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/ Spring 2020

LIFE AND MINISTRY IN TIMES OF CONTAGION

"God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging." (Psalm 46:1-3).

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

Most of you will know by now that Spain is at the epicenter of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The country is under lockdown to attempt to curb the spread of the virus. To date, we are in good health, but, like everyone in Spain these days, we cannot leave our apartment except for essential errands. Life and ministry have been disrupted.

Just last night we joined with our Alliance family from across Spain to cry out to God for the health of two of our pastors, one of whom was hospitalized with pneumonia. We rejoice that today brought the news that they are doing better. The Lord answered our prayers for mercy. Many in our churches, however, continue to be ill, including several of our INFORMA Bible Institute students. The national healthcare system is overwhelmed and on the verge of collapse. The challenges these days, both in Spain, as in many countries including the US, are calling us to seek God.

One of our INFORMA students who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 wrote the following:

Thank you for all your prayers. They encourage me and reveal what a wonderful family in the Faith we have. Even though the doctors have placed me in quarantine, they have not been able to restrict the access of the best medical professional, our Lord Jesus Christ. He treats my fever with a Psalm, my pain and the absence of my loved ones with the book of Job. He gives me strength, and I pray not simply to be healed, but that God would make me a blessing to others. My prayer is the same as yours, ‘Lord Jesus, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’

At the outset of World War II, the British government, endeavoring to fortify the spirit of the population, printed over two million posters with the words, Keep Calm and Carry On. But let me add to that slogan, another phrase: Keep praying. God is sovereign and is at work in the world today carrying out His purposes. He is our refuge and the source of our fortitude. Dire times are a call to prayer.

How has this situation affected us practically? We were scheduled to fly last Friday, March 13, to the Canary Islands for two weeks of ministry. We were all set to go but, in consultation with our field leader, decided the day before traveling to postpone the trip. Praise the Lord that He guided us in that decision because the very next day the government declared a national state of alert, sending everyone into their homes for at least two weeks.

We met Monday online with members of the “Lift up your eyes” missions team that came out of last year’s missions conference. We prayed for Spain, and for the work of missions among the nations. The last two nights, we met online with INFORMA students to communicate our plans for moving forward with online classes, as face-to-face classes are on an indefinite hold. Today the pastors in the country will get together online to report on the state of their churches and to pray for one another. Lots of phone calls, lots of text messaging. The work goes on as we look to the Lord to use the present crisis to open the hearts of many to the gospel.

In the US and Canada, and other countries, you are living your own crisis. Let us pray for one another with our eyes firmly fixed on Him who sustains all things by the mighty word of His power (Heb. 1:3). Be greatly encouraged! Jesus is Lord.

All for Jesus Until He Comes!
Steve and Claudia Irvin

Email: LosIrvin@gmail.com

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Give the Gospel a Chance
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.”

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Prayer Requests/Answers to Prayer

- Pray that God would give us wisdom from above as we give leadership to INFORMA Bible Institute in these challenging days. Ask the Lord especially to guide us as we work with professors and students adapting to new online platforms to enable courses to continue.

- Lift up to the Lord our next INFORMA module scheduled for March 30 to April 3. Pray for our colleague Tim Westergren as he adapts the course to a new online platform. Pray with us for wisdom as we work with professors and students in this time of transition. By God's grace, we will continue to offer monthly courses for the students.

- Cry out to the Lord for His church in Spain as many have fallen ill from COVID-19. Ask the Lord to sustain us and strengthen us in the face of the contagion. Pray for open doors and wisdom to proclaim Christ in the midst of the crisis.

- 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.

Praise the Lord.

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Updated: March 19, 2020

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