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 (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 preaching. Steve is currently Director of the INFORMA Bible Institute. We have four adult children and six grandchildren.
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IRVIN UPDATE/ Winter 2020

THE GRACE OF GUIDANCE

"I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you." (Psalm 32:8)

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

The Epiphany holiday, celebrated January 6, is known in Spain as El Día de los Reyes Magos, [“The Day of the Kings” as in the Christmas carol, “We Three Kings of Orient Are”] that commemorates the visit of the Magi to Bethlehem to worship the child, Jesus. While many families in Spain may give some gifts Christmas Day, gift-giving is generally reserved for Reyes. It is also customary to eat the “roscón de reyes” cake, a ring-shaped sweet festive bread that is traditional fare on this special day.

The Gospel of Matthew relates how the Magi were guided by a star. While we don’t know what God used to produce this phenomenon in the heavens, we do know that it was used by the Lord to give guidance to these men from the east, a prelude to those who from every tribe and nation will come and worship the King of Kings. Even today, the grace of guidance is given to those who seek Him.

We rejoice for God’s grace of guidance in our lives during the last year (read our Annual Report). In December, our colleague Sonia Maldonado led the organization of a retreat for those in our churches in Spain who sense a call to ministry. Over 50 people attended the “Your Calling” retreat, most of them young adults. Some of the participants had responded to the invitation at the September missions conference, saying “Here am I, send me.” We were privileged to serve as counselors at the retreat and praise the Lord for His working in the lives of many.

In addition, the Lord allowed me to teach an eight-week module on Biblical Mentoring in ProMETA, a Christian Spanish-language online graduate program based in Costa Rica. Students from five countries were enrolled in the class. One student commented, “this course has significantly changed the vision I have for my leadership in the future. It’s impossible that everything just stays the same. Mentoring others will have priority in my ministry. My desire is to focus my efforts forming leaders who live and lead like Jesus.” Praise the Lord!

The Lord guided us in the leadership of INFORMA Bible Institute as we celebrated our second graduation in the history of the institute. Enrollment increased, especially in the online program, and we had students from Spain, and in the Spanish-speaking diaspora in Italy, Germany, Holland, the US; as well as in Ecuador and Peru. We trust the Lord for wisdom and guidance as we continue to speak into students’ lives, not only in the classroom setting, but also in the monthly mentoring groups that Claudia and I lead.

We ask your prayers for guidance in 2020 as we look to the Lord to fan the fires of missions vision in the life or our churches. We meet every six weeks with a growing group of young people in whom God is at work. We need wisdom to know how best to shepherd those in other cities with the same heart for serving Christ. Along with INFORMA, the Lord has given us much opportunity, and much responsibility. His grace is sufficient. His wisdom is boundless. And His strength is enduring. Let’s enter this year with great expectation. May God guide your every step. Jesus is Lord!

All for Jesus Until He Comes!
Steve and Claudia Irvin

Email: LosIrvin@gmail.com

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How to Actively Serve in Worldwide Missions Where You Are in Your Local Church

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

- Praise the Lord for His blessing on INFORMA Bible Institute. Pray that God would give us wisdom from above as we give leadership to the institute, coordinating ten modules this year in three different locations.

- Ask the Lord to grant us wisdom as we each lead monthly mentoring groups with INFORMA Bible Institute students. Pray that God will use us to take the students deeper in their walk with Christ.

- Ask the Lord to stir in the heart of our churches in Spain a passion to see Christ exalted among the nations. Pray God's blessing on us as we meet with those whose hearts have been touched by God to become involved in the Great Commission.

- Cover other upcoming preaching and teaching ministry in prayer:

January 18- "Lift Up Your Eyes" meeting with those interested in missions in Madrid.
January 19- Steve preaches in the Fuenlabrada Church
January 22- We meet with mentoring groups of INFORMA students
February 3-7- Our colleague José Martínez teaches the module on Theology of Missions in INFORMA
February 28-29- Spanish National Alliance Church assembly
March 1- Steve preaches at the inauguration service of the Mósteles church plant
March 6-7- Steve speaks at a men's retreat in northwest Madrid
March 13-25- We minister in the Canary Islands (Gran Canaria and La Palma) teaching on the Book of Revelation, and meeting with pastors and wives

Praise the Lord.

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Updated: January 15, 2020

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