workers in Madrid, Spain in Bible Institute teaching, mentoring of leaders, and preaching. Steve is currently Director of the INFORMA Bible Institute. We have four adult children and six grandchildren.
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IRVIN UPDATE/March-April 2019

WHO IS SUFFICIENT FOR THESE THINGS?

“Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God.” (2 Corinthians 3:5)

Our ministry focus: to pour ourselves into developing leaders who live and lead like Jesus.

There are times when you work hard and accomplish much, but the “to do” list is longer at the end of the day. There are times when you rejoice for blessing—obvious blessing—but you see the gaps that remain, the work that still needs to be done. Who is sufficient for these things?

The task is of such importance. The opportunities are so great. You seek the Lord and you say, “Here I am, use me!” Then the load becomes heavy, the obstacles multiply, people let you down. You begin to question if you should have committed yourself so deeply. Who is sufficient for these things?

If you’re trying to do it all on your own, your abilities and your strength will fail. But in drawing near to the Throne of Grace we find help. And we hear Christ’s words, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Cor. 12:9). Our sufficiency, our only true sufficiency, comes from God. So, we persevere. We look to the Lord. And we ask your prayers for us.

We rejoice for God’s blessing on INFORMA Bible Institute as seen in increased enrollment. The last two modules taught by colleagues have seen us reach maximum capacity in our Madrid classroom. This is apart from online students. God’s hand has been upon us. The mentoring groups that Claudia and I are leading are proving significant in the lives of the students who attend. We meet every third Wednesday of the month.

Please pray with us for wisdom as we lead INFORMA, and as we speak into the lives of the students, both in the classroom and in the mentoring groups. Pray for me (Steve) as I prepare to teach the Book of Revelation, April 1-5 in Madrid, and April 8-12 in Barcelona. I will stay on in Barcelona until Sunday, the 14th, when I preach in an evangelistic service in the Vilamarí Church.

We ask your intercession on behalf of the First National Week of Missions to be held in the Alliance in Spain, September 8-15. We are heading up this effort with a team of dedicated people who share the vision of seeing Christ proclaimed among the nations. The theme of the week—that includes workshops in local churches, as well as a weekend conference of plenary sessions, presentations, and workshops—is taken from Jesus’ words to His disciples in John 4:35, ¡Alzad Vuestros Ojos! [“Lift up your Eyes!”].

Ask the Lord to grant us grace in coordinating the logistics of this effort. Pray for qualified people to rise up and help us with the maze of details. Pray that God would, indeed, cause us all to lift our eyes to Him who Alone is worthy to be worshipped and proclaimed. He is our sufficiency!

All for Jesus Until He Comes!
Steve and Claudia Irvin

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How to Actively Serve in Worldwide Missions Where You Are in Your Local Church

Information about the work in Spain:
A Prayer for Spain (Includes stirring videos for use in prayer meetings)
Pray4Spain

We are supported by your faithful contributions to the Great Commission Fund (GCF) of The Christian and Missionary Alliance, 8595 Explorer Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80920, or online. You can designate gifts to the GCF for our support by noting “GCF – Steve and Claudia Irvin support.”

Our ministry is part of the worldwide effort of The Christian and Missionary Alliance. Our “big team” includes over 750 people like us! You can sign up here to receive regular updates about our Alliance efforts around the globe. Or click here for social media updates.

Prayer Requests/Answers to Prayer

- We praise the Lord for God's blessing on the INFORMA Bible Institute. With increased numbers of students in three different learning environments (face-to-face, simultaneous online, and video recorded classes), the administrative load increases. Pray for strength and wisdom for Steve as he leads INFORMA. Pray, as well for direction in preparing leaders who will take over this role in the not-so-distant future.

- Pray for our role in organizing the First National Week of Missions of our Alliance church family in Spain, scheduled for September 2019. Pray that God will grant us wisdom in all the planning, and that He will use the missions conference to stir in our churches a vision for taking Christ to the nations.

- Ask the Lord to grant us wisdom as we each lead monthly mentoring groups with INFORMA students. Pray that God will use us to take the students deeper in their walk with Christ. Ask the Lord to raise up leaders who live and lead like Jesus.

- Cover other upcoming preaching and teaching ministry in prayer.
March 24 Madrid, Comunidad de Fe Church.
April 1-5 INFORMA course on the Book of Revelation in Madrid
April 8-12 INFORMA course in Barcelona
April 28 Madrid, Oporto Church

Praise the Lord.

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Updated: March 06, 2019

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