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/October-November 2016
FROM SPAIN TO SOUTH AMERICA, AND BACK AGAIN
“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.
One of the great privileges we have is to serve the Lord not only in Spain where we have lived for almost four years, but also in Latin America where we ministered for 25 years. Recently, I was in Colombia and Peru for teaching and preaching ministries. Years of faithful gospel ministry has yielded abundant harvest in Latin America, and we are blessed to be workers in that harvest.
First was Medellin, Colombia and the MentorLink Regional Gathering, September 26-30, which brought together 50 leaders from seven countries, and 34 different denominations. We met to consider how to foment a movement in the region based on a new vision of leadership. Our desire is to pattern our leadership not based on the world’s model of power and control, but rather based on the person of Christ and His values of servanthood and humility. Our calling is to abandon the tendency to build one’s own kingdom, and to seek above all the kingdom of God.
We understand mentoring to be prominent both in the formation of Christ-like leadership, and in the exercise of that leadership. Christ-like leaders will mentor others to become Christ-like leaders.
This vision resonates with many who are disenchanted with the top-down, self-serving leadership that is all too common among pastors and leaders who have risen to the top of their churches and organizations. Caciques and caudillos (“chieftains” and “bosses”) are part of the political culture of South America. Unfortunately they have become part of the evangelical landscape; and not only in that region of the world. Our goal is Christ-like leadership.
Out of this gathering came a renewed and clarified vision. Participants set forth some concrete steps in order to move forward. The week following the gathering in Medellin, my Colombian colleague, Pedro Hernandez, traveled to Buenos Aires, Argentina to hold a training event. A pastor from El Salvador formed his first pastors mentoring group. The vision is slowly, but steadily, growing. Pray for a movement of Christ-like leadership in Latin America and in your country, as well.
Following the Medellin event, I flew to Peru. October 1-2, I was in Piura for a regional leadership workshop and for preaching in four Sunday worship services. Originally I was told that 35-40 people would attend the Saturday workshop. Then it was about 70 people. When I arrived there were 207 in attendance! The Lord spoke to us during the six-hour workshop as we focused on Jesus’ values in transforming leadership.
It was then on to the Miraflores Church in Lima, October 4-9, where I preached nightly on “Leading Like Jesus.” The Lord’s hand was upon me for physical strength and spiritual anointing. There was significant response among the participants, including several during the week who expressed their desire to follow Christ as Lord and Savior. For those who are Spanish speakers, you may be interested in the messages that are posted on the Internet.
Thank you for praying for this strategic ministry trip. The Lord answered prayer!
Now, as we come into the final stretch before our December 15 departure for home assignment, please pray that God would grant us wisdom and grace as we finish up tasks here in Spain, and turn over responsibilities. Especially pray for Claudia as she mentors Martha in her leadership role in the Bible Academy in Alianza de Amor Church. Pray for Martha, that she may grow in her understanding of Christ as her sufficiency in life and ministry.
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 who is gradually assuming the leadership of the ministry, that the Lord would give Claudia wisdom in supporting her in this transition.
- Praise the Lord for His blessing on the MentorLink Latin American Regional Gathering in Medellin, Colombia in September. Pray for the 50 participants as they return to their respective countries to live out Christ leadership, and to develop others who lead like Jesus.
- Praise the Lord for His strength and anointing on Steve during his preaching and teaching ministry in Peru in October.
- 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. 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: October 18, 2016
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