Steve and Claudia Irvin

Prayer Letter/Ministry Update


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 preaching. We have four adult children and six grandchildren.


"O Lord God, you have only begun to show your servant your greatness and your mighty hand. For what god is there in heaven or on earth who can do such works and mighty acts as yours?” (Deuteronomy 3:24)

We arrived back to Madrid after a year of home assignment on December 31. The Lord led us to rent an apartment that fits just what we were looking for in a new home. We signed the contract the same day we submitted our residence papers to the Spanish authorities (January 16), moved in that week; and got somewhat organized before teaching a Bible Institute (INFORMA) module, February 5-9. The Lord worked mightily on our behalf, and we praise His Name for His grace in this transition back to Spain. He has only begun to display to us His glory.

This new term brings a new role: Director of INFORMA Bible Institute. Frankly, I envisioned this term being about preaching, teaching, and mentoring. Administration never entered my mind! But the Lord’s thoughts are above our thoughts, and we take on this new role with our eyes fixed on Him who has only begun to show us His greatness and mighty hand.

The new term brings renewed focus: to pour ourselves into developing leaders who live and lead like Jesus. INFORMA is a component of that focus. We are challenged because we now have students in three different modes of study: onsite, online streaming, and video-taped lectures that allow students to work within their own schedules. This has permitted us to involve an increased number of students in the training. But to organize this into a cohesive whole where both professors and students have a clear understanding of tasks and expectations—well, that falls mainly on the director. Please pray for me as I deal with this and other varied challenges in this new role.

The renewed focus is also taking shape in mentoring pastors and pastors' wives. We have already had significant mentoring encounters that have laid the basis for moving ahead strategically. I told Claudia the other day that at this stage in our lives we need to focus more and more on less and less people. Key people. Please pray for us as seek to remain laser-focused amid multiple opportunities for ministry.

Important dates to remember in prayer:

March 5-16: Steve teaches Introduction to the Old Testament in INFORMA in Madrid and Barcelona. Pray that the Lord would open the eyes of students to see Christ in the Old Testament.

March 21: First strategic meeting of potential graduate-level students whom we are seeking to prepare to become professors of INFORMA. We’re expecting at least five to attend. Ask the Lord to give us all clarity as we move forward in partnering with online graduate programs.

March 24: Claudia speaks at a women’s breakfast in the Alianza de Amor Church in Madrid. Pray for the Holy Spirit’s filling that Claudia may minister deeply to the women of this beloved church that was our church home for four years. Thank you for praying for us.

All for Jesus Until He Comes!
Steve and Claudia Irvin

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Prayer Requests/Answers to Prayer

- Praise the Lord for His blessing on the February module of INFORMA, "Pastoral Responsibilities." It was Steve's first experience having both onsite and online students participating simultaneously. The Lord was gracious, and the students were excited about what they learned.

- We are focusing more and more on mentoring pastors and pastors' wives. Please pray for our relationships with these servants of the Lord, that we may be a help for them as we seek to serve them.

- There are many challenges to Steve's new role as INFORMA Bible Institute director. Ask the Lord to give much grace and wisdom as he grows in this role, and works with the administrative team, professors, and students.

- Pray with us as we seek to come alongside pastors in Spain to help them develop leaders who live and lead like Jesus. Ask the Lord to grant us discernment in identifying key individuals with whom we can team to pursue this vision.

- Pray for Claudia as she ministers to women in the Alianza de Amor Church in Madrid on March 24.

- Pray for Steve as he teaches in Madrid and Barcelona, March 5-16.

- March 21 is a key date as Steve meets with potential graduate students with a view to preparing professors for INFORMA. Pray for wisdom and clarity as we move forward in preparing capable professors who will model Christ to the students.

Praise the Lord.



Updated: February 18, 2018

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