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/May 2018

RELYING NOT ON OURSELVES

"But this was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God . . .”
(2 Corinthians 1:9b)

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

“Swamped, but not drowning.” That may not be a biblical phrase, but it sure is one that describes the first months of this year. Teaching, grading, dealing with administrative issues as the new director of INFORMA Bible Institute, studying to prepare sermons and new courses; it has been a lot to work through since arriving back to Spain. It makes us rely on God and His strength. He has been faithful.

We witnessed God’s faithfulness as He worked through Claudia in a women’s meeting in March. There was much brokenness in response to the Word as she spoke from Psalm 106:8, 44 on how the Lord is the "God of the Nevertheless;" that even when we fail, nevertheless He remains faithful to fulfill His purposes in us.

The Lord empowered Steve in teaching INFORMA Bible Institute students, revealing to them “the scarlet thread” woven throughout the Old Testament, pointing to Christ. We also saw God at work in the first meeting with potential graduate students who will commit to become future professors and leaders in INFORMA. It looks like three or four will begin studies in the fall. Pray that God will raise up godly leaders who will raise up other Christ-like leaders for the kingdom.

We continue to speak into the lives of pastors and their wives. This mentoring component of our ministry is key in what we believe God has called us to in Spain. Pray that the Lord will use us to encourage our colleagues in the work, and that He would spark within them this same vision to mentor others in Christ-like leadership.

We need your prayers, as well, as there is much work to be done in the Bible Institute. Working through these administrative matters can be draining, especially as the strain to fulfill teaching responsibilities is unrelenting. If I can only make it to August! A new strategic initiative is in the works to serve local churches in training leaders who may not be able to study in INFORMA. This will stretch our resources, but the potential for multiplying leaders is great. Pray for wisdom.

Important dates to remember in prayer:

May 1-2: Claudia ministers in a women’s retreat organized by Alianza de Amor Church. Ask the Lord to help Claudia in her preparation; and to fill her with His Spirit that He might minister deeply to the participants regarding their spiritual identity in Christ.

May 7-11: Steve teaches an INFORMA module in Madrid on “The Doctrine of God and Creation.” Please pray for me as I am preparing this course from the ground-up. We will be dealing with significant theological issues, as well as exploring the biblical case for creationism. Ask the Lord to work in the lives of the students to give them a clearer understanding of God and his attributes and acts in the world.

May 14-23: We are both in the Canary Islands, first in Gran Canaria to encourage pastors and wives, even as Steve teaches the INFORMA module. Then, ministry in La Palma. The workers in the Canary Islands can feel quite isolated. Pray for us that the Lord will use us to bless and strengthen the workers on both islands we visit. We rely on Him who raised Jesus from the dead.

All for Jesus Until He Comes!
Steve and Claudia Irvin

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Prayer Requests/Answers to Prayer

- Praise the Lord for His blessing on the March module of INFORMA, "Old Testament Introduction." Students gave testimony of seeing for the first time how the Old Testament point to the Person and work of Christ.

- Praise the Lord for working through Claudia as she ministered to women in the Alianza de Amor Church in Madrid in March.

- Pray for Claudia as she ministers in a women's retreat, May 1-2. Ask the Lord to glorify Himself through her by revealing truth from His Word to the participants.

- Pray for Steve as he teaches in Madrid and Gran Canaria on "The Doctrine of God and Creation," May 7-18. Ask the Lord to use both of us as we minister to pastors and wives in both Gran Canaria and La Palma (May 19-23).

- 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.

- We are focusing more and more on mentoring pastors and pastors' wives. Please pray for our relationships with these servants of the Lord, that we may be a help for them as we seek to serve them.

- 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: April 19, 2018

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