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/November-December 2018

THINK BIG. START SMALL. GO DEEP.

"You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave, even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:25-28)

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

Books on leadership abound. Explore any airport bookstore, and you’ll find entire sections dedicated to this popular subject. Many pastors and leaders are searching for new insights to become more effective. Some Christian authors have taken the practices of successful business leaders and have found biblical basis for them, often without considering that the bottom-line of success in the world is starkly different from that in the kingdom of God.

The first week of November I was privileged to be in a MentorLink international gathering in Kenya. What a blessing to be with like-minded leaders who have made it a priority to pursue Christlikeness in life and leadership. It’s not the world’s model. It’s not about being the “Big Man” (an African term), or about being the “Top Dog” (you know where that comes from). It’s about serving others in humility. It’s a process in which I am growing ever-so-imperfectly. Claudia and I are committed to living out this type of leadership.

Please pray with Claudia and me as we seek to exercise this servant leadership in our relationships with pastors and their wives in what they might call a mentoring relationship. As we invest time in their lives, they are touching the lives of many more in their churches. In addition, the leadership of INFORMA Bible Institute is challenging, and I am being stretched in administrative areas that, frankly, I would normally avoid. Please pray for ongoing wisdom and grace. This year has been a year of learning in the director’s role, and we are looking forward to building on that learning in the new year.

During the week in Kenya, one of our colleagues, David Toth, shared a summary statement of what he believes to be Jesus’ philosophy of ministry: “Think big. Start small. Go Deep.” Jesus came to seek and to save that which was lost. His vision was as big as the kingdom of God. But He started small with just a band of disciples he called apostles. He went deep into their training, sharing not just knowledge and content, but sharing His very life with them as well.

Here are just two ways we’re trying to think big, to start small, and to go deep in the coming year. We think the Lord has laid them on our hearts. Would you pray with us as we pursue these opportunities?

- A missions conference at the level of our national church family. In the forty years the Alliance has been in Spain, to our knowledge we have never held a missions conference. It may be because the work here in Spain is so challenging, but the time has come to lift our eyes to the nations.

With the blessing of our leadership, Claudia and I are laying the groundwork to mobilize our churches (over 25 works) for a missions emphasis scheduled for September 2019. Several speakers have committed to be a part of this effort. Our vision is that Christ be exalted in our family of churches becoming involved more intentionally in reaching the nations. Pray for us as we form the team for this huge effort.

- Mentoring groups with Bible Institute students. INFORMA is making an impact in the lives of students. One student recently wrote, “How wonderful is the Word of God! Reading and studying it not only edifies me, but also gives me knowledge, producing within me a hunger to continue to go deeper in the truths of Scripture.”

We believe that we must go beyond formal classroom training to go deeper into the hearts of the students. For this reason, we are looking to form mentoring groups outside of the classroom, both in Barcelona and Madrid, where we can work informally with students on life application. Claudia and I would take the Madrid students; the women meeting with Claudia, and the men with me. We hope to start this in January. Please stand with us in this new initiative, as we seek to think big, start small, and go deep.

All for Jesus Until He Comes!
Steve and Claudia Irvin

LinkedIn profile
Give the Gospel a Chance
How to Actively Serve in Worldwide Missions Where You Are in Your Local Church

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

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Prayer Requests/Answers to Prayer

- Pray for our role in organizing a missions conference for our national church Alliance family in September 2019. We are pulling together the team that will spearhead the organization of the event, 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.

- Praise the Lord that four of our INFORMA Bible Institute graduates have begun graduate studies with a view to becoming professors and leaders in INFORMA. Please pray for them in this important step in their development, even as they continue in their pastoral roles in their respective churches. Ask the Lord to give us wisdom as we walk with these four leaders in this new stage of learning.

- We praise the Lord for His grace in Claudia's life as she shared at the national women's retreat. The Lord's hand was also upon us in the ministry trip to the Canary Islands, and in Steve's teaching the book of Romans in Madrid and Barcelona. It has been a blessed fall!

- Ask the Lord to grant us wisdom as we look to begin mentoring groups with INFORMA students in January. 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.

- 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: November 13, 2018

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

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