Few church failures are more harmful and painful than a church split. When good Christians become so upset with each other that they forsake the basic rule of love and unity and opt insted for schisms and separation. The history of the church is littered with such sad tales, but our future does not need to be.
Today’s post is about a different kind of church split. A split not precipitated by pride or dissension but by location. The Tonsupa church was built on a fault line.
Here are some pictures of the split right after the recent earthquake. (Thanks to our friend Katia Salgado for the following photos)
The church building reborn.
Our hearts are joined with our brothers and sisters in Ecuador! We can’t wait to worship with the Tonsupa church in their post-split building.
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Teaching in the Church of God seminary and assisting with Children of Promise and other programs meeting social needs
Timothy was raised in the Breiel Boulevard Church of God in Middletown, Ohio. A passion for missions was planted in his heart by his parents Darlene and Cordell and his grandmother Ruth. He received his call to ministry on a short-term mission trip to Panama. To prepare for this calling, he attended Mid-America Christian University.
Angelita was born in Wisconsin to Manuel and Tomasa Garcia. She worshiped and served in her local congregation from a young age. She transferred to Mid-America Christian University during her sophomore year of college, where she and Timothy met.
After getting married, the Downings served Christ in pastoral ministry in Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Ohio. They have four children: Timothy, 12; Esperanza, 8; Ezequiel, 3; and Elias, 1.
The Downing family prayer is: “Allow us to see Christ clearly so we may follow him closely.” It is that heart cry that that has led them to missionary service in Ecuador. Timothy, Angelita, and their children are committed to serving Christ in Ecuador by training leaders at S.E.T.E. (Church of God seminary) and assisting with the Children of Promise program.
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