Steve and Claudia Irvin
Prayer Letter/Ministry Update
A little bit about ourselves: 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 evangelism. We have four adult children and six grandchildren. Pray for us that God would continue to form us daily into the image of Christ, even as He would use us to see many come to Christ and follow Him as Lord and Savior.
IRVIN UPDATE/September-October 2016
STRIVING TOGETHER WITH US IN PRAYER ON OUR BEHALF
“I took you from the ends the earth, from its farthest corners I called you. I said, ‘You are my servant;’ I have chosen you and have not rejected you. So do not fear for I 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.” (Isaiah 41:9-10)
12- Disciple-makers whom to mentor.
3- New pastors to emerge from the Bible Institute (INFORMA).
3- People groups in which to see spiritual fruit: Latin American immigrants, North African immigrants, and Spaniards.
In Madrid and Barcelona the last two weeks, I taught from the Book of Romans in the INFORMA Bible Institute. Each time I prepare this module, the Lord takes me deeper into the profound doctrines of this letter. He leaves me, and the students, in awe and gratitude for the riches of God’s grace in Christ Jesus bestowed upon us through faith. As Paul asked the Roman believers to strive with him in prayer (Rom. 15:20), we are grateful for those who prayed for us during these intense weeks of nightly teaching.
At the same time, we ask you to continue to strive with us in prayer:
Leadership Development in Alianza de Amor Church (Madrid)—With only three months remaining before our home assignment, Claudia continues to mentor Martha and Miriam in their leadership roles in the Bible Academy in Alianza de Amor Church. Pray for wisdom and grace during this process. Pray for Martha and Miriam as they grow in their leadership responsibilities, that they will seek Christ as their sufficiency in life and ministry.
MentorLink Latin American Regional Gathering—Steve flies to Medellin, Colombia on September 24 where he will preaching on Sunday, the 25th, and serving in the regional gathering of mentors, the 26th-30th. This gathering has the potential to catalyze the movement of Christ-like leadership development in the continent. We are expecting 50 participants from nine countries, all who share this vision of living and leading like Jesus. Strive with us in prayer that the Holy Spirit would rest upon the gathering, exalting Christ and ministering to each one during this week together. Pray that He would clarify next steps to take as the participants return to their respective countries to live out the vision shared at the gathering.
Preaching and Teaching in Peru—From Colombia, Steve travels to Peru where he will minister in Piura, October 1-2; and in the Miraflores Church in Lima, October 4-9. On October 1, he will be ministering in a regional workshop for pastors and leaders from the northern sector of Peru, followed by preaching ministries on the 2nd. The meetings in Miraflores revolve around nightly conferences on the theme of “The Servant Leader.” Please strive with us in prayer for these meetings that Steve might minister in the power of the Holy Spirit, and that the Lord would bring brokenness, repentance, and hope to those who attend.
Finally, some of you will remember that we shared a year ago about a young woman, “Nancy,” who prayed to receive Christ. She was recently baptized, and the photos of her baptism reflect the joy that Christ has brought into her life.
Thank you for striving with us in your prayers on our behalf.
All for Jesus Until He Comes!
Steve and Claudia Irvin
Information about the work in Spain:
A Prayer for Spain (Includes stirring videos for use in prayer meetings)
Praying for Spain
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Prayer Requests/Answers to Prayer
- Pray for Claudia's ongoing discipleship ministry through the Bible Academy classes. Our desire is to "make disciples who make disciples." Pray for Martha and Myrian who are gradually assuming the leadership of the ministry, that the Lord would give Claudia wisdom in supporting them in this transition.
- September 26-30, Steve is scheduled to participate in a Latin American regional gathering in Medellin, Colombia. Pray for Pedro Hernández who is coordinating the event where we expect some 50 practitioners from different Spanish-speaking countries to come together to speak into one another's lives and ministries, and to consider how to catalyze the development of Christ-like leaders in the region. I am working with Pedro in the programming of the event. We need wisdom from Above for this very strategic meeting.
- Following the Colombia event, Steve is scheduled to minister in Piura and Lima, Peru, October 1-9. Pray for Steve as he is seeking the Lord for the messages and the teaching to share in these two cities. The focus is on developing Christ-like leadership.
- Moroccan Arabic Speakers: The Days with Jesus (DWJ) mentoring tool that is based on the Jesus Film has been recorded in Derija! DWJ has been translated into various languages, and we hope to launch the Moroccan Arabic version online soon. Ask the Lord to use this tool to speak into the lives of many Moroccan Arabic speakers.
Praise the Lord.
Updated: September 19, 2016
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