Steve and Claudia Irvin

Prayer Letter/Ministry Update

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Following a pastorate in Titusville, FL, we served with The Alliance for 40 years in Latin America in Colombia and Argentina as international workers, in Toronto, Canada as a pastor, in Orlando, FL as interim pastor at Tabernaculo de la Fe church, and, from 2013 to 2022 as international workers in Madrid Spain, engaged in Bible Institute teaching, mentoring of leaders, and preaching. We are on our last one-year home assignment, living in Toccoa, GA. We have four adult children, seven grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.
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IRVIN UPDATE/ Fall 2022

FULFILLING THE MINISTRY THAT GOD HAS GIVEN US

And say to Archippus, See that you fulfill the ministry that you have received in the Lord. (Colossians 4:17)

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

While Archippus is unknown to us apart from the apostolic greetings in Colossians and in Philemon 2, the admonition given to him is applicable to all servants of the Lord. One could paraphrase it loosely as “Fulfill your ministry assignment!” It rings true for us as we continue on our final home assignment, visiting numerous churches in Florida this year in order both to report on what God is doing in Spain and among the nations, and to give our thanks to all those who have prayed for us and have given generously over the last 40 years to allow us to serve in Kingdom ministry in different countries.

As we sought earlier this year to finish well our ministry in Spain, we also now seek to finish well our tour ministry in the churches that is programmed to take almost five months of our year before retirement from the mission. You can see our speaking schedule here. We are believing God to extend His hand in the churches for salvation and healing, and to call many to serve Him wherever He leads. So far, we have been on the road for four weeks, with almost three weeks remaining of this fall schedule. The Lord has blessed us in each church, meeting people who have prayed for us over the years, as well as making new friends who have committed to pray with us as we fulfill this present ministry assignment, even as we look to the Lord for the next steps in our ministry redeployment that begins in July 2023.

Some highlights so far include Claudia’s ministry in a Haitian church in Jacksonville, in a Spanish-speaking church in Miami, and in an English-language women’s Bible study where many expressed how encouraged they were by her transparent sharing of her life as a missionary. Apart from the privilege of seeing God work through the preaching of the Word, I have had some good interactions with young adults during our travels. Just last week, I was so encouraged to have lunch with three young men who are passionate for Christ and for serving Him. They are ministering in their local church and growing in the grace of the Lord Jesus. What an honor to share with them for an hour-and-a-half about serving Christ in cross-cultural ministry.

Back in Spain, the INFORMA Bible Institute celebrated this year’s graduation ceremony on Saturday night with five new graduates. We watched the live-streamed event and rejoiced to see students whom we love finishing this stage of their leadership training. One student from Italy, who did all her coursework online, made the trip to Madrid to participate in the ceremony. Another, who was widowed mid-way through her studies, came from Equatorial Guinea to give glory to God for His faithfulness in her life. Another’s studies were interrupted by cancer and by Covid, but the Lord saved his life and enabled him to fulfill his study requirements. We could go on and on proclaiming the faithfulness of God.

Please pray for us that we will faithfully fulfill the ministry God has given us during this year of home assignment. Ask the Lord to fill us daily with the Holy Spirit as we minister in the churches to different age groups. Also, please stand with us in prayer as we seek to discern next steps in ministry beginning mid-2023. Our hearts are open as we look to Him for guidance.

If the Lord has laid on your heart to intentionally pray for us as we continue to fulfill the ministry He has given us, we invite you to become part of our intercession team with whom we communicate every couple of weeks. Just let us know and we will joyfully add your name to that mailing list. You will continue to receive this periodic prayer letter, but will also receive the separate intercession update. As always, if you ever wish to be removed from our mailing lists, just send a reply with the word “Remove” in the subject line.

Thank you for standing with us.

All for Jesus Until He Comes!
Steve and Claudia Irvin

Email: [email protected]

LinkedIn profile
Alliance Life article: Give the Gospel a Chance
How to Actively Serve in Worldwide Missions Where You Are in Your Local Church
Position paper: Premillennialism in the C&MA: Does it Matter?

Information about the work in Spain:
A Prayer for Spain (Includes stirring videos for use in prayer meetings)
Pray4Spain

We are supported both by gifts designed for our support, as well as by contributions to the Great Commission Fund (GCF) of The Christian and Missionary Alliance. You can designate gifts for our support online.

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Prayer Requests/Answers to Prayer

- Ask the Lord to continue to fan the flame of passion in the Spanish national church to see the Name of Christ exalted among the nations. Pray for Virginia who is the national missions mobilizer.

- Pray for INFORMA Bible Institute as the new director adjusts to the leadership role. May the Lord continue to use INFORMA in the formation of leaders in the kingdom of God.

- Pray for the Spirit's anointing as we minister in churches in Georgia, North Carolina, and Florida. You can find our updated ministry schedule here.

Ask the Lord to make clear to us next steps in ministry.

Praise the Lord.

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Updated: November 09, 2022

Status
Home Assignment
Country of Service
Spain

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