Steve and Claudia Irvin

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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/February 2015

MINISTRY TO LEADERS IN ITALY, ENGLAND, AND SPAIN

“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.

If the first month of 2015 is any indication of what the year holds for us, this is going to be a year of many opportunities to invest in the lives of ministry leaders in different venues. We began January with a Pastors Retreat in Florence, Italy. Our prayer was that the Holy Spirit would empower us to minister encouragement, unity, and spiritual renewal in the lives of the leaders who attended the retreat.

Our colleagues Doug and Naomi Ord did a great job organizing the retreat. You can access here their prayer letter to get their report of the retreat. They commented that it was the most significant event in the Alliance work in Italy during their two years in the country. The Lord was gracious to meet us there and to answer our prayers for blessing. Praise the Lord. The workers in Italy face many obstacles. Pray for God’s mighty working in the country.

Following the retreat, I traveled to Manchester, England for a Bible Institute course with seven young leaders in the Manchester Chinese Alliance Church. I had asked specifically for prayer that God would work to ignite in the students a passion to study and to apply the New Testament to their lives and ministries. One of the students highlighted that the most important outcome of the week was, "A passion to read the New Testament more." The Lord is good. The challenges to the gospel in England are great, yet these highly committed young people demonstrate that Christ is building His church even in difficult contexts.

This month we are home in Spain. Pray for Claudia as she re-focuses her ministry to emphasize mentoring women leaders in the church, and reaching out with the gospel to the several contacts she has made here in our building. Pray for her discernment of those in whom God is working, and for boldness to share clearly the gospel.

I teach the Book of Romans in the INFORMA Bible Institute, February 3-7 in Madrid, and the 10th-14th in Barcelona. Pray for the Spirit’s empowering to communicate the transformative truths of this most profound of epistles. I will stay on in Barcelona to meet with leaders of a new church in Badalona over the weekend of the 15th. After returning home, it’s back to Barcelona, with Claudia, for a Pastors Retreat on February 27 that we have been asked to organize. Ask the Lord to use us once again to encourage His servants.

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

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.

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!

Prayer Requests/Answers to Prayer

- Praise the Lord for His grace made evident as we ministered in the Pastors Retreat in Italy last month.

- Praise the Lord for His working in students' lives during the Bible Institute course that Steve taught in Manchester, England, in January.

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

- Pray for Steve's teaching in INFORMA Bible Institute in Madrid and Barcelona, February 3-14.

- Pray for the Pastors Retreat in Barcelona on February 27. Ask the Lord to use us to encourage the servants of the Lord who will be attending the retreat.

- Pray for Steve's preparations for a 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: February 02, 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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