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/December 2016
REFLECTING ON FOUR YEARS IN SPAIN, AND LOOKING AHEAD
“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.
Before we came to Spain almost four years ago, the Lord laid on our hearts
12-3-3:, the numeric abbreviation we have used at the beginning of each of these updates to describe some big objectives for our ministry here. You can access our 2016 annual report here, but we also want to reflect briefly on these objectives and on what we have seen God do.
12 Disciple-makers whom to mentor. Through the Bible Academy at Alianza de Amor church, we have seen 18 individuals engage in training others through the discipleship materials. Claudia has poured her life into this group of people emphasizing constantly the vision of disciples-making-disciples. While we believe disciple-making is much more than simply working through study materials, the vision is bearing fruit through many of these church members whom Claudia has mentored along in this process, and who remain to carry on with the task of building others up in the faith.
3 New pastors to emerge from the Bible Institute (INFORMA). During this term Steve served as a member of the faculty, and taught eight of the INFORMA courses during 12 modules in Madrid, Barcelona, the Canary Islands, and Manchester, England. INFORMA graduated its first 15 students this year. During the course of the four years, three of the students were credentialed as pastors. Praise the Lord!
3 People groups in which to see spiritual fruit. Our ministry has been mostly with Latin American immigrants who make up the majority of the Spanish Alliance Church. We saw much fruit among them for which we rejoice in the Lord. While we had contact with Moroccan immigrants through the church food bank, it proved difficult to minister among them. Claudia twice visited in the home of one of the ladies we met. Perhaps the greatest fruit will come from the translation into Moroccan Arabic of the Days with Jesus mentoring tool that our colleague Jorge Vega supervised. With Spaniards, we were able to share the gospel with several neighbors during these four years. The fruit is yet to appear.
Now we are in the final countdown to our December 15 departure for home assignment. We will be in many churches, first in Florida and Georgia, beginning January 8, 2017. You can see the status of our schedule here. We hope to see many of you during the year. We have made this video greeting for use in the churches.
Thank you for praying with us in our transition time. Please pray for God’s blessing on our ministry in the US churches. And please consider a special year-end donation to the Great Commission Fund that is the backbone of our financial support. Your gift can go directly and entirely to our support when you mark your check or online gift “GCF – Steve and Claudia Irvin support.” Please take a moment to view this three-minute special Year-End Offering video.
Thank you for praying. Thank you for giving. May God fill your heart with joy this Christmas season.
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 Martha who is gradually assuming the leadership of the discipleship ministry at Alianza de Amor Church. Ask the Lord to give her wisdom as she works with people to make disciples who make disciples.
- Please pray for us as we transition to the US for home assignment. We rejoice that we will be able spend Christmas with all our children and grandchildren for the first time in several years. Pray for God's anointing on us as we minister in churches in Florida and Georgia beginning January 8.
- The Days with Jesus (DWJ) mentoring tool that is based on the Jesus Film has been recorded in Derija, the Arabic dialect most used in Morocco, and is now available online. Ask the Lord to use this tool to speak into the lives of many Moroccan Arabic speakers.
Praise the Lord.
Updated: December 05, 2016
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