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/June-July 2019

THE SOURCE OF HELP

“I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth.” (Psalm 121:1-2)

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

Do you ever need help? While self-sufficiency is a sign of maturity, it can easily become a source of pride. Some people consider asking for help to be a sign of weakness. Some even refuse to see their need for a Savior, denying any possible need before a holy God.

God never designed life and ministry to be lived relying on our own strength. The Holy Spirit dwells within believers as our “Helper” (John 14:16, 26; 15:26; 16:7, ESV). One of the great promises of Scripture comes from Isaiah 41:10, “So do not fear, for am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” As the Psalmist declares, our help comes from the Lord.

Claudia and I confess that we need help: your help in prayer, and the help of God as we face many challenges and opportunities. Please pray for us as we need God’s help in directing INFORMA Bible Institute. Saturday, May 25, is our second-ever graduation ceremony in Madrid. Please pray for us as we wade through the planning and details of this important event, that comes on top of grading papers and a never-ending host of administrative matters clamoring for attention.

The Lord helped me in the course I recently taught on the Book of Revelation. What a blessing! You can see a video clip of the students singing in worship based on Revelation 4-5. Please pray for me as I prepare for the next module, June 3-7. I’ll be teaching Homiletics. Pray with us that God would use this course to instill in the students a vision for biblical, Christ-centered preaching. Ask the Lord to give me wisdom as I walk with the students through the development of expositional sermons that are faithful to the Scriptural text. Ask Him to use this class to raise up faithful preachers of the Word, filled with the Holy Spirit.

In addition, we need help in the preparations for the National Missions Conference, September 8-15. The logistics are daunting. Motivating busy pastors and leaders who are already heavily committed in ministry is a challenge. We have stepped out in faith believing God to provide all that we need or this effort. We have a Facebook page for the conference. We are believing God to stir in the heart of our churches in Spain a passion to see Christ exalted among the nations. Ask the Lord to strengthen and to guide us in this process. Pray that He will call many to become intentionally involved in the Great Commission. The theme of the conference is “¡Alzad Vuestros Ojos!” [“Lift up your Eyes!”]. We lift up our eyes to Him, from whom comes our help. Praise the Lord!

Great Commission Day is a special focus during May in our Alliance family, when many make special gifts to our work. This year, a generous donor will match every gift, up to a total of $500,000! Please consider making a special gift during the GC Day offering at your Alliance church, or by giving online. Thank you!

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:
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 His help in INFORMA Bible Institute. Pray for our second-ever graduation ceremony on May 25. Ask the Lord to bring glory to His Name as we celebrate this milestone both in the lives of the graduates, as well as in the life of the Institute.

- 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 Him to stir in the heart of our churches in Spain a passion to see Christ exalted among the nations. Lift up your eyes with us as we look to the Lord for His help.

- 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:

June 3-7 INFORMA course on Homiletics (Preaching) in Madrid
June 10-14 Annual Spain Field Forum
June 15 Meeting of the Missions Conference planning committee. Pray for wisdom!
June 16 Madrid, Fuenlabrada Church.
July 27 INFORMA graduation ceremony in Barcelona.

Praise the Lord.

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Updated: May 22, 2019

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