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/Winter 2018

"O God, from my youth you have taught me, and I still proclaim your wondrous deeds. So even to old age and gray hairs, O God, do not forsake me, until I proclaim your might to another generation, your power to all those to come.” (Psalm 71:17-18)

During our year of home assignment, in almost every church we visited, we were inevitably asked about retirement. While one would like to think his or her age is not obviously discernible, nonetheless it is increasingly difficult to hide with the passing of the years. :-) To each questioner we gave the same answer: “By God’s grace, we’re going back to Spain!”

The tours of churches have come to an end, our times with family, especially with children and grandchildren, have been precious. But, it’s time to go back to Spain for at least one more four-year term of service. What lies beyond that, we trust the Lord to guide us.

The focus the Lord has given to us for the next four years is clear: pour ourselves into developing leaders who live and lead like Jesus. Jesus Himself spent a good portion of His earthly ministry doing just that; investing time and prayer in raising up people who would lead the church forward in the commission He had given her of making disciples of all nations.

Jesus did that through mentoring The Twelve. Mentoring pastors and leaders will be a key role for us. At the same time, I will continue teaching in the INFORMA Bible Institute, serving as director with a view to developing professors and other leaders who can assume the leadership of this ministerial training program.

There is also a crying need for developing leaders at the grassroots level. Many churches have no intentional strategy to develop leaders. Claudia’s experience in teaching Theological Education by Extension courses will be important as we seek to partner with pastors to raise up leaders at the local church level.

We cannot fulfill this vision alone. We will work with the team of professors and administrative assistants who are already invested in INFORMA. We also need to mobilize teams of teachers and to train mentors who can minister in the local churches. Pray that God will lead us to these key people.

And we need on-going prayer as, by God’s grace, we proclaim the Lord’s might to another generation. We have a dedicated group of intercessors with whom we correspond more frequently concerning time-sensitive needs. If you sense a burden from the Lord to intentionally intercede for us on a regular and consistent basis, please let us know and we will add you to this select group. In the meantime, ask the Lord to grant us a fresh anointing of His Spirit to fulfill in His power the task to which we have been called.

We are scheduled to depart for Madrid on December 30. Will this be our last term? We don’t know what the Lord will have for us five years down the road. But what we do know is that He has called us to play our role in raising up a new generation of leaders who live and lead like Jesus. We invite you to join with us in that vision.

All for Jesus Until He Comes!
Steve and Claudia Irvin

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Prayer Requests/Answers to Prayer

- Praise the Lord for His hand upon us during our respective three-week tours in the Southwestern District and in Wyoming. We met many new friends who are praying for us and for the work in Spain. The Lord is good.

- We are scheduled to return to Spain on December 30. Please pray for us as we walk through the good-byes and the process of this international move.

- We need discernment and wisdom as we return to Spain to assume new ministry roles. Ask the Lord to give us wisdom as Steve has been asked to serve as rector of the Bible Institute INFORMA, and to develop a strategy for preparing new professors.

- Pray with us as we seek to come alongside pastors in Spain to help them develop leaders who live and lead like Jesus. Ask the Lord to grant us discernment in identifying key individuals with whom we can team to pursue this vision.

Praise the Lord.

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Updated: December 08, 2017

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

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