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/ October-November 2020

HELD FAST. FOLLOWING FAITHFULLY.

“Even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me fast." (Psalm 139:10)

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

A friend wrote this summer, “We are just living our lives and asking the Lord to use us.” What better way to confront the ever-changing complexities of life! This year, long-term planning has been turned on its head. But God who is sovereign and knows all things is Lord over all. In every moment, even in extreme and confusing circumstances—even there—He is leading and holding us fast.

Contrary to what we would have thought from our human perspective, the INFORMA Bible Institute has flourished this year as we have been forced out of our comfort zone into the online environment. Professors have adapted, and our administrative team has done incredible work to deliver a quality online experience for the students. In September we had a record number of students enrolled from Spain and other countries: 57 in total. As you can see from this photo of the students who took the classes through Zoom (not including those who viewed the recorded classes in their own time-frame), they are a diverse group of learners who desire to grow deeper in the Word and to serve the Lord wherever He leads them.

I was able to go to Barcelona in September to meet with five students. It was wonderful being with them as it was the first face-to-face class I’ve taught this year. However, Spain is presently going through a significant second wave of the virus. We do not anticipate having any more face-to-face classes until next year.

In all this, as our friend said, we are living our lives and ministry, asking the Lord to use. Claudia has been able to have neighborhood children over for crafts and cooking class. I’m the official taste tester! This has strengthened bonds with our neighbors for whom we pray as we seek to share Christ with them. God is calling the world to turn to Him, but we have not seen any of our neighbors softening their hearts spiritually. We wait on God and seek to faithfully bear testimony of Christ.

Online opportunities for teaching and preaching abound. Claudia weekly meets with a Bible study using WhatsApp. She continues to encourage pastors’ wives and students through daily phone conversations. I was recently asked to speak briefly to hundreds of pastors and leaders from across Latin America on “Preaching Effectively through Digital Platforms.” My 20-minute webinar (in Spanish) starts at the 17:30 minute mark. We look to the Lord to use the preaching of Christ through these means to build His church.

We need much wisdom as we continue forward. INFORMA has a graduation ceremony for six students scheduled for October 17. Please ask the Lord for leading as we discern whether to postpone this gathering, or just what to do. The second national missions conference is scheduled for Barcelona, November 13-14. Again, please ask the Lord to guide the national missions team, whom we advise, as to how best to proceed. Claudia and I are scheduled to go to the Canary Islands the end of November for ministry. We look to the Lord for His guidance.

Thank you for praying for us. Thank you for your continued giving to keep us and the entire missionary force of the Alliance on our fields of service. We praise the Lord for God’s faithful provision through His children. We are very grateful.

And be greatly encouraged. The Lord is sovereign over all and continues to work to bring to fruition all His plans for the nations. In all these ways, and in all these days, He will hold you fast.

All for Jesus Until He Comes!
Steve and Claudia Irvin

Email: LosIrvin@gmail.com

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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 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

- Pray that God would give us wisdom from above as we give leadership to INFORMA Bible Institute in these challenging days with increased numbers of students.

- Cry out to the Lord for His church in Spain. Ask the Lord to sustain us and strengthen us in the face of the contagion. Pray for open doors and wisdom to proclaim Christ in the midst of the crisis. Pray for especially for our dear neighbors, that God would grant them open hearts even as He grants us open doors to share the gospel of Christ with them.

- Ask the Lord to bless the second National Missions Conference (Nov. 13-14) and to stir in the heart of our churches in Spain a passion to see Christ exalted among the nations.

- Pray for upcoming ministry engagements:
October 5-9- INFORMA module with Prof. Pable Papavero
October 11- Online preaching Fuenlabrada (Madrid)
October 17- Scheduled INFORMA graduation ceremony
October 25- Online preaching Bogota, Colombia
Nov. 1- Preaching and Graduation Ceremony Albacete (Spain)
Nov. 2-6- INFORMA module with Prof. Ricardo Diaz
Nov. 13-14- Scheduled National Missions Conference
Nov. 20-Dec. 3 Preaching and teaching in the Canary Islands

Praise the Lord.

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Updated: September 29, 2020

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