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, and 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. We have four adult children and six grandchildren.
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IRVIN UPDATE/Summer 2018

NEVER FLINCH. NEVER WEARY. NEVER DESPAIR.

"And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up .” (Galatians 6:9)

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

Reading a long book can become a chore. I have almost finished volume eight of the authorized biography of Winston Churchill. The entire monumental work, without footnotes, is some 10,000 pages long. If I could sum up in one phrase what I have learned in my months-long reading, I would take a phrase from one of the speeches of this great British statesman.

The phrase doesn’t come from his well-known “we shall never surrender” speech that came on the heels of the Dunkirk evacuation. Nor is it found in the famous “blood, toil, tears, and sweat” speech; or the “this was their finest hour” speech. These all have memorable phrases from an incredibly gifted speaker who inspired not only a battered nation, but also its allies in World War II.

No, the phrase I would choose is actually spoken near the end of his second term as prime minister. He was 80 years old. He had been through two world wars, and had stood against the Iron Curtain that hung over much of Europe. In the conclusion of his last major speech in the House of Commons, he, perhaps, summed up his legacy: “Never flinch. Never weary. Never despair.”

Wherever you are, and whatever you are going through, in Christ I encourage you. Never flinch from what God has called you to do. Never weary in serving Him even when fruit is scarce in ministry. Never despair though trials seem on the verge of overwhelming you. It is Christ who reigns, and who is coming again. We, of all people, should be of great hope and cheer! There has never been a better time to proclaim the gospel than today, whether in Spain and in Europe, or wherever you are.

Pray for us in that way as we serve the Lord here in Spain. We praise the Lord for using us in student’s lives in the INFORMA Bible Institute, for blessing us as we shared with pastors and wives in the Canary Islands last month, and for granting us His grace as we pour our lives into leaders in the Kingdom.

Please remember us in prayer in the coming days. Thank you for standing with us. Some important dates to keep in mind:

July 2-6: Steve teaches an INFORMA module in Madrid, New Testament introduction. Preparation for this course has been hindered by having to dedicate considerable time to the administrative part of the Institute. Ask the Lord for wisdom in teaching, and for the fullness of the Holy Spirit to speak God’s truth into the student’s lives.

July 9-13: Steve will be in Barcelona for the module on “The Doctrine of God and Creation.” Many of you prayed for me when I taught this module in May. One student told me this week that it was a real “revelation” to him as we went into the deep things of God and His Word. Pray that God will draw students deeper in their knowledge of God and in their love for Him.

July 15: We will both be sharing in the Hospitalet Church in Barcelona. Ask the Lord to make us a blessing to His people.

Never despair. Jesus is Lord.

All for Jesus Until He Comes!
Steve and Claudia Irvin

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Information about the work in Spain:
Field Webpage
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.”

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Prayer Requests/Answers to Prayer

- Praise the Lord for His blessing on the May INFORMA teaching modules on "The Doctrine of God and Creation." The Lord helped Steve as he taught one of the deep courses we offer in the Bible Institute. He learned from it!

- Praise the Lord for using Claudia to touch many lives in a May women's retreat outside of Avila.

- Pray for Steve as he teaches in Madrid and Barcelona, July 2-13 (see above). Ask the Lord for the Holy Spirit's filling of power to communicate to students the Word of God. Ask the Lord to raise up pastors, international workers, and leaders from INFORMA.

- Pray for a new initiative being planned for 2019 that will partner INFORMA with local churches in training leaders. Pray for wisdom and clarity as we put the pieces of this new effort together.

- There are many challenges to Steve's new role as INFORMA Bible Institute director. Ask the Lord to give much grace and wisdom as he grows in this role, and works with the administrative team, professors, and students.

Praise the Lord.

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Updated: June 28, 2018

Children's Names
Abel
Micah
Julie
Robert
Status
Field Assignment
Country of Service
Spain

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