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 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/ Spring-Summer 2021

COMMENDED TO THE GRACE OF GOD

“But Paul chose Silas and departed, having been commended by the brothers to the grace of the Lord." (Acts 15:40)

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

Saturday, May 15, will remain one of the most significant dates in the 40-year history of the Spanish Alliance Church. It was on that day, in Granada, that the church commissioned its first cross-cultural missionary, a young woman, to go as a Bible translator with the Wycliffe-associated mission in Spain. What a glorious day it was! Alba flew out of Madrid on May 18 to serve in an ethnic group in South America that does not yet have the Scriptures in its own language.

Pastors and leaders commended Alba to the grace of the Lord and to the work to which He has called her. National church president Jorge Álvarez noted that she is part of something that began in the heart of God: that the gospel of Christ be spread to all the earth. Through Alba, he added, the Spanish church is experiencing what it really is: the Christian and Missionary Alliance. He read Matthew 4:16,

the people dwelling in darkness
    have seen a great light,
and for those dwelling in the region and shadow of death,
    on them a light has dawned.

The name “Alba” means “dawn” in Spanish. Jorge expressed that, by God’s grace, she will shine the light of Christ among the people to whom God is sending her. Claudia and I cannot adequately express the flood of emotions we felt that day seeing this still-small national church taking the step of faith to send its first missionary. In a sense, our task at this stage of our own 40-year missionary career has come full circle: gospel access to and from all nations.

Through your faithful prayers and giving, you have been and are very much a part of our journey in serving Christ among the nations. It is with grateful hearts that we inform you that the pro-rata cuts Alliance international workers from the US experienced in recent months have been completely restored as God’s people gave sacrificially for the work around the world. Thank you, Dear Friends. Praise the Lord!

As we continue on in the ministry of developing leaders who live and lead like Jesus, pray with us for the selection of a new director for the INFORMA Bible Institute. We are a year away from departing Spain for our final home assignment and desire to finish well and to transition well, especially in this leadership role in INFORMA. Please pray with us that God will give our leaders wisdom in identifying the person of God’s choosing to commend to His grace and to this important work.

All for Jesus Until He Comes!
Steve and Claudia Irvin

Email: LosIrvin@gmail.com

LinkedIn profile
Give the Gospel a Chance
How to Actively Serve in Worldwide Missions Where You Are in Your Local Church
Premillennialism in the C&MA: Does it Matter?

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 for our support by giving to “a worker you love,” and typing in our name.

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

- Ask the Lord to guide us as we seek to resume travels within the country. We have ministry trips pending for the Canary Islands and Asturias; not to mention Italy.

- Steve is entering his last year as director of the Bible Institute and has proposed a candidate for the new director. Ask the Lord to guide leaders through the process of this momentous decision. Our prayer is that Steve will be able to mentor the new director into the role over a period of several months. Pray that God would grant us the grace to finish well.

- We praise the Lord for first cross-cultural missionary who was recently sent out by the Spanish Alliance as a Bible translator. Ask the Lord to continue to fan the flame of passion in the national church to see the Name of Christ exalted among the nations. Pray for Virginia who is the national missions mobilizer.

- Pray for upcoming ministry engagements:
May 24- Claudia meets with her Bible study group weekly, every Monday
May 29- Steve shares with a youth group in Madrid on "Reincarnation vs. Resurrection
May 30- Steve preaches in the Fuenlabrada Church (Madrid)
June 7-11- INFORMA module with Prof. Sonia Maldonado Martínez
June 14-18- Steve and Claudia in Gran Canaria for ministry
June 27- Steve preaches in the Fuenlabrada Church (Madrid)
July 17- INFORMA graduation ceremony in Albacete

Praise the Lord.

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Updated: May 20, 2021

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Country of Service
Spain

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