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/January-February 2019

GOD'S GRACIOUS HAND

"The gracious hand of God was upon me. . .” (Nehemiah 2:8)

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

Entering a new year inevitably causes one both to reflect on the past, as well as to look toward the future. This year is especially significant for us because 40 years ago we left graduate school in Columbia, SC and moved to Titusville, FL to begin our first pastorate as missionary candidates. Since then, we have seen God’s gracious hand upon us, guiding us even when the way was difficult and confusing. We are a living testimony of God’s great faithfulness and give Him all honor and glory.

God’s people giving to God’s work for God’s glory have been used of Him to reveal His gracious hand. During the last year, the Lord met all our needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus. People like you have given generously. People like you have prayed faithfully. It’s people like you whom God has used and continues to use to accomplish His work among the nations.

Highlights from our annual report include God’s gracious hand upon INFORMA Bible Institute. Not only were we training people in classes held in Madrid, Barcelona, and Canary Islands; but through the internet students from Italy, Peru, the USA, and other parts of Spain also enrolled in the 10 modules taught over the course of the year. Though having only some 40 students in total, God is broadening our impact in developing leaders for the kingdom.

While teaching is at the forefront of our ministry, Steve also serves as the director of INFORMA. God’s gracious hand has been upon him as he must deal with administrative tasks that require more wisdom and patience than he has. But God is able! The Lord also has blessed us with highly qualified professors who bring a wealth of ministry experience to their teaching role. The administrative team with whom Steve works closely has served faithfully. We praise the Lord or our team .

God has been gracious to us in giving us friendships with our neighbors. We pray for them and ask you to pray for us that the Lord would give us open doors to share the gospel clearly and boldly with these friends for whom we care deeply. As you may know, the spiritual context of Spain is complex and makes for a general indifference if not, at times, antagonism to the gospel. One recent article highlights some of the background to today’s spiritual environment among Spaniards.

This year begins with significant ministry opportunities for which we ask your prayers:

-- We will be ministering in Barcelona at the Vilamarí Church January 18-20 and February 1-3. Steve will be preaching both weekends and facilitating a training course on “Spiritual Leadership.” Claudia will be ministering especially to the women in the course, as well as speaking in the Adonay Church on February 2. Ask the Lord to manifest His gracious hand upon us for blessing to His people.

-- In January we begin monthly mentoring groups with INFORMA students. Pray that God will use us “life-on-life” to speak biblical truth into their hearts. Pray that the Holy Spirit will use us in the spiritual growth of the students, that they may increasingly become leaders who live and lead like Jesus.

-- We continue to meet monthly with the organizing team of the missions conference scheduled for September. Pray with us as we seek to mobilize pastors and churches from around the country. We are asking the Lord to use this conference in our family of churches so that they become involved more intentionally in reaching the nations.

Thank you for praying with us. The Lord is at work in Spain and among the nations. May His gracious hand rest upon you as you serve Him daily.

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

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 some significant interactions with neighbors over Christmas. Pray with us for open doors to share clearly and boldly the gospel of Christ with them. Ask the Lord to give us wisdom in our interactions with them.

- Pray for ministry in the leadership training seminar in Barcelona, January 18-20, and February 1-2. Ask the Lord to use us in the lives of church leaders to give them a vision for Christ-like leadership.

- Pray for our role in organizing a missions conference for our national church Alliance family in September 2019. We meet for prayer with the Comunidad de Oracion Church on January 24. Our next team meeting is January 26. 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 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.

- Cover other upcoming preaching and teaching ministry in prayer.
January 13 Madrid, Anuncio de Paz Church.
January 27 and February 24 Fuenladbrada, Vida y Familia Church
February 2 Claudia in Barcelona, Adonay Church women's group
February 3 Barcelona, Adonay Church
February 10 Zaragoza, Alianza de Fe Church

Praise the Lord.

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Updated: January 08, 2019

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

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