Steve and Claudia Irvin

Prayer Letter/Ministry Update

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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.
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IRVIN UPDATE/March-April 2015

EVER-WIDENING OPPORTUNITIES FOR CHRIST-LIKE LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

“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)

12-3-3:
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.

The need for Christ-like leaders in the kingdom of God is a perennial demand. We rejoice in the Lord that He has positioned us to strategically engage in leadership development in different contexts. Taking Acts 1:8 as a model, one could say that the Lord has opened doors for us in “Jerusalem, Samaria, Judea, and to the uttermost parts of the earth.”

Our leadership development Jerusalem: Alianza de Amor Church in Madrid. It is here that the Lord has given us disciple-makers to mentor. We are working with the church to establish a “Growth Highway” that provides for individuals to grow in the Word of God through basic Bible truths classes that lead to Bible survey, that leads to a Bible Academy.

The vision is to make disciples who make disciples. We are seeing increasing numbers of church members who are ministering to others one-on-one, and in small groups. Claudia is mentoring some of the women disciplers in the church. We have just begun twice-monthly meetings with ministry leaders using MentorLink’s Leadership and Mentoring Institute that challenges leaders to pursue the leadership model of Christ, rather than the models of the world.

Our Judea could be teaching in the Bible Institute. In February, I taught the Book of Romans in Madrid and Barcelona. One student commented, “This course has made a mark in my life. I’m amazed at what I have learned. The study of Romans has awakened in me a greater interest to know the Word of God.” Praise the Lord!

Our Samaria could be the pastors’ retreat we led in Barcelona last month. We were expecting about 20-25 participants. Over 35 people attended. The Lord answered prayer, ministering to the leaders in attendance. You can view some pictures of Claudia and I leading some break-out groups where the transparent sharing challenged us to lead more like Jesus.

Now, March 18-28, I’ll be in the “uttermost parts,” ministering in Colombia to pastors and leaders in Bogotá and Medellín. The central event is a mentor training seminar, the 24th-26th, in Medellín. There will be around 30 people from Colombia, Peru, and the Dominican Republic, all sharing the same vision of leading like Jesus and of developing Christ-like leaders. Please pray with us that God will use this encounter to exponentially increase the number of godly leaders in the Spanish-speaking world. Ask the Lord to grant me physical strength and Holy Spirit power to minister effectively. Thank you for standing with us.

All for Jesus Until He Comes!
Steve and Claudia Irvin

Information about the work in Spain:
Alliance Life article written by Steve
Field Webpage
A Prayer for Spain (Includes stirring videos for use in prayer meetings)
Praying for Spain
Pray4Spain

The Alliance is committed to using with integrity and careful stewardship the financial resources God entrusts to it. It’s in this spirit that for our field operations this fiscal year, we’re getting 3% less than was originally anticipated at the beginning of this fiscal year. The reason for this is to live with what God graciously provides. We thank Him for His faithful provision and invite continuing, sacrificial support for Alliance missions. Thank you!

We are supported by your faithful contributions to the Great Commission Fund of The Christian and Missionary Alliance, 8595 Explorer Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80920, or online.

Prayer Requests/Answers to Prayer

- Praise the Lord for God's blessing upon Steve's teaching in INFORMA Bible Institute in Madrid and Barcelona.

- Praise the Lord for using us and blessing us in the Pastors Retreat in Barcelona.

- Pray for Claudia as she focuses her ministry to emphasize evangelism in our neighborhood and mentoring of women.

- Pray for Steve's ministry in Colombia, March 18-28. Pray especially for the mentor training event in Medellin, Colombia, March 24-26. Ask the Lord to use this event to both enlarge the vision of the participants and to multiply the development of Christ-like leaders in Latin America.

- Please pray with us:

That our one overriding passion would be Christ Himself. That we would seek above all His Name and Renown, His Glory and Honor, His Majesty and His Kingdom. That He would lead us to drink deeply of the Holy Spirit and would daily grant us fresh empowerment to walk in holiness, to love Him with our whole heart, mind, and strength, and to serve Him faithfully. That we would be used by God to hasten the coming of Christ as we await His glorious return when He will establish His kingdom and set things right. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.

Praise the Lord.

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Updated: March 16, 2015

Children's Names
Abel
Micah
Julie
Robert
Status
Field Assignment
Country of Service
Spain
Address
Calle de Planeta Urano, 2
Portal 3 Piso 5D
28983 Parla, Madrid,

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