Steve and Claudia Irvin

Prayer Letter/Ministry Update

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A little bit about ourselves: 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. We are on home assignment during 2017, ministering in churches and sharing of God's work in Spain and around the world.
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IRVIN UPDATE/Summer 2017

"Your love, O LORD, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies. Your righteousness is like the highest mountains, your justice like the great deep." (Psalm 36:5-6a)

We are nearing the six-month mark of our home assignment year. These have been months of much travel, ministry, and family experiences of both joy and tears.

Our ministry travel has taken us to Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and Ohio. One of the highlights was the week we were at Westgate Chapel in Toledo, OH. The schedule involved us with every age group and we praise the Lord for the new friends we made. We especially will remember the Sunday morning meeting with had with the youth of the church. There seemed to be about 75 in attendance, as I shared on following Christ without reserve. When I gave the invitation to present one’s life to serve the Lord, many young people responded and we gathered as a group to pray. May the Lord raise up from this group mighty servants of His who will take the gospel to Toledo and to the nations.

Another highlight was returning to the church where I spent my teenage years in Charlotte, NC, Thrift Baptist Church. I spent many formative years there, and the church commissioned Claudia and me when we left for missionary service in 1982. They have continued to pray for us over the years though we had not been back since 1987. Pastor Gene Lathan invited us to return and the church received us with open arms. The church continues to bear testimony of Christ. We praise the Lord for their love and support.

We will be going to Tallahassee, FL the first weekend of July, and then speaking in Lake Swan Camp at the graduation ceremony of the College of Missionary Aviation. Our fall schedule is also coming together. You can see our up-to-date schedule here. Please pray for us as we minister in churches, that the Lord would impart to many His vision for the nations.

On the family side of things, we have gone from one end of the emotional spectrum to the other. In March, while we were ministering in Fayetteville, NC, our son Abel called and informed us that Claira, the 11-month old baby that they had cared for as foster parents since October of last year, died in the emergency room. Abel and his wife, Kelley, had grown to love Claira deeply over the last five months and intended to adopt her. They are filled with grief. Pray for our children and grandchildren who are in mourning. Pray for us as parents and grandparents that the Lord would make us an instrument of His comfort. You can access our blog to read some of our thoughts.

Then, May 21, our youngest son, Robert (Bobby) married Vanessa Castañeda. It was such a joy to have all our children and grandchildren together, and to witness the happiness of our son as he begins life together with his bride. The Lord is good.

Though we still have the rest of 2017 before us, we have already begun our visa work for returning to Spain in January of next year. Some of you will remember that this involves the gathering of a multitude of documents within a specific time frame. We have an appointment at the Spanish consulate on August 30. Please pray with us as we walk through this process. Jesus is Lord.

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All for Jesus Until He Comes!
Steve and Claudia Irvin

Steve’s CV
Our Blog
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:
Field Webpage
A Prayer for Spain (Includes stirring videos for use in prayer meetings)
Praying for Spain
Pray4Spain

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Prayer Requests/Answers to Prayer

- Please pray for us as we work to secure all the documents needed for our return visa to Spain. This requires that all of the documents be issued within a specific time frame. We have an appointment at the Spanish consulate on August 30. Please stand with us as we walk through this mundane, but spiritually-charged process.

- We praise the Lord for His blessing in our ministry in the churches here in the US. Please pray with us that the Lord would be pleased to bring people to Christ through the meetings, and that many would answer the call to prepare the way of our Coming King.

- Pray for Martha who has assumed the leadership of the discipleship ministry at Alianza de Amor Church in Madrid. Ask the Lord to give her wisdom as she works with people to make disciples who make disciples.

- We praise the Lord that our youngest son Robert (Bobby) was married May 21. Pray for him and Vanessa as they begin their life together as husband and wife.

Praise the Lord.

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Updated: May 25, 2017

Children's Names
Abel
Micah
Julie
Robert
Status
Home Assignment
Country of Service
Spain

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