Steve and Claudia Irvin
Prayer Letter/Ministry Update
Welcome to our web page! A little bit about us: 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 2014
MENTORING AND MULTIPLYING DISCIPLE-MAKERS
“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.
Making disciples requires the mobilization of the Body of Christ. Multiplying disciple-makers requires building into the lives of members of the Body who can then speak into others’ lives to build them up in the Word. We call this vision Making Disciples who Make Disciples.
The Lord has given us the privilege of partnering with Alianza de Amor Church in Madrid to pursue this vision. Just over a year ago, we began a discipleship ministry that we call “Basic Truths.” The classes serve not only as a Christian education tool, but also as a ministry training ground. Already several of these mentors are ministering to people one-on-one in multiple settings in order to help them grow in their walk with Christ.
Last night we held a workshop with 15 of the “mentors” who form the core of this ministry. Vision was renewed, skills were taught, plans were made. Pictures of the event and a short video will give you a glimpse of our encouraging time together. The Lord is answering our prayers to raise up disciple-makers. Please pray for us as we continue to speak into their lives. Ask the Lord to raise up disciple-makers here in Madrid and across the globe.
Yesterday also saw Claudia’s return to English class outreach. She teaches Tuesday and Thursday mornings for 10 weeks. This is her third semester teaching here in Madrid (adding to seven or eight years of prior experience). She is asking prayer for boldness in witness. Her heart’s desire is to see her students come to Christ. Pray that this semester the Lord would reveal to her the open doors He is giving her to share the gospel. Pray that God would grant her discernment to identify those open doors, and boldness to forthrightly share Christ. Pray for Za, her assistant this semester, that the Lord would break through into her heart with the glorious truth of the gospel.
On another note, several of our friends have been asking about our children. Many of you have prayed over the years for them. Abel and Kelley live in Atlanta, GA and have three beautiful girls who love for “Papa” and “Buela” (that’s us!) to spoil them. Micah and Julia live in Midland, TX. They have two daughters and a son. Needless to say, we Skype with them often. Bobby lives in Olathe, KS. Julie married Joshua Anderson in May. They live in Miami, FL. Abel conducted the ceremony, Micah delivered a message from the Word, and Bobby read the scripture. We got some great pictures! Pray for all of us a family that we might walk in the grace of the Lord Jesus daily.
Thank you for standing with us.
All for Jesus Until He Comes!
Steve and Claudia Irvin
We are supported by your faithful contributions to the Great Commission Fund of The Christian and Missionary Alliance, PO Box 35000, Colorado Springs, CO 80935, or online.
Prayer Requests/Answers to Prayer
- Thank you for praying for the Spain-wide evangelistic effort, "There's a Solution!" The Lord blessed us as we hit the streets with teams from our church to share Christ with as many as possible. Pray for continued evangelistic passion and effort among our churches.
- Pray for Claudia's English classes. The curriculum she uses is Bible-based. Ask the Lord to grant to her discernment and boldness in sharing Christ.
- Praise the Lord for the team of mentors He has raised up for us to work with in Alianza de Amor Church. These "mentors" facilitate the Basic Truths small group studies on Tuesday nights and Sunday mornings. Ask the Lord to mold us all into those who make disciples that make disciples of others.
- Pray for Steve as he prepares for two weeks of ministry in Peru, October 15-31. He will be preaching, facilitating leadership development seminars, and casting a vision for Christ-like leadership and for developing leaders through mentoring.
- Pray for Steve as he compiles and edits materials in order to make them available freely through the Spanish-language MentorLink “Institute of Leadership and Mentoring." These materials, designed for use by mentors in a small-group context, help participants explore what it means to lead like Jesus. The Institute will not only meet a significant need in the formation of leaders, it will also provide churches and Christian organizations with downloadable materials they can use in their own setting at no charge.
Praise the Lord.
Updated: September 03, 2014
- Children's Names
- Field Assignment
- Country of Service
- Calle de Planeta Urano, 2
- Portal 3 Piso 5D
- 28983 Parla, Madrid,
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