Ensalada de Cebolla y Tomate (Onion and Tomato Salad)

Ensalada de cebolla y tomate (Onion and tomato salad)

Salads in Ecuador are sometimes an unexpected adventure.  Not knowing Spanish very well Timothy 1 ordered this salad thinking it would be similar to a chef salad.  It was an unexpected treat. Four out of seven Downings highly recommend this refreshing salad.    


  • 1 ½ small red onions
  • Juice of 3 limes
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • 3 good sized tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro 
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 avocado  Sliced and cubed
  • ⅓ lb of mozzarella cheese cubed 


First.  Cut the onion in half, slice very thin and place in a bowl

Then.  Sprinkle with salt and set aside for 10 minutes

Then.  Add warm water and let soak for 10 minutes

Then.  Drain and rinse the onions

Then.  Add lime juice and let set until the onions start to turn pale.

Then.  Dice the tomatoes

Then.  Mix the onions, tomatoes, oil, mozzarella, avocados, and cilantro. Taste and add salt if necessary.



Variations of this salad can also include thinly sliced carrots, bell peppers, cucumbers, radishes, chopped lettuce or salad greens.

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Episode 38: With Christ’s Eyes

Nothing pleases Christ more than for us to share with Him His burden for the world and its people. Nothing so weds us to the heart of Christ as our tears shed as we intercede for lost ones with Him. Then truly we become people after God’s own heart. Then we  begin to know what it is to be Christ’s prayer partners.

-Wesley L. Duewel

Throughout the corridors of history Christians have sought to see the world as Christ saw the world. When we can see people as Christ saw people we develop a burden for our lost and dying world. When our hearts and passions align with the heart and passion of Jesus we truly enter into His mission. 

Jesus once lifted his eyes and looked at a gathering crowd. He told his disciples “behold the harvest is plentiful but the workers are few! Pray, therefore that the Lord of the harvest will send out workers into His feild.”

Jesus not only calls us into His mission, He invites us to be His prayer partners!

May we see the world like Christ sees it! May we shed the same tears He sheds! 

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Missions And Relationships

What does a missionary heart look like? Listen to this interview with Rev. Bob Burns and find out!

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Together Tuesday: Six Important Ways To Support Your Missionary

We posted this series a few months ago. It has been mentioned often during Timothy’s home visit so we decided to repost it. We invite you to to explore how to send your missionaries well.

“Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”

-Romans 10:13-15 NIV

Realistically not every believer is able to cross cultural or geographical boundaries to bring good news. But every believer can be involved in the process of sending those who can go. In Romans 10 we find two complementary roles: those who go; and those who send. Both roles are necessary to advance God’s great commission. Today’s post explores the six types of support every missionary needs.


“Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing”

-1 Thes. 5:11

You will do well to send them on their way in a manner worthy of God. For they went out for the sake of the Name, accepting nothing from the Gentiles. Therefore we ought to support such men, so that we may be fellow workers with the truth.

-3 John 6-8 

Logistical Support

Finally, brethren, pray for us that the word of the Lord will spread rapidly and be glorified, just as it did also with you.

-1 Thes 3:1

When I was with you and was in need, I was not a burden to anyone, for the brothers who came from Macedonia fully supplied my needs. I kept myself from being a burden to you in any way, and will continue to do so.

2 Corinthians 11:9

Where God lays on our heart we must go. If we cannot go we must give!

Financial Support.

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In the book of Esther we read:

Then Esther sent this reply to Mordecai: “Go, assemble all the Jews who are found in Susa and fast in my behalf. Don’t eat and don’t drink for three days, night or day. My female attendants and I will also fast in the same way. Afterward I will go to the king, even though it violates the law. If I perish, I perish!”

Esther 4:15-16

Esther had a very important mission so she asked for God’s people to fast on her behalf. Every Christian has has a very important mission, the great commission! The importance of our commission demands serious fasting and prayer.

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Prayer Support.


It is a blessing to hear a friendly voice or read a warm greeting in a foreign land. One simple way that you can support your missionary is through communicating with them regularly.  Click play on the podcast below to find out how.

Relational Support.


A friendly welcome, a listening ear, a tear shed in unison, one way you can support your missionary is by offering them re-entry support. Click play to find out how!

Re-entry Support.


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El Guagua Auca

Folklore and legends are in important part of understanding a culture. Folklore sometimes communicates deep or difficult cultual reality. Listen to the legend of the Baby of Aura a see what you can learn about Ecuadorian culture.

The folklore of the crying child is one of the legends that have been passed down from generation to generation, which tells how a newborn child died without being baptized. Many say they have seen or heard this baby at night.

On uninhabited roads, enigmatic forests, cemeteries, solitary churches, and clear streams, a baby appears in the middle of the road crying. Wise travelers avoid the baby and ignore it’s cries. Others naively seek to help the child who was thrown away by a heartless mother, but they do so to their own parallel. The baby is actually a demon who kills his would be rescuer.

What does this story tell you about Ecuador?

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His Yoke Is Easy

I’ve found my Lord and He is mine,
He won me by His love;
I’ll serve Him all my years of time,
And dwell with Him above.

His yoke is easy, His burden is light,
I’ve found it so, I’ve found it so;
His service is my sweetest delight,
His blessings ever flow.

No other Lord but Christ I know,
I walk with Him alone;
His streams of love forever flow,
Within my heart His throne. [Refrain]

He’s dearer to my heart than life,
He found me lost in sin;
He calmed the sea of inward strife,
And bade me come to Him. [Refrain]

My flesh recoiled before the cross,
And Satan whispered there,
“Thy gain will not repay the loss,
His yoke is hard to bear.” [Refrain]

I’ve tried the road of sin and found,
Its prospects all deceive;
I’ve proved the Lord, and joys abound,

More than I could believe. [Refrain]

D.S. Warner

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Dulce De Piña

Dulce de piña



1 whole pineapple

½ cup of water

½ cup caster sugar

1 cinnamon stick

2 cloves

2 cardamom pods

1 fresh lemon verbena sprig

Juice of 1 lime


  1. Peel and core the pineapple, discard the core and peel.
  2. Cut half of the pineapple in small squares and blend the remaining half to obtain a puree.
  3. In a medium sized saucepan, over high heat, boil the water, sugar, cinnamon stick, cloves, cardamom pods and lemon verbena sprig.
  4. Add the chopped pineapple, the pineapple puree, and the lime juice.
  5. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to low, simmer until the liquid reduces and the marmalade thickens, about an hour. Stir occasionally to avoid burning.


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God did not shower such great blessing on this nation for the Christians to live in extravagance, in self-indulgence, and in spiritual weakness.

-K.P. Yohannan, Revolution in World Missions


God Blesses his people in various ways. He blesses each believer with spiritual gifts which empowers every member of the Body of Christ to serve in an important and unique way. He blesses each further with talents and experiences that help build the comunity of believers. He blesses some with poverty and a strong dependence upon him which is chronicled by the many daily miracles experienced by the poor. To those who are blessed with poverty “give us this day our daily bread” is not simply a wonderful prayer, it is a necessary dependence. God blesses others with wealth. He blesses them with wealth not so that they may live in opulence while others starve but so that they can be a conduit of his blessing to others. It is not bad to be blessed with wealth. But any blessing not shared tends to hinder the work of God and harm the one who is blessed.

Every blessing of God can be miss used. For those of us who have been blessed with so much it should be unthinkable to live in extravagance, Self indulgence and worse yet spiritual weakness.

May we be the people who use the blessings that God has bestowed on us for His glory. May we pour out our blessings as a drink offering to our Lord and Savior.

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