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/ Fall 2021

ON THE JOURNEY IN GOD'S PRESENCE

And he said, “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” (Exodus 33:14)

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

We are on a journey. Not just a short trip, like the wonderful visit we just made to the US in August to visit loved ones, including our children and grandchildren; but a life-long journey of following Christ. Our journey, like yours, has many twists and turns, trials and fears. We are now in our last year of service in Spain before returning to the US for our last home assignment in June 2022: a new stage in our continuing journey of life and ministry.

Moses faced the unknown as he led Israel on its journey to the promised land. He, like each one of us, needed the assurance of God’s presence, of His guidance and His help along the way. In response, the Lord’s promise is sure: “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest” (Ex. 33:14). No need to fear, Dear Friend! God will never leave nor forsake His beloved children. In His presence is fullness of joy.

In the INFORMA Bible Institute, we journey in His presence as we look to the Lord to raise up a new director who will lead the institute forward in training leaders  for the kingdom. Please pray for our national church leaders as they consider candidates for this important ministry role. Ask the Lord to help us as we intentionally work toward an effective leadership transition that, we hope, will begin sooner than later.

We ask you to pray with us that we finish our ministry here well, continuing to pour our lives into pastors, students, and leaders in mentoring and teaching. The work is not yet done! Claudia renews this month the women’s Bible study group. I am scheduled to teach a New Testament introduction course in INFORMA, September 6-10. Ask the Lord to empower us by His Spirit for these and other ministry opportunities.

Also in September, we plan to share in the 3rd Annual National Missions Conference that will be held in Gran Canaria, the 24th and 25th. I have been asked to be one of the plenary speakers. We are filled with joy as we see the Spanish church moving ahead with the vision of taking Christ to the nations. Pray with us that the Lord would use us to stoke the fires of passion for Christ and His glory.

October 2 is this year’s INFORMA graduation ceremony. Five students will be graduating. Pray that Christ be honored as we celebrate with the students the end of their academic journey in the Bible Institute. Later in October, the Lord willing, we hope to finally make our long-postponed trip to Asturias to visit church planters Pepe and Loli Mederos. Pray with us for wisdom as we plan this trip in the midst of the challenges Spain continues to face with the pandemic.

Through your faithful prayers and giving, you are very much a part of our journey in serving Christ among the nations.  Recently, the Alliance instituted a new two-pronged funding system for international workers. What this means is that Claudia and I will continue to receive the major part of our funding from the Great Commission Fund, but we also have been asked to raise support specifically designated to our ministry. We are believing God to continue to meet all of our needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus. If you would like to hear more about how to partner with us specifically in this area, please send us an email and we'll share more details with you.

One final note. We have a group of intercessors who are committed to praying regularly for us. If you would like to be a part of that group and receive more frequent updates from us, please write to us personally and we will gratefully sign you up.

Thank you for your prayers and support as we continue the journey to which the Lord has called us. Great is His faithfulness! May His presence go before you in your own journey of faith.

All for Jesus Until He Comes!
Steve and Claudia Irvin

Email: LosIrvin@gmail.com

LinkedIn profile
Alliance Life article: Give the Gospel a Chance
How to Actively Serve in Worldwide Missions Where You Are in Your Local Church
Position paper: 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 both by gifts designed for our support, as well as by contributions to the Great Commission Fund (GCF) of The Christian and Missionary Alliance, 8595 Explorer Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80920, or online. On the website, 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

- Steve is in 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 the third annual National Missions Conference schedule September 24-25 in Gran Canaria. 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.

- Ask the Lord to guide us as we seek to fulfill postponed travel plans. We have ministry trips pending for Asturias and Italy.

- Pray that we finish our ministry in Spain well, filled with joy and the Holy Spirit, with overflowing love and passion for Christ.

- Pray for upcoming ministry engagements:
Sept. 6-10- Steve teaches an INFORMA module, New Testament Introduction
Sept. 13- Claudia meets with her Bible study group weekly, every Monday
Sept. 19- Steve preaches in the Comunidad de Oración Church (Madrid)
September 24-25- Steve and Claudia in Gran Canaria for the National Missions Conference
Oct. 2- INFORMA graduation ceremony with five graduates
October- Potential ministry trip to Asturias
Nov. 8-12- Steve teaches an INFORMA module, God and Creation

Praise the Lord.

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Updated: September 01, 2021

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