Steve and Claudia Irvin
Prayer Letter/Ministry Update
A little bit about ourselves: 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 evangelism. We have four adult children and six grandchildren. We are on home assignment during 2017, ministering in churches and sharing of God's work in Spain and around the world.
IRVIN UPDATE/March 2017
"Go home to your own people and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you." (Mark 5:19)
Having arrived to the US on December 15 for a one-year home assignment, we hit the road running. We moved into our rented home on the campus of Toccoa Falls College and participated in the joyful family Christmas celebrations. We had all our children and grandchildren together for Christmas for the first time in at least 12 years!
On January 6 we left for tours of church missions conferences in Florida and Georgia. The Lord blessed us as we shared how much the Lord has done for us during the last four years in Spain, and in our years of serving Him in other parts of the world. He gave us many new friends in these churches, and allowed us to reconnect with many who have prayed for us. Pray with us that the Lord will raise up intercessors for us and for the work of the gospel among the nations.
Yesterday, March 5, we conclude the first part of our ministry schedule and have a couple of weeks off before heading out once again. We will be in North Carolina and Ohio in March and April, so look forward to seeing any of you who can make it to our meetings. You can see our up-to-date schedule
Please pray for us as we share in the churches. We have sensed the Lord’s hand upon our ministry and look to Him for wisdom, strength, and anointing of the Holy Spirit. Pray with us that people will come to Christ as Savior and as the One who makes them Holy. Ask the Lord to extend his mercy upon many for physical healing. Pray that God will raise up His people to prepare the way of the Lord.
While we could note highlights in each church, one particular experience that stands out occurred within the context of Lilburn (GA) Alliance Church. There are over 700 ethnic groups within a 30-mile radius of the church property. The church is supporting the establishment of an Envision site in Clarkston, GA which is a hub for immigrants arriving to the country. One Saturday afternoon we went door-to-door with a young couple who are part of this team.
What we found were people from a multitude of nations from Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. We asked people if we could pray for them. Only one gentleman from Bhutan refused the offer. One family from Syria spoke nothing of English. I pulled out my phone and looked for the Arabic translation of, “Can we pray to God for you?” They read the phrase on the phone screen and timidly nodded their heads that, yes, we could pray for them.
The nations are coming to the US! While that poses daunting political and security challenges, it also presents a great door of opportunity to share Christ with those who have never heard. Perhaps the Lord will use you to reach out to someone like these in Clarkston with the good news of Christ.
We look forward to the rest of 2017, to meeting many of you along the way, and to returning to Spain next year. Please keep us in your prayers. If you would like our new prayer card, please send us your postal address at LosIrvin@gmail.com, and we will get one to you in the mail. Thank you for standing with us in prayer.
All for Jesus Until He Comes!
Steve and Claudia Irvin
Information about the work in Spain:
A Prayer for Spain (Includes stirring videos for use in prayer meetings)
Praying for Spain
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
- We praise the Lord for His Hand upon us as we ministered in church missions conferences in Florida and Georgia during January and February. We are scheduled pretty much through April. Pray with us that the Lord would be pleased to bring people to Christ through the meetings, and that many would answer the call to prepare the way of our Coming King.
- Pray for Martha who is gradually assuming the leadership of the discipleship ministry at Alianza de Amor Church. Ask the Lord to give her wisdom as she works with people to make disciples who make disciples.
- We praise the Lord that our youngest son Robert (Bobby) will be getting married May 21. Pray for him and Vanessa as they prepare for their life together as husband and wife.
Praise the Lord.
Updated: March 09, 2017
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